Next Steps For Groupon As Andrew Mason Departs

It was just a matter of “when,” but Groupon has finally relieved Andrew Mason of his CEO duties after a quarter in which Groupon widely missed its mark because of its very high expenses and serious international issues, despite growing 30 percent year over year. Vice Chair Ted Leonsis and Executive Chair Eric Lefkofsky will run the … Read more

Is Amazon Testing a Local Marketplace?

Amazon has been reported to be prepping a local services marketplace test in one market. If the article is accurate, this effort won’t necessarily be adopted into a nationwide product – Amazon frequently tests product concepts — but should be watched with interest. Amazon Marketplace – or whatever its final branding – would complement existing Amazon services in … Read more

Investors Refocus on Delivery Services: A Big Cog for Local E Commerce?

Interest in delivery services is heating up, as investors are looking at them to not only fulfill food orders, but boost business via convenience, impulse buys and cross-over leads. Looking ahead, delivery services may come to mean a lot more. Some are providing their clients with marketing analytics. Others are seeking to verticalize beyond food … Read more

“Hey Alexa!” HomeAdvisor, TalkLocal Are Customizing for Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo represents a new eco-system for commerce, and is arguably, one of the biggest innovations in recent years. By simply voicing a request triggered by a common command, (“Hey, Alexa”), users can tap into hundreds of apps that are being specially designed to link their Web info – from movies and music to medical info. … Read more

ShopTalk17: Amazon PrimeNow and The Customer Push for Speed

While some players have dropped out, fast and cheap deliveries are still seen by retailers as a competitive boost — and a key to impulse purchases. Amazon, Google, Uber, Postmates, Instacart and Best Buy are among those players investing heavily in their delivery capabilities. Each has been especially challenged by expectations set by Amazon’s Prime … Read more

TeachStreet, Find-A-Local-Teacher Site, Gears Up for Market #2

TeachStreet, which lists and profiles local independent teachers for everything from test prep to tennis lessons, is close to its official launch out of beta in Seattle and readying a second market in Portland, Ore., according to founder Dave Schappell. From there, it will add the Bay Area. Schappell says the development of Portland will … Read more