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Emerge, WeCommerce begin trading on the TSX Venture Exchange (BETAKIT)

Two Canadian tech-focused companies, Emerge Commerce and WeCommerce, began trading on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) on Monday.


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This Uber for deliveries is helping retailers beat shipping delays during the holidays (FORBES)

UPS-backed Roadie and its fleet of 200,000 independent drivers are helping retailers like Home Depot bring packages to your doorstep.


These virtual stores are a joyful twist on e-commerce (FAST COMPANY)

Online experiences that evoke the serendipity of traditional retail — complete with aisles of shelves — make shopping fun again. And they’re pandemic-safe, too.


GoFor Industries raises $20 million Series A for last-mile delivery solution (BETAKIT)

Ottawa-based startup GoFor Industries has raised a $20 million CAD Series A round to further its expansion into the United States.


Spryker raises $130M at a $500M+ valuation to provide B2Bs with agile e-commerce tools (TECHCRUNCH)

It plans to use the funding to expand its own technology tools, as well as grow internationally.


‘A true influencer program’: Inside Walmart’s growing army of employee TikTokers (MODERNRETAIL)

Spotlight, which the company began testing this fall, remakes Walmart employees into public-facing company advocates.


Breather’s US, UK subsidiaries reportedly file for insolvency (BETAKIT)

Subsidiaries of Breather have reportedly filed for separate insolvency processes, amid financial troubles and significant downsizing happening at the startup.


StockX snags $2.8 billion valuation in latest funding round (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

StockX LLC, an online marketplace popular with sneaker collectors, raised a fresh round of funding that valued the startup at $2.8 billion, more than doubling its valuation from last year.


Online thrift store Poshmark files to go public after consecutive profitable quarters (CNBC)

Poshmark has reported a profit in the past two quarters after consistently turning net losses.


Indian food delivery giant Zomato secures $660 million (TECHCRUNCH)

Zomato has raised $660 million in a financing round that it kicked off last year as the Indian food delivery startup prepares to go public next year.


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Caitlin Hotchkiss

Caitlin Hotchkiss

Content coordinator, social media smartypants, wordsmith, Human Workflow™. Exists primarily on coffee, cat pictures, German dance metal, and pro wrestling. I will fight for your right to the Oxford comma.