Today, service marketplace Fiverr has announced an update to its Android application, introducing seller features not previously available on any mobile platform. The app, which was originally released in March 2014, now gives Fiverr sellers new options, like the ability to update and respond to their Gig orders in real-time, without needing to be on a traditional computer.
While “Small Business Saturday” may be easily associated with small boutiques and other brick-and-mortar stores in the real world, the movement is gaining traction online as well. Take IMVU for instance, a thriving social community (with new apps on iOS and Android devices), which allows its users to create virtual items for sale in their own digital stores to earn real money. These creators are being showcased today, with their stores advertised across the entire IMVU platform, encouraging users to discover new friends and product lines for purchase.
Children’s clothing marketplace Totspot has launched on Android devices, giving parents a new way to buy and sell gently used clothing and accessory items from the comfort of their own homes. Using the app, parents can create private profiles for their children, allowing them to browse items easily, based on the exact sizes their little ones currently need.
Gift card marketplace Raise has today revealed it has secured $18.1 million in funding for its platform, which allows users to buy and sell store gift cards for a discounted price. The company’s iOS app was released in October, and offers a real-time version of the full online marketplace, with support for over 3,000 featured brands.
Mobile shoppers have a new outlet for finding deals and savings at their favorite stores: Goodshop, an iOS app that aggregates the latest coupons and deals from more than 5,000 online stores. While shopping for great deals is one thing, Goodshop goes one step further, donating a portion of many purchases to a charity of the user’s choice, at no extra cost.
Leading retailer Target is testing its newest iOS app, In a Snap, which works to help users learn more information about, and gain access to purchasing Target-branded items displayed in advertisements in magazines or catalogs.
The app uses the camera on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices to recognize items, and then shows users additional information about the products. From there, the item(s) can be added to the user’s cart and purchased.
Mobile engagement solutions company Scanbuy has today announced a major update to its ScanLife app on Android and iOS. The original app allows users to scan QR codes, barcodes and UPC codes on products to receive price details and other information. With this update, users will now receive personalized discounts, deals and other promotions based on that scanning activity.
Mobile commerce company Boxed has secured an additional $6.5 million in funding for the continued expansion of its warehouse club shopping platform. Since its launch last August, the Boxed platform has expanded to offer over 800 products. Unlike real-world warehouse stores, Boxed requires no membership fee, and offers free overnight shipping on purchases of $75 or more.
The folks at Cover are looking to change the way consumers pay for their meals at restaurants with their Cover iPhone app. The app is supported at over 80 restaurants throughout the New York City / Brooklyn area, and allows users to pay for their meals via information stored within the app, without waiting for a bill. Since launch last Summer, the mobile payment app has grown to process $100,000 each month.
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