E-commerce

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Peddling pumps
New site from Rue La La's founder will sell Italian-made shoes, in limited runs
Boston startup M. Gemi plans to sell Italian-made shoes on the web and through a mobile app. Photo via M. Gemi.
Think of Boston-based footwear brands — Converse, New Balance, Reebok — and what comes to mind are shoes you'd wear to a pick-up basketball game or a weekend 10K. Ben Fischman, a serial entrepreneur who started the cap retailer Lids and the "flash sale" site Rue La La, wants to change that. His latest venture, M. Gemi, will sell Italian-made women's shoes apropos for gallery openings and charity galas. Read More
Teikametrics helps Amazon.com merchants figure out what to stock — and how to price it
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Teikametrics is one of those behind-the-scenes players that may have been involved in some of your online gift-buying this month. The Boston-based startup offers analytic services to companies that sell goods on Amazon.com — including local firms like Newbury Comics and Aubuchon Hardware. Among the questions Teikametrics can answer: How much inventory should a seller stock at various Amazon fulfillment centers to ensure quick delivery, anywhere in the world. Read More
Everything's coming up rosés
Drync wine app partners with retailers to offer pickup as option
Drync's mobile app lets users scan the label on bottles of wine to keep track of vintages they like — and re-order more.
Things are looking up for Bay State oenophiles. On Jan. 1, it becomes legal for wineries to ship their products directly to your doorstep. And starting this week, the Somerville startup Drync is making it possible to order a bottle or a case through its mobile app and pick it up at a local retailer. Read More
Google's Holiday Shopping trends
What's trending on Google in the days prior to Black Friday? L.L. Bean and My Little Pony
Boston-area shoppers use Google to fine their L.L. Bean boots. Photo: Hilary Nagle/Boston Globe
As the hordes head to the Internet to purchase gifts for the holiday season, there are two things that Google has discovered about them by looking at recent search trends. First, they are shopping much more actively on mobile than ever before (shopping and buying, not just searching for goods). Second, there are more people shopping for holiday gifts online right now than the entire holiday period last year. Read More
Just for you
99Degrees collects $400,000 in funding to deliver custom clothing faster
Left to right: Fancy Faith, Brenna Schneider, and Tameria Lanier of 99Degrees Custom. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
Brenna Schneider sees customization as the future: when you order a hoodie or a pair of kicks, you should be able to make the design your own. But one of the big limitations, Schneider says, is the long wait. Since most of the products are made overseas, it can take several weeks to get what you ordered. "And of course, the e-commerce world has no tolerance for weeks," she says. "There's pressure for quicker turnaround on custom orders." Read More
The Crying of eBay Lot 49
Invaluable is Boston-based driving force behind eBay's new live auction service
Screenshot of an eBay/Invaluable auction page
On Monday, eBay launched a new live auction website that allows brick and mortar auction houses to conduct some of their art and collectibles sales online. The new offering is made possible through a partnership, announced earlier this year, with Invaluable, the Boston-based online live auction marketplace website. Read More
Rethinking online shopping, in the old Sears building
First look: Launch, new Boston incubator for e-commerce ventures
Ben Fischman, founder of the Launch incubator for e-commerce startups.
What better place to cook up new e-commerce companies than the tower of an old Sears & Roebuck distribution center? That's where Ben Fischman, the founder of Lids and Rue La La, has found space for his new e-commerce incubator, dubbed Launch. There's no website yet, and the team is still small, but I dropped in last week for a visit. Read More
Parties without the clean-up
'Avon meets Skype' with new video house party software from Kitsy Lane
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I'm not a big buyer of dangly earrings or silver-and-turquoise cuffs, but I have to admit: the new video "house party" software from Kitsy Lane, a Boston-based e-commerce startup, is a lot of fun. Instead of lining up a babysitter and visiting a friend's house to nibble cheese and crackers and try on costume jewelry, you sign on for a group videochat. The new vParty software is part of a recently-launched site from Kitsy Lane called Chelsea Row that focuses on selling jewelry and accessories online, through in-person "trunk shows" and the new live video events. Read More