Retailers who decided to embrace the Internet early have learned an interesting thing about today’s consumers. They are going online to do their homework and shop their options before they ever talk to a salesperson. Instead, they talk to their friends online and read reviews. Read More
For every gadget you see on the shelves at your local Best Buy, or in Amazon’s digital warehouse, there’s another that never sees the light of day. (Actually, there are countless others.) Read More
In Minnesota, changing weather and outdoor equipment can wreak havoc on the inside of your car. Spring Park-based Canvasback creates custom interior car protection products. Read More

For children, the doctor’s office is often a scary place where they get poked, prodded and stuck with needles. Pedia Pals is working to change that. The company is co-owned by Amanda Powell, CEO and former U.S. Air Force captain, and CFO Jonathan Powell, who is also an Air Force veteran. Read More
Njord is a men’s hair styling balm meant to cut down on other extraneous products that take up too much time and money. It’s a hair styling wax, skin lotion and lip balm — all in one. Read More
The latest tech executive to be interviewed while being driven around in Jeff Martin’s Prius is Bala Subramanian, the chief technology officer for Best Buy. Read More
Target and Kansas City-based Techstars are teaming up to bring 10 promising startups to the Twin Cities this summer for a 3-month deep dive into high-tech retail. Read More
About a year ago, Amazon’s market capitalization surpassed Walmart’s for the first time, according to Fortune. Since then, the question dominating brick and mortar retailers’ boardrooms has been, “How can we be more like Amazon?” Read More
Remember how hard it was to wait for the holidays as a kid? We’re not kids anymore, but it seems like no one wants to wait for anything. With new, one-day delivery models through eBay, Google and Amazon in major hub cities, their competitors — and vendors — need to respond to new customer expectations for speed. Read More