SOURCE: Tallwave


December 19, 2013 16:19 ET

Tallwave High Tide I Finalist Delivery-IT Wins Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Challenge With Delivery Technology for the Retail Industry

Cloud-Based Delivery Management Platform Shown to Lower Retail Delivery Costs by up to 43 Percent

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Dec 19, 2013) -  Celebrating the success of one of its High Tide startup competition alum, Tallwave today announced that The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) selected Delivery-IT (formerly d.b.a. as a winner of the Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge. Awards range from $100,000 to $250,000 per company and Delivery-IT was awarded the full $250,000 for its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud-based delivery management platform.

Selected from 180 applications, six winners were announced December 18 at the Arizona Technology Council StartupConnectAZ conference in Phoenix, co-sponsored by Tallwave. The Arizona Innovation Challenge awards $1.5 million twice a year to the most qualified, innovative startups and early-stage companies. The bi-annual business competition is touted as awarding the most money in the country for a technology commercialization competition.

"This is exciting for the future of Delivery-IT as well as Arizona's entrepreneurial ecosystem," said Thom Brodeur, executive vice president, Venture Management, Tallwave. "Each time one of our High Tide companies is recognized with additional capital to scale their businesses, one of our overall goals is realized. We offer our congratulations to the Delivery-IT team and look forward to continuing to contribute to the acceleration of their growth."

Delivery-IT is a SaaS software delivery management solution for retailers looking to reduce delivery costs, increase in-store revenue, and improve customer experience through seamless delivery of their goods. Delivery-IT retail clients have experienced reductions in shipping and delivery costs of up to 43 percent, and sales increases of up to eight percent. Delivery-IT integrates into retail point-of-sale (POS) systems and offers several native "on demand" delivery options including and Courier4.Me

For retails customers, the ordering, scheduling and same-day delivery of their favorite goods becomes seamless. They can also easily access a real-time tracking system to manage the entire delivery process from end-to-end including live customer support feedback, rescheduling and returns.

"We are honored to be selected for this award among so many great companies," said Brian Houston, president and CEO, Delivery-IT. "It is particularly rewarding to be recognized for our innovation. For the first time, retailers and customers get a mutual benefit through the power of the cloud to get their merchandise home faster, safer and better than ever before."

Tallwave companies have a history with the ACA Innovation Challenge. Delivery-IT is the second Tallwave-affiliated SaaS software company to win an ACA Innovation Challenge grant. Tallwave portfolio company Wholesalefund won a $250,000 ACA Innovation Challenge grant in May, 2012, and Tallwave portfolio company SOOH Media was a semifinalist for the Fall 2012 ACA Innovation Challenge in November, 2012.

About Tallwave

Tallwave is a commercializor.

The company creates commercial success and shareholder value for entrepreneurs and investors by validating, scaling and managing early-stage and growth ventures with a hands-on approach.

What separates Tallwave from the limitations of Incubator, Accelerator and traditional Venture Capital firm business models is its proprietary Tallwave Way™ closed-loop commercialization engine. The combination of Tallwave's lean Business Blueprint™ for product and company validation, its Operator Model™ for resource deployment and the access to pre-seed through Series A capital its networks provide, has been used to vet over 300 entrepreneurs and their concepts, validate more than 65 startups, and build a portfolio of half a dozen early-stage companies.

Founded and led by former iCrossing, Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, GoDaddy and Marketwire executives, Tallwave is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Twice a year, Tallwave hosts High Tide™; one of the most innovative startup competitions in the U.S. Additional information about Tallwave is available at

About Delivery-IT

Delivery-IT offers a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud-based delivery management platform that allows retailers to compete on a whole new level by reducing delivery costs, increasing in-store revenue and improving customer experience through seamless delivery of their goods.

The award-winning platform is designed for instant set-up and seamless integration into any Point-of-Sale (POS) system. Retailers can immediately select from a choice of Best in Class Delivery Service Providers and deploy features such as Buy Online Ship to Store (BOSS), Buy Online Pick Up In Store (BOPIS), Same-Day Deliveries (SDD), In Home Set Up and/or Installation to Scheduled Deliveries and Automatic Re-routing for Returns. These features enable retailers to acquire instant quotes, implement real-time scheduling, gather immediate customer feedback and provide 24/7 customer support, account access and reports.

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