Sandbox Issue 233: Shopping Around: Making Online Stores Add Up
Lead: Working with D2C experts is one part of the business, but changes in how social media sites are structuring themselves can offer acts new ways to sell products to fans of all stripes. We look at where social platforms...
July 25, 2019
Instagram adds ‘Checkout’ feature for in-app shopping
Rumours that Instagram was going to do more with e-commerce have been bubbling for a while. Yesterday, the Facebook subsidiary revealed its latest moves. “Today, we’re introducing checkout on Instagram. When you find...
March 20, 2019
Instagram expands its shopping features through stories and Explore section
The rumours were true: Instagram is getting new features focused on shopping. They were announced yesterday, and will be focused on two specific areas of Instagram's app: its stories section, and its Explore homepage.
September 18, 2018
Report claims Instagram is building a standalone shopping app
This year has seen Instagram’s move into longer-form video with its IGTV feature, and some dabbling with e-commerce via shoppable links within its app. Now Instagram could be planning a significant expansion of the latter.
September 5, 2018
Facebook is building shops into Facebook Pages
We’ve seen several spikes in hype around the idea of social commerce: people buying products (music, tickets and artist merch included) through social networks like Twitter and Facebook. The hype has often turned out to...
July 16, 2015
HMV getting back into e-commerce – but for physical music
British retailer HMV is relaunching a full e-commerce website, although for now it will focus on selling CDs rather than digital downloads. “People are switching from downloads to streaming music, so digital is eating digital...
May 19, 2015
Twitter planning an e-commerce play?
People have been poking behind the curtain on Twitter’s Android app and have found a (dormant) setting for “payment and shipping” and now the tech press is piling in and declaring that Twitter is definitely (possibly)...
August 7, 2014
Facebook and Twitter make their latest moves in e-commerce
The idea of social commerce has received plenty of hype in recent years, but hasn’t always delivered on it. Both Facebook and Twitter are seemingly keen to rectify that state of affairs, with both making new moves yesterday....
July 18, 2014
Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba files for IPO in the US
Often described as the ‘Chinese Amazon’, the filing for e-commerce firm Alibaba’s IPO might persuade a few more people to start describing Amazon as the US Alibaba. The document sets out the company’s stats: 231m...
July 8, 2014
Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart launches Digiflip Pro tablet
Amazon has been releasing its Kindle Fire tablets in the west for a while now, but its equivalent in India has similar ambitions. Flipkart is launching a seven-inch tablet called the Digiflip Pro XT712, which will cost Rs...
June 28, 2014
YouTube turns eight and adds shoppable videos feature
Happy birthday to you, YouTube. Given its scale now, it's strange to think it's only eight years since the video site launched in May 2005.
May 20, 2013