Slice Acquires Unroll.Me

Slice expands beyond shopping to offer consumers more utility from email inboxes

PALO ALTO, Calif.—November 24, 2014—Slice, the company known for its popular shopping and package tracking app, today announced that it has acquired Unroll.Me, the service that lets consumers mass unsubscribe to emails and consolidate promotions and newsletters into one daily digest.

header-logoWith the acquisition, Slice embarks into new territory.  The company’s flagship app, Slice, makes online shopping smarter by organizing valuable shopping data from inboxes, while Unroll.Me offers an elegant solution to eliminating inbox clutter caused by promotions, newsletters and spam.

“Slice and Unroll.Me are attacking the same problem—our inboxes are so cluttered that it’s nearly impossible to find the information that’s important,” says Scott Brady, chief executive officer at Slice.  “We started with shopping, but we are not finished making email useful again.”

Based in New York City, Unroll.Me was founded in 2011 by Josh Rosenwald and Jojo Hedaya, who met while studying abroad in high school. Introduced by a teacher who recognized they were the only two in the program with BlackBerrys, Rosenwald and Hedaya were young entrepreneurs working on separate projects. A frustration with e-mail brought them together to build Unroll.Me.

Unroll.Me co-founders Jojo Hedaya (l) and josh Rosenwald (r).

Unroll.Me co-founders Jojo Hedaya (l) and Josh Rosenwald (r).

“Like many people, we would often complain about how frustrating it is to communicate and connect via email,” recalls Rosenwald.  “Our inboxes were overloaded with junk and we realized if we wanted the problem fixed, we had to do it ourselves.”

The first version of Unroll.me was a simple way to see all your subscriptions and get rid of the ones you didn’t want, in one click. After a small beta to friends and family, Unroll.Me became a viral hit; quickly amassing over a million users, which the company refers to affectionately as “Rollers.”

“We instantly admired the Unroll.Me product—specifically its simplicity, immediate utility and the way sharing was built into the experience,” says Brady. “The team was even more impressive. Josh and Jojo are gifted entrepreneurs who have built a team and product that perfectly complement our mission at Slice, and together, we will significantly grow our business through new products that increase the utility of all the information in the inbox.”

About Slice

Slice is online shopping, smarter. Slice’s technology automatically identifies e-receipts within inboxes and extracts every data point about every purchase to create digital commerce products that delight consumers and create business value for partners. Slice is transforming online shopping and retail by unveiling never-before-seen digital commerce data via its APIs, information products and consumer applications.

Based in Palo Alto, CA, Slice is an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary of Rakuten. To learn more about Slice, visit www.slice.com.

10 Essential Items for Your Carry-On

Get ready to rock your carry-on for Thanksgiving travel.

Get ready to rock your carry-on for Thanksgiving travel.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and you may be planning a trip home. Whether you are an experienced traveler and or whether planes are a foreign means of transportation, you might find use in the list we have compiled of 10 essential items you need to pack in your carry-on. You can use Slice as a complimentary service when purchase any of the items listed – we make sure you can track your packages and any price drops on what you buy so you can have a great trip!

  1. Liquid container kit. All travelers must follow TSA’s 3-1-1 rule – that is, containers must be a maximum of 3.4 oz, must fit in a quart-size Ziploc bag, and only one of these bags is allowed onboard. Instead of buying containers separately, which can get expensive, consider buying a pre-packaged kit. Sport Chalet offers a complete kit (including bottles) at a reduced price of $10, and Luggage Online is selling a great kit option from Samsonite for a discounted price of $7. If you already have the bottles and just need a leak-proof zip top pouch, check out REI’s Liquids Bag.
  2. Passport carrier. A passport carrier helps keep the thing you want safest closest to you. Amazon has a great array of options from a variety of brands at relatively low prices. A money belt like the one featured on Zappos is another useful option. Have a look at eBay’s list of suggestions for keeping your passport safe and avoid a scare.
  3. Bath and body miniatures. Travel-size toiletries are a must regardless of travel time. Buying regular-sized bottles of your trusted favorites and filling squeezable travel tubes, like GoToobs, is usually the cheapest option. Miniatures, however, are another choice. Minimus has all types of personal care miniatures, and if you sign up for their mailing list, you get a 5% coupon!
  4. Sleeping Beauty: Sleeping masks, ear plugs…these are beauty items you absolutely need, especially if you’re traveling far. For the best of both worlds, try Dream Essentials’ cupped sleeping mask, which comes with complimentary ear plugs!
  5. Your own meal. You don’t have to eat unhealthy airplane or airport food.Have a look at images of various airlines’ options on Airline Meals and decide whether to bring your own meal, which will save you money (and keep away that bloated, sluggish feeling).
  6. Entertainment. BLAH Airlines looking too familiar?Long plane rides can get boring fast, and your electronics are there to help bide the time. If your flight is on the longer end, definitely bring along your iPod and laptop.
  7. Clothing. Roll a change of clothes up in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost. Lifehacker has great clothing packing techniques that will save you space.
  8. Jewelry. As with your passport, jewelry is something you want to keep close to you at all times. Baggallini’s jewelry pouch is a good option, and Horchow sells adorable travel organizers that can prove very practical – you can use them to store not only jewelry but makeup or small cables.
  9. Cute stationery. Grab a cute notebook and some pens to jot down things that strike you, even if home is just an hour plane ride away.Paper Source has classic, versatile options.
  10. The carry-on itself! Check out the Slice Pinterest page [LINK] for the cutest, sturdiest options you can get!

Scary Good Deals on Halloween Costumes

halloween postHalloween is right around the corner! But are more scared about how much you will wind up spending on a costume than thrilled about having a terrific time? We get it – unless Halloween is you favorite holiday of the year and you prepare for it months in advance, you probably are nonchalant about the date and just want to have a fun time – not cash in big-time for a costume you will only wear once. So over here at Slice, where you can track your packages and be notified of price drops, we have put together a list of tips and websites you can use to look fabulously spooky at a reasonable price (or for free!).

A costume is a must. After all, what’s Halloween if not an opportunity to get all decked out in outrageous clothes? But it is easy to go overboard on spending – a recent study calculates that Americans will spend $11.3 billion in total in preparing for Halloween this year. So keep your budget to a minimum by buying costumes from discount stores like Costume Discounters, which has a clearance section replete with affordable outfits, or Spirit Halloween, which offers a 20% coupon when you join their mailing list. And get inspired with posts like PopSugar’s list of DIY costumes or Slice’s very own Pinterest!

Get creative – design your own costume! Making your own costume will be more time-consuming if you choose to actually buy materials from craft stores like Michaels or Factory Direct, but imagine how rewarding it will be to know you have the only costume of your kind! When putting together your costume, if possible, buy items that you can re-use in other occasions. Websites like thredUP or ASOS sell affordable, sometimes Halloween-specific items that you could incorporate into your Halloween look but also into your everyday style.

Make do with what you already have. Real Simple and Her Campus have suggestions for costumes you can make with items you already have in your closet. The more you dare to go beyond the expected, typical costumes, the more fun you’re guaranteed to have!

Want to amp up the creepy factor? Complement costumes by using makeup to your advantage. Check out Buzzfeed’s list of uber-creepy, realistic looks to try out this year. As for where to buy the makeup, you have a few options: Halloween-specific stores like Halloween Express or Mehron sell kits you can use if you have a popular costume in mind, and regular makeup stores have options which multitask and are useful not only for Halloween but for other events. Not sure how to do your makeup for this night? Consider asking the pros at Sephora’s beauty studio for tips and for a mini-makeover!

What will you be wearing? Let us know – we’d love to hear!

Slice Wins CSPC Safety Apps Challenge!

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One of the best things about Slice is we keep an eye out for recalls on items you’ve bought so you don’t have to worry that you’ve inadvertently bought something dangerous.

You know who else thought it was pretty cool? The Consumer Product Safety Commission, who declared Slice as the “Most Innovative” app to deliver safety recall information to consumers.

“These app developers inspire us with their creativity,” said CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye. “I congratulate them on using innovation and technology to advance the cause of product safety. Consumers are the real winners in this apps challenge because they have new mobile tools to help them to stay informed about recalls and product safety incidents.”

You can read more about the Safety Apps Challenge here, while we’ll be doing our Happy Dance! 

Most Popular Halloween Costumes Revealed!

Halloween is right around the corner– we’re counting the days here at Slice (15, in case you were wondering)! While some people have been planning since last year, we know a lot of you are still looking for that perfect idea, so let us inspire you with this week’s hottest costumes that online shoppers can’t get enough of:

Halloween is All Frozen Over

Halloween Freezes Over: Frozen costumes are among all revelers - not just the kids

Halloween freezes over: Frozen costumes are popular among all revelers – not just the kids

Frozen costumes aren’t just for Disneyland trips and sing-a-long viewings – Frozen-themed costumes are this year’s go-to for everyone. Ice queen Elsa is, by far, the number-one costume for little girls (fully one-third) and grown women (41 percent, to be exact) alike, guaranteeing you’ll be seeing plenty of little girls trick-or-treating in sparkly blue and ladies rocking dramatic dresses.  The best Elsa accessory? An Olaf to match! Yep,  Olaf is one of the top baby costumes for this holiday, for all the moms who just can’t “let it go!” quite yet.

Fanboys Forever

Fanboy fantasy: half of all men's costumes are superheroes

Fanboy fantasy: half of all men’s costumes are superheroes

Whether animated (think Buzz Light Year) or a member of the Avengers squad, every boy wants to grow up to be a superhero. And this Halloween is no different – more than half of all the most popular men’s costumes are caped crusaders. Of the top Halloween costumes purchased by men this year, superheroes dominated the list with Batman, Spiderman, Superman and Captain America leading the charge for guys playing out childhood fantasies.

Mutt-squerade: Costumes Go to the Dogs

Happy Howl-ween! Why should humans have all the fun?

Happy Howl-oween! Dinosaurs, lions and Batman are the top canine costumes.

You can’t have a happy Howl-oween without your best friend, right? When it comes to canine costumes, dressing your pup as another animal is the most popular choice among online shoppers, with dinosaur and lion costumes leading the pack. Also in the mix: Batman and princess costumes, just like their owners. Aww!

Stay tuned for next week’s trending costumes! Will Elsa and the Fanboys continue to rule the Halloween world?