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UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 3:16 p.m.

Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users

Facebook already rules daily communication for more than two billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, too.


Auschwitz Museum protests death camp images on skirts, bags

The Auschwitz Memorial and Museum has complained to an e-commerce site that was selling miniskirts, tote bags and other items printed with photos of the former Nazi German death camp …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:54 p.m.

Amazon to test delivery robots on Seattle-area sidewalks

Amazon.com will use robots to deliver packages in the suburbs north of Seattle, its latest experiment to automate the last-mile of delivery that’s a labor-intensive and costly component of buying …


E-commerce sales tax coming to Washington

Washington state will require businesses to collect sales tax for items shipped to out-of-state customers beginning Monday.


From the field through Amazon: Local farm uses online sales to attract buyers for Palouse crops

Sara Mader used her software background to start selling products from a fifth-generation family farm on Amazon Grocery and Gourmet. During a Tuesday workshop, Mader talked about how online sales …


Google to invest $550 million in China e-commerce site JD

Google is investing $550 million in cash in China’s JD.com as the U.S. search giant pushes deeper into online commerce.


Why the explosive growth of e-commerce could mean more jobs

Automation has actually helped create jobs in e-commerce, rather than eliminate them, and stands to create more in the years ahead. By accelerating delivery times, robotics and software have made …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 8 p.m.

Shopping habits are hurting American jobs, especially today

More and more Americans are embracing a trend that labor groups have come to fear: We are shopping online now about as often as we take out the trash.


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 2:39 p.m.

Amazon’s Prime Day proves to be its biggest shopping day ever

The e-commerce giant didn’t disclose a figure but said purchases made by members of its Prime loyalty program, to whom the discount extravaganza is geared, were 60 percent higher than …


Amazon is still inflating discounts despite new name, Consumer Watchdog says

In a bid to promote its deals to consumers, Amazon.com Inc. started displaying current discounts compared to their historic price tags – a strategy that it calls the “was” price.


Sports chains’ stock plummets amid Nike joining Amazon roster

Shares in several major sports chains hit 52-week lows on word that Nike may soon be selling its gear directly on Amazon.com.


UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017, 2:17 p.m.

Gymboree files bankruptcy protection to reduce debt

The San Francisco-based company children’s clothing retailer says it is seeking to reduce its debt by $900 million. It expects to operate its business and majority of its 1,300 stores …


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 5:38 p.m.

Wal-Mart works to close gap with Amazon

Wal-Mart’s acquisition of Jet.com and brands that appeal to younger shoppers gave it an e-commerce boost as it works to close the gap between itself and the online leader. But …


E-commerce goes north, forcing Canada’s retailers out of hibernation

Canadian retailers are getting serious about selling stuff over the internet. You can thank Amazon.com Inc. for that.


PetSmart to buy Chewy.com, and the price fetched may be eye-popping

E-commerce is going to the dogs. Or vice versa. PetSmart, the nation’s largest pet-supplies retailer, has agreed to acquire Chewy.com, the market’s No. 1 online retailer. The combination of Phoenix-based …


Would you buy a new car online? Lynk & Co is betting on it

If millennials prefer to make most purchases online, why not let them buy cars online? And if they’re used to getting a new phone every year or two, why not …


As Amazon grows, Jeff Bezos ponders how to stave off decay

The expansion of Amazon.com’s empire might seem unstoppable, as the company adds tens of billions in revenue to its top line and tens of thousands of employees to its payroll …


Stores closing at a record pace as e-commerce chews up retailers

The rapid descent of so many retailers has left shopping malls with hundreds of slots to fill, and the pain could be just beginning. More than 10 percent of U.S. …


Ralph Lauren is latest fashion victim in new era for retailers

Beset by a decline in sales, Ralph Lauren Corp. announced Tuesday it would close the flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York as part of a $370 million shakeup. …


UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 9:57 a.m.

Staples jumps on report that it’s in talks with buyout firms

Staples, the office-supply chain that’s pursuing an e-commerce makeover, rose the most in more than four years after the Wall Street Journal reported that it’s in takeover talks.


Amazon says it’s open to pushing content through cable boxes

Amazon.com Inc., the e-commerce giant that’s shaking up the entertainment industry, says it’s open to pursuing deals to stream content through cable operators’ set-top boxes, much like Netflix has done …


Best industries for aspiring entrepreneurs in 2017

Health care, marijuana and e-commerce are among the industries with promising futures, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, market research firm IBISWorld and financial information company …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 3:01 p.m.

Amazon to create more than 100,000 new jobs in U.S. in 18 months

Amazon.com plans to create more than 100,000 new full-time jobs with benefits in the U.S. in the next 18 months.


Online shopping makes it easier for consumers, but returns are still a hassle

E-commerce purchases can be made with little effort, but shoppers say the returns are almost never as straightforward.


Amazon getting bigger slice of holiday online spending pie, data suggest

Amazon.com has seen its already dominant share of online shopping rise in the walk-up to the holidays, says e-commerce consultancy Slice Intelligence.


Online retailers like Amazon driving record holiday deliveries

Parcel delivery services expect to deliver a record number of packages this holiday season as Amazon.com and other e-commerce players are busier than ever. And so far, an expert says, …


Spokane-based etailz Inc. announces layoffs

Spokane-based etailz Inc. is laying off 8 percent of its employees under a restructuring, the company said Thursday.


With shipping industry poised for massive upheaval, can FedEx weather the storm?

Between 10 and 11:30 p.m., as most of this city is winding down for the night, the FedEx Express World Hub is revving up for its busiest hours of the …


New Seattle freight lab tackles urban delivery congestion

The rise in e-commerce and on-demand delivery has put increasing pressure on fast-growing cities like Seattle to rethink how they manage traffic congestion.


Target taps Amazon executive to overhaul supply chain

Target says it has tapped an Amazon executive to lead the overhaul of its supply chain that has been stretched by the demands of e-commerce.