Digi-Key To Add 1,000 Jobs Over Decade As Part Of Welfare Package

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Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

Digi-Key Electronics, the electronic-components distributor, broke ground late last week on a $200 million expansion project at its Thief River Falls, Minn., headquarters campus that it says will add “at least” 1,000 new jobs within a decade.”

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Minnesota Ecommerce Captains: Jimmy Vosika, ShopJimmy

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Thanks to Irish Titan for underwriting our Minnesota Ecommerce Captains series focused on local leadership in the e-commerce industry.

Jimmy Vosika started his TV parts resale business 10+ years ago in the basement by taking apart the discarded broken electronics and reselling all the individual parts on ebay.

ShopJimmy has since scaled to tens of millions in online revenue with operations based in Burnsville, Minnesota.

He’ll be speaking to his experiences next Wednesday at Apruve HQ for the Twin Cities Ecommerce Meetup.

What do you sell online?

Replacement TV parts

When, why and how did you get started?

Whoa, this would be a lot to type out, I’ll save the longer version for meetup.

 
In 2006, while working for a recycler, I started researching if broken plasma TVs had any value. I bought one TV and resold it on ebay, making some nice extra cash. I continued buying and reselling the broken units, then eventually formed a company where we began harvesting circuit boards from the TVs to sell on ebay, and the dot com I was building.

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Praxik Delivers AR to Your Phone and Your Home With Room Remix

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By Nancy A. Shenker

You fall in love with a sofa you saw on Pinterest and the price is right on Wayfair. But how do you know it’ll look good in your living room? More important, will it fit?

Praxik, a 10-person augmented reality company now based in Uptown Minneapolis developed and recently launched Room Remix, a free iPhone app that “lets you see a physical product you care about in the environment in which it’s actually going to show up.”

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Best Buy To Increase Spending To $700m In E-commerce Battle

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By Khadeeja Safdar

Best Buy Co. reported another quarter of rising sales but said it would increase spending on its e-commerce operations and supply chain to continue growing its business in a competitive marketplace.

The electronics retailer said expenses were higher in the June quarter and it planned to make similar investments in shipping, compensation and online operations in the next two quarters.”

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Target Is Plotting To Move Away From AWS As Amazon Takes Over Retail

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By Christina Farr, CNBC

Target is struggling mightily to compete with Amazon in retail, but it’s finding other ways to fight back.

The discount retailer is scaling back its use of Amazon Web Services, according to sources familiar with the matter, as the company aims to take greater control over its infrastructure and stop financing its chief rival. Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods is the latest sign of how deep the e-commerce giant is moving into all forms of retail.”

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