Retail Roundup—Kroger eyeing Ace Hardware; Boohoo expands visual search

Kroger (Mike Kalasnik / CC BY-SA 2.0)
Kroger eyeing a partnership with Ace Hardware to open shops inside its supermarkets. (Mike Kalasnik/CC BY-SA 2.0)

Amazon buys smart doorbell maker

Amazon has expanded its smart home suite by purchasing doorbell maker Ring for $1 billion. The acquisition signifies Amazon's latest ambition to be a major player in the realm of internet-connected home devices. (The Seattle Times)

Etsy sales hit $1B

Etsy's sales hit $1 billion for the first time ever over the holiday season. And mobile visits once again grew faster than desktop, up 67% for the quarter. (Etsy)

Rumors of Kroger eyeing Ace Hardware

Kroger Co. and Ace Hardware have been in talks to open hardware stores inside Kroger's super markets. Reports note that Ace has been looking to expand its partnerships to open more stores-within-stores and smaller formats. (Supermarket News)

Boohoo expands visual search

Boohoo is making a big push for visual search. The company is currently using it to help shoppers recreate looks they see on Instragram on the U.S. website. Now Boohoo is getting ready to roll out the function in the U.S. markets. (Glossy)