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January 30 2014

Alibaba Adds Payment Option for Mobile Cab Rides
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Alibaba, China's leading e-commerce firm, has introduced a new feature in its Alipay Wallet mobile e-wallet app that lets users hail taxis on Kuaidi Dache, the Hangzhou-based on-demand transportation app.

The feature, which was first spotted by Marbridge Daily, is accessible when users press the "Explore" tab in the Alipay Wallet app's dock. At the bottom, a bar bearing a yellow taxi icon appears. Pressing the bar lets users input their location, intended destination, and call for a cab.

Alipay Wallet previously included a feature that let users pay for cabs hailed on Kuaidi Dache's standalone app. Recently, however, that put Alibaba a few steps behind rival firm Tencent, which introduced taxi booking and payment through its behemoth WeChat messaging app. Read more...

More about China, Apps, Taxis, E Commerce, and Alibaba

January 17 2014

Boost Your Small Business With These 12 Free Ecommerce Tools
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The second quarter of 2013 saw U.S. online sales grow nearly 16%, marking the 15th consecutive quarter of positive year-on-year growth. Later in the year, in the UK, there was a record-breaking holiday season for many online retailers.

With trends predicting ecommerce sales to take an ever bigger portion of retail sales in 2014, it isn't surprising to see many small businesses move toward online operations. As a small business owner, you don't have a big budget to work with, but you still want a reliable, professional online platform that you can set up and maintain with ease.

More about Small Business, Startups, Features, Ecommerce, and E Commerce

August 19 2013

Startup Aims to Put Your Next Item of Underwear on Video
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MeUndies, a startup known for its underwear-spewing vending machines, is hoping to get your funding for a live video tool to help make sure you're buying the most flattering undergarments

The video offering is more of a customer service support tool than a virtual dressing room. It's a one-way feature where you can see the reps but MeUndies can't see what you look like in your skivvies, so there's no infringing upon your privacy

Reps are able to make recommendations and drop links to similar products via a live text sidebar. Users can also opt to have a male or female staffer help them. Those more shy can send in photos to MeUndies Read more...

More about Startups, Crowdfunding, E Commerce, Business, and Underwear
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