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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Beta.MN / Byte: QuickCare

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Beta.MN/ Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions and published in collaboration with Beta.MN for the early-stage founders between idea and execution.

 
What is the name of the company and/or product?

QuickCare and it can be found online at quickcarekits.com and our QuickCare Facebook page

What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?

QuickCare offers cold and flu kits that contain a wide array of cold remedies, from fever and pain relievers to chicken soup and tea. Colds and flus are particularly hard on college students because they lack both transportation and a large medicine chest for when they get sick. The Quickcare kit will make someone feel special, akin to flowers, but with the added bonus that the products actually work. In the end, we aim to flip the experience of getting a cold or flu from negative and isolating, to an experience where others can quickly and effectively show love and support.

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Lemonis’ Camping World Buys St. Paul E-Tailer The-House.com

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“LINCOLNSHIRE — Camping World Holdings said it has purchased TheHouse.com, an online retailer specializing in bikes, sailboards, skateboards, wakeboards, snowboards and outdoor gear. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.

The acquisition will build on and complement the foundation already in place to serve customers across the Camping World RV SuperCenter network and positions the company for even faster e-commerce growth in the future by expanding customer reach and adding new product offerings.”

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Minnesota [E] Commerce Captains: Brett Thoreson, CartStack

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Thanks to Irish Titan for underwriting our Minnesota [E] Commerce Captains series focused on local leadership in e-commerce.

Minnesota SaaS founder & CEO Brett Thoreson started bootstrapping CartStack in early 2012 and brought beta to market by the end of that year.

A few quarters later, the company had hit revenues and hired multiple employees. Now with team of seven, CartStack is at an inflection point as the business continues to scale under Thoreson’s guidance.

He will be speaking to his success, lessons and future at the next TC E-Commerce Meetup at Apruve HQ next week.

What exactly does CartStack do and how does it work?

CartStack is a shopping cart abandonment recovery solution for e-commerce websites and hotel booking engines. After the CartStack customer adds a JavaScript tracking snippet to their website, CartStack “watches” website visitors and will send retargeting emails to visitors that start the checkout process but don’t finalize their order. CartStack customers can set up their retargeting
email sequence and view reports via a web based dashboard.

When, why and how did you get started?

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Digi-Key Sees Secretive Welfare Handout Amidst New State Budget

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Minnesota’s $1.5 billion dollar/year electronics e-commerce distributor Digi-Key first announced the potential for a Thief River Falls expansion of operations back in March, 2017.

The pending one million square foot facility, possibly constructed adjacent to current headquarters, could cost between $200m to $300m and might employ up to 1,000 people within ten years. Maybe?

The uncertainty in this expansion comes down to the contingencies, as the lobbyist aptly noted, based on money from the public (accounts of the many) transferred to the private owners (accounts of the few) at Digi-Key, it was reported:

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Best Buy’s New Weapon Against Amazon

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By Jason Del Rey, ReCode

“Over the last few years, the idea of short-term rentals has taken off in industries from lodging to fashion. Now Best Buy is trying to push that same trend into the mainstream for consumer electronics.

Later this month, the big-box retailer will start advertising try-before-you-buy rentals on its website for cameras, audio equipment and fitness trackers, the company recently told Recode. Best Buy is working with a San Francisco-based startup called Lumoid on the partnership.”

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