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A lot of software companies use agile/scrum, and each adapts it to  their own ways. We’d like to share today some of the practices we use at GroupBy. Continuous improvement is a huge part of agile/scrum so we would love to hear back from you with your thoughts and best practices!   Sprint Duration Scrum recommends 1- 4 weeks for sprint length. At GroupBy, we have found that 1 week sprints work well for all of our teams. We have tried 2 week...

Here at GroupBy, we couldn’t be more thrilled for the New Year and all it’s sure to bring. 2017 has taught us so much, and we’re already brainstorming strategies to continue evolving our suite of microservices. Much like people strive to eat healthier, go to the gym more, or stress less, our resolutions are the key to making GroupBy the best it can possibly be. 1)    Ensure retailers offer their shoppers a cutting edge, personalized experience Personalization is a cornerstone of the...

Venture-backed startups are often faced with one of three futures — IPO, acquisition or failure. In this roundup, we’re looking at the most important acquisitions of 2017. We cover acquisitions, mergers and fundings in our daily newsletter, The Beat. You can sign up for that here if you want to get this type of news when it happens. Now, let’s take a look back at the Austin startups and tech companies that were acquired in 2017 — along with some of the investors who...

Here at GroupBy, we’ve learned that the holidays are a wealth of information when it comes to making sense of the tide of constantly shifting eCommerce trends. Every year, an unprecedented influx of customers turn to online shopping to find the perfect items, and never more than during the holidays. This means that it’s more important than ever to understand how it is changing and what this means for retailers everywhere. And there’s no better time to track these changes...

Every year holiday shopping kicks off with the Black Friday bang and winds down into a Cyber Monday finale, not to mention countless sales in the following days and weeks. It’s a weekend of unprecedented online shopping activity when customers depend on finding the perfect (heavily discounted) gifts for friends and family. Maybe a few unexpected splurges sneak into the cart. Who knows. Either way, it is THE time to finds the deals of the year. Deals that feel like...

Have you been interested in learning more about GroupBy? Are you ready to discuss ramping up your site search, personalization or product data? Curious to see how we combine Machine Learning with a team of human curators, to solve the most difficult B2C and B2B eCommerce search and data problems? Let's meet at The National Retail Federation's "The Big Show!" We will have our team onsite in New York City, from January 14th - 17th, ready to talk all things,...

3B Scientific, a global supplier of anatomical and biological teaching aids, makes its products easier to find by upgrading its 14 multilingual e-commerce sites with fast partial word search.  3B Scientific is making it easier for customers to find particular products among its inventory of 111,600 anatomical and biological teaching aids. A recent technology upgrade enables the global manufacturer to provide advanced site search, including partial keywords, in multiple languages across its 14 e-commerce sites. 3B’s products include models of human hearts...

Retailers that still don’t believe they have anything to learn from Singles Day may have a long road ahead if they want to stay competitive.  The 24-hour shopping extravaganza, held on Nov. 11, brought in $25.3 billion in sales (or gross merchandise value), up 39% compared to 2016. In addition to more than 140,000 Chinese brands and 60,000 international brands participating in this year’s Singles Day event, 225 countries and regions completed transactions throughout the day. In one day, this event eclipsed...

B2B eCommerce is fundamentally different than B2C in many ways. To date, the industry has been forced to adapt B2C search and navigation services to try to meet their needs. These solutions are lacking in many ways, and have not been designed from the ground up to accommodate the size, complexity and speed needed to create the next generation B2B Experience. GroupBy is revolutionizing B2B eCommerce Search. We are pleased to announce the launch of GroupBy B2B, the patent pending...

Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, but Black Friday has already begun — at least for some retailers. Best Buy on Wednesday began offering “Black Friday” discounts on hundreds of items, including big-screen TVs, Apple Watches and tablets. Walmart followed a day later, with $6 pajamas and $998 Samsung TVs. Amazon.com, meanwhile, started its “Countdown to Black Friday” on Nov. 1, offering dozens of new deals each day. (Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, owns The Washington Post.) In an ever-frenzied race...