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betakit

Sampler appoints Jonathan Penn as VP of sales

Sampler, which allows brands to send targeted product samples to potential consumers, will leverage Penn’s expertise to expand its presence in the US market.


Digital Main Street

DMS Recommends: Digital Main Street Launches Across Ontario to Help Small Businesses Adopt Digital Practices

Digital Main Street will expand across the province with the support of the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) and the province of Ontario. The OBIAA said that as of today, Digital Main Street will be live and available through OBIAA to Ontario’s “main street” businesses.


techcrunch

Amazon opens its second Amazon Go convenience store

The new store is 1,450 square feet in size – a bit smaller than the first store’s 1800 square feet – and will be located at 5th and Marion in Seattle. It will feature a range of ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options, as well as Amazon’s Meal Kits.


retaildive

Walmart extends Handy service to online customers

Walmart is now offering online shoppers the ability to add Handy services to their cart at checkout, allowing customers to order in-home installations for things like mounting TVs, or get help with assembling their furniture, among other things.


bk

Former Blue Jays slugger José Bautista invests in Endy

Former Blue Jays player and six-time MLB All-Star José Bautista is officially an investor in Toronto-based mattress startup Endy.


techcrunch

To boost Amazon Pay in India, Amazon reportedly acquired Tapzo, an ‘all-in-one’ aggregator app, for $40M

Amazon has reportedly paid around $40 million to acquire Tapzo, which aggregates a number of app-based services — such as Uber, Ola, food delivery services Swiggy and Zomato, Book My Show, bill payment service BillDesk and more — into a single app.


fastcompany

The world’s first self-driving grocery delivery cars are on roads in San Jose

Self-driving car company AutoX is testing its technology by bringing people their food orders.


techcrunch

Moosejaw is the first of Walmart’s acquired brands to open a digital store on the site

On Walmart.com, Moosejaw will now curate the new “Premium Outdoor Store,” which will offer Walmart online shoppers access to an assortment of outdoor specialty items that weren’t available on the site in the past.


bk

FashionTech Toronto partners with UK’s Centre for Fashion Enterprise

The organization is focusing on establishing global partnerships to encourage growth and position Toronto as a global leader in the fashion-tech industry.


cnbc

Sneaker company New Balance will use AI at New York fashion week to find … unfashionable people

New Balance will put cameras around a booth in New York City to scan the streets in order to find people who look unique or different to the norm.


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Amira Zubairi

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.