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Pro-Dex: Cash Cow Quietly Enters Developing But Lucrative Surgical Robotics Market

Pro-Dex has posted increased annual revenues and decreased COGS for four straight years.<p>After Hal Hurwitz's resignation in January 2015, who …

Startups

Want Potential Customers to Remember You? Try One of These 6 Unusual Sales Tactics

These six approaches to sales conversations can refresh your selling style and improve your customer relationships.<p>One of my favorite things about sales is that you don't need to go to school to learn how to stand out from your competitors. Don't get me wrong--business school has lots of uses and …

9 Questions Interesting People Ask to Cut Through the Small Talk

It alls starts with having a genuine interest in the other person.<p>I remember early in my young career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to "schmooze" or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the wind-bag …

Leadership

Crowded streets: Cities face a surge in online deliveries

<b>Online shopping is skyrocketing. So what are cities going to do about it?</b><p>By the time veteran UPS driver Thomas "Tommy" Chu leaves work, he will have picked up and delivered hundreds of packages in New York City, making some 16 stops an hour as his company hurries to meet the online shopping …

Urban Design

Robomart is the latest startup to try and unseat the local convenience store

The startup assault on the humble neighborhood store continues to intensify.<p>First came Bodega, the terribly named, and mostly misguided startup with its mission to bring the non-perishable necessities available at the corner store to the masses and “disrupt” the corner store.<p>Now there’s Robomart, …

15 books Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk think everyone should read

Books have always been important to billionaire moguls like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk.<p>Over the years, the trio has sung the praises of several books that influenced the way they see the world, from their approach to technological innovation to how they manage their businesses.<p>Here are …

Books

A German grocery chain that's coming to America is already dominating Walmart on prices — here's why it's so cheap

A recent price check on a basket of 20 items by Jefferies analysts found that Lidl was about 9% cheaper than Walmart, the largest grocer in the US. Lidl claims to offer products for as much as 50% less than rival stores.<p>So far, Lidl has opened 10 stores along the East Coast and plans to open 80 by …

eCommerce

How to Write a Small Farm Business Plan

Writing a farm business plan can be a tool for you to plan your farming business. Sometimes it's also a requirement of securing grants and loans for …

Report: UberRUSH will stop handling restaurant deliveries

Uber plans to close its UberRUSH courier service to restaurant deliveries, according to a report in Quartz. Instead, restaurants will be encouraged to use UberEATS, the company’s food delivery service.<p>The move is noteworthy because restaurants were one of UberRUSH’s key clientele when it launched …

424 Million HDDs Shipped in 2016 – Trendfocus

<i>To get one-year unlimited access to all the News 50,000+ original articles, market reports, company's profiles, press releases, etc. on the worldwide</i> …

Chat Bots Are Winning Over Social Media Users (Report)

There are many approaches to social media marketing, but most rely on one-way communication, with brands and businesses blasting out messages, …

Advertising Industry

Are You a Good Boss? 5 Signs That Will Tell You

Are you a good boss. It's not always easy to tell<p>So you're the boss. Whether you are in charge of a small department or an entire company, you take your responsibility seriously. Things are going well, but you wonder if you're a good boss. It's not always easy to tell. It's not about whether all …

Extreme Sports

How to Get Started in Ecommerce for Less Than $100

Follow these four steps to save yourself a lot of time, money and headaches.<p>Writer, entrepreneur and university guest lecturer<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Starting an ecommerce business can be stressful.<p>Not because it's difficult, but because there's just <i>so</i> much …

Google AdWords

Don't get too excited about Amazon's drone delivery patent

The tech titan has hatched a plan for dropping packages on target from a moving drone. But there are legal issues.<p>You might have heard: Amazon just won a patent that could let it drop packages from flying drones.<p>That's exciting, because so far drone deliveries have been pretty slow! This past …

UPS Is Delivering Packages by Tricycle and of Course It's in Portland

UPS drivers are delivering packages by pedal in Portland, Ore., through the company’s new electronic delivery tricycles.<p>Used to bump up efficiency …

Five Lisbon startups you should know

As global tech conference Web Summit kicks off in Lisbon, we look at some of the biggest startups born in the Portuguese capital<p>All eyes appear to be on Lisbon at the moment. Open a magazine and there’ll be yet another travel feature praising the Portuguese capital. Its rooftop bars, close …

UPS Not Sweating Amazon's Transportation Network

With reports Amazon (AMZN) is planning to create its own transportation network, UPS (UPS) CFO Richard Peretz weighed in on whether shipping companies are concerned about the potential competition.<p>“We think about how UPS provides solutions not to just Amazon, but to many different companies around …

eCommerce

Business Strategy vs Business Tactics

Business-Strategy<p>When it comes to running your own business, everyone seems to have a plan to make you successful. You can read and study and even …

Uber-owned, self-driving freight truck debuts with a beer run

Only in America would a technological breakthrough like self-driving freight trucks be used to deliver 2,000 cases of beer.<p>So raise a frosty glass: …

Uber’s first self-driven truck delivery was a beer run

Otto, recently acquired by Uber, took a load of Budweiser 120 miles completely autonomously.<p>Otto, the self-driving truck startup that was acquired by Uber for $700 million, has just completed the world’s first completely autonomous commercial freight delivery.<p>In partnership with Anheuser-Busch, …

Anthony Levandowski

7 things marketing pros need to know about chatbots

Earlier this year, chatbots were barely a blip on the tech world's radar. Then, at Facebook's F8 developer conference in April, the company announced …

Operator! Operator! The UberRush Logistics Layer Has Arrived

The real goldmine for Uber is in becoming the transportation backend for tons of other services, not just its own apps. Now this logistics layer strategy is coming to fruition through a partnership with Operator, the chat-based shopping assistant backed by Uber co-founder Garret Camp.<p>Together, Uber …

The Most Active Investors In E-Commerce And Their Investments In One Infographic

500 Startups, Accel Partners, and East Ventures top the list.<p>Despite e-commerce’s recent slump with two straight quarters of decreased funding, in …

One-click checkouts and pay-by-selfie: the rise of mobile commerce

M-commerce, or mobile purchasing, is growing fast, thanks to more confidence over security and greater simplicity<p>Buying stuff from mobile phones has been talked about since Coca-Cola and Nokia first installed vending machines in Finland in 1997 that accepted payment via text message, or SMS as it …

Subscription E-Commerce Market Map: 57 Startups In One Infographic

Subscription e-commerce as a category has had a rocky history, with funding falling in 2016 but deal count up in Q2’16. Amidst the ups and downs, at …

Venture Capital

Infographic: How Jeff Bezos Built his Amazon Empire

How Jeff Bezos Built his Amazon Empire<p>on July 25, 2016 at 11:27 am<p>Shares 3.2K<p>On Friday afternoon, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos briefly passed Warren Buffett …

Jeff Bezos

The Periodic Table Of E-Commerce

These are the 120+ companies shaping global e-commerce, including startups selling apparel, used cars, baby care, eyeglasses, and more.<p>The global …

THE REVERSE LOGISTICS REPORT: How retailers can save money by making returns smoother in the e-commerce age

This multi-billion dollar problem is referred to as reverse logistics and it can cut into retailers profits by 10% to 20% every year.<p>This problem will be even more exacerbated by the rise of e-commerce, as customers increasingly ship back goods to the retailer, who often might pay for the shipping …

eCommerce

What Walmart Must Do to Fight Back at Amazon

Walmart (wmt) appears to have a bit of wind in its sails again.<p>The discount retailer, which recently reported its eighth straight quarter of …