Tomorrow, all the carbon emissions spewed into the atmosphere from US ecommerce deliveries—some 55,000 metric tons of CO2, by one estimate, from trucks and planes shipping packages across the country—will be neutralized. It’s all thanks to Etsy, the global online market for indie makers, which is picking up the tab on high-quality carbon offsets for itself as well as its competitors on Thursday. Etsy’s largesse ends after tomorrow, but it will continue to offset its own carbon footprint going forward, becoming the first ecommerce company to completely offset all its emissions generated from shipping. Etsy estimates that doing so will cost less than a penny per package—less than $1 million for the year. The company made more than $200 million in just the last quarter of 2018. The price of covering the industry’s emissions for one day won't even reach six figures. “It's a pretty trivial cost,” says Etsy CEO Josh Silverman, who joined the … [Read more...] about Etsy Crafts a Plan for Carbon-Neutral Online Shopping
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Nine-year-old Isabella Colello shops for just about everything online. She scrolls through the Amazon app on her phone at least once a day. She gets ideas from YouTube, searches on Google for things she wants and sends the links to her dad: Pink swimsuits, earrings, Adidas sneakers (he said yes); Gucci backpack (no). "It's like, I'll put 18 items in my cart, and we'll end up getting like one or two," said Isabella, who lives in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, and spends about $100 a month online. "It's so much better than going to the mall because there aren't that many places to shop anymore."Children and preteens are more connected to the internet than ever before, which means retailers are looking for new ways to market -- and sell -- directly to young shoppers on their phones, tablets and laptops. Gone are the days of blanket television ads, marketing experts say. Instead, companies are flocking to Snapchat, YouTube Kids and other mobile apps to reach children with personalized … [Read more...] about Online shopping is on the rise among kids. Here’s how brands are courting them.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- It's estimated eight out of 10 Americans have shopped online, entering sensitive personal data. Credit card numbers, passwords and addresses, for example. And that's a gold mine for cybercriminals that hack into online sites.San Jose's Thales eSecurity's latest research says half -- 50 percent -- of all medium and large online retailers it surveyed acknowledge they've been hacked. That's two a half times higher than a year ago. Changes in payment systems are making security more challenging.RELATED: Investigation finds millions of smart TVs can be hacked"Now we have mobile devices, we have digital payments, we have mobile payments, we have person-to-person payments," said Thales chief strategy officer Peter Galvin. "Because of the way those changes have occurred, there really isn't a perimeter. There's no four walls to protect." This year alone, hackers broke into the retail sites of Adidas, the Dollar Shave Club, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Under Amour, … [Read more...] about Online shopping sites see hacking increase despite security efforts
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Business by Abha Bhattarai by Abha Bhattarai Email the author April 9 at 6:31 PM Email the author Clothing is displayed by employees in March 2017 at the Trump Store at Trump Tower in New York. (Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) President Trump has repeatedly taken to Twitter to attack online retailer Amazon.com for paying “little or no taxes” to state and local governments and has called for changes in current laws to require retailers to collect sales tax in every state. But the Trump Organization’s online store, TrumpStore.com, collects sales tax only on orders shipped to three … [Read more...] about Why Trump’s online store collects sales tax in three states — while Amazon does for 45 states
Is it possible to shop online without allowing any major tech company to track the purchase back to you? There are a few ways, but with hidden trackers on most websites -- and with companies making billions off our information -- trying to hide is easier said than done. CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil put it to the test with Kevin Mitnick. "Now, you're best known as a hacker," Dokoupil said. "Well, a security expert," Mitnick said with a laugh. Mitnick spent five years behind bars after stealing information from major companies like Motorola and Nokia. During a nationwide manhunt in the mid-1990s, he eluded capture for more than two years. He now focuses on protecting corporate security, sharing tips for avoiding surveillance in his book, "The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data." Kevin Mitnick: Cyberthief For Hacker Kevin Mitnick, Staying Legal is Job One "People want to protect their … [Read more...] about How to shop online without being tracked by big tech companies