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Buying and selling locally by app with ‘Letgo’ and ‘OfferUp’

Newspaper classified ads yielded a great amount of group to the rise of Craigslist. And now I wonder if Craigslist, which has no official mobile app of its own, might not be losing out to a few apps that connect local buyers and sellers. I’ve been...

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Austin firm The Zebra -- the ‘Kayak for car insurance’ -- doubling staff size, moving HQ to East Austin

The Zebra, an Austin company that last year raised $40 million and has been backed by Texas billionaire Mark Cuban, has big plans for 2019. The Zebra says it expects to double its workforce from about 100 employees to 200 by the end of 2019. And next...

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Texas’ online tax collection rules may change after Supreme Court ruling

Texas might have to revise its sales tax collection rules and procedures in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week that tax must be collected on all online sales, officials with the Texas state comptroller’s office say. The comptroller’s...

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Software maker GroupBy to double employees in Austin, Toronto

GroupBy, an e-commerce and media provider, said Tuesday that it plans to double its staff in Austin and Toronto.  The move will add 30 GroupBy Austin employees in the next 12 months -- part of 100 new positions to be added across the company’s two...

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Amazon begins two-hour delivery of beer and wine in Austin

Amazon Prime customers in Austin can now order a selection of beer and wine and have it delivered to them within one or two hours, the online retailer said Wednesday.  Amazon’s alcohol delivery, being operated through its Prime Now service, includes...

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Talking about Amazon and Whole Foods’ one-year merger anniversary with Texas Standard  

This Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of Amazon announcing that it was buying Austin-based Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion.  We talked with the “Texas Standard” radio show about our report published Thursday that highlights the past year...

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A year after Amazon deal, how has Whole Foods changed?       

When Amazon announced a year ago Saturday that it was buying Whole Foods Market, entering the brick and mortar retail industry it had long been destroying, the reaction across the sector was largely consistent: Amazon would dramatically transform...

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Report: Whole Foods CEO Mackey has clashed with Amazon, says he’s ‘not afraid to get fired’

The relationship between Whole Foods Market and new owner Amazon has had both its good and bad points since the two companies struck a $13.7 billion merger deal a year ago, according to audio obtained by Business Insider of co-founder and CEO John...

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Austin e-commerce firms finding space in sector dominated by Amazon 

In the e-commerce world, Amazon commands the attention. The company’s roughly $800 billion market cap is proof of that. But in Austin, that’s not where the story ends. Despite being overshadowed by Silicon Valley in the e-commerce space, the Austin...

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Online retailer Spreetail sets up shop in Austin, plans to hire 100-plus

Nebraska-based online retailer Spreetail is opening shop in downtown Austin, with plans to hire dozens of workers in the next year. The company, based in Lincoln, Neb., sells home and garden products online, from vacuum cleaners and blenders to lawnmowers...

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