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…

Stockwell, the AI-vending machine startup formerly known as Bodega, is shutting down July 1 – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Stockwell AI entered the world with a bang but it is leaving with a whimper. Founded in 2017 by ex-Googlers, the AI vending machine startup formerly known as Bodega first raised blood pressures — people hated how it referenced and poorly ‘disrupted’ mom-and-pop shops in one fell swoop — and then raised a lot of money. But ultimately,…

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…

Direct-to-consumer startup studio Innovation Department raises $3.7M – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Innovation Department, a startup building a portfolio of direct-to-consumer brands, is announcing that it has raised its first outside capital in a $3.7 million funding round It’s only launched one of those brands so far — WellPath, which offers customized nutritional supplements. But the next, a pet wellness brand called Finn, is scheduled to…

Alibaba taps international influencers to sell more globally – TechCrunch

[ad_1] For years, Chinese e-commerce exporters have been learning the ins and outs of ad placement on Facebook, Instagram and other mainstream social media platforms to reach customers around the world. But they recently spotted a new way to grab people’s attention, one that has never felt more familiar. Video influencers. Shopping via videos is…

Walmart’s Flipkart rolls out voice assistant to make shopping easier – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Flipkart is rolling out a voice assistant feature to its platform to make it easier for consumers to shop as the Walmart-owned e-commerce giant looks to expand its reach in the nation. The AI-powered voice assistant currently supports grocery category, called Supermart, but a company spokesperson told that Flipkart will soon be extending it…

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…