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BetaKit

Kindred closes $35.4M Series B from Tencent, launches pilot program with major retailers

Kindred Sort has launched with major retailers like Gap.


Digital Main Street

DMS RECOMMENDS: teaBOT grows its robot empire one cup of tea at a time

For teaBOT there’s no better home base than Toronto. But that hasn’t kept the startup from expanding to cities like Palo Alto and Chicago.


Record Online

Retailers offer tools to help online shoppers

Retailers are unleashing tools that use artificial intelligence to replicate the help a salesperson at a store might offer, calculate a shopper’s most likely body shape, or use 3D models for a virtual fitting room try-on.


Tech in Asia

Australian ecommerce startup raises $4M to take furniture retail online

The round was led by AirTree Ventures, with participation from Bailador Technology Investments and BMY Group.


BetaKit

Startup Canada Podcast: The Future of Fashion with Peter Simons

“We are really in a moment of thinking about 20, 50 years, different social aspects, energy, communication, all these things are going to impact all business, not just retail. We have to build the company for that time frame.”


TechCrunch

Amazon takes on office supply retailers with launch of Business Prime Shipping

The move is a direct challenge to office supply stores, like Staples and Office Depot, as well as other big box retailers like Walmart, and warehouse deals stores like Costco.


FashNerd

Retail tech superstar Holli Rogers interblends offline with online

Holli Rogers’s two-storey boutique, Browns, is already in its first phase of augmented retail.


Tech in Asia

Chinese startup gets $4B to battle Alibaba amid ‘local ecommerce’ boom

Meituan-Dianping, a service-focused ecommerce platform, raised the funds from Tencent.


TechCrunch

Predictive marketing startup Reflektion raises $12M for international expansion

Reflektion, which uses predictive analytics to increase conversion rates on e-commerce sites, raised the funds from Hasso Plattner, with participation from Battery Ventures and Clear Ventures.


The Independent

Fingerlix grabs US$7M more to deliver ready-to-cook food at your doorsteps

Fingerlix, an on-demand ready-to-cook fresh food delivery brand in India, raised the Series B round of funding from Accel Partners.


BetaKit

Postmedia commits to $40 million in Indochino advertising for a cut of revenue

“We believe it’s a perfect fit,” said Postmedia CEO Andrew MacLeod.


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Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.