Travel startup Away won’t be selling its luggage on Amazon anytime soon

Away cofounders Jen Rubio and Steph Korey talk what’s next for the travel company — and what’s not. | Keith MacDonald for Vox Media Away’s co-founders said onstage at Code Commerce 2019 that people who buy competing luggage products on Amazon aren’t Away’s target customers. You will be seeing more apparel, celebrity collaborations, and consumer and wellness products coming from travel company Away in the coming months. You will not be seeing its luggage in…

Read More

Walmart is done trying to buy small retailers to compete with Amazon

Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart’s e-commerce group, speaking at the 2019 Code Commerce conference. | Keith MacDonald for Vox Media The company is set to lose $1 billion this year in its attempts to compete with Amazon. That’s not a problem, says the Walmart executive who’s supposed to compete with Amazon. When Marc Lore started running Walmart’s e-commerce division three years ago, he went on a buying spree, snapping up a series of smaller retailers….

Read More

John Bercow, the guy known for shouting “Order!” in Britain’s Parliament, is stepping down

Speaker of the House John Bercow on a television screen in March 2019. | Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images The speaker said he’d resign on October 31, unless new elections happened before. He’s turned into a controversial celebrity in the Brexit era. John Bercow, the man who became famous around the world for keeping the rowdy British Parliament in line with his signature shout of “ORDERRRR!”, announced Monday he is stepping down. Bercow has served as the…

Read More

Jojo Rabbit, a coming-of-age story about a boy and his best friend Hitler, is both hilarious and grim

Roman Griffin Davis, Taika Waititi, and Scarlet Johansson in Jojo Rabbit. | Kimberly French / Fox Searchlight Taika Waititi’s “anti-hate satire” is a comedy set in Nazi Germany. And it mostly works — a comedy with satirical elements, rather than a true satirical tale. Trailers for Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit strenuously clarify — as cheekily as anyone can — that the film is an “anti-hate satire,” presumably because some marketer at Fox Searchlight savvily intuited that…

Read More

The RealReal isn’t buying a department store anytime soon, CEO Julie Wainwright says

Julie Wainwright, the CEO of luxury consignment site The RealReal, speaking onstage at Code Commerce with Recode’s Kara Swisher. | Keith MacDonald for Vox Media The luxury goods consignment site is focusing on building its retail efforts in key markets like New York rather than buying out legacy chains. When clothing rental startup Le Tote announced last month it was buying nearly 200-year-old retail brick-and-mortar chain Lord & Taylor, observers saw it as another sign…

Read More

Apple’s new streaming TV service: here’s everything we know so far

Apple’s new Apple TV+ service, set to launch this fall, will feature high-profile contributors including Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, and J.J. Abrams. | Art Streiber/Apple How much would you pay to watch Apple’s original TV shows? Last spring, Apple put on a glitzy launch event to promote its new Apple TV+ video service, but didn’t tell us crucial things about it. Like what was going to be in it, what it would cost, when it…

Read More

Every tech company should “work together and fix things,” says Microsoft President Brad Smith

Microsoft President Brad Smith at an AI conference on February 13, 2019, in Milan, Italy. Smith is the co-author with Carol Ann Browne of the new book Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age. | Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images Smith says it doesn’t matter if you’re not as responsible for breaking things as someone else — if you can be part of the solution, you should. Microsoft President Brad Smith,…

Read More

Moscow’s elections dealt a blow to Putin’s party. But it’s complicated.

A screen displaying the preliminary results of Russian elections on September 9, 2019. | Alexander Shcherbak/TASS via Getty Images Actual opposition candidates were banned from running in this election, sparking a summer of pro-democracy protests. But activists still won a small victory. Russians across the country voted this weekend, but everyone was watching city council elections in Moscow. That’s because this summer, tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to Moscow’s streets, demanding that the…

Read More
1 2 3 9