Online Shopping

Enthusiastic online shoppers spent a record $3.4 billion on Cyber Monday

Early estimates suggest Cyber Monday has been another bumper shopping event for online retailers. Initial data from Adobe Digital Insights puts U.S. sales at $3.4 billion, a 10 percent increase on last year's Cyber Monday.

Custom couch makers want to do for sofas what Casper did for mattresses

Casper will sell you a massage you've never felt, and Interior Define and BenchMade Modern want to do the same with couches. These are pricey purchases, but they do offer more customization than the Casper model.

Not a prime deal: Amazon appears to be burying the best price to benefit itself

Next time you're making a purchase from Amazon, you may want to look closer. A new report from ProPublica suggest the best price isn't always the one shown -- but it might be the one the retailer wants you to buy.
Social Media

Facebook’s new shopping features could boost sales for small businesses

Facebook has launched two new e-retail sections for business pages in emerging markets, and worldwide, that are tied into its Messenger app. For the first time ever, the new features allow businesses to sell items on Facebook at no extra…

Walmart buys in a move that ups the ante against Amazon

Likely attempting to make it easier for Walmart consumers to purchase items in bulk, and to improve its ability to compete against Amazon, the retail giant has acquired for over $3 billion.
Cool Tech

Forget keywords — this new system lets you search with rudimentary sketches

Could the future of online shopping be as simple as sketching out what you’re looking for? Researchers have trained a deep learning neural network to recognize hand-drawn sketches and use them to search for real-life products.

Amazon said to launch more Dash buttons, even though many people aren’t pressing them

Despite recent research showing that half of those with Amazon Dash buttons have never once pressed them, the reported launch of "dozens" of new branded buttons suggests the company is confident its push-to-buy shopping system will…

Look out, ads are coming to Google Images search results

Google makes vast amounts of money from ads, and now it's about to make even more. The company said this week it's now including ads in its Images search results, a move set to please merchants looking for more sales from big-spending…

Need condoms? You’ve got to hit that new Amazon Dash button

Ideal if you want an easy way to place orders of your favorite household items, Amazon has significantly expanded the Dash button program today with roughly 80 new brands in the mix.

FedEx says an ‘unprecedented’ surge in online shopping caused Christmas delays

FedEx said an "unprecedented" last-minute surge in online shopping, as well as bad weather, caused delays to its Christmas deliveries. The company paid thousands of workers to make extra deliveries on Christmas Day in a bid to clear the…

REI will close all stores on Black Friday, encourage online shoppers to go outside

Advising customers to go enjoy the great outdoors rather than head to retail stores, REI announced plans this week to completely halt all operations on Black Friday, both in-store and online.