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Lightspeed hires company’s first chief people officer to help with international expansion

Montreal-based point-of-sale and e-commerce company Lightspeed has appointed Marty Reaume as its first chief people officer (CPO).


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COVID-19 concerns may boost ecommerce as consumers avoid stores

The click frenzy is likely to bring in more paid search dollars, but as supply chain issues mount, third-party sellers are looking for ways to limit the impact, including by reducing their ad spending.


‘Enough is enough:’ IBM sues Airbnb over ecommerce patents

IBM is suing Airbnb over four patents linked to e-commerce. And the suit could be timed to tie in with Airbnb’s expected IPO offering that’s expected sometime this year.


Why ecommerce adoption in Quebec still lags

French speakers in Quebec are still slower to adopt aspects of digital like ecommerce and video, something digital marketers must account for when targeting consumers in the province.


Coronavirus is hurting store traffic and e-commerce won’t help much, analysts say

Evidence of consumers pulling back on spending, particularly in brick-and-mortar stores, has implications not only for retail but also for the economy more widely, the analysts noted in their reports.


UPS looks to drones to speed up delivery

In a move to compete with Amazon in the competitive consumer delivery space, UPS plans to use drones and other tactics to complete shipments faster, according to reports.


Shopify tells employees to work remotely amid coronavirus concerns

The Ottawa-based e-commerce giant says it’s moving to a remote-first starting Monday, March 16.


Burlington to shutter its ecommerce site

The off-price retail chain says ecommerce only brought in 0.5% of sales. Instead, Burlington plans to refocus its resources on growing store sales.


Discount retailers move away from ecommerce

If it weren’t for a certain pandemic that is dominating most news, the two biggest stories in retail over the past week would have been stunning at any other time.


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