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  • Kroger to buy online retailer Vitacost for $280 mln Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    July 2- Kroger Co said it would buy online retailer Vitacost.com Inc for about $280 million in a bid to expand its online presence. The biggest U.S. supermarket operator's $8 per share offer repre4sents a 27.3 percent premium to Vitacost shares' Tuesday closing of $6.28 on the Nasdaq.

  • Sales of Team USA soccer gear are exploding Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 3:11 PM ET
    Clint Dempsey of the U.S. (C) attempts to score between Portugal's Bruno Alves and Ricardo Costa (R) during their 2014 World Cup G soccer match in Manaus, Brazil,  June 22, 2014.

    The success of the U.S. at the World Cup hasn't just meant mega-TV ratings, but also a spike in merchandise sales.

  • TOKYO, July 1- AirAsia Bhd said on Tuesday it would set up a low-cost airline with Japan's biggest online retailer Rakuten Inc and other firms, marking the budget carrier's second attempt to tap one of Asia's lucrative air travel markets.

  • Food makers feel their way towards online future Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    PARIS, July 1- Grocery manufacturers are struggling to adapt to the online world and need to invest in smarter packaging, presentation and supply chains to reap the long term benefits.

  • *Alibaba the king of online retail on personal computers in China. *Alibaba headed for big IPO in New York this year. BEIJING, July 1- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd may have dominated online retail on personal computers, but is some way from replicating that leadership in shopping by smartphone and other mobile devices.

  • Peek's mobile focus     Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    Ruzwana Bashir, Peek co-founder & CEO, discusses her digital hub that's a one-stop shop for booking activities, tours, and more. Bashir also comments on diversity in big tech.

  • The Amazon CEO behind conference room doors Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 11:03 AM ET
    Photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

    Those who have worked for Jeff Bezos say he can be an intimidating boss who expects results and has no patience for anyone who doesn't measure up.

  • WASHINGTON, June 25- White House changes to proposed rules for tobacco products significantly weakened language detailing health risks from cigars and deleted restrictions that might have prevented online sales of e-cigarettes, published documents show.

  • STOCKHOLM, June 22- Swedish-American heiress Cristina Stenbeck's bet on the red-hot e-commerce business has caught the eye of investors, although doubters question the future of her Kinnevik group in a sector where new players emerge almost every day.

  • Warby Parker disrupts eyeglass market     Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    Neil Blumenthal, Warby Parker co-founder & co-CEO, discusses his plans to disrupt the eyewear market by using web and mobile as a way to engage with customers.

  • *China e-commerce firm's shares surge after listing. *Tencent link heightens rivalry with Alibaba. BEIJING, June 18- With an iron grip, JD.com Inc founder Richard Liu has dragged China's number two online retailer from a Beijing backwater to a rich New York listing.

  • Beauty in a box: A new way to buy cosmetics Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 6:10 AM ET
    Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna, co-founders of Birchbox

    Sick of trying to curate cosmetic products? A subscription to Birchbox—which sends samples of high-end beauty products—may be the answer.

  • Getting cash from the crowd Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 6:10 AM ET
    Charles Adler, Perry Chen and Yancey Strickler (left to right), founders of Kickstarter

    Anyone can invest in disruptive start-ups, thanks to crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter. It has helped fund blockbusters like Oculus Rift

  • A way to look like a star on the red carpet Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 6:09 AM ET
    Jennifer Fleiss (left) and Jennifer Hyman, co-founders of Rent the Runway

    Tuxedo rental may be a very old idea, but it took two very bright Harvard MBAs to reinvent it for runway labels.

  • Closest thing bitcoin has to a central bank Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 6:09 AM ET
    Fred Ehrsam (left) and Brian Armstrong, founders of Coinbase

    With 1.3 million consumer wallets created and 32,000 merchants on board, Coinbase may be the closest thing bitcoin has to a central bank.

  • A real estate broker who doesn't want a commission Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 6:09 AM ET
    Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin

    Trulia and Zillow have ridden real estate Internet engines to IPOs, but Redfin says it's the only broker to really want you in a happy home.

  • Building an idea for basement tinkerers Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 6:00 AM ET
    Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of Quirky

    They may still make the stuff in Asia, but the ideas for Quirky's products originate in the ingenious minds of 'moonlighting' inventors.

  • A $5 billion bulletin board built to pin Amazon Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 6:00 AM ET
    Evan Sharp and Ben Silbermann, co-founders of Pinterest

    With 40 million users, Pinterest isn't living up to its 'world's bulletin board' slogan, but it could yet become a big problem for Amazon.

  • Taking on the Luxottica eyewear machine Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 6:00 AM ET
    Neil Blumenthal (left) and David Gilboa, co-founders of Warby Parker

    A David taking on retail Golaiths, this e-commerce upstart is circumventing traditional channels and selling eyeglasses to the masses.

  • A renewal in the subscription business model Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 6:00 AM ET
    Tien Tzuo, co-founder and CEO of Zuora

    Consumers today are more likely to obtain goods and services via a subscription than through a purchase, and that's where Zuora comes in.