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Edward Jones Partners with SixThirty to Support FinTech Startups|
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 22, 2017 - Financial services firm Edward Jones has announced a multi-year partnership with SixThirty, a St. Louis-based venture fund that invests in financial technology (FinTech) startup companies. Backed by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, SixThirty was founded in 2013 and to date has funded more than 25 startups across the globe.
In a release, Edward Jones Chief Information Officer Vinny Ferrari said the relationship with SixThirty is consistent with the firm's drive to provide investors an ideal client experience.
"At Edward Jones, we view technology as a way to enhance the relationship with our clients by making their experience outside our branch offices just as emotive and productive as it is when they visit a financial advisor for a face-to-face meeting in a branch," said Ferrari. "Our relationship with SixThirty gives us an opportunity to look outside the firm for the best ideas in financial technology to help us achieve our goals."
SixThirty invests in eight to 10 FinTech start-ups each year from a globally diverse pool of more than 325 companies that seek investment. As part of the investment, the start-ups participate in the business development program focusing on mentorship and networking opportunities with some of the leading financial services institutions in the region and across the country.
As part of the partnership with SixThirty, Frank LaQuinta, a general partner with Edward Jones, has joined the organization's Investment Committee which evaluates the investment pipeline and selects FinTech startups that SixThirty invests in.
Atul Kamra, SixThirty's managing partner, noted St. Louis has established itself as one of the fastest growing startup cities in the US, thanks in part to corporate partners who recognize the potential to attract entrepreneurs to the city. When that happens, he said, the local talent pool is strengthened, jobs are created, innovation blossoms and economic growth accelerates.
"SixThirty is building on what makes us (our region) unique: the breadth and depth of our financial services, and a culture that notices and nurtures founders," Kamra added. "Edward Jones is a leader in financial services and synonymous with nurturing talent, consistently being recognized as among the best places to work in the US. We look forward to working with them to attract and grow the most promising FinTech ideas and, in turn, sustain our competitiveness in an industry in which we have inherent strength."
Quiet Logistics Expands to the Midwest with Its Fulfillment Center
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 22, 2017 - Quiet Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of outsourced fulfillment solutions, has announced the opening of its Fulfillment Center of the Future in Hazelwood, Missouri, just outside St. Louis.
The innovative new center, built on Quiet's proprietary Fulfillment Management System, is strategically located to enable two- and three-day shipping to eCommerce customers across the United States. At capacity it will be powered by a staff of approximately 250 full-time employees working alongside a state-of-the-art Locus Robotics autonomous picking solution for maximum efficiency and accuracy.
Quiet is now able to reach 100% of the U.S. population in two to three days at extremely competitive rates, often with far less accessorial charges than other U.S.-origin zip code. The Midwest hub offers eCommerce retailers a quick two-day delivery transit time to New York City, and three-day transit to Los Angeles via ground shipping.
In a release, Dr. Brian Lemerise, President of Quiet Logistics, said "Managing split inventory cross-country is no longer a necessity when a fulfillment network can provide two-day delivery to the majority of eCommerce shoppers. Coupled with industry-leading same-day shipping performance, these transit times ensure customer orders arrive quickly and accurately. Moreover, Quiet can process an eCommerce order within an hour of receiving the order and make sure it delivers with a custom - and often personalized - brand experience."
Nick Saunders, SVP of Sales at Quiet Logistics, said "Expanding to St. Louis is an important strategic initiative as we continue to increase the capacity of our fulfillment network."
Quiet is hiring talented full-time employees in the St. Louis area, including general warehouse workers, IT, HR, and sales personnel. To learn more about career opportunities, please visit www.quietlogistics.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We are excited to open our next great center with the best technology available today, and the best people. The Locus Robotics solution increases throughput and empowers employees to work at their full capabilities. It's a partnership that always results in the strongest performance, and we look forward to bringing it to the St. Louis market," said Lemerise.
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