As the hordes head to the Internet to purchase gifts for the holiday season, there are two things that Google has discovered about them by looking at recent search trends. First, they are shopping much more actively on mobile than ever before (shopping and buying, not just searching for goods). Second, there are more people shopping for holiday gifts online right now than the entire holiday period last year.
Read MoreJust for you99Degrees collects $400,000 in funding to deliver custom clothing faster
Brenna Schneider sees customization as the future: when you order a hoodie or a pair of kicks, you should be able to make the design your own. But one of the big limitations, Schneider says, is the long wait. Since most of the products are made overseas, it can take several weeks to get what you ordered. "And of course, the e-commerce world has no tolerance for weeks," she says. "There's pressure for quicker turnaround on custom orders."
Read MoreThe Crying of eBay Lot 49Invaluable is Boston-based driving force behind eBay's new live auction service
On Monday, eBay launched a new live auction website that allows brick and mortar auction houses to conduct some of their art and collectibles sales online. The new offering is made possible through a partnership, announced earlier this year, with Invaluable, the Boston-based online live auction marketplace website. Read More
I'm not a big buyer of dangly earrings or silver-and-turquoise cuffs, but I have to admit: the new video "house party" software from Kitsy Lane, a Boston-based e-commerce startup, is a lot of fun. Instead of lining up a babysitter and visiting a friend's house to nibble cheese and crackers and try on costume jewelry, you sign on for a group videochat. The new vParty software is part of a recently-launched site from Kitsy Lane called Chelsea Row that focuses on selling jewelry and accessories online, through in-person "trunk shows" and the new live video events.
Wayfair, the online furniture merchant, has just moved into its new offices in Copley Place. However, the company is facing a bit of a challenge with the transition from its previous office further down Huntington Avenue: The company has already outgrown its new space. Read More
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