R|T: The Retail Times – Casper’s now made in Canada

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betakit

Shopify officially launches Tap & Chip Reader, retail products

Shopify officially launched a new retail kit in the US, finally bringing to market its Tap & Chip Reader, as well as a Dock for the reader, and retail Stand for iPads.

techcrunch

Mejuri raises $23M Series B to serve women buying jewelry for themselves

Based in Toronto and Buenos Aires, four-year-old Mejuri designs, makes and sells jewelry directly to women primarily online in addition to two offline showrooms, bypassing middle-person costs.


cbc

AI monitoring store shelves at new Walmart lab

The new retail store uses thousands of cameras and sensors to manage the store more efficiently.


bk

Endy competitor Casper officially launches made-in-Canada products

New York-based e-commerce company Casper is opening its first Canadian headquarters, and officially producing made-in-Canada mattresses, putting it in more direct competition with Endy.


techcrunch

Amazon is pushing for one-day Prime shipping

The move has been a Holy Grail for the company, which has already pushed parcel services and its own fulfillment centers to their seeming limits with the promise of a two-day turn around.


vb

Vue.ai raises $17 million for AI-driven retail products

It brings its total raised to $27.5 million, the bulk of which CEO and Mad Street Den cofounder Ashwini Asokan aid will be used to expand its workforce and acquire new clients.


bk

Mobile parking payments app HonkMobile expands to US

Toronto-based HonkMobile, a provider of on-demand mobile payments for parking, has announced an expansion across the United States in partnership with international parking operator Secure Parking USA.


skift

Selina raises $100 million for its millennial-focused lodging

Selina runs a network of 46 properties in a dozen Latin American countries and Portugal. It offers private and shared accommodation with coworking facilities, cafes, wellness, and local experiences.


techcrunch

Grocery delivery startup Honestbee is running out of money and trying to sell

Honestbee, the online grocery delivery service in Asia, is nearly out of money and trying to offload its business.


retaildive

Prime Unicorn Index: The RealReal set to hit unicorn status with latest funding

If all authorized shares are issued, The RealReal, an online retailer for authenticated luxury consignment, will join several startups as of late to achieve unicorn status.


zdnet

Squarespace acquires appointment scheduling platform Acuity Scheduling

The acquisition comes as Squarespace puts more focus on offering professional services for independent workers and small businesses.


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Amira Zubairi

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.