R|T: The Retail Times – From storefront to eStore

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Shopify reports $1 million in sales per minute during Black Friday peak

The company beat sales from last year’s high of $555,716.

Digital Main Street

DMS Recommends: Making the move from storefront to eStore

Ask anyone in retail: transitioning a physical retail location online is an attractive proposition. With the world as your customer, there’s a real opportunity for significant growth.


Shopify’s new Arrive app is your package tracking pal

Arrive offers some features it hopes will make it your go-to when it comes to purchase tracking, including email account integration so that it can automatically add your shipments to its list of tracked items.


These are the startups changing the face of retail

From the warehouse to the shop window, retail is being rethought and re-engineered. These are the startups who will change the future of the industry.


PayPal: Canadian mobile spending to exceed $2.5 billion during the holidays

Canadians plan to use their phones to purchase more than $200 on holiday gifts.


Flowspace is AWS for warehouses

Flowspace allows businesses to rent portions of warehouses on a month-to-month basis per square foot or per pallet from corporate leasers and fulfillment companies.

Business Insider

A Finnish startup is replacing in-store beauty consultants with selfies and AI

Revieve offers a white-label skincare diagnostic and product recommendation engine that can be plugged in to e-commerce sites.


Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown storefronts filled with entrepreneurs embracing tech

Local businesses in Toronto are working to bring tech into their businesses.


Simon wants to help startups establish a retail presence in malls

Simon Malls is creating a “scaleable retail platform” called The Edit that essentially functions as a pop-up space where e-commerce startups can get their products in front of customers.


Voysis launches AI voice assistant to help online retailers battle Amazon

While Alexa may seem the natural fit for retailers to partner with, given the size of the company and the heavy investment it is putting on AI, Voysis argues that stores could lose the ability to know their customers by partnering with Amazon.


Smooth Commerce raises $2 million to help retailers embrace mobile

The company is focusing the funding on further product development.

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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.

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