The U.S. Tennis Association is looking to build retail sales during the U.S. Open with technology that searches social networks for related images that are then paired with merchandise. The service from Spredfast then provides a "Shop now" button that allows visitors to purchase the pictured item.
Online housewares retailer Wayfair.com has created Wayfair Designer Trade Services, which provides members with access to exclusive products, volume discounts, a rewards program and inclusion in online gallery of completed projects that can be seen by up to 16 million shoppers a month. The service is open to professionals who are members of select trade organizations.
It may not be Seattle or Silicon Valley, but Boston is becoming home to a growing number of retail technology ventures, including fast-growing home goods marketplace Wayfair.com and fashion sellers Rue La La and Karmaloop, which have created hundreds of jobs in the area, former city councilman Mike Ross writes. Boston-area online retailers generated $2.7 billion in sales last year, making Massachusetts third behind Amazon's home state of Washington and Overstock's home state of Utah, he writes.
L.L. Bean ranked highest for online fulfillment service in November and December, according to a review of more than 100 online retailers by StellaService. Wayfair.com, Net-a-porter.com, Ralphlauren.com and Fab.com rounded out the top five in December.
Startup Tinyview launched its mobile shopping mall in February, with a mobile site and iPhone application that bring the mobile sites of 50 retailers -- including Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target and Abercrombie & Fitch -- together in one place.