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Elevate, Moneris launch new accelerator for Canadian ecommerce startups (BETAKIT)

Amidst a COVID-driven surge in online retail, Toronto-based tech hub Elevate and payment processing giant Moneris have teamed up to launch eCommerce North.


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User-designed clothing company files injunction after Shopify shut down its web store (THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Cleveland-based RageOn allegedly promoted imagery affiliated with groups connected with conspiracy theories, violence and terrorism.


E-commerce explosion to fuel warehouse building boom in Canada (TORONTO STAR)

Canada is on the verge of a warehouse building boom as soaring demand for online goods is expected to continue beyond the pandemic.


Restaurant-software provider Toast prepares for IPO (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

Toast Inc. is planning an initial public offering that could value the restaurant-software provider at around $20 billion, people familiar with the matter said.


Shopify selling $1.55 billion USD in stock offering, expands partnership with TikTok (BETAKIT)

Shopify priced its offering Tuesday morning, with plans to sell 1,180,000 subordinate voting shares at $1,315 USD per share. The company expects the sale to pull in gross proceeds of $1,551,700,000 USD.


India’s Zomato valued at $5.4 billion in new $250 million investment (TECHCRUNCH)

Zomato has raised $250 million, two months after closing a $660 million Series J financing round, as the Indian food delivery startup builds a war-chest ahead of its IPO later this year.


How startups are dealing with longterm shipping delays (MODERN RETAIL)

Shipping problems aren’t going away, and brands are figuring out new ways to roll with the punches.


If DoorDash wins, what do we lose? (FAST COMPANY)

The $65 billion gig delivery giant still needs to prove it can turn a sustainable profit. But sustainable how? And profitable for whom?


‘We deserve more’: an Amazon warehouse’s high-stakes union drive (THE GUARDIAN)

Workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are pushing for a union – and experts say if they triumph, it could pave the way to organizing fulfillment centers in other states.


What’s missing in the electric-vehicle revolution: enough places to plug in (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

As dozens of new battery-powered, plug-in car models come to market, roadtrippers who bought anything but a Tesla are discovering that America’s charging infrastructure isn’t ready for prime time.


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Caitlin Hotchkiss

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