R|T: The Retail Times – Growing pains


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Amazon invests $3 million CAD, partners with Canada Learning Code, Kids Code Jeunesse, TakingITGlobal on computer science education (BETAKIT)

Amazon has partnered with Canada Learning Code, Kids Code Jeunesse, and TakingITGlobal to equip Canadians to navigate virtual learning and the digital economy.

TD customers in several provinces hit with fraudulent DoorDash debit charges (CBC)

TD and DoorDash say they’re working to reimburse victims’ missing money.

Shopify, Technovation take women in STEM partnership global (BETAKIT)

Shopify has increased its young women in STEM training ambitions, boosting the program’s efforts in Canada and expanding it to four other countries.

The promising future for online resale marketplaces (FORTUNE)

The consumer desire to rein in excessive consumption in favor of more conscious and environmentally respectful practices is likely to grow even stronger.

BlackCart claims $50 million valuation following $11.2 million Series A round (BETAKIT)

Toronto-based BlackCart, which offers a “try-before-you-buy” e-commerce solution for retailers, has raised an $11.2 million CAD Series A round of funding.

As Walmart Marketplace grows, it still faces hurdles to compete with Amazon (MODERN RETAIL)

As Walmart’s third-party marketplace balloons, some of its short-term growing pains are coming into focus.

Digital Main Street launches pilot with Deliverect to support Toronto restaurants (BETAKIT)

Toronto-based Digital Main Street and ventureLAB are launching a new pilot with Belgian-founded startup Deliverect to offer a delivery optimization solution to Toronto restaurants this winter.

Uber Eats accused of using new contract to exploit Australian delivery riders (THE GUARDIAN)

The agreement stresses workers are self-employed contractors with no ‘employment relationship’ with the company.

Why TD let its co-ops lead new product development (BETAKIT)

Chris Halabecki, the Lab Leader at TD Lab, and Charly Bax, summer co-op explain how TD Lab built a new product driven entirely by – and for – students.

Hudson’s Bay permanently laying off more than 600 workers across Canada (CBC)

Hudson’s Bay Co. is permanently laying off more than 600 workers across Canada amid ongoing store closures due to COVID-19 lockdowns.

How SaaS startups move from seed to scale (BETAKIT)

A recent webinar by Sage Intacct explains the key growth metrics SaaS startups need to move from seed stage to growth stage.

Stripe leads $102 million funding round for online checkout startup Fast (CNBC)

“With the pace and migration to e-commerce, people have realized that every product and service can be bought online — that’s a fundamental shift that’s only going to accelerate,” says CEO Domm Holland.

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