E-commerce

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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Delivery robots could come to Austin this year

Imagine walking down Congress Avenue, surrounded by throngs of pedestrians hurrying to lunch or a business meeting. Ahead of you, the crowd slows a bit to make room for a knee-high robot merrily rolling down the sidewalk to make a food delivery. ...

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Can one man survive for a day with only Apple Pay?

In the large list of calamities that could happen to you on a given day (let’s not dwell on the possibilities), forgetting your wallet at home is a pretty minor one. It happened to me recently and would have been absolutely no big deal, except… 1...

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Think you've got what it takes to be an influencer? 

So you want to become an influencer. The job has plenty of upside. There’s all the free stuff, for one, and the most successful influencers can earn thousands of dollars from a single tweet or blog post. We asked some of Austin’s top influencers and...

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Austin firms help track, monitor influencers

In 2012, Sarah Ware founded a company called Markerly that built tools to make it easier for bloggers to share their content on social media. Ware said their widgets allowed Markerly to gather data on which bloggers were “truly influential” based...

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How Austin's influencers make a living off social media

It was a Friday, and that meant one thing in Jessi Afshin’s world: playing dress up. Afshin plucked a mustard yellow chunky sweater from her closet, threw on a pair of high-rise skinny jeans and, to complete the outfit, slipped into a pair of never-worn...

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Resy CEO Ben Leventhal on Austin's newest restaurant-reservation app

Ben Leventhal, one of the founders of Resy Network, Inc., says restaurant technology hasn't evolved quickly enough and when he started his company in 2014 with CrowdTwist co-founder Michael Montero and social-media star Gary Vaynerchuk, it was to...

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