R|T: The Retail Times – E Automotive revs up

The Retail Times is a weekly newsletter covering retail tech news from Canada and around the globe.

Subscribe to R|T using the form at the bottom of this page to ensure you don’t miss out on the most important retail tech news every week!


Online vehicle auction marketplace E Automotive revs up IPO plans (BETAKIT)

In its preliminary prospectus, E Automotive said the offering will be used to fuel its expansion, including into the United States market, and for working capital.


WeWork shares jump more than 13% in public markets debut after SPAC merger (CNBC)

The office startup halted initial plans for an IPO in 2019 after investors raised concerns over its business model and its founder and then-CEO Adam Neumann.


Hopper acquires PlacePass, scores Marriott Bonvoy as customer for B2B business (BETAKIT)

Montréal’s Hopper is expanding its B2B offering for travel company partners with its acquisition of Boston-based PlacePass. The move follows a busy 2021 for Hopper, which has raised a total of $345 million USD in Series F and Series G financing, the former at a valuation of $3.5 billion.


Blackstone buying majority stake in Spanx (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

The deal values the shapewear maker at $1.2 billion.


Lightspeed’s Dax Dasilva launches environmental nonprofit, pledges $40 million for conservation, restoration projects (BETAKIT)

“I always knew that I would start to do meaningful conservation work in my life, [and] contribute to making a difference on the planet,” Dasilva told BetaKit.


Berlin’s Gorillas raises $1 billion led by Delivery Hero (FORBES)

In the short space of time that it has been operating, Gorillas has launched in nine markets with 180 warehouses, or dark stores, where it says it carries out grocery deliveries in 10 minutes in these cities.


Shopify to help bands merch-ify their Spotify (BETAKIT)

Artists on Spotify can now connect their Shopify store to show off their merch and music right on their Spotify profile.


Why e-commerce would be at the center of a PayPal-Pinterest acquisition (MODERN RETAIL)

The financial services company, which split from eBay in 2015, has reportedly offered $45 billion to purchase Pinterest.


BBTV, Spotter enter partnership worth $154.7 million to fuel content creator growth and monetization (BETAKIT)

BBTV wants to scale creator growth and monetization opportunities for the company’s existing library of creator content.


Saks Fifth Avenue said to be readying IPO valuing department store at $6 billion, sending stock soaring (FORBES)

Saks reportedly said e-commerce surged 82% in gross merchandise value in the recent second quarter versus the same 2019 period prior to the pandemic.


7shifts moves HQ to Nutrien Tower for its post-COVID workforce (BETAKIT)

Saskatoon-based retail software startup 7shifts has entered into an agreement to lease a 22,500 square foot space in the Nutrien Tower, in a move the company said will support its post-pandemic plans. The news comes about five months after 7shifts secured $21.5 million in Series B capital.


Instacart acquires Caper AI, a smart cart and instant checkout startup, for $350M, as it moves deeper into physical retail tech (TECHCRUNCH)

Instacart confirmed that it is paying around $350 million for the startup, in a combination of cash and shares.


How this Indigenous-led VC firm invests for financial and community impact (BETAKIT)

Fresh off the final closing of its $25 million initial fund, Raven is now looking to write $250,000 to $2 million cheques into purpose-driven Indigenous-led enterprises.


Cisco Canada survey reveals how startups and SMBs are approaching post-pandemic recovery (BETAKIT)

With responses from over 1,000 startup and SMB leaders, the results show a potential misalignment between leaders’ stated challenges, priorities, and areas for investment.


Subscribe to The Retail Times

Don’t forget to subscribe to The Retail Times using the form below to make sure it hits your email inbox every week!

* indicates required




Josh Scott

Josh Scott

Josh Scott is a BetaKit staff writer who loves to tell Canadian business and tech stories. His coverage is more complete than his moustache.