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You are Jeff Bezos. Where should Amazon’s HQ2 go? 

It’s been one year since Amazon said it would build a second company headquarters somewhere in North America. But the online retailer has yet to choose a location.  Amazon whittled a list of 238 bidders down to 20, including Austin, and has only said...

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Canadian software firm chooses Austin for site of first U.S. office

Jasper PIM, a Canadian software firm that helps merchants manage their inventory online, said Tuesday that it has opened its first U.S. office in downtown Austin as part of a global expansion.  A handful of employees are already working out of the...

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Talking with Texas Standard about Amazon’s year-long search for a second headquarters

One year ago Friday, Amazon announced that it would build a second headquarters somewhere in North America.  Amazon said the facility, which it has called HQ2, will eventually have up to 50,000 employees and include a $5 billion investment from the...

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H-E-B to open tech facility in Austin 

Grocer H-E-B said Wednesday that it plans to open a “world-class” tech facility in East Austin next year that will employ several hundred people.  The grocery chain said it will be leasing a two-story, 81,000-square-foot office at 2416 East Sixth...

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A year into Amazon’s much-hyped HQ2 search, Austin -- and the other finalists -- are still waiting         

For the past year, Angelos Angelou has faced the same question time after time. He’s come to expect it in calls with journalists, or when talking to fellow economists and business partners.  Where will Amazon build its second headquarters?  It’s been...

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A year after Amazon’s takeover, where do Whole Foods prices stand?

Tuesday marked one year since Amazon took over Whole Foods Market and brought with it a new strategy -- lower prices. On the first day it owned the grocery chain, Amazon cut prices on a number of popular items such as avocados, blueberries and beef...

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Economic historian: Don’t blame tech for the gig economy sea change

Happy Monday morning, Austin! Here, in our revamped-format Tech Crawl, we take a look at some of the stories we’re most interested in sharing. Grab that second cup of coffee and let’s catch up: Tech only accelerated the gig economy The best story...

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You’re going to start seeing Amazon-branded vans in Austin. Here’s why.

Amazon sends out millions of packages each day. But rarely can anybody notice.  That’s because Amazon uses a variety of methods to make the “last-mile” trips of its packages, including the U.S. Postal Service, contract workers and third-party companies...

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Amazon launches 30-minute curbside pickup at Whole Foods 

Amazon Prime members have another perk: grocery pickup at Whole Foods Market. The e-commerce giant on Wednesday announced the launch of curbside pickup at Whole Foods beginning in Sacramento and Virginia Beach, with the company saying additional cities...

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Survey says Whole Foods customers have liked changes since Amazon’s takeover -- but have they been enough? 

The Amazonification of Whole Foods Market appears to be boosting customer perception of the grocer -- albeit incrementally.  According to a new survey released by market research firm Morgan Stanley, Whole Foods customers indicated they have had a...

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