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BetaKit

Hyr raises $1.6 million to help retailers embrace the gig economy

The company will use the funding to expand across Canada and the US.


Digital Main Street

DMS Recommends: Is your digital workplace keeping up with technology?

Finding tech news relevant to your business needn’t be time-consuming.


TechCrunch

Apartment List raises $50 million for home rentals

Apartment List, which connects would-be renters with those listing rental properties in the US, raised the funds from Passport Capital, Canaan Partners, and Industry Ventures.


NYT

At retail trade show, technology is the star

The floor of the National Retail Federation’s annual trade show in New York last week was crowded with alert systems primed to recognize heavy-spending customers, so-called smart shelves fitted with real-time inventory trackers, and robots for every step of the supply chain.


bk

Toronto only Canadian city to make #AmazonHQ2 shortlist

Amazon will do a deeper dive into the proposals of shortlisted cities over the coming months.


techcrunch

True Fit, the personalisation platform for apparel and footwear, raises $55M Series C

True Fit, which helps customers be sure the clothes they purchase online will actually fit them, raised the funding from Georgian Partners, with participation from Cross Creek Captial.


strategy

Adobe is bolstering its retail tech capabilities

Live in-store tracking and VR are among the tools Adobe says will help improve the shopping experience.


betakit

Instacart acquires Toronto-based Unata to build more online grocery solutions

Unata will act as an independent subsidiary of Instacart and its headquarters will remain in Toronto.


techcrunch

Swedish fashion e-commerce company NA-KD raises $45M Series B

NA-KD, an ecommerce company that sells women’s clothes directly to consumers, raised the funding from Partech, with participation from FJ Labs.


business of fashion

5 technologies transforming retail in 2018

From artificial intelligence to blockchain, five important innovations can help fashion businesses make their processes more efficient, enhance user experience, and offer an improved overall customer value proposition.


techcrunch

JD.com leads investment in Vietnam-based e-commerce service Tiki

The investment will expand online retail company JD.com’s presence in Southeast Asia and also fend off further competition from Alibaba and Amazon.


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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.