R|T: The Retail Times – Amazon’s drone deliveries

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Hubba faces personnel changes as company continues pivot from enterprise to independent retail

Hubba recently laid off 15% of the company while continuing its search for VPs of engineering and product.

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Curated specifically for businesses managing the rapidly changing Canadian economy, these resources for retailers can help inform and inspire your digital transformation strategy.

Nift raises $16.5M for a new kind of gift card(TECHCRUNCH)

Businesses that work with Nift can give special gift cards to their best customers. Those customers enter their codes on the Nift website, answer a few questions and can then choose from two free gifts from other local businesses.

Amazon, Walmart drone concepts coming down to earth(RETAILDIVE)

While Amazon wants to use drones to shorten delivery times to 30 minutes or less, Walmart wants to use them to provide customer service — among other things — in its vast Supercenters.

BuildDirect closes $53 million CAD, exits creditor protection (BETAKIT)

The company said it will continue to service homeowners, but will shift its focus to professional contractors.

Tesco vet Simon Belsham becomes president of Walmart’s Jet.com(TECHCRUNCH)

Belsham will be based out of Hoboken and will oversee the full operation of the Jet.com business, including its increasing focus on online grocery.

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Amazon wants to get to teenagers before the banks do (BLOOMBERG)

The internet behemoth is in early discussions with banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Capital One Financial Corp. to create a product similar to checking accounts.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop raises another $50 million (TECHCRUNCH)

The lifestyle brand raised the funding from NEA, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Felix Capital.

Fynd, an online fashion retail startup, gets funding from Google, others (LIVEMINT)

The company said it plans to use the funding to enhance the way its platform engages with consumers and retailers.


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.

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