Grasping the Fundamental Principles of Online Marketplaces

by Derek J. Sine, Managing Director • December 1, 2016

This is the first in a three part eCommerce marketplace strategy series. Part one focuses on some foundational ideas about online marketplaces; part two uses those ideas to analyze the most recent variants and trends in online marketplaces; and part three discusses marketplace strategy from Vander Group’s perspective as an eCommerce solutions provider. Marketplace Function […]

Reign Sapphire Corp. to Acquire Vander’s Coordinates Collection

by Derek J. Sine, Managing Director • November 28, 2016

On behalf of Vander Group, I’m pleased to announce that Reign Sapphire Corporation (OTCQB: RGNP) has signed a letter of intent to acquire Coordinates Collection from our flagship business unit, FD9 Group. FD9 Group is a Los Angeles based fashion incubator and strategic Vander partner. Since its conception in 2012, Coordinates has provided consumers with […]


by Derek J. Sine, Managing Director • November 20, 2016

Earlier this month, I attended Summit at Sea, an annual conference that originated as a meeting of the minds for young entrepreneurs and has evolved into an event filled with the biggest global players in the arts, business, politics, and academic fields. From former U.S. presidents to multi-platinum recording artists, Summit provides a place for […]

Redefining Beauty Buying — Vander Launches Metix.

by Derek J. Sine, Managing Director • November 20, 2016

Vander Group’s design and development teams have successfully launched their most recent mobile eCommerce application, Metix. Metix allows users to view celebrity and influencer photos, see detailed beauty product tags that show how the looks in the photos were created, and then directly purchase the products from a wide selection of retailers. It also provides […]

Decoding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

by Derek J. Sine, Managing Director • November 8, 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest trade deal in decades, has received substantial publicity recently, but many of us are left wondering about its actual impact on the global economy. In theory, the TPP aims to deepen economic ties and foster tighter relationships between the 12 Pacific Rim countries, which currently account for over 40% of […]

Vander’s HyperIce featured in the Inc. 500 List

by Derek J. Sine, Managing Director • November 3, 2016

My partners and I are pleased to announce that HyperIce has earned a spot on the prestigious Inc. 500 list. HyperIce, a recovery enhancement product company, ranked #96 on the Inc. 500 list, and we couldn’t be more proud of the performance of the team over the last year. Our Agency and Logistics business units […]

Hanjin’s Shipping Collapse: Choppy waters ahead for the Holiday Season?

by Derek J. Sine, Managing Director • September 21, 2016

On September 4th, the South Korean freight shipping company, Hanjin, filed for bankruptcy, leaving 93 ocean freighters stuck in limbo outside of 51 ports spanning over 23 countries. The estimated $14+ billion worth of cargo, which includes goods from blue chip companies like Samsung, HP and LG among others, was in route to some of […]