Birchbox goes ‘home’ for the holidays with higher-priced lifestyle box

New York-based discovery commerce startup Birchbox on Thursday launched a special edition home-themed box, featuring home accessories, gourmet foods and other lifestyle and entertainment products. Last year around the holidays, it similarly launched a one-time box targeting men and later made it a monthly product.

Walmart Labs launches Goodies, a Birchbox-like service for food

Walmart Labs, the retail giant’s innovation arm, on Wednesday launched a subscription food service called Goodies. Similar to beauty startup Birchbox, the service charges subscribers a monthly fee to receive a curated box of sample-sized items, which they can then purchase in greater amounts online.

Birchbox goes global with acquisition of Paris-based JolieBox

In its first acquisition, New York-based beauty discovery startup Birchbox has acquired JolieBox, a Paris-based subscription beauty company. With the purchase, Birchbox expands its footprint to France, the United Kingdom and Spain.

5 startups to watch from DreamIt Ventures NYC demo day 2012

At the Time Life Center in New York on Wednesday, startup accelerator Dreamit Ventures showcased its latest class of 15 startups. The companies were selected from a pool of 500 applicants and originated from cities across the country and around the world.

The rise of the subscription commerce startup

A number of companies are emerging to build businesses with recurring revenue streams based on serving up monthly packages of food, beauty, clothing and other products. The so-called subscription commerce market is expanding rapidly — but what’s behind the trend, and why are consumers signing up?