Ecommerce Industry Roundup – Week of 8/6/12

The news and headlines that grabbed our attention this past week:

Lisa Perry Adds E-commerce via WWD: With the sixth anniversary only a few months away, Acadaca worked with Lisa Perry to extend her reach with an e-commerce component to her Web site. The designer’s vibrant colored dresses and limited-edition artist-inspired pieces, as well as her children’s apparel, accessories and home collections are now being sold on her Web site. Check out the site here.

Check out the winning hacks from Dwolla & Etsy’s first eCommerce Hack Day in NYC via The Next Web:  eCommerce Hack Day (#eHD) brought together over 100 of NY’s finest developers for a sold out e-commerce themed hackathon. As you’d expect, the weekend featured a sleepless rush of brainstorming, coding, candy and pitching for more than $10,000 in prizes.

Apple’s Fancy e-commerce could trump Facebook’s via ZDNet: Apple wants in on the e-commerce market and fancies New York-based company, The Fancy. Similar to Pinterest, The Fancy helps users make wish-lists of things, but The Fancy also enables users to buy some of the items able to be purchased through its site. The site, which is backed by co-founders of Facebook and Twitter, takes a 10 per cent cut from purchases.

‘Lucky’ Magazine to Launch Shopping Site via Mashable: Luckymagazine is finally making the plunge into e-commerce with the launch of, scheduled to launch on August 17th. The website, which is powered by Revel Touch, will allow visitors to shop from more than a dozen retailers, including Saks and Sephora. MyLucky’s functionality will be integrated into, allowing users to shop articles published on the site.

Starbucks Invests $25 Million in Mobile-Payment Provider Square via AdAge: Starbucks, the largest coffee-shop chain, will use Square’s payment system in 7,000 stores and invest $25 million in the startup, making it easier for customers to make purchases with mobile phones. Square’s software lets merchants accept electronic payments on their own hardware or through a device that plugs into a phone or tablet. Starbucks is marrying its own mobile-phone payment program with Square’s transaction-processing tools, angling to make it as easy as possible to buy a latte at its U.S. stores.


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