E-commerce

As Whole Foods reshapes procedures, Austin-area suppliers rush to adapt 

Daniel Nicholson’s ice cream company was born out of a random encounter with Whole Foods Market. After the company’s coconut-milk ice cream was created in Austin in 2004, it was being sampled at a local store when a Whole Foods Market buyer walked...

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From education to transportation to cost of living, weighing the impact Amazon’s HQ2 could have on Austin -- and its people

By now, it’s common knowledge that Austin is a potential site for Amazon’s planned second headquarters. The Austin area is one of 20 finalists in the U.S. and Canada where the online retailer could build the project known as HQ2, a development expected...

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Open Source

Sorry, gamers: cryptocurrencies have ruined the market for high-end graphics hardware 

Woe to the builder of a new gaming PC or a gamer who’s been saving their money to buy a new, high-end graphics card this year. The market, to put it bluntly, is as we say in Spanish, el crappo for buyers as the price of high-end video hardware has...

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Survey gives Austin high marks for tech workers’ cost of living. Could that help its chances at Amazon’s HQ2?

As Amazon ponders its final decision on where to locate its $5 billion second headquarters project, will the retail giant factor in how far its workers’ salaries would go in whatever city it chooses? If so, a new study by online jobs marketplace Hired...

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Open Source

Whole Foods rolls out first ad campaign since Amazon merger 

After almost six months of being owned by Amazon, Austin-based Whole Foods Market has launched a new TV and digital advertising campaign that appears to be aimed at showing off the variety of products and services that the grocer offers.  Each of...

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Under Amazon, what does the future hold for Whole Foods’ 365 brand stores?

Prior to its sale to Amazon, Whole Foods Market envisioned its own innovation through the launch of a new store concept. Named after the grocer’s private label brand, 365 by Whole Foods Market was promoted as a smaller, more value-driven option that...

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Austin’s Jonathan Coon - founder of 1-800 CONTACTS -- wants you comparison shopping with Wikibuy

In 1992, Jonathan Coon started a company out of his Brigham Young University dorm room. He says he was trying, like all entrepreneurs, to solve a problem. “I was a poor college student and contact lenses were expensive,” he said. “They took a week...

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Walter Robb was Whole Foods' co-CEO. He thinks the Amazon deal was right.

Walter Robb says it’s clear Amazon was the best option for Whole Foods Market’s future.  The former Whole Foods co-CEO, now an investor in other food companies, said leaders at the grocer made the best possible decision in selling the company to...

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After Amazon names Austin among finalists for second headquarters, what’s next? 

Online retail giant Amazon.com confirmed Thursday what many economists and business analysts have predicted for months: Austin remains in the running for one of the richest economic development deals in U.S. history. Riding its hipster vibe and high-tech...

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Wells Fargo customers find accounts drained by mistaken double charges

Some Wells Fargo customers found their bank accounts drained to zero Wednesday when some sort of glitch caused their online bill payments to be processed twice. Numerous customers -- so many that Wells Fargo’s customer service phone lines were jammed...

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