3 Timely E-Commerce Shipping Tips

Shipping has become a key part of success in the online shopping revolution. Amazon has raised consumer expectations dramatically when it comes to shipping, and etailers have been scrambling to keep up. Because changes occur on a near-daily basis in the shipping world, here are some tips for getting ahead of the game. The faster you can get your goods out the door and into your customers’ hands, the better. Consumers increasingly expect their purchases to arrive quickly, and they’re drawn to two-day, next-day and even same-day shipping offers.

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How Amazon Is Transforming Retail

Amazon’s plan to buy Whole Foods Market has raised many new questions. If the company is successful in making the acquisition, and then successful in operating the business, it could transform the entire grocery industry. If we pull the camera back, we can see how success on the grocery side could foreshadow Amazon’s success in many other parts of the retail environment, furthering the expansion that began two decades ago in the book business, when Amazon challenged Borders and Barnes & Noble.

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SnapRoute Snags $25M With AT&T, Microsoft Backing

SnapRoute, a developer of open source networking software, announced that it has raised $25 million in Series A financing led by Norwest Venture Partners with new support from AT&T and Microsoft Ventures. SnapRoute, which was founded by CEO Jason Forrester and other former engineers from Apple, plans to use the funding to speed up the development of open source networking software for Fortune 500 firms. The company uses its software on commodity “white-box” switches and routers to create more streamlined and scalable data centers.

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Pipedrive Attracts Funds for Global Expansion

Pipedrive, a CRM manager that targets the end-user salesperson, has raised $17 million in a round of Series B funding from an investor group led by Atomico. Two of the company’s original investors, Bessemer Venture Partners and Rembrandt Ventures, participated in the new round as well. Pipedrive intends to use the funding to accelerate product development, hire additional staff, increase investment in infrastructure, and grow its ecosystem of partners. It will tap Atomico’s expertise in helping companies grow on a global scale.

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Facebook clarifies policy on livestream content after Castile video

The graphic livestream video, taken in the aftermath of the Philando Castile shooting, has raised a number of issues. How a social network should treat this kind of material is a minor one, but an issue nevertheless.

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AT&T hikes smartphone activation & upgrade fee to $20, matching Verizon

Article Image AT&T has quietly raised its smartphone activation and upgrade fee from $15 to $20, matching a similar fee imposed by Verizon earlier this week.

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Investors Bet $57M on Jana's Global Internet Access Strategy

Jana on Thursday announced it has raised $57 million in Series C funding, enabling it to continue its plans to connect developing countries to the Web. Verizon Ventures led the funding round, with backing from Spark Capital and Publicis Groupe. The backing will give Jana — which provides free, unrestricted Internet access to more than 30 million people in emerging markets — the boost it needs to connect its next billion users, according to company spokesperson Meagan Ward.

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Apple quietly supporting Silicon Valley's Super Bowl Host Committee with products & equipment

Article Image Apple is among the Silicon Valley tech giants who have raised millions of dollars to support the upcoming Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in California, though the iPhone maker has apparently requested that its logo and name not be associated with any of the NFL’s marketing materials.

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Users once again say iTunes Match/Apple Music upload limits raised over 25,000 songs

Article Image Some users are again claiming that Apple has raised the song upload/matching limit for iTunes Match and Apple Music libraries over 25,000, as promised in June by SVP for Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.

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Amazon Prime Video adds offline viewing in iOS update

Amazon has raised the bar for functionality in its streaming video race against Netflix, giving iOS users the ability to download movies and television shows to their devices for offline viewing on their iPhone or iPad.

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Buyers opting for higher capacity iPhones, likely boosting Apple profits, RBC survey finds

RBC Capital Markets has raised its Apple revenue forecasts for 2015 and 2016, arguing that iPhone demand could beat expectations for some time into the future, and that people are skewing towards buying more expensive, higher capacity iPhone models.

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Strengthening dollar prompts Apple to increase prices in Europe, Canada

Apple raised prices in a number of overseas markets on Tuesday, a move precipitated by the U.S. dollar’s continued rebound and designed to minimize the effect of foreign exchange headwinds.

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VCs Cough Up $100M for Cybersecurity Startup Illumio

Illumio, a 2-year-old cybersecurity startup, last week announced it had raised $100 million in a Series C round of financing, bringing its total funding over the past 27 months to more than $142 million. New investors Accel Partners and BlackRock Funds joined Investors Formation 8, Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst in the round. Other investors include Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson, who is an Illumio board member, as well as Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Yahoo cofounder Jerry Yang.

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Power grid’s failing infrastructure at risk of cyberattack

Tuesday’s power failure in Washington has once again raised questions about the vulnerability of America’s electric power grid.

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Apple hikes international prices in response to fluctuating exchange rates

In reaction to the strength of the U.S. dollar, Apple has the raised prices at a number of its international online stores, including prices in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Portugal.

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Instacart Bags $220 Million

Instacart on Tuesday announced it has raised $220 million, following a $44 million investment round in June of last year. The company uses a fleet of personal shoppers, who are independent contractors, to purchase and deliver items to customers. “The two main differentiators for Instacart are our focus on grocery and our strategy to partner with retailers,” said Nilam Ganenthiran, Instacart’s head of partnerships. “We are the grocery store’s best friend. We are helping local retailers expand rather than competing with them.”

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On Pins and Needles Over Pinterest

Pinterest last week announced that it had raised $200 million in a new round of fundraising from existing investors SV Angel, Bessemer Venture Partners, Fidelity and Andreessen Horowitz. The latest funding puts its valuation at $5 billion, which is quite a tidy sum for a company that has little to offer in terms of revenue. What Pinterest does have to offer is its name and its brand and its legions of users. Its user-provided pins now number around 30 billion and its array of boards around 750 million.

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