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BetaKit

PayPal launches shipping platform for Canadian e-commerce businesses

PayPal is launching a new platform for online businesses to manage cross-border shipments between Canada and the US.



BetaKit

Report: Canadian businesses are lagging in the e-commerce race

“A strong online presence should be at the heart of any business that wants to continue growing and remain competitive.”


TechCrunch

City Pantry, the UK corporate catering marketplace, has been acquired by Just Eat for £16M

The price is described as an initial cash offering of £16 million, with a possible further payout due if City Pantry achieves agreed operational and financial targets over the next three years.


Amazon plans $700M investment in training programs for one-third of workforce

The online retailer said it will invest in a set of new “upskilling” programs for employees from all backgrounds and Amazon locations.


BetaKit

Dax Dasilva says newest Lightspeed features last needed to chip away at incumbent POS providers

“[Legacy players are] who we compete with for business, they’ve got these deep, rich inventory tools. None of the cloud players have that except for us,” he stated.


TechCrunch

The future of car ownership: Cars-as-a-service

Automakers and startups alike are increasingly offering services that give buyers new opportunities and greater flexibility around owning and using vehicles.


Parenting community theAsianparent raises oversubscribed Series C round

The company did not disclose how much it raised, beyond saying the amount ran into double-digit millions (US dollars) and that the round was oversubscribed.


TechCrunch

Uber Eats invades restaurants with Dine-In option

A new option in some cities lets you order your food ahead of time, go to the restaurant, then sit down inside to eat.


Signpost raises $52 million to boost local business profiles

Founder and CEO Stuart Wall said the capital infusion will enable Signpost to scale its footprint and “extend its leadership.”


China’s Alipay will add beauty filters when you pay with your face

A recent poll found that people think next-gen payment systems make them look ugly.


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