• At Wal-Mart, moving the needle on e-commerce

    The retailer's global e-commerce chief, Neil Ashe, sits down with Fortune's Adam Lashinsky in Las Vegas to talk struggles and strategy.

    FORTUNE -- Amazon (AMZN) is the undisputed master of online retail. Wal-Mart (WMT) is a superstore juggernaut. For years, the two companies existed in relative isolation, an either/or proposition for shoppers.

    Not for long. Increasingly, customers won't choose between buying online or offline -- they 'll want a retail experience that MORE

    - Jan 7, 2014 1:57 PM ET
  • Warby Parker raises $60 million

    Exclusive: The fashionable eyeglasses purveyor more than doubles its total investment.

    FORTUNE -- Warby Parker has raised $60 million in its latest round of venture capital funding, led by its biggest investor, Tiger Global Management. The amount tops the $55 million that the trendy eyewear maker scored in its three previous rounds combined.

    Other existing investors also re-upped, including General Catalyst Partners (which led its Series B round), Spark Capital, Thrive Capital, MORE

    - Dec 20, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • For retailers, nostalgia-driven novelty for the holidays

    A portable vinyl record player that resembles a small suitcase. A $300 radio named after a picturesque Swiss city. A silver-plated yo-yo. Apparel retailers see the holiday season as a chance to reinforce their position in the market, and they're doing so without selling clothes at all.

    FORTUNE -- Richard Tymkiw, a 59-year-old attorney from London, walked into the Urban Outfitters store on Fifth Avenue in New York City looking for a shirt MORE

    - Dec 18, 2013 3:07 PM ET
  • Amazon's new way to boost Kindle sales? Your old books

    That novel you bought 18 years ago? It's part of the company's business model.

    By Jane Porter, contributing writer

    FORTUNE -- Jeff Bezos may be tight-lipped when it comes to talking numbers, but the Amazon (AMZN) chief executive made it clear where the real value of the Kindle lies for his company: "We want to make money when people use our devices -- not when people buy our devices," he wrote MORE

    Dec 18, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • For Google, it pays to be evil during the holidays

    Paid product ads appear to be working wonders for the tech company during its most lucrative quarter.

    FORTUNE -- The winter holiday season is crunch time for retailers everywhere. Often, it's the difference between a profitable year and one that ends in the red. On the Web, one company is not selling goods, but still profiting handsomely anyway: Google.

    The Internet search and advertising giant has long seen an uptick in business in MORE

    - Dec 18, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Polyvore CEO: To succeed, write 'good, clean code'

    For Jess Lee, the co-founder and chief executive of fashion discovery website Polyvore, leadership is always on trend.

    FORTUNE—Jess Lee, the 31-year-old CEO and co-founder of fashion discovery site Polyvore, is party natty, part nerd: she has a Bachelors of Science in computer science from Stanford University, is a former product manager at Google, and runs a website that helps people discover and shop for fashion, beauty, and home décor products MORE

    - Nov 20, 2013 10:43 AM ET
  • Amazon trumps Wall Street predictions -- still loses money

    The e-commerce giant's latest quarter was more of the same in some respects -- not necessarily a bad thing.

    FORTUNE -- Amazon (AMZN) has long focused on heavy investments into expansion, even at the expense of its bottom line, and the company's latest quarter proved no different.

    For the e-commerce giant's third quarter 2013, it reported a loss of 9 cents per share on sales of $17.09 billion. While the loss was expected, the MORE

    - Oct 24, 2013 6:42 PM ET
  • The send-a-box boom

    A slew of young startups have embraced a subscription model wherein customers receive a box of items at their doorstep -- but can the model have lasting success?

    By Andres Vaamonde, reporter

    FORTUNE -- Maybe the best things do come in small packages. In an age when consumers can get nearly everything they want online, a number of small new companies are gaining traction not by sending consumers precisely what MORE

    Jul 9, 2013 3:26 PM ET
  • China: E-commerce trumps retail

    High-tech meets low-tech (bike messengers!) as new Chinese consumers embrace online shopping.

    By Scott Cendrowski, writer

    FORTUNE -- Just as cash-strapped consumers in the developing world bypassed so-called landline phones in favor of mobile devices, so China's lower-income consumers are skipping physical stores in favor of e-commerce sites.

    A recent report by McKinsey & Co. shows that e-commerce sales in China reached an estimated $190 billion last year, almost equaling the U.S. MORE

    May 20, 2013 11:12 AM ET
  • Look at what the radicals at Groupon are working on

    Yes, Groupon's whimsy-prone founder is gone. That doesn't mean the e-commerce company has changed its ambitions much.

    FORTUNE -- Eric Lefkofsky does not know what became of Montgomery Ward & Co., the iconic Chicago catalog merchandiser and retailer that was built to last more than 100 years.

    I am of two minds on his knowledge gap. On the one hand, you'd think that the man whose several companies, including the much-criticized deal-promotion site MORE

    - May 9, 2013 7:22 AM ET
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