17 startups to watch: Chamber dishes out A-List Awards

The Austin Chamber of Commerce and South by Southwest Thursday revealed the A-List winners across three categories.

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Austin Tech Alliance’s Membership Drive Continues With Addition Of Six More Founding Companies

(Austin, TX) // Today, Austin Tech Alliance announced six additional founding member companies as its membership drive continues.

“With the addition of these six companies, we’re continuing to build momentum toward a civically engaged and diverse membership,” said ATA executive director David Edmonson. “Each of the new members represents a cross section of Austin’s tech sector, from a leading semiconductor company to the first-ever mobile app for drivers education to the world’s most important conference celebrating the convergence of tech, film, and music. We’re excited about what the future holds.”

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MC Halfpenny, Director of Operations, Uncommon Goods

“With Convey, we’ve got a unified experience that feels like it’s all coming from UncommonGoods. That unifying experience is one of best benefits for the customer. So we can try new things and new carriers and the customer gets a consistent experience — all branded in one place… Convey really shines on the operational side. They know the carriers and want to solve for making the delivery experience consistent.”

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Convey Joins Build Direct, Rent the Runway and PwC on D3 Summit Panel

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Convey, the leading customer-centric delivery platform, today announced its CEO Rob Taylor will participate in a panel discussion of retail industry leaders at eyefortransport’s D3: Dynamic Distribution Disruption Retail Summit 2017in Brooklyn on May 15.

D3 USA is the innovation hub for more than 300 senior supply chain execs from major retailers, brands, CPG and service provider companies. The topics range from inventory forecasting to planning to distribution to the last mile and same-day delivery.

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How This CEO Became the Darling of the Austin VC World

In honor of Small Business Week, Inc. reporters deployed to several cities where they spent one day talking to owners and entrepreneurs in a particular sector about their challenges.​

Investors everywhere favor people they know. After all part of their job is to mitigate risk. But in smaller markets, where there are usually only a few sizable venture capital firms, that favoritism starts to feel like an old boys’ club, limiting opportunities for first-time founders. Until recently that problem was especially acute in Austin where one firm, Austin Ventures, dominated the local VC market, until its dissolution two years ago. The pool is wider now, but the insiders-only challenge persists.

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Retailers Report on Home Delivery

Customers want faster, cheaper, easier delivery than ever before. Meanwhile, innovators with infinite resources like Amazon make it difficult for competitors to keep up. A recent survey of more than 200 retailers revealed that logistics teams feeling increased pressure to deliver better customer experiences.

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Monthly Delivery Digest – April

The delivery headlines this month were focused optimization of the last mile to meet customer expectations. Whether it’s last mile partners optimizing their operations or retailers optimizing their customer service processes this month was all about improving the customer experience. Check out the below headlines to catch up on what happened this month.

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Proactive Support Delivers Results for Uncommon Goods

In episode 90 of Total Retail Talks, MC Halfpenny, director of operations at Uncommon Goods, an online retailer of unique gifts and creative home decor, talks about how proactive customer support is helping the company to improve the order delivery process. Halfpenny shares details about the support process at Uncommon Goods, the business benefits it has helped deliver, and offers advice for other retailers looking to improve the product delivery experience for its customers.

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7 tech startups that saw major success after Techstars Austin

The esteemed accelerator program has its motors up and running in cities across the world, but its Austin post is (unsurprisingly) near and dear to our hearts. In honor of its yearly accelerator cohorts, we dug through and found seven local Techstars alumni currently experiencing big success.

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Monthly Delivery Digest – March

The delivery headlines this month were focused on high profile acquisitions like Modcloth, news of new drone usage plans by both Amazon and Walmart and the implications of proposed changes to tax policy for retailers. Check out the below headlines to catch up on what happened this month.

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