R|T: The Retail Times – A safer way to shop

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Shopify partners with four Indigenous-led organizations to offer e-commerce education (BETAKIT)

Shopify has partnered with four Indigenous-led organizations to explore approaches to Indigenous entrepreneurship education.

Amazon launches ‘Smart Stores’ in India to win mom and pop (TECHCRUNCH)

For this India-specific program, Amazon is providing physical stores with software to maintain a digital log of the inventory they have in the shop, and supplying them with a QR code.

Microsoft to permanently close all of its retail stores (THE VERGE)

Microsoft locations in NYC, London, Sydney, and Redmond will be turned into experience centers.

Calgary FinTech startup Helcim develops own payment infrastructure, following in footsteps of Stripe, Square (BETAKIT)

Calgary-based FinTech startup Helcim has relaunched with a new offering that aims to allow businesses to easily accept payments.

Target adds hundreds of fresh, frozen groceries to curbside pickup as Americans look for safer ways to shop (CNBC)

Target had already planned to add the items to same-day services this year, but that effort has taken on new urgency as grocery becomes a crucial sales driver and customers look for safer ways to shop.

AfterShip makes its automated shipping API, Postmen, available for free (TECHCRUNCH)

Since February, AfterShip has seen an 85% increase in shipping volume, a sharp contrast to previous years, when volume declined after the holiday shopping season ended, Chan said.

Instagram expands Shopping feature to more businesses, creators (MOBILESYRUP)

Facebook-owned Instagram is expanding access to its Shopping feature to more businesses, including creators selling their own merchandise.

With the US turning away talent, can Canada grab the global lead on innovation during COVID-19? (BETAKIT)

Shafin Diamond Tejani, founder and CEO of Victory Square Technologies, shares his thoughts on how Canada can capitalize on the new normal ushered in by COVID.

Portuguese pet care startup Barkyn raises €5 million Series A (TECH.EU)

Barkyn, a Porto-based food subscription and online veterinary care service for dogs, has raised a €5 million Series A to complete its own line of branded products and continue expanding the business.

Enko Chem raises $45 million to develop crop protection solutions with AI (VENTUREBEAT)

Enko Chem, which harnesses machine learning to help farmers sustainably protect their crops from pests and disease, has raised $45 million.

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