Deliverr raises $7M to help e-commerce businesses compete with Amazon Prime

When Amazon rolled out its membership-based two-day shipping service in 2005, e-commerce and customer expectations around fulfillment speed changed forever. Today, more than 100 million people use Amazon Prime. That means, 100 million people are fully accustomed to two-day shipping and if they can’t have it, they shop elsewhere. As…

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This plastic fishing company is making office furniture out of plastic waste

Meet Amazon's (paid) FC Ambassadors, who will reply to your Amazon criticisms on Twitter with their positive personal experiences working for the company.Image: TWITTER More than a dozen Amazon workers are defending their employer on Twitter after a string of reports detailing bad working conditions at the company’s fulfillment centers.…

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Amazon Services halves UK corporation tax bill despite tripling its profits

Image: LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images Amazon Services profits tripled in the UK last year. But, despite this, it has managed to halve its UK corporation tax bill.  Per figures posted publicly on Companies House, Amazon’s corporation tax bill was £4.5m last year, down from £7.4m the previous year. Its profits, meanwhile,…

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Thoughts on Xiaomis eighth anniversary and inaugural month as a public company

Hans Tung Contributor Share on Twitter Zara Zhang is an investment analyst with GGV Capital and a blogger about China, tech, and food. On August 16, Xiaomi celebrated the seventh anniversary of the release of its first phone, and the eighth anniversary of MIUI’s launch. As an early investor in…

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Is insurance a rich enough game to disrupt?

Martha Notaras Contributor Martha Notaras is a partner at XL Innovate. For the last decade, the largest technology companies have increasingly looked outside of tech to grow their operations. From automotive to retail to groceries, these companies use massive competitive advantages in the form of data, consumer relationships and software…

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16 of the best Amazon Alexa skills: Order a pizza, get dating help, and more

Image: AMAZON / MASHABLE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION Amazon Alexa is the retail giant’s “personal assistant” that lives inside of every Amazon Echo and Amazon Fire TV Stick device. The smart digital assistant helps you with virtually any task, such as giving you weather updates or playing music, prompted simply by the…

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