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Amazon.com unveils Launchpad

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Global shopping site Amazon.com has opened its doors to start-ups with its new platform, Launchpad. It allows entrepreneurs from firms such as IndieGoGo to advertise and sell products online to an international audience. For shoppers, this means that for the first time, innovative technologies will be available for purchase as soon as they're manufactured and cheaper retail prices. For start-ups, Launchpad streamlines business development by handling advertising and sales, allowing entrepreneurs to focus on development. There are a number of cool products available to shoppers, including Ice's floating orb Bluetooth speaker that levitates, spins and plays music.

App for business receipts

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Collecting, saving and managing business receipts can be a hassle, especially when you're travelling. A new partnership between Australian travel management start-up Locomote, and global account-keeping tech firm Expensify promises a new technology to streamline travel expenses and planning for companies. With the Locomote app, employees can digitally store photos of business receipts when travelling and send them directly to managers for approval. The same goes with flight booking details, allowing direct communication with managers without changing apps. Finance managers can view detailed expense reports, immediately generated and emailed when they are approved.

Postal panache

New postage service Sendle allows users to book a postal service from your mobile phone. When you book postage using the Sendle app, you're charged a flat rate for your package. All same-city deliveries cost about $10, regardless of the size or weight. A 10kg package from Sydney to Perth is estimated to cost only about $17.60, which is about half the cost of delivery through Australia Post.

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Steph Nash was a staff writer at Money until 2017.
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