Vibrant Technologies Acquires TechWorks

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“MINNEAPOLIS — Vibrant Technologies, Inc. (Vibrant) today announced the acquisition of TechWorks, LLC (TechWorks). TechWorks, LLC, a leading networking remarketer, specializes in Cisco and HP networking equipment. This acquisition represents Vibrant’s increasing commitment to remarketing of networking equipment. Jon Maring, TechWorks Founder, will join Vibrant Technologies beginning immediately and will lead Vibrant’s newly established Networking Division. “

TechWorks brings category expertise and industry leadership to Vibrant in refurbished and off-lease Cisco Networking switches and routers, Juniper equipment, HP ProCurve Networking, Dell PowerConnect Switches, and additional brands of new and used network hardware. TechWorks will be integrated into the existing Vibrant team.

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MN E-Commerce Captains: Dug Nichols, Kidizen

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Thanks to Irish Titan for underwriting our MN E-Comm Captains series focused on leading local online retailers!

Dug Nichols is the co-founder & CEO of Kidizen, a peer to peer marketplace for kids clothing and apparel started in 2014.  Since then, they have acquired over  over 250,000 registered users, grossed over $5m in sales, and raised ~$5m of angel/venture capital.

He’ll be speaking to success in person at the next Twin Cities E-commerce meetup on 5/24.

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Kidizen is a social marketplace for buying, selling, and sharing kid style. Our mobile apps provide a source of discovery and inspiration for children’s fashion and a reselling marketplace for buyer and sellers all over the U.S. to exchange resale items.

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Target To Expand Ecommerce Capability With ‘Restock’

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By Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

“Target announced this morning it’s now testing a next-day home delivery service called Target Restock. The service, which is currently being trialed with Target employees ahead of a customer-facing pilot this summer, is designed to offer an easy way to shop online for household essentials which will arrive the day after you place your order.”

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MN E-Comm Captains: Blair Budlong, DecksDirect

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Blair Budlong Decks DirectThanks to Irish Titan for underwriting our MN E-Comm Captains series focused on leading local online retailers!

Blair Budlong started DecksDirect nine years ago to provide homeowners and builders with a one-stop shop for purchasing premium deck building materials and accessories online.

In a building materials world traditionally dominated by lumberyards and brick-and-mortar, DecksDirect.com is now the largest online retailer of deck accessories in North America with a team of 38 full-time employees based in Northeast Minneapolis.

He’ll be speaking to his success in person at the next Twin Cities E-commerce meetup on 4/26.

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Online Shopping Growing Faster In Minnesota Than Neighboring States

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By Sarah Halzack, Washington Post

“There’s no doubt that online shopping is a wave that is roiling the retail industry — and our culture, for that matter. But it’s a wave that’s not sweeping up all shoppers in quite the same way.

According to new data, the rise of online shopping across the United States is rather uneven, with more affluent states marching more quickly toward a lifestyle in which buying happens on a screen instead of at the mall.”

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MN E-Comm Captains: Brenda Boehler, Bellacor

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Brenda BoehlerThanks to Irish Titan for underwriting our new MN E-Comm Captains series focused on leaders in the online retail sector!

Brenda Boehler has been in retail for over 25 years and the CEO of Bellacor since 2014.

Located in Minneapolis’ North Loop, Bellacor is an Internet Retailer Top 500 lighting and home furnishings multi-channel e-commerce company with revenues of $40 million and a team of 70.

She will be speaking to her success in person at the next Twin Cities E-Commerce Meetup on 3/29.

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Chuck & Don’s buys Online Retailer Fetch

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2dc68101074da2fa54a9d1896d379da0By Tom Meersman, Star Tribune

“A local chain that sells pet food and other supplies is getting into the e-commerce business. Chuck & Don’s announced that it has acquired Fetch, a Minneapolis company that’s been offering online sales and home delivery of pet food and supplies in the Twin Cities metro area since 2006.”

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