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Lightspeed launches new integrated supplier network for North American retailers (BETAKIT)

Lightspeed has launched a supplier network for North American retailers that allows merchants to order and manage stock on the company’s point-of-sale system.


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Pandemic expanded online grocery shopping and delivery, but experts say in-store customers will be back (CBC)

Online orders and delivery from Canada’s major grocers have gone from novel to normal since the pandemic began, accelerating a move to e-shopping that was already underway.


Uber planning to spin out Postmates’ delivery robot arm (TECHCRUNCH)

The startup is being referred to as Serve Robotics, a nod to the yellow and black-emblazoned autonomous sidewalk delivery bot that was developed and piloted by Postmates X.


Ledger one of “small number” of additional Shopify merchants found to have been affected by 2020 data breach (BETAKIT)

Ledger has revealed it was part of Shopify’s 2020 data breach, which exposed data from 292,000 of its own customers.


Deliveroo’s latest funding round values firm at over $7 billion (BNN BLOOMBERG)

The investment comes as the Amazon.com Inc.-backed firm eyes a potential listing this year, which is expected in or around April.


Amazon, Walmart tell consumers to skip returns of unwanted items (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

In some cases, it’s cheaper for the retailers to refund the purchase price and let customers keep or donate the products.


Shopify awarded two merchant patents as company continues to ramp up IP activity (BETAKIT)

In recent weeks, Shopify was awarded two patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).


AI in the beauty industry: How the pandemic finally made consumers care about it (FORTUNE)

Many of beauty’s biggest players aren’t yet convinced that there won’t be a place for brick-and-mortar stores in the future, and the tech innovators are hedging their bets accordingly.


Six Canadian tech companies eyeing IPOs amid investor craze for digital stocks (THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

2021 could be the busiest year for TSX tech IPOs since the 2008 financial crisis.


Shopify VP Loren Padelford on four things e-commerce entrepreneurs need to keep in mind for 2021 (BETAKIT)

Shopify VP Loren Padelford shares four things e-commerce entrepreneurs need to keep in mind for 2021.


Quebec restaurant files class action against ‘abusive’ delivery fees during pandemic (CBC)

A Montreal restaurant is launching a class-action lawsuit against food delivery companies for the alleged exorbitant and abusive commissions they are charging during the pandemic.


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