E-commerce

What happens when Facebook’s Order Food joins the restaurant-delivery scene?

The on-demand economy continues to get more demanding: Friday morning, Facebook is announcing its getting into the food-delivery game, at least as a conduit to existing delivery options. With the introduction of a new feature, “Order Food” that debuts...

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Cardtek co-founder: Get ready for cars that can make mobile payments for you

Your next mobile wallet could be a bit larger than your cell phone. In fact, it could be large enough to drive around. We could soon be seeing automobiles that seamlessly integrate ways to make payments on things like drive-thru food, car washes and...

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As retail competition intensifies, Amazon, Wal-Mart, other competitors investing in workforce 

Part of what’s made Amazon successful, analysts say, is that the company is consistently forward thinking about its customers -- creating products and programs people didn’t know they wanted before having them. The future of Amazon, though, could...

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While other cities loudly woo Amazon’s HQ2, Austin proceeding quietly

The responses from cities across the U.S. to Amazon’s plans for a second headquarters have been overwhelming.  Municipalities have been loud and passionate in their pursuit of the $5 billion facility Amazon said will create 50,000 jobs, with positions...

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Can Austin win Amazon’s HQ2 — and could city handle impact if it did?

Ever since Amazon suddenly announced Sept. 7 that it will build a second company headquarters, just about everyone has weighed in on Austin’s potential of landing the $5 billion project Amazon is calling “HQ2.” It’s been for good reason. Area economic...

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Amazon launches pop-up shopping Treasure Truck in Austin 

Amazon on Friday launched a new shopping experience in Austin where customers can receive surprise items that the online retailer makes available through special delivery trucks. Dubbed the Amazon Treasure Truck, the program notifies customers through...

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Under Amazon rule, will Whole Foods still be ‘Austin’s thing’?

Lisa Lindqvist has shopped at Whole Foods Market for much of her adult life. In that time, the grocer has remained pretty much the same: Organic food. High-end stores. Local feel. Foodie culture. But much has changed lately, and after Amazon’s $13...

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Deliv expands to 33 markets, joins Austin’s crowded on-demand delivery scene

In what may have earned a strongly breathed “Huh,” from leaders at Whole Foods/Amazon on Thursday, Menlo Park, California-based startup Deliv has expanded its business to 33 markets, adding Austin as well as Phoenix, Orlando, San Antonio and other...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Amazon starts selling Whole Foods products online

Amazon starts selling Whole Foods products online This week Amazon started selling hundreds of Whole Foods products products on its website, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Buying Whole Foods was a way for Amazon to bolster its online grocery...

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Why Austin-based Mattr is using blockchain tech for marketing agreements 

Lots of people are aware of Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency used online, but not everyone is aware that the underlying  “blockchain” tech behind it can be used for functions other than money transactions. Mattr, an Austin company that as part of its business...

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