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Deliverr raises $7M to help e-commerce businesses compete with Amazon Prime

When Amazon rolled out its membership-based two-day shipping service in 2005, e-commerce and customer expectations around fulfillment speed changed forever. Today, more than 100 million people use Amazon Prime. That means, 100 million people are fully accustomed to two-day shipping and if they can’t have it, they shop elsewhere. As The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Mims recently put it: “Alongside life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, you can now add another inalienable right: two-day shipping on practically everything.” Only recently have Amazon’s competitors begun to offer similar fast delivery options. About two years ago, Walmart launched its own free two-day delivery service for its owned-inventory; eBay followed suit, establishing a three-day or less delivery guaranteed option for shoppers in March 2017. To power these Prime-like delivery options, Walmart, eBay and the Canadian e-commerce business Shopify are relying on a little upstart. One-year-old Deliverr helps businesses offer rapid delivery experiences to their customers. Today, the company is announcing a $7.1 million Series A led by Joe Lonsdale’s 8VC, with participation from Zola founder Shan-Lyn Ma, Flexport chief executive officer Ryan Peterson and others. The San Francisco-based startup uses machine learning and predictive intelligence to determine which of its warehouses to store its client’s goods. Walmart launches free, 2-day shipping without a membership on purchases of $35 or more Currently, Deliverr operates out of more than 10 warehouses in Texas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey, among other states, though co-founder Michael Krakaris says that number is growing every week. Its customers typically store inventory in three to five different locations based on Deliverr’s predictive algorithms. Unlike Amazon, which owns more than 75 fulfillment centers, Deliverr doesn’t own its warehouses. Krakaris describes the company’s strategy as a sort of Uber for fulfillment. “Uber didn’t change the physical infrastructure of cars. They didn’t build their own taxis. What they did was create software that could connect excess capacity drivers,” Krakaris told TechCrunch. “Most warehouses aren’t going to be full. We are going in and filling that extra space they wouldn’t otherwise fill.” One of the startup’s tricks is to use brand-neutral packaging so any and all marketplaces could theoretically power fulfillment through Deliverr. Amazon,…

Buying Software for Your Small Business? Read These 3 Tips Before Taking the Plunge

Do you find that your team projects and collaborations often feel like a game of Jenga, just one botched deadline or failed communication away from toppling over? Finding the proper tools to promote team productivity is an ongoing quest for countless small businesses – that’s why we’re here to set the stage for your success. For SMBs, organization is key. By a show of hands, how many people have an endless stream of tabs open in their browser window right now, packed like sardines? We rely on software for nearly every aspect of getting our work done, but all too often, these productivity tools can actually end up fragmenting our time. The future of work lies in streamlining our digital processes. By gathering as many programs, tools, and capabilities as possible in one place, we begin to eliminate the need for toggling between a dozen windows and programs at a time. In light of SignEasy’s recent collaboration with Microsoft Teams – which transforms the popular e-signature software into a fully-integrated app for Microsoft’s latest chat platform – we wanted to explore the many ways in which integrations mark a fundamental shift in the way SMBs are able to do business. Here are the top three things your small business should consider when shopping for company software, so you can join the productivity revolution with confidence. 1. The one-stop shop The quickest way to banish your growing collection of tabs is to have all the programs and functionalities you need under one roof. Add-on apps and extensions are quickly becoming a popular choice for businesses who want to use one central program or browser – one that they would be using on a daily basis already – as a hub for tons of other productivity tools. Take the nearly 50% of web surfers that use Google Chrome as an example. Thanks to Chrome extensions, people that favor this platform can turn their browser into a to-do list, a task manager, a productivity tracker, and much more, simply by installing a few integrated add-ons. Similarly, Microsoft Teams users can use the SignEasy…

Internet Down? Try a Satellite Connection

When it comes to doing business, the Internet is vital. And, when it goes down, panic usually sets in. Currently, Internet subscribers are at the mercy of their providers and there is nothing that can be done to remedy the situation. But, things have changed. Hughes Network Systems has created a solution that will keep the Internet going strong, even during those unexpected and unwanted outages. Hughes Network Systems provides broadband satellite service for business and residential customers. Their Internet services reach the people who are unable to connect via cable and phone lines. Their Internet service, known as HughesNet, serves more than 1.2 million customers. They also have a program called HughesON, which uses satellite and traditional methods to keep large businesses and government entities connected at all times. Hughes Network Systems has a new program they call HughesNet Internet Continuity that can fill the void that Internet outages bring. By subscribing to this program, Internet users will be able to access satellite Internet when the terrestrial options go down. Then, when the terrestrial Internet is running again, the satellite Internet stops. This is a must-have service for any business that relies on the Internet for productivity and sales. It can be used by residential and business customers who rely on cable, fiber, or DSL Internet. Residential and business Internet users usually do not subscribe to satellite Internet as their first choice, simply because the cost is prohibitive. Terrestrial Internet is more affordable for those who have it readily available. But, this backup Internet service is worth the expense because it keeps business moving. Most who rely on terrestrial Internet know that outages happen. Those outages can be weather-related and they can be caused by equipment problems and hardware degradation. Because HughesNet does not rely on those terrestrial lines, it can provide this useful automatic backup system. Business is able to keep moving because of the way the backup system is set up by HughesNet. It uses a Wi-Fi modem, an antenna, and radio, along with a special router to switch back and forth between the terrestrial and satellite…

Entrepreneur Q&A: Andrea Guzzoni

What inspired Rentuu? I worked in tech for the last five years and I’ve successfully managed and launched operations working under large corporations. The idea of an online rental service was sparked when I was working with booking and events platforms. Particularly when I worked in hospitality, I realised that a lot of places needed The post Entrepreneur Q&A: Andrea Guzzoni appeared first on Small Business.

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Software Developer

Interviewing and hiring experienced software developers is more of an art than it is a science. In fact, advanced software developers may soon be among the most valuable and sought after employees for most businesses, including software development companies. However, finding exceptional software engineers can be extremely difficult since you have to explore a candidate’s […] The post The Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Software Developer appeared first on SmallBizClub.

How Updating Training Protocol can Lead to Increased Employee Engagement

In any business, the success of employees drives the success of the company. So, what do you do when the way you’re training your team isn’t sticking? The typical employee dedicates more than 40 hours in training each year; however, they only retain 10 percent of the information given.  It could be our shrinking attention spans or information overload – either way, what it means is that we need to start training our staff in a format that works for them. Enter microlearning – a new way of learning that brings the employee education approach into the 21st century. What Is Microlearning? While day-long classroom-style lectures and lengthy PowerPoint presentations worked in the past, microlearning is a new form of employee education that accommodates the generational shift in the workforce and the decrease in attention span due to how quickly we can gather information. It is defined as a teaching technique that delivers content in small bursts, presenting only the most important information in a way that is comprehensible and easily retainable. How Does It Work? The concept of microlearning is simple. It consists of short, interactive videos – maximum 10-15 minutes each – focusing on specific goals that are relevant to an employees’ day-to-day tasks. With microlearning, the quick spurts of information can be immediately applied rather than going unused and eventually forgotten. By sharing pertinent information just in time, rather than just in case, companies can increase employee performance at an exceptional rate.  Is It Really Successful? This form of education has proven to produce rapid results when training employees. Take Alorica as an example – the largest customer service provider in North America. While managing millions of customer prescriptions for a major retail pharmacy provider, Alorica experienced a decline in prescription fulfillment compliance, which is a huge issue. In search of a new learning strategy to mitigate the problem, Alorica championed the concept of microlearning. Brief, animated videos set on clear-cut goals assisted agents with understanding the importance of customer verification, and in turn helped close a gap to not only meet, but exceed client expectations. Results…

What Will It Take to REALLY Outsource Your Project Successfully?

Outsourcing a software development project can be a miracle that helps you avoid delayed delivery, reduce costs, tap into a new technology, and scale significantly faster than if you’d relied on local resources. It can also be a complete disaster that leads to project failure and an overblown budget. Two drastically different outcomes following the […] The post What Will It Take to REALLY Outsource Your Project Successfully? appeared first on SmallBizClub.

3 Essentials of Successful Software Development

When you’re trying to deliver a new product to market, you’re probably focused on just that: the product. What is it? What does it do? Why does it need to exist? Who’s going to use it? Is there a sufficient market to sustain this business model? All of these questions demand answers before you can […] The post 3 Essentials of Successful Software Development appeared first on SmallBizClub.

How Serious Are You About Your Business?

As a small business owner, one of your uppermost thoughts will be how to make the business grow. You’ll need everything it takes—and then some—to move from being the underdog to one of the big hitters. Understandably, this takes patience, dedication and hard work. It also requires having the right tools to help you compete […] The post How Serious Are You About Your Business? appeared first on SmallBizClub.

Improve your cyber security using the ‘Check and Change’ method

Despite their prevalence, SMBs have traditionally been under-served when it comes to cyber security options, especially in comparison to what’s available to larger organisations. Historically, cyber criminal activity has focused on consumers and large enterprises as the most lucrative targets. And while these audiences continue to be a focus, the number of security solutions available The post Improve your cyber security using the ‘Check and Change’ method appeared first on Small Business.

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