How adtech vet Paul Palmieri is pitching his new e-commerce startup

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Today's news: Paul Palmieri's new e-commerce startup, Expedia's PR scramble, and Amazon's plan to rewrite the retail calendar.


Read the investor deck this adtech vet used to raise $3.3 million for what he calls 'the Bloomberg terminal' for the booming e-commerce industry

  • Paul Palmieri, the former founder of mobile adtech company Millennial Media and VC firm Grit Capital, has raised $3.3 million in a seed round of funding for a new e-commerce startup called Tradeswell, reports Tanya Dua.
  • The company's investor pitch deck says that it can solve problems for e-commerce brands like marketing, retail, inventory, logistics and forecasting.
  • "E-commerce could be a trillion-dollar opportunity but no one yet has built anything for the benefit of brands," said Palmieri. "Tradeswell is like an AI layer that allows brands that trade goods on multiple channels to have a single platform that serves them — they get not just data, but also the context around that."

Read the full story here.


Expedia sought PR help after pandemic-related cancellations led to scores of disappointed customers

  • A leaked document shows how Expedia sought PR help to repair its reputation after the coronavirus hit the travel industry, Sean Czarnecki reports.
  • The RFP issued in the spring states that Expedia saw "5-7 times our usual volumes, even in our busiest times and equates to hundreds of thousands of calls."
  • The brief called for a firm to help with PR and social media and potentially work with Expedia's creative agency of record with the goal of hiring an agency by mid-May, but the company acknowledged that the process could be altered.

Read the full story here.

  • Amazon is pushing back its annual Prime Day sale to next week because of the coronavirus.
  • The move shows Amazon's growing sway over the retail business with Target and Walmart also planned to have similar sales, Áine Cain reports.
  • In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon moved its Prime Day sales events to mid-October.
  • "Amazon commands such a significant share of retail and is growing so rapidly that I think retailers have to be aware and have to compete," said Edward Jones retail analyst Brian Yarmouth.

Read the full story here.

More stories we're reading:

  • After expensing $5,100 in Dior bags, SoulCycle's CEO was suddenly out. Now, an executive exodus and a culture war threaten to send the company off a cliff. (Business Insider)
  • How to use Instagram Reels effectively, according to influencers, brands, and marketers (Business Insider)
  • WarnerMedia plans thousands of job cuts in restructuring (Wall Street Journal)
  • NYT debuts new ad program to help brands address sensitive topics (Axios)
  • Why political campaigns are flooding Facebook with ad dollars (CNBC)

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