Street Fight Daily: Groupon Buys Fashion Site, Delivery Hero Nabs $88M

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Groupon Buys Flash Sales Fashion Site Ideeli (USA Today)… Berlin’s Delivery Hero Gobbles Up $88M in Series E Funding (GigaOm)… Lowe’s Backs Recommendation Site for Home Projects (New York Times)…

5 Tools Local Retailers Can Use to Build Digital Storefronts

The majority of local retailers — including those with basic websites that are optimized for mobile — still aren’t offering customers tools to browse listings and complete purchases with their smartphones. Here are five platforms that local businesses can use to quickly (and cheaply) set up digital storefronts where customers can purchase goods and services via mobile…

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare Raises Another $35M, eBay’s Strategy for Offline Commerce

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.…. Foursquare Raises a $35 Million Round and Adds DFJ’s Schuler to the Board (AllThingsD)… EBay’s Strategy for Taking On Amazon (New York Times)… Nextdoor Talks Growth, Now Being Used In One In Six Neighborhoods In The US (TechCrunch)…

Conference Notebook: The Future of Local Is the Marketplace, Not the Message

The local market has seen a seemingly endless flood of startups come online over the past few years, with many building the next iteration of last year’s feature. But as the market matures, and later-stage startups look to expand their addressable markets, the industry is starting to coalesce. According to data presented at the Interactive Local Media conference in San Francisco Tuesday, the number of M&A deals jumped by 65% this year thanks to strong performance online, but explosive growth in mobile…

Street Fight Daily: Square’s New Reader, Layoffs At Clinkle

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.New Square Reader Offers Better Performance, Thinner Design (PCMag)… 6 Mobile Payment Solutions for Restaurants and Bars (Street Fight)… Uber’s CEO Hints That It Could Branch Out Into Other On-Demand Transport And Delivery Services (TheNextWeb)…

Street Fight Daily: Foursquare’s Redesigned App, HomeJoy Raises $38M

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.Foursquare 7.0 Brings Passive Location Technology To All (GigaOm)… Homejoy Raises $38M As It Looks To Expand Beyond Home Cleaning (TechCrunch)… EBay, PayPal Pinpoint Stores For Mobile Shopping (USA Today)…

How Same-Day Delivery Can Give Brick-And-Mortar Retailers an Edge

Over the past few months, Deliv, a same-day delivery startup, has inked a partnership with real estate giant General Growth Properties in August and nabbed $6.85 million in funding. Street Fight recently caught up with Daphne Carmeli, Deliv’s CEO, to find out what’s driving the revival in same-day delivery, how startups can compete with the big firms, and why same-day delivery is a big opportunity for brick-and-mortar retailers…

Street Fight Daily: eBay Aims at Angie’s List, Isis Expands Nationwide

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyeBay Debuts New Angie’s List Competitor And Local Service Provider Marketplace, eBayHire, In The US (TechCrunch)… Carrier-Backed Isis Mobile Payment System Rolls Out Nationwide (Verge)… Flush with Cash, NextDoor Adding 100 Neighborhoods a Day (Screenwerk)…

Street Fight Daily: Showrooming’s False Threat, Groupon ‘Designed’ For Mobile

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyShowrooming Is Not A Threat To Retailers’ Revenue (eConsultancy)… Groupon CEO: Our Deals Are ‘Designed For Mobile’ (CNBC)… OpenTable Is Hoping For A Second Helping (PandoDaily)…

Why It’s So Hard to Create Marketplaces for Local Commerce

Recognizing the success of Uber, startups and incumbents alike rushed to replicate the company’s model in other verticals, developing new products to help business and consumers buy and sell local services like car repair, house cleaning, and haircuts. MyTime, the 9-month old project launched by RedBeacon founder Ethan Anderson, is one of these and is staying the course. When I spoke with Anderson last week, he outlined a few key strategic decisions and clever hacks, which have helped the company get some early traction for its marketplace..

Street Fight Daily: eBay Acquires Shutl, Tracking Companies Set New Rules

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyeBay Acquires Shutl, Races Amazon To Your Front Door (ReadWrite)… Tracking Companies Agree to Notify Shoppers, But Retailers Demur (Wall Street Journal)… Why Longtime Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy Just Agreed to Work for Clinkle’s 22-Year-Old CEO (AllThingsD)…

Street Fight Daily: Ebay Buys Braintree, Square’s Next Move

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyEBay Buys Braintree, a Payments Start-Up (New York Times)… Square’s Next Move: Jump On A Platform (ReadWrite)… Clinkle Becomes A Tech Celebrity Magnet, Landing Richard Branson As An Investor (Clinkle)…

Street Fight Daily: PayPal Nears Deal For Braintree, Intuit Overhauls SMB Product

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyPayPal Nears Deal for Braintree Payments (Wall Street Journal)… Intuit Overhauls QuickBooks Online as Competition for Small Businesses Ramps Up (AllThingsD)… < strong>eBay Unveils Click & Collect Service So Small Merchants Can Offer In-Store Collections (TheNextWeb)…

Street Fight Daily: Patch To Close 400 Sites, eBay Launches Retail CRM

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologyAOL Won’t Deny The Rumor That Patch’s CEO Is Out After Just Two Months On The Job (Business Insider)… eBay Launches Salesforce-like Platform For Merchants (TheNextWeb)… Google Directs ‘Relevant Ads’ to Maps (CNet)…

The Ecommerce Killer Is the Logistics Layer of the Local Stack

The shakeup in food delivery is just a first tremor amid a tectonic shift in local. The adoption of payment, point-of-sale and other commerce-related software by local retailers opens the door to a rethinking of the local logistics model, and the way we transport goods locally…

Powering the Payment Stream

For years, local search has fed consumers to a technological black hole. The systems on which local businesses rely to manage day-to-day operations have remained offline, relegated to legacy tools or silo-ed in digital products not built for the web. But that’s changing. Thanks to a number of new companies that are reimagining the way consumers shop and reprovisioning the systems that business owners use to monitor and transact the exchange of goods locally, that “source code” is coming online, filling a critical gap in the local commerce stack…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Hits 18M SMBs, eBay Tests Local Marketplace

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technologySecond Quarter Reveals Facebook’s Big Push for Local(Wall Street Journal)… eBay Is Testing A New Local Service Provider Marketplace In The UK (MarketingLand)… Angie’s List 2nd-Quarter Loss Narrows (Bloomberg Businessweek)…

Centzy Brings Rich Content to the World Beyond Restaurants

Consumers are looking to the web to make decisions about nearby services, but the data is often incomplete or absent entirely. A number of companies have emerged to solve the problem, but with only 10% of business posting information online, it’s still a pain point for consumers. One of the newer plays is Centzy, a year-old startup that is looking to bring business’ pricing and store hours online via a self-built crowdsourcing platform….

Street Fight Daily: eBay To Expand Same-Day Delivery, Print Revenues Weigh on Gannett

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology…. With Amazon in Its Crosshairs, eBay to Launch Same-Day Delivery for eBay.com Purchases by Year’s End (AllThingsD)… Decline In Newspaper Advertising Weighs On Gannett Results (Reuters)… Small Businesses Shirk Advertising (AdAge)…

Street Fight Daily: NextDoor Launches NYC Partnership, Plum District Acquires Spotivate

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.Neighborhood Social Network Nextdoor Launches NYC Partnership (PandoDaily)… Plum District Has Acquired AngelPad-Backed Spotivate For An Undisclosed Amount (TechCrunch)… Tristan O’Tierney, Square’s Co-Founder And Early iOS Engineer, Leaves For Destinations Unknown (TheNextWeb)…