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GrubMarket raises $20 million to expand its online farmer’s market @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Forget food delivery. Just the organic slice of the grocery delivery business remains competitive in the U.S. with giants from the brick and mortar world, tech titans and upstarts all muscling in for a piece of an annual market that sees more than $40 billion in sales domestically. Some have flamed out, like Farmigo, which…

via GrubMarket raises $20 million to expand its online farmer’s market — TechCrunch

People.ai is using machine learning to rewrite the sales ops playbook @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

People.ai, a company bringing machine learning algorithms to sales operations, is emerging from stealth. The platform uses machine learning tech to give sales reps what it calls a predictive playbook on how to close deals based on past success. People.ai also shows managers how well team members are doing in relation to this standard. The company is…

via People.ai is using machine learning to rewrite the sales ops playbook — TechCrunch

WooCommerce now works with Square to seamlessly run both online and offline stores @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

A bit more than a year after Automattic acquired WooCommerce, the popular service that turns any WordPress website into an e-commerce store is now integrating with Square. While this kind of integration doesn’t sound groundbreaking on paper, it has bigger implications when it comes to bridging online stores with offline purchases. Read More

via WooCommerce now works with Square to seamlessly run both online and offline stores — TechCrunch

Apple Pay is also launching in Hong Kong — TechCrunch

Right after launching in France, Apple Pay is now available in Hong Kong as well. As usual, only a few partnering banks are part of the launch, but the company expects to roll out support for more cards and stores over the coming months. Read More

via Apple Pay is also launching in Hong Kong — TechCrunch

Visa made an NFC mobile payment ring for Olympic athletes in Rio — TechCrunch

This is probably pretty far down everyone’s list of necessary Olympic athletic equipment to pack for the 2016 Rio games, but Visa’s gonna be Visa, because it’s everywhere you want to be and life takes Visa, etc. The credit card giant is offering up a new NFC-enabled payment ring to Team Visa athletes, no doubt inspired…

via Visa made an NFC mobile payment ring for Olympic athletes in Rio — TechCrunch

Walgreens extends its developer efforts with two new APIs — TechCrunch

Walgreens (yes, that Walgreens — the one that also owns Duane Reade and is trying to buy Rite Aid for $17.2 billion) has long offered a number of tools for developers who want to plug into both its retail and pharmacy business. Today, the company is extending this program with the launch of two new APIs.…

via Walgreens extends its developer efforts with two new APIs — TechCrunch

Fast-growing online dollar store Hollar launches its own private label goods — TechCrunch

Amid the shift of commerce to online stores like Amazon, one huge segment of the industry has been overlooked: dollar stores. Many assumed that’s because with retail price points that low, there’s little room for profitability – after all, if dollar stores could be a successful online business, wouldn’t they already be hugely popular? Actually, they…

via Fast-growing online dollar store Hollar launches its own private label goods — TechCrunch

Amazon kills its price protection policy — TechCrunch

Amazon has quietly ended its price protection policy on all products except for televisions. The change to the company’s policy comes at a time when a handful of startups have launched to help consumers automate the process of requesting refunds when prices change on online sites, including Amazon as well as dozens of other e-commerce stores. For example, newcomer…

via Amazon kills its price protection policy — TechCrunch

WunWun founder Lee Hnetinka launches Darkstore, an on-demand delivery fulfillment platform — TechCrunch

Last May, Lee Hnetinka shut down his on-demand delivery service WunWun, which was a direct a competitor to Postmates, and then sold the company’s assets to Alfred, a TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 Battlefield alum. Fast forward to today and Hnetinka has teamed up with JustVacay founder Wilson Lee to launch Darkstore, a delivery fulfillment platform for e-commerce brands that is……

via WunWun founder Lee Hnetinka launches Darkstore, an on-demand delivery fulfillment platform — TechCrunch

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