Postmates To Hire More Engineers As It Expands In The Seattle Area

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The company is boosting the number of engineers it is hiring in and around the Seattle, Washington area. The delivery company has nine openings for engineers around Seattle, according to a report in GeekWire , citing job listings at Postmates.

Amazon Gains More Exclusive Product Lines From Outside Brands

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That move comes as Amazon has had trouble wooing some direct-to-consumer brands. Already, Amazon has found cooperation for its aims from GNC, Equal sweeteners and Tuft & Needle, which has launched the Amazon-only brand Nod. Brand Resistance.

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Luxury Brand Barneys New York Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

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Struggling to compete with online brands, famed Big Apple luxury retailer Barneys New York has put itself up for sale and filed for bankruptcy protection, according to a report by Reuters. . Retail bankruptcy Barneys New York luxury brands News What's Hot

Armoire And Building A Fashion Brand That Isn’t A Fashion Brand

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Armoire is a young brand, about three years old, and a little under half of its customer base comes from its hometown of Seattle. Women spend a lot of time shopping for clothes each year — by some estimates some 200 hours, or about 8.3

Retail Pulse: Walmart Provides Health Career Path; Inspire Brands To Buy Jimmy John’s

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The packages provide savings on dental services within a provider network via Humana and unlimited telehealth for a dollar per visit via Seattle-based 98point6. Inspire’s long-term approach, culture of innovation and commitment to helping brands grow set it apart from the rest.”.

Swiftly Raises $15.6M To Help Grocers Compete With Walmart, Amazon

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A Seattle-based grocery startup named Swiftly has raised $15.6 The company also announced a brand new “operating system for brick and mortar stores.” Swiftly Co-Founder and CTO Sean Turner said the company moved to Seattle to find the best technology talent.

How DTC Bike Brands Match Riders With The Perfect Fit

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In the age of direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands, however, digital innovators are taking a new approach to bike shopping. It’s all emanating from this brand-new bike,” Engelstein said. Buying a bike can be a time-consuming and confusing task for a consumer.

How Cashierless Checkout Can Power Brand Marketing Experiences

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Cashierless stores aren’t just for mega retailers like Amazon to sell prepared food from their kitchens or products from other producers: Beverage brands, among other companies, are getting into the action and choosing this checkout experience for stores that showcase their own products IRL (“in real life”) as a marketing tool. Overall, AdWeek wrote, Normandin sees the brand “as more of a technology company than a beverage company.

How Analytics Can Help Fashion Brands And Retailers

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What does it take for a fashion brand to stay on top of the trends? But not all brands excel at crawling the web for information relevant to their businesses. “A A lot of brands are having a hard time keeping up with the pace of consumer changes,” StyleSage ’s Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy Elizabeth Shobert told PYMNTS in an interview. Brands and retailers work on a global scale, after all.

Creating A Community For A Niche Outdoor Brand Around

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Apart from online sales, they have brick and mortar stores in Seattle, Portland, Denver and Whistler, British Columbia ( with a 100,000 square foot retail operation under construction in Salt Lake City), an adventure travel business, and an outreach program to local retailers.

Retail Pulse: Kohl’s To Curate Brands With Facebook; Domino’s Rolls Out eBike Tie-Up

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Kohl’s , for instance, will bring emerging brands to over 50 physical retail locations and online starting in the fall through Curated By Kohl’s. Its next assortment of brands that will be chosen in conjunction with Facebook will be available next spring.

BI Ignite 2019: Tackling Payments Innovation and Rebuilding Trust [Video]

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Ignite Ideas talks at the Bank Innovation Ignite 2019 conference in Seattle last month tackled issues of financial inclusion, designing products that enhance the customer experience, revamping payments, and rebuilding trust in banking.

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Walmart And Amazon Up Their Private Label Retail Game

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But the growing use of those brands to attract sales is also leading to more focus on potential challenges for online, private label retail over the next few years. Private brands, of course, are hardly new, and their use in retail predates the birth of eCommerce.

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Podcast: With Rebrand, WaFd Puts Its Bank Identity Front and Center

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billion regional institution based in Seattle -- had a problem: many in the general public didn't realize exactly what it did. Washington Federal -- a $16.4 The post Podcast: With Rebrand, WaFd Puts Its Bank Identity Front and Center appeared first on ABA Banking Journal.

The Beauty Of Being Brandless

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Millennials, on average, are less brand-loyal than their parents or older siblings. They tend to like quality, have a strong preference for shopping online and enjoy a good bargain – but when it comes to buying from a specific brand? It was an insight that pushed Brandless CEO and Co-founder Tina Sharkey to rethink an online commerce offering in a very fundamental way, by eliminating what she calls the “ brand tax.”

Retail Pulse: Rebag Opens Miami Store; Amazon Brings Second Amazon Go To NYC

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Online brands are expanding their brick-and-mortar footprints: Online handbag marketplace Rebag , for instance, is opening a new store in Miami’s Design District with more stores said to come. Retail Amazon amazon go Brookfield Properties CBD Green Growth Brands Kroger News Rebag

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Facebook’s Sizzly, Fizzly Week

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The new shops will feature 100 popular small businesses and digital brands on Facebook and Instagram into retail stores, and will be housed in The Market @ Macy’s. Launched last February, The Market @ Macy’s is designed to offer brands space on Macy’s first floor to advertise or sell their products while retaining all of their sales, without having to commit to a lease longer than a month. Facebook has been a firm with its share of troubles lately.

Rise Of The Human Billboards

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Despite being placed front and center on jerseys, those are actually the brand names (or slogan, in Emirates’ case) that sponsor teams whose actual names are Arsenal FC , Chelsea FC and Manchester United , respectively, all members of the English Premier League. (“FC” No way American professional soccer teams have brand names bigger than their actual team names on their shirts.”. The reality is that corporate branding is all over professional sports in the U.S.

Amazon Sues Counterfeit Sellers

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Along with Boulder-based company Nite Ize , a maker of specialty lights and phone mounts under the STEELIE brand, the eCommerce giant filed a lawsuit on Wednesday (June 26) in a Seattle federal court, accusing a group of counterfeiters of selling fraudulent Nite Ize products.

With Amazon Offerings, Realogy Eyes Automated Homes

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And there are a few marquee names at work here, as reported by The Seattle Times : Publicly traded real estate firm Realogy is leveraging Amazon services and products to bolster residential technology and automation – and boost home sales.

Amazon's Skip-The-Store Dash Button Choices Triple

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In one of its biggest splashes since first making Amazon Dash Button payments available nearly a year ago, the Seattle-based online shopping giant says it has tripled the number of brands that support its WiFi instant ordering system.

Facebook To Open Small Biz Pop-Up Concept In Select Macy’s

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The move will bring 100 popular small businesses and digital brands on Facebook and Instagram into retail stores — just in time for the holiday shopping season. Compared to traditional pop-up stores, Macy’s own staff services the brands.

WeWork Makes Its Pitch As An Innovation Enabler

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Coffee Meets Bagel has recently set up operations in Seattle — its first office outside San Francisco — and used WeWork space for that. but in Seattle, it attracted three new hires fairly quickly,” the report said.

Amazon To Roll Out Beefed-Up Echo, Health-Tracking Earbuds

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25) in Seattle, purportedly to show off new products, so they might make an appearance there. . As for earbuds, Apple has 60 percent of the market, with brands like Samsung and Bose trailing behind. .

Amazon’s Treasure Truck Possibly Headed To UK

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The Treasure Truck was launched in Seattle last year — an actual truck that offers shoppers surprise daily deals on everything from steaks to home goods to paddleboards. Seattle residents can check the app to see the deal of the day (or “treasures”), make a purchase and then choose where to meet the truck to pick up the item. The listing also mentions “brand loyalty through physical vehicles.”. London is calling!

Creating Eco Commerce That Is As Experiential As It Is Commercial

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As one snarky Redditor pointed out on the r/ZeroWaste thread, in response to a poster showing off the bag they had sewed for their brand-new bamboo cutlery: “See that’s nice. By 2018, it had made the jump to a permanent brick-and-mortar location in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.

Upset Over Expedia’s Strategy Triggers CEO, CFO Resignation

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Earlier this year, Expedia embarked on an ambitious reorganization plan with the goal of bringing our brands and technology together in a more efficient way. The company is in the midst of a broad reorganization and plans to streamline its inventory of brands.

Why Chase’s Dimon Loves Branches, Admires Bezos & Questions Libra

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Amazon Snags Tuft & Needle Exclusive Mattress Line

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To add to the Tuft & Needle assortment already offered on Amazon , the digital brand is rolling out an Amazon exclusive collection. The brand is offering king, California king, queen, full-size, twin and twin XL mattresses through the site. Already, the brand has a quarter of its sales going through Amazon. The rollout comes on the heels of news that the brand merged with Serta Simmons Bedding.

Amazon Launches Pop-Up Stores In UK

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Amazon , the Seattle, Washington eCommerce giant, is expanding in the U.K., Amazon is running a year-long pilot program aimed at helping up-and-coming online brands grow their presence in the physical world.

Alexa Fund Selects Nine Cos For Alexa Accelerator

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The Accelerator , a program designed to support early-stage startups using voice to deliver transformative customer and business experiences, will be hosted in Seattle this summer. The finale of Accelerator will be Demo Day in October 2018, where the selected companies will showcase their progress in front of investors, leaders from Amazon and the Seattle tech community. The Alexa Fund announced that it has chosen nine companies for this year’s Alexa Accelerator.

Nordstrom Partners With Casper For Latest Pop-Up Store

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Pop-In@Nordstrom is all about introducing our customers to the best of what’s out there, and we are excited to partner with a like-minded brand like Casper that leads with innovation and a strong customer experience.”. Pop-In is either a shop curated around a theme featuring brands across different product categories, or a partnership with a single brand to bring “the world of” to customers.

Amazon Debuts Autonomous Delivery Robot

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Amazon has a brand-new product that will deliver packages right to consumers’ doors. We developed Amazon Scout at our research and development lab in Seattle, ensuring the devices can safely and efficiently navigate around pets, pedestrians and anything else in their path,” the company said.

Amazon Launches Home Cleaning Service

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Amazon has been hiring house cleaners in Seattle as direct employees in an effort to boost its home services marketplace. The new housecleaning service, Amazon Home Assistants, offers cleaning services in Seattle, with prices determined by the size of the home and the number of visits. They need to add end-to-end services to enter more categories, and that service needs to be branded.

Teacher-Focused Homebuying Startup Lands $7.5M

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Landed said it has helped 200 teachers so far in areas like San Francisco Bay, Seattle and Denver. A startup called Landed that helps teachers buy houses has raised $7.5 million in a Series A funding round, according to reports.

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Amazon Prime Air Cargo Fleet Is Ready For Takeoff

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The world got its initial peek at the first Prime Air-branded cargo aircraft today in Seattle as the airplane enjoyed its maiden flight at the annual Seafair Air Show. Called Amazon One (because of course it is), the plane on display in Seattle is one of 11 in the air for Amazon through various air partners including Atlas Air and ATSG.

Nordstrom Partners With Anthropologie To Offer Home Collection

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We look forward to providing our customers with another way to shop one of their favorite home brands.”. Downtown Seattle (Seattle, Wash.); Nordstrom has announced a partnership with Anthropologie that will feature more than 200 items from Anthropologie Home at 15 Nordstrom locations, as well as online. The new Anthropologie Home collection will be available starting March 19.

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Williams Sonoma Is Bringing The Marketplace Back To Brick-And-Mortar

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Last week the greater Seattle area learned it will soon have access to its very own “dual-concept” Williams Sonoma store. Part of the dual-concept upgrade is aesthetic, offering what the company refers to as a more “contemporary look” for its retail space — complete with the high ceilings and modern tile floors that have become something of a design favorite for the brand. As of last quarter, the brand saw comparable sales up 3.2

Mobile Order-Ahead Goes Mainstream

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The top four were all branded apps, which makes sense for large chains. Yum Brands! Seattle-based startup Joe Coffee built a platform to enable customers of local coffee shops to pre-order and pay for their drinks on mobile devices.

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NY Mag To Open Pop-Up Shop; Amazon Go Plans New York Store

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They will include home goods and skin care products, among others, from brands such as home goods company East Fork and luxury bedding company Parachute. According to one report , each brand will have about 10 to 15 stock keeping units (SKUs) offered in the space.

Amazon, Trucking Startup CargoX Team On Brazilian Logistics

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Earlier this year, it was reported that the Seattle-based company was looking to lease a 50,000-square-meter warehouse near São Paulo. Amazon is partnering with startup CargoX on a pilot program that will use bulletproof trucks for the delivery of expensive goods in Brazil.

Amazon Eyes Two-City Split For HQ2

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Many of these communities were hoping to brand themselves as the co-headquarters with Seattle,” he said. “I Amazon might be choosing two locations for its second headquarters rather than picking just one city.

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Talks Retail, Election And ‘Amazon Effect’

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As customers do more shopping from home, brands are more and more often announcing brick-and-mortar closures. Schultz contributed his success to Starbuck’s continued innovation, including expanding the “roastery” experience from Seattle to Shanghai and New York. “ As good as Seattle is, wait ’til you see what we’re going to do in New York and Shanghai. It’s going to change the company, the brand and everything we do.”.