R|T: The Retail Times – A virtual makeover

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Shopify to open first permanent office in Vancouver, hire 1,000 employees(BETAKIT)

Shopify announced on Tuesday that it is set to expand its presence in Vancouver, with plans to move into a new office space and hire 1,000 employees.


Skip the Dishes founder launches new venture initiative in Calgary(CALGARYHERALD)

The co-founder of Canadian tech success story Skip the Dishes is establishing a not-for-profit pilot program in Calgary aimed at helping local startups build and grow.

Newly funded Legacy, a sperm testing and freezing service, conveys a message to men: get checked(TECHCRUNCH)

Legacy, a male fertility startup, has just raised a fresh, $3.5 million in funding from Bill Maris’s San Diego-based venture firm, Section 32.

Online fashion site Moda Operandi raises $100M for expansion(PYMNTS)

Online fashion marketplace Moda Operandi announced a $1 million funding boost that it will use to invest in its technology and bolster business overall.

Today in funding: Aquatic Informatics, Commerce.js, Simply Benefits(BETAKIT)

Three Canadian startups have announced fresh funding rounds to fuel their growth. Here’s the latest on who raised.

Pinterest is the latest brand to introduce a virtual makeup try-on feature(ALLURE)

Pinterest decided to start off with lipstick because it’s one of the most-searched beauty products on the platform, so it just made the most sense.

With $30 million in fresh funds, The Bouqs plans to plant its flower delivery business in Japan(TECHCRUNCH)

The Bouqs plans to take a slice of Japan’s $6 billion flower market this year with a $30 million strategic growth round from Japanese enterprise business investor Yamasa.

Paris-based ManoMano snaps up €125 million to build up its DIY marketplace(EUSTARTUPS)

French startup ManoMano, a leading European online Marketplace for DIY, home improvement and gardening products, has announced snapping up €125 million Series E fundraising.

Four trends driving retail technology today(FORBES)

Store closures of established department stores or the sudden successes of new direct to consumer brands often feature in the press, but less attention has been paid to what lies under the hood.

Diet autopilot Thistle raises $5M for health food subscriptions(TECHCRUNCH)

Whether you heat them up or eat them straight out of the fridge, you’re actually dining faster than you could even place an Uber Eats order.

New York takes a stand against cashless stores(RETAILTECHINNOVATION)

New York City Council has voted to ban cashless retail and food stores.

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