E-commerce

Whole Foods prepares for Amazon-like hiring spree 

As one of the world’s biggest employers, Amazon has become known for its large hiring sprees: On Aug. 2, it attempted to hire 50,000 warehouse workers in a national “Amazon Jobs Day” event. Now, a similar tactic is being tried by Amazon’s newly acquired...

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Kyle, Buda offer hundreds of acres in Austin area’s bid for Amazon’s HQ2

When the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce submitted its bid for Amazon’s second headquarters on Oct. 18, chamber spokesman Mike Berman said it did so on on the behalf of the entire metro area. The chamber has declined to release the bid application...

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Amazon posts huge growth in sales in first earnings report since Whole Foods acquisition 

Amazon on Thursday soared past Wall Street expectations as it reported 34 percent growth in sales and stable profits in the company’s first quarterly earnings report since purchasing Austin-based Whole Foods Market in August. For its third quarter...

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Austin’s bid is officially in for Amazon’s giant HQ2 project

For the past month, hundreds of cities have scrambled to prepare proposals to win Amazon’s second company headquarters after the online retailer announced plans for the $5 billion project.  Austin, considered a contender by industry analysts, has...

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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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