R|T: The Retail Times – Molecular brew

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BetaKit

Nudge Rewards raises $12 million CAD

Nudge Rewards stated that this capital will help scale its go-to-market capacity and “drive innovation in employee experience management.”


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TechCrunch

Amazon launches a new program to donate unsold products from third-party sellers to charity

Amazon will make it easier and more affordable for its third-party sellers to donate their unwanted excess inventory and returns, rather than having the items sent back or destroyed.


Walmart Canada goes nationwide with Instacart delivery

Walmart Canada has expanded Instacart same-day online grocery delivery to nearly 200 stores across the country.


BetaKit

Shopify launches first native chat function for merchants

Shopify is launching a new chat feature, the e-commerce giant’s first native chat function that allows users to have real-time conversations with customers.


Nike jumps into the subscription game

Called the Nike Adventure Club, it allows parents to order shoes for their kids ages 2 to 10 and to pay either $20, $30 or $50 a month to again access to new shoes quarterly, bi-monthly or monthly.


TechCrunch

India’s Reliance Jio inks deal with Microsoft to expand Office 365, Azure to more businesses; unveils broadband, blockchain and IoT platforms

India’s Reliance Jio, which has disrupted the local telecom and features phone markets in less than three years of existence, is ready to foray into many more businesses.


Investors betting $13 million that a small packet can reduce food waste

Chicago ag-tech startup Hazel Technologies came up with a way to keep produce from spoiling. Meat and seafood are next.


UrbanStems raises $12M Series B funding round, and gets new CEO

The online flower delivery startup said it will use the funding to expand its next-day delivery service to nationwide customers and invest in their operations and brand tech to make a greater gifting experience.


TechCrunch

Southern California athletic brand, Vuori, raises $45 million from Norwest Venture Partners

The four-year-old, Southern California athletic brand Vuori has picked up a $45 million growth equity investment from the investment firm Norwest Venture Partners.


Atomo Coffee ditches the bean and raises a nice seed: $2.6M in funding to develop molecular brew

The future of coffee got a jolt Wednesday as Atomo Coffee announced it has secured $2.6 million in seed funding to develop what it calls the world’s first “molecular coffee,” created without beans.


TechCrunch

Fitz Frames, with $2.5M in seed funding, wants your kid to have custom glasses

Fitz Frames is launching out of beta to offer affordable, custom-made glasses for families, and in particular, for children.


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Caitlin Hotchkiss

Caitlin Hotchkiss

Content coordinator, social media smartypants, wordsmith, Human Workflow™. Exists primarily on coffee, cat pictures, German dance metal, and pro wrestling. I will fight for your right to the Oxford comma.