Amazon and Google both deeply discounted their virtual assistant speakers over the holiday season in their ongoing bid to dominate home shopping, a sharply different strategy from Apple's upcoming pricey HomePod speaker.
Amazon Prime accounted for half of all holiday sales during 2017, a 38% jump over last year, outpacing total e-commerce sales, up 18% for the season. Amazon also announced it had shipped 5 billion Prime items in 2017.
The Colgate-Palmolive Company announced it has acquired two professional-quality skincare brands, PCA Skin and EltaMD, in two separate transactions, as part of its strategy to build its global personal care business.
Pointy, a Dublin-based firm, is solving the problem of how to make it easier for people to find products they want close to home, as shopping online gets easier but locating what you want locally remains elusive.