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Amazon Drops New York HQ2, Dana Inc. B2B Training and Gemr’s Online Marketplace

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Amazon Drops New York HQ2

With an initial promise of bringing as many as 40,000 jobs with average salaries of $150,000, Amazon has announced it is pulling out of its deal to build an HQ2 campus in New York due to extreme opposition from many residents and politicians. From the start of this announcement, lawmakers were upset that they were excluded from initial negotiations, denounced the $3 billion in government subsidies and residents were worried about the rise in rent and overall costs. Recently, Amazon has faced tough questions on their view of unions, job specifics and that the proposed location would be in an opportunity zone, meaning it would qualify for state and federal tax breaks, though Amazon claimed they wouldn’t claim it.

What stood out to us? Yikes. Really? Don’t want those jobs? What? Hmmmm.

Why should you care? 25,000 high paying jobs will be created somewhere else in the US.

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Dana Inc. B2B Training

Dana Inc., a 114 year old manufacturing company, offers over 110,000 parts for cars, commercial trucks, off-road and marine vehicles in online inventory. Recently, the company launched an upgraded B2B ecommerce site and training portal to help B2B buyers become more educated on buying and selling. Dana takes ecommerce orders on and recently announced an online training academy called This training program includes tools, slideshows, short chapters on specific Dana parts, video and content to help buyers understand Dana products. These courses are then followed by a quiz and a certificate of completion when a module is successfully completed. This training program is available for customers in North America and Europe.

What stood out to us? Efficiency and leadership.

Why should you care? Why isn’t this the norm in traditional education?

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Online Marketplace Geek Out

Comic book, action figure and antique collectors don’t often find a place to gather online, but peer-to-peer marketplace Gemr is changing that. Gemr is a fast-growing online app that has over 527,000 users, with 375,000 joining just last year. As stated by Tom Bennett, CEO, “Collectors can come here and let their geek flag fly.” Users can join collection-specific clubs, upload photos of their own collections, and like photos, similar to Instagram. In addition, users can buy and sell items from one another on the app. Payments are facilitated through PayPal, with Gemr taking 1% cut of sales.

What stood out to us? Niche play. Smart.

Why should you care? Unless you are a geek, you may not. We don’t judge.

In the headlines

  • Online floral success: February 12 and 13 were top selling days for online flower shops.
  • Alipay all the way: Walgreens has accepted Alipay in 3,000 U.S stores, including those in New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco.
  • Facebook’s got style: The social media giant bought visual shopping startup GrokStyle as a means to strengthen AI.
  • Delivery no more: Walmart ended its delivery partnership with Deliv.

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