Local Curation Commerce: A Look at Peach’s Curated Lunch

“Best of” editions are great media properties for city sites, city magazines and alt weeklies. Can they make the shift to e-commerce? Can they generate leads for a business; generate incremental sales and new customers; and ‘scale’? The challenges and opportunities for what might be called “local curation commerce” is addressed in Monday’s profile of […]

Can ‘Local Curation’ Scale? A Look at Bean Box’s Specialty Coffee Business

Most relationships between search and discovery companies and local merchants and services are defined by ad sales (i.e. Yelp) or by their inclusion in paid delivery services (i.e. GrubHub, Uber Eats, Postmates, Amazon Restaurants). Can a search and discovery provider “curate” local merchants and services and help them add new customers and sales through the […]

B2SMB Summit Preview: AdRoll’s Scott Gifis — An AdSense-Like Role for SMB ECommerce

SMB merchant advertising often gets out-performed by larger companies with larger budgets and staffs. Can it use technology to get on a level playing field? That question has gotten especially important as retailers try to not only increase awareness online, but also sell (hence the rocket-like rise of Shopify). That’s the role envisioned by companies […]

How Amazon Will Use Whole Foods as a Local Retail Anchor and Lifestyle Platform

Whole Foods has been rescued by its $13.7 Billion sale to Amazon, which should not only be able to leverage WF’s 431 stores with upscale shoppers, but amplify it with personalization, promotions, Prime Now delivery, and a broader selection of high margin lifestyle goods (which account for a high percentage of Whole Foods’ profit). Whole […]

LocalOnliner Insights: Wanderful Media’s Sale to OwnLocal

OwnLocal’s acquisition today of Wanderful Media marks the end of an era, as Wanderful Media’s newspaper and TV owners basically stepped away from efforts – as a combined, industry group — to control the next generation of value added local merchant advertising, deals and coupons. OwnLocal, which is independently owned, will leverage hundreds of Wanderful […]

ShopTalk17: Retailers as ‘Hyperlocal Shoppable Destinations’

Macy’s, Sears and JC Penney’s are closing dozens of store locations. Others will follow. So the question arises: Can stores use digital tech and e-commerce to save themselves? The value of their real estate, alone, certainly incents them to highlight their stores, instead of just selling online. At ShopTalk17 in Las Vegas last week, executives […]

ShopTalk 17: Retail Brands Focus on Amazon ‘Work Arounds’

For many brands and retailers, working around Amazon is the new reality – even as they participate in Amazon’s marketplace, and/or use Amazon Web Services, fulfilment and payments. Amazon “work arounds” were one of the main focus points for the 5,600 attendees at ShopTalk17 this week in Las Vegas. Those taking the stage were clearly […]