Minnesota Ecommerce Startup Atique Launches A Pair of VR Apps

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screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-11-36-22-amBy Tyler Gieseke

A jewelry showroom that customers can explore from the comforts of home is a now a virtual reality, thanks to the launch of local startup Atique’s new apps on iOS and Android.

The free apps give online shoppers access to a 360-degree showroom using their smartphones just in time for the holidays. With a Google Cardboard or similar VR headset hardware, they can get the fully immersive three-dimensional VR experience.

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R.F. Moeller Spins Out Antique Jewelry E-commerce Startup

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By Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-11-36-22-am“In 1991, Mark Moeller snapped up a domain name many jewelers would love to have today: antiquejewelry.com.

Twenty-five years later, the name — which Moeller registered at no cost — is serving as the foundation for an e-commerce startup spun out of St. Paul-based R.F. Moeller Jeweler.  Called Atique, the company is led by President Katie Jones, a former member of R.F. Moeller’s marketing staff.”

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Target.com President Departs

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screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-12-57-23-pmBy Nick Halter, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

Target.com President and Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldberger has left the Minneapolis retailer, Target Corp. confirmed Friday. Target (NYSE: TGT) did not explain the circumstances of the departure. Goldberger joined Target in 2013 and was promoted to chief digital officer in May.”

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Coming Soon: The Ultimate Guide To E-Commerce In Minnesota

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Online retailing is BIG business in Minnesota — from Target and Best Buy on down —  a space that will only continue to grow relevance and revenues.

Just as we embarked on creating The Ultimate Guide To Coworking In Minnesota earlier this year as a ‘lay of the land’ around the state, we’re soon introducing The Ultimate Guide To E-commerce in Minnesota.

Our aim is the same: to take a detailed snapshot of all the e-commerce firms, specialty service providers, and industry relevant software makers.    Put all that into one document that will inform and educate those who care about this aspect of our economy.

Why are we telling you now? So that you can tell us if you’re not already in our e-commerce database, a logical starting point and where we’re pulling baseline data from.

Best Buy Grows US Ecommerce ~24% In Second Consecutive Quarter

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Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 1.23.33 PMBy Krystina Gustafson, CNBC

“It wasn’t long ago that Amazon was considered to be the death knell for Best Buy’s business. That’s no longer the case. The bricks-and-mortar electronics chain on Tuesday said its U.S. online sales grew 23.7 percent during its fiscal second quarter, marking the second straight quarter of nearly 24 percent growth.”

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B2B E-Commerce Provider Four51 Lays Off ~20% Of Workforce

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four51-logoAfter raising $5m earlier this year to build out sales and marketing, Minnesota e-commerce PaaS firm Four51 has laid-off 14 employees, in a move towards “technology-first and channel approach.”

The group represents approximately 20% of their overall headcount, and comes on the heels of a Minneapolis headquarters relocation last month.

CEO Mark Johnson had this to say about the changes:

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Evine Live Makes Interim CEO Permanent

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ows_145506339329333By Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

“The interim chief executive of Eden Prairie-based home shopping network Evine Live has been selected to fill the role permanently.

Bob Rosenblatt, a former executive at Tommy Hilfiger, HSN and Bloomingdale’s, took over the day-to-day operations of the company in February after the previous CEO left amid a management shake-up. His appointment is effective immediately.”

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Target’s IT Chief Set A New Direction, Starting With Smaller Budget

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Screen Shot 2016-07-30 at 5.18.58 PMBy Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

“It was an unexpected moment — and one of the first signs Target’s tech department was in line for a major shake-up. Not long after taking over as Target’s chief information officer, Mike McNamara told his boss, CEO Brian Cornell, that his budget was too big.”

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