Some selected e-commerce news of interest from the past days:
Google Ventures has invested in Ordr.in.
TechCrunch reported on Ordr.in, which is pursuing a platform strategy for restaurant food delivery:
"Ordr.in’s solution has been to parter with 72 local food ordering sites (and counting) across the United States, which let users order from some 7,000 restaurants. It then normalizes all of that data, and gives other apps and services access to it via an API.
It’s this API that lets any app or service integrate food ordering. Say, for example, Netflix wanted to integrate an option to oder dinner alongside your evening streaming movie. With Ordr.in, they could do it. And they have a financial incentive to do so — they get a cut of each transaction (as does Ordr.in)."
11 API management services
Programmable Web introduces 11 services which help to launch and manage APIs:
“When launching and managing your API, many companies choose to do all the work themselves, unaware that are service providers available to help you plan, deploy, launch and manage your API infrastructure and ecosystem.”
A story from the beginning days of Amazon:
“We found that customers could order a negative quantity of books! And we would credit their credit card with the price and, I assume, wait around for them to ship the books,” Bezos tells Richard Brandt, who adapted his book “One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com” for a great Wall Street Journal profile.”
Liveshopping in China: Alibaba will be splitting off its group deal platform Taobao Ju Hua Suan into its own company:
“Alibaba has today announced that its group buy site, Taobao Ju Hua Suan – meaning Taobao group bargains – is going to be spun off as a separate company. It has its own daily deals – which come from vendors as diverse as restaurants and travel agencies – and also serves as an open platform for other sites to sell their deals.”
eBay CFO goes to One Kings Lane
Former eBay CFO Dinesh Lathi will be going to the furnishing and home decor flash sales site One Kings Lane where he will lead 'finance, operations and customer service'.
"As the Wall Street Journal reported recently, One Kings Lane is on track for over $100 million in 2011 sales, and is valued at $440 million."
Originally posted in German by Marcel Weiss, adapted for excitingcommerce.com by Jason Soo.