Category: Retail

Users can now shop directly on TikTok thanks to its partnership with Shopify

TikTok unveils a new in-app shopping feature in its latest partnership with Shopify. TikTok users can now purchase items from sellers directly from videos and retailer profiles. Since the pandemic, e-commerce has increased, creating ways for social platforms to get involved. Loading Something is loading. TikTok users can now shop directly in the app.The new…

Wouleta Ayele was instrumental in advancing the Starbucks app. Now, she’s moving to Sweetgreen to take the salad chain’s tech to the next level as it prepares to IPO.

Sweetgreen has been a digital innovator since it was founded in 2007.  The restaurant unicorn, valued at $1.8 billion, confidentially filed its IPO paperwork on June 21. Former Starbucks tech executive Wouleta Ayele will help the chain scale its operations nationally.  Long before the pandemic forced restaurants to think about their digital game plan, restaurant…

Disney is the latest company to launch mini-shops inside other retailers (DIS, TGT)

Target announced Monday that it will add small Disney stores to more than 160 locations.  Ulta Beauty and Apple have also entered Target in this mini-store surge.  Following bankruptcy in 2017, Toys ‘R’ Us products will now be sold at Macy’s online and in stores. See more stories on Insider’s business page. Loading Something is…

Vintage home decor sellers have quietly taken over Instagram during the pandemic: ‘It’s like doing a huge yard sale with all of your friends all the time online’

There’s a thriving underground community of vintage housewares sellers on Instagram.  The community has ballooned during the pandemic as people seek to decorate their homes. Sellers say it’s an exhausting but rewarding job, like “a huge yard sale with all of your friends.” Loading Something is loading. In early April, I was wasting time on…

In leaked internal messages, Stitch Fix stylists say corporate is ‘gaslighting’ them and ignoring pleas for help on new policies and schedules

Dozens of Stitch Fix stylists have posted angry comments on the company’s internal forum.  They say the company has botched its rollout of policy changes and left stylists in the dark. Stitch Fix announced the changes on August 2, but stylists were expecting an update this week. Stitch Fix stylists frustrated with the company’s communication…

We pulled data on the beauty startups that have earned the most investor funding — and are helping forge a new future for the industry

US Markets Loading… H M S Premium Madison Reed/YouTube This story is available exclusively to Insider subscribers. Become an Insider and start reading now. The beauty industry is evolving in response to trends like eco-friendly and customizable products. Investors are increasingly pouring money into the fast-growing $380 million market.  Here are 14 brands that have…

Local officials are reportedly worried chlorine suppliers are prioritizing swimming pools over drinking water in several US states

Officials worry chlorine suppliers are prioritizing swimming pools over drinking water, Bloomberg says. Amid chlorine shortages, some drinking water plants are running low on vital treatment chemicals.  Pool construction increased by 23% last year, contributing to a shortage of chlorine tablets. Loading Something is loading. Oceanside Water Utilities in California was days away from running…

62 power players at Travis Kalanick’s secretive food startup, plus 26 who left in the last two years

Insider identified dozens of current and past power players at top-secret startup CloudKitchens. Travis Kalanick took over the Los Angeles-based ghost kitchen company in 2018 then added thousands of employees. Employees can’t list the company on their resume, so Insider spent months talking to sources about VIPs. Travis Kalanick oversees thousands of employees with impressive…

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