E-Commerce

Amazon’s Hiring is Just One Sign of Retail’s Tech Focus

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Amazon’s IT recruitment efforts in 2013 dramatically outpaced those of all of its competitors, according to a report published on the industry website Retail Information Systems News. During the year, the company posted about 17,000 tech jobs, more than 57 percent of all postings among the top 10. That’s a lot of postings, and we should note the report didn’t provide a definition for what jobs it considers “tech” or how it counted the ads. Still, the number is an… continue…

Staples Hiring Spree Targets Hundreds of Engineers

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Office products retailer Staples has been on a hiring spree to support its big bet on e-commerce. The company has been adding “hundreds of engineers, including many from Web-only retailers who can help the retailer to bridge gaps in creating and managing technology across stores and digital,” according to Internet Retailer. While rolling out faster, sleeker and more personalized mobile sites, the company’s also looking to “omnichannel” technology that promotes in-store shopping. In September, Staples announced plans for its Seattle… continue…

Online Holiday Shopping Spiked, Delaying Some Packages

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This latest holiday period was the best and worst of times for e-commerce. continue…

Tech Startups Attract Non-Tech Company Buyers

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Stepping outside the comfort zone is a mantra that non-tech companies are increasingly adopting, as they search for new ways to expand their operations or beat back the competition. Just ask corporate titans in the health, retail, financial services and agriculture industries that are stepping up their buyout activity of tech startups and going head-to-head with well-known IT companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo, TechCrunch says. Health insurer UnitedHealth Group, for example, acquired health data analytics company Humedica in January.… continue…

Amazon Web Services Heading to China

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The new AWS region will need to follow China’s “legal and regulatory requirements.” continue…

Fab Gives Pink Slips to 81 More

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E-commerce startup Fab has confirmed giving the ax to 81 employees — 73 full-timers and eight temps. AllThingsD reports the casualties include Chief Product Officer David Paltiel as well as other executives. It says Devin Flaherty, the company’s head of user experience, resigned. Chief Operating Officer Beth Ferreira is leaving as well. None of these executives were mentioned by CEO Jason Goldberg in his memo, published on Valleywag, on “refounding” the company. Goldberg said of the streamlining going on: This… continue…

“The Everything Store” Sparks Battle Over Bezos’ Reputation

A very public battle has erupted between the wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his biographer. continue…

“The Everything Store”: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon

A new book that details the online retailer and its mercurial founder. continue…

Amazon Developing Two Smartphones: Report

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Amazon is supposedly hard at work on two smartphones: one a “budget” edition, the other tricked out with all sorts of features. continue…

FBI Shuts Down ‘Silk Road’ Online Black Market

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The FBI is accusing one Ross Ulbricht of running Silk Road under the online moniker Dread Pirate Roberts. continue…