Swappie bags $40.6M to sell more secondhand iPhones across Europe – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Finland-based Swappie has closed a €35.8 million ($40.6M) Series B to expand into new markets in Europe. The ecommerce business refurbishes and resells used iPhones, taking care of the entire process from testing and repairing used handsets, to selling the refurbished devices via its own marketplace, with a 12-month warranty. Local VC and private…

Walmart partners with Shopify to expand its online marketplace – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Walmart this morning announced a new partnership with e-commerce shopping platform, Shopify, now used by over 1 million businesses. The deal will open Walmart’s Marketplace to Shopify’s small business sellers, with the goal of bringing 1,200 Shopify sellers to the marketplace this year. The partnership will greatly expand the reach of the participating brands…

Walmart’s Sam’s Club launches curbside pickup nationwide – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Walmart’s online grocery business has been a significant contributor to its growing e-commerce sales, particularly now amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now the retailer is expanding access to curbside pickup at its warehouse club chain, Sam’s Club. Today, Sam’s Club announced the nationwide launch of curbside pickup, bringing the service to all its 597 clubs…

U.S. e-commerce sales to jump 18% in 2020, but not enough to offset retail’s decline – TechCrunch

[ad_1] U.S. e-commerce sales will jump 18% this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic which forced more shoppers online, according to a new forecast released today by eMarketer. However, the surge in new online orders won’t make up for the overall hit that the U.S. retail sector will take this year, the…

Silicon Valley can fight systemic racism by supporting Black-owned businesses – TechCrunch

[ad_1] As the United States sees its second week of large-scale protests against police brutality, it’s painfully clear that the country’s racial divide requires significant short- and long-term action. But most of these calls for change gloss over the role Silicon Valley can and should play in mending the racial divide. Right now, activists are…

China’s Geek+ brings warehouse robots to US via Conveyco partnership – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Chinese robots will soon be seen roaming a number of warehouse floors across North America. Geek+, a well-funded Chinese robotics company that specializes in logistics automation for factories, warehouses and supply chains, furthers its expansion in North America after striking a strategic partnership with Conveyco, an order fulfillment and distribution center system integrator with…

Kenya’s Apollo Agriculture raises $6M Series A led by Anthemis – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Apollo Agriculture believes it can attain profits by helping Kenya’s smallholder farmers maximize theirs. That’s the mission of the Nairobi based startup that raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Anthemis. Founded in 2016, Apollo Agriculture offers a mobile based product suit for farmers that includes working capital, data analysis for higher…

WooCommerce launches native WooCommerce Payments feature – TechCrunch

[ad_1] WooCommerce, the e-commerce platform developed by Automattic, is improving the payment feature with a native solution called WooCommerce Payments. The payment feature is powered by Stripe. Compared to previous payment solutions on WooCommerce websites, it is fully integrated with the rest of the platform. In case you’re not familiar with Automattic, it is also…

Is the e-commerce shift going to last? – TechCrunch

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