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Idealog—in the ideas business

  • Hip to be square: Web agency changing the world of online shopping

    2014-09-11 17:26:15 // // The Idealog Blog
    A couple of web guys reckoned they could teach the fashion industry a thing or two about e-commerce, so they quit their day jobs and set up Pocket Square, a fashion-focussed digital agency.
  • Angela Edwards: From horse and carriage to e-commerce

    2014-03-27 16:42:58 // // The Idealog Blog
    Fed up with trying to find the perfect corporate gift, Angela Edwards saw an opportunity to realise her goal of starting her own business. Enter Miny & Mo, a site that curates and sells gift experiences online. She gives us the lowdown on her new business venture.
  • Curating cool with The Collectors

    2014-02-13 09:41:51 // // The Idealog Blog
    'A collection of cool from near and far' – that's the tagline on new online store The Collectors, which curates quirky items from shower speakers to sunglasses.
  • Whitebook: Gorgeous products with a dash of good

    2014-02-11 09:57:32 // // The Idealog Blog
    Sally Brochocka and Emma Robertson started out as carefree university friends, a bond that would see them through countless travels and shopping trips. Then one day, they began to consider the provenance of their desires. Brochocka gave us the lowdown on their corporate escape and the problem with the quest for ethical 'perfection'.
  • Is Bitcoin right for your business?

    2014-02-04 10:18:21 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    Can you afford to ignore Bitcoin? That's the question many businesses are asking themselves. A handful of New Zealand companies have already embraced it, and more will no doubt follow.
  • Kiwis take to online shopping like ducks to water

    2013-04-23 08:50:11 //
    More than half of Kiwis are doing personal shopping online, an increase of 11 percent since 2009, according to Statistics New Zealand.
  • EcoDeals pairs e-commerce with education

    2013-04-22 15:00:32 // // The Idealog Blog
    Frustrated at not being able to find eco products when and where she needed them, Lisa Madarasz launched EcoDeals in February, an e-commerce hub that brings deals on eco-friendly products directly to your inbox twice a week.
  • Reward platform Plenfy to launch mobile app

    2013-03-12 10:39:57 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    Less than a year on from launch, cloud-based customer reward and engagement programme Plenfy is on the verge of launching a dedicated app, having grown rapidly on the back of partnership with other web-based services.
  • Torpedo7 the latest string in The Warehouse's 'multichannel' bow

    2013-03-04 09:41:18 // | 1 comment
    It was just a couple of months ago that The Warehouse picked up Noel Leeming Group for $65 million and now it's set to spend up to $33 million on online sporting gear retailer Torpedo7 .
  • Travel planning centralised at Trovolo

    2013-01-15 13:25:39 // // The Idealog Blog | 2 comments
    New trip-planning website Trovolo launched this month, a homegrown service made by travellers for travellers that encompasses a variety of tools.
  • Icebreaker launches online store ahead of Christmas rush

    2012-11-16 09:31:05 //
    Icebreaker is joining the world of online retail, launching an e-commerce store today with free shipping on purchases over $100.
  • Jonty Kelt: Cloud computing is our Industrial Revolution

    2012-11-07 15:22:22 // // The Idealog Blog
    With a career spanning Australia, Europe, Asia and now New York, at only 40 New Zealand-born Jonty Kelt is already onto his fourth startup, Group Commerce.
  • PlanetGoodness: Commerce with a conscience?

    2012-11-06 09:05:04 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    A group of marketers and a former TradeMe exec have joined forces to launch – a website where shoppers can buy green/ethical (or 'planet positive') products and support Kiwi charities at the same time.
  • Pricemaker turns marketplace on its head

    2012-10-29 10:12:55 // // The Idealog Blog
    There's been no shortage of e-commerce and auction sites popping up recently, and the latest to join the fray is Pricemaker, a platform for buying new, higher-priced items from traditional bricks and mortar retailers.
  • List Sell Trade chokes out of the starting blocks

    2012-10-05 10:06:18 // | 1 comment
    List Sell Trade brought its launch forward to this week to match online auction site Wheedle (which crashed and burned on just its second day) but has already stalled due to an "overwhelming response".
  • Makeably: a home for custom crafters

    2012-10-04 11:42:31 // // The Idealog Blog
    We've just come across Makeably – another online marketplace, yes, but one focusing on custom projects rather than the sale of ready-made or mass goods.
  • Video listings coming to TradeMe

    2012-08-23 09:00:20 //
    TradeMe retailers are being given the option to add videos to listings for the first time.
  • The Warehouse does daily deals

    2012-08-13 10:21:28 // | 1 comment
    'Where everyone gets a bargain' – that's The Warehouse's catchcry, and the red sheds are extending that philosophy by wading into the frenzy that is the daily deals market.
  • The weird and wonderful world of TradeMe

    2012-08-02 09:22:33 // // Idealog #40: workshop
    Simon Pound rides the wave of TradeMe fame – but not fortune.
  • Endemic World dials up mint prints

    2012-07-31 17:30:22 // // The Idealog Blog | 1 comment
    Online design store Endemic World hit the market back in 2007, quickly cementing its place as the home of cool, clever and creative New Zealand design. And last month it relaunched with a refined strategy, unveiling a new and specific focus on art and design prints and the tagline “saving blank walls, one print at a time”.
  • Five trends affecting your market right now

    2012-07-04 14:21:22 // // The Idealog Blog | 7 comments
    We're now halfway through 2012 and traditionally posts about new trends are written at the beginning of the year. But like the seasons, things change and they do so quickly.
  • Plug and pay with Swipe HQ

    2012-06-25 10:33:48 // | 3 comments
    Swipe HQ, a Kiwi offering with echoes of US payment technology Square, is on track to hit the market in August.
  • Kiwi auto marketplace rolling out across the States

    2012-06-22 09:18:14 // | 1 comment
    Wellington's PartsTrader Markets Ltd is entering the US, having won a contract with a major insurer to set up an online market for vehicle parts.
  • MYOB, Westpac offer free websites to SMEs

    2012-06-06 09:25:30 // // The Idealog Blog
    In this day and age it's hard to believe not all businesses are online, but MYOB research shows that as many as two-thirds of Kiwi companies are holding out. In conjunction with Westpac, it's launching , a new initiative to make free websites available for all New Zealand businesses for a year.
  • The Kai's the limit

    2012-05-11 12:49:28 // // Idealog #39: interact
    After noticing the explosion of artisan food and our thirst for more and more goodies, Greig Buckley decided to give it an e-commerce twist.
  • It's tap and go in Auckland mobile wallet trial

    2012-04-30 17:41:08 //
    Telecom, Auckland Transport and Westpac plan to start trialling a mobile wallet system from next month in collaboration with Gemalto, Thales and Paymark.
  • TradeMe opens the door to Aussie retailers

    2012-04-16 09:42:09 //
    TradeMe and global e-commerce platform ChannelAdvisor have cemented a new relationship that will let online retailers sell their wares directly through the auction site.
  • Ask, share, give – the new face of e-commerce?

    2012-04-10 15:12:30 // // The Idealog Blog | 3 comments
    The saying ‘sharing is caring’ makes up the essence of one Aucklander’s social experiment – a website that gives away goods and services for free.
  • Social e-commerce: a winning formula

    2012-04-10 15:03:49 // // The Idealog Blog | 3 comments
    If you've been ignoring the rise of e-commerce and social media, it's not too late.
  • Lasoo gets socially mobile with new catalogue viewing platforms

    2011-11-04 10:10:02 //
    Capitalising on the mobile and online movement, Reachmedia has released the next version of its catalogue viewing platform, which effectively takes catalogues, resizes them and publishes them in a Facebook environment and on mobile apps.
  • Mobile payment on the cards

    2011-11-02 16:03:18 // // Idealog #36: workshop | 1 comment
    Your phone is already your calendar, your camera and more – and soon it could be your wallet, too.
  • GrabOne gets family-friendly

    2011-11-01 15:35:38 //
    GrabOne’s quest to dominate the daily deals world continues today, with the launch of its seventh vertical, GrabOne Families.
  • Flossie gets glossy reincarnation – as a daily deal site

    2011-10-25 13:14:37 // // The Idealog Blog
    Kiwi entrepreneur Jenene Freer is on the brink of relaunching – as a daily deal site.
  • Telcos to let customers 'Payforit' via cell phone

    2011-10-25 10:02:38 //
    Telecom, Vodafone and 2degrees have reached an agreement to let customers to purchase apps and digital content on their cell phone and have it charged to their phone bill.
  • Vend to take on world after German funding boost

    2011-08-10 17:13:58 // | 1 comment
    Just a year old, Kiwi startup Vend has raised a big chunk of capital from Europe and now has its sights set firmly on the US market.
  • Pocketvouchers expands with new partnerships

    2011-08-04 13:00:23 //
    Auckland mobile marketing company Pocketvouchers has a bit of a spring in its step after signing deals with global payment processor ePay and local daily deal site GrabOne recently.