R|T: The Retail Times – Going up in smoke

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Lightspeed to open first office in Toronto(BETAKIT)

Montreal-based Lightspeed is set to open a new office in Toronto this month, representing the company’s 12th location globally and its third in Canada.


Skip the Dishes founder launches new venture initiative in Calgary(CALGARYHERALD)

The co-founder of Canadian tech success story Skip the Dishes is establishing a not-for-profit pilot program in Calgary aimed at helping local startups build and grow.

Glovo exits the Middle East and drops two LatAm markets in latest food delivery crunch(TECHCRUNCH)

On-demand food delivery apps may be great at filling the bellies of hungry consumers fast but startups in this space have yet to figure out how to deliver push-button convenience without haemorrhaging money at scale.

Berkshire Grey raises $263 million for industrial robots(VENTUREBEAT)

Industrial robots and warehouse automation are lucrative intermingling markets, as evidenced by Berkshire Grey.

Ikea-backed interior design startup Livspace raises $60m: Report(DEALSTREETASIA)

The funding is part of a bigger $100 million round, which is expected to close soon.

Bonsai raises $4 million CAD to replicate new Complex Media shop with other publishers(BETAKIT)

Bonsai has raised a $4 million CAD bridge round to fuel a new business model that it sees as the future of e-commerce for publishers and media companies.

Kraftful raises $1M to help smart home companies make better apps(TECHCRUNCH)

Because no company wants an app that looks identical to a competitor’s, much of what Kraftful produces is built to be tailored to each company’s branding.

Placer.ai’s analytics tool for retail and hospitality raises $12m(SILICONREPUBLIC)

Placer.ai aims to help retail, hospitality and real estate businesses deal with the ‘retail apocalypse’ by using real-time location analytics and foot-traffic data.

Today in funding: Aquatic Informatics, Commerce.js, Simply Benefits(BETAKIT)

Three Canadian startups have announced fresh funding rounds to fuel their growth. Here’s the latest on who raised.

Marijuana delivery giant Eaze may go up in smoke(TECHCRUNCH)

The Uber of pot is almost out of cash.

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