R|T: The Retail Times – Grocery’s tech shift

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OMERS Ventures founder John Ruffolo paralyzed following biking accident (BETAKIT)

OMERS Ventures founder John Ruffolo has been paralyzed from the waist down following a cycling accident that took place in Markham, Ontario last week.

Yeezy GM Jon Wexler joins Shopify to lead creator and influencer program (BETAKIT)

Jon Wexler, the now-former general manager of YEEZY at Adidas, is set to join Shopify to lead the Ottawa-headquartered company’s creator and influencer program.

YC startup SockSoho is using data science in a bid to become the ‘Uniqlo of India’ (TECHCRUNCH)

The company launched sales 10 months ago, starting with men’s socks, and recently completed Y Combinator’s Summer 2020 program.

Patio season is almost over in Canada. How will restaurants survive a pandemic winter? (CBC)

Anxiety is running high among restaurant owners who foresee ‘dramatic’ losses when patios close.

How the coronavirus pandemic helped convince grocery chains to experiment with new tech (CNBC)

The rapid shift to online grocery ordering has been labeled as the next phase of grocery shopping, but legacy grocers and retail heavyweights are both investing in technology in their brick-and-mortar stores.

MikMak secures $10M Series A to connect top brands with online retailers (CRUNCHBASE)

Founder and CEO Rachel Tipograph formed the startup in 2014 as a “QVC for Snapchat,” but the company pivoted to its current business in 2017, Tipograph told Crunchbase News.

Shopify sheds Ottawa office space amid planned Toronto expansion (BETAKIT)

Shopify will vacate its Ottawa HQ on 150 Elgin Street and move to an office tower on Laurier Avenue, amid reports it is set to expand in Toronto presence.

Amazon deletes job posts seeking analysts to track ‘labor organizing threats’ (WIRED)

The company says the descriptions of the roles were incorrect. Critics say it’s a warning shot.

What the future of TikTok means for retail (RETAIL DIVE)

Brands should be prepared to pivot their marketing efforts if the platform is banned or acquired.

Instacart pushes into convenience store market with 7-Eleven deal (PYMNTS)

Instacart, which has made a name for itself delivering groceries from the big supermarket chains, is now moving into the convenience store sector.

Bargain shopping platform Wish files for IPO (BLOOMBERG)

E-commerce company Wish, last privately valued at more than $11 billion, has filed confidentially for an initial public offering.

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