R|T: The Retail Times – PayPal gets all the Honey

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Emerge Commerce purchases UnderPar Group for $12 million in largest acquisition to date(BETAKIT)

Toronto-based e-commerce startup Emerge Commerce has acquired the UnderPar Group, a golf experiences and products company, for $12 million.


How Toronto Cat Rescue is using tech to build a Tinder for foster cats(BETAKIT)

Ahead of the Digital for Good Tech Jam, leaders from Toronto Cat Rescue and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada explained how they hope to use tech to support their charities.

Punchh lands $40M to give physical retailers Amazon-style analytics(TECHCRUNCH)

To date, Punchh has raised around $73 million, with its valuation over $300 million.

PayPal acquires the company behind the Honey deal-finding extension for $4 billion(THEVERGE)

PayPal announced that it has acquired Honey Science Corporation, the company that makes the popular Honey deal-finding Chrome extension, for “approximately $4 billion.”

Montreal’s Potloc announces $13 million CAD Series A originally closed in July(BETAKIT)

Potloc, a startup that conducts market research using geo-targeted surveys, has announced its $13 million in a Series A funding round, closed in July.

Bandit’s mobile-only coffee model looks to disrupt Starbucks(YAHOO)

The founder, an early employee at Uber, says he aims for prices to undercut Starbucks.

VTEX, an e-commerce platform used by Walmart, raises $140M led by SoftBank’s LatAm fund(TECHCRUNCH)

VTEX is in that category of tech businesses that has been around for some time — it was founded in 1999 — but has largely been able to operate and grow off its own balance sheet.

Ottawa-founded Threekit raises $20 million USD for product visualization platform(BETAKIT)

Threekit, an Ottawa-based product visualization software platform for e-commerce brands, has closed a $20 million Series A round.

Route raises $12 million to track packages with AI(VENTUREBEAT)

The Route app shows a map view of every order, accompanied by pop-up cards that display merchandise and its estimated time to arrival.

Chicago startup Inhabitr raises $4M to let you rent your next set of furniture(BIZJOURNALS)

Inhabitr announced Wednesday that it raised a $4 million Series A round led by Great North Labs, a Minneapolis-based VC firm.

Former Casper execs are building a direct-to-consumer dog food startup called Jinx(TECHCRUNCH)

With Jinx, three former members of the Casper team are looking to bring what CEO Terri Rockovich called “the Casper playbook” to selling dog food.

Amazon’s Dash Smart Shelf can automatically order new office supplies when they run out(THEVERGE)

Amazon has announced the Dash Smart Shelf, a Wi-Fi-connected smart scale that connects to Amazon’s shopping services and can automatically reorder supplies when they run low.

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