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BetaKit

Indigo Fair raises $12 million to help independent retailers source products from creators

The company says its has connected over 500 makers with almost 17,000 retailers.


Digital Main Street

DMS Recommends: Wired Canadians… why businesses must change to meet expectations

Ever wonder what Canadians expect from your business? Wonder no more, my friend! Microsoft, in partnership with YouGov, commissioned market research to uncover what consumers around the world (including Canada) expect from businesses when buying goods and services.


techcrunch

Proven wants to sell AI distilled custom skincare

Proven’s core idea is to see whether deep learning and machine learning algorithms can distill useful information from millions of online testimonials for skincare products.


appleinsider

Apple Pay used by estimated 127M users globally, but analyst claims only 16 percent of iPhones used for payments

Apple Pay is continuing to grow year-over-year, according to research by Loup Ventures, but while the adoption rate for Apple Pay by its users has reportedly jumped, it is claimed the mobile payments service is still being used by a relatively small proportion of iPhone users.


cnbc

Amazon has quietly launched an exclusive line of over-the-counter health products

Technically, the company doesn’t own these products, which are produced by private-label manufacturer Perrigo, but it does put Amazon in a position to squeeze other retailers.


techcrunch

Walmart launches a new home shopping site for furniture and home décor

Unlike Walmart’s typical shopping experience, the new site will also use editorial-style imagery and will include design tips written by in-house staff.


smartcompany

Retail marketing startup Shping launches $46 million ICO after raising millions in its pre-sale

Shping offers a blockchain-based solution for consumers and marketers, allowing shoppers to scan products’ barcodes to gain insights about their’ origin, nutritional information, and ingredients.


betakit

CanCon Podcast Ep. 105: Shopify’s e-cannabis solution

E-cannabis is coming to Ontario. Shopify has your hookup.


itworldcanada

Retailers and restaurants turn to Apple hardware to improve in-store sales

If you had to bet on the next move of an entrepreneur that’s coming fresh off building up a successful e-commerce business, you probably wouldn’t put money on building a startup that wants to transform the bricks and mortar retail experience. But if your bet was on Well.ca founder Ali Asaria, then you’d be wrong.


livemint

Grofers in talks to raise up to $65  million at 40% less valuation

Online grocery startup Grofers’ round is being led by existing investor Japan’s Softbank Group with participation from Tiger Global Management.


163best

All you need to know about ecommerce giant: Ebay.com

eBay founder Pierre Omidyar launched an e-commerce company back in 1995 with the goal of creating an online marketplace that will connect buyers and sellers. The company was then known as AuctionWeb, and the first item that was sold there was a broken laser pointer.


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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.