R|T: The Retail Times – The battle plan for the holidays

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Breather launches Offices for companies seeking longer-term space (BETAKIT)

Office spaces in all 10 Breather markets have been redesigned for longer rentals.

DMS Recommends: New Digital Transformation Grant program provides grants for main street businesses to embrace technology (DIGITALMAINSTREET)

The new Digital Main Street – Digital Transformation Grant program is now live. The program provides grant funding to main street businesses across Ontario in the amount of $2,500 to implement Digital Transformation within their business.

Report: Canadian VC activity falls for second straight quarter in Q3 2018 (BETAKIT)

Looking back over eight quarters, Q3 2018 is the only quarter where VC activity in Canada didn’t increase year-over-year.

Target’s battle plan for the holidays: Free two-day shipping, more staff and toys (CNBC)

The retailer has been investing heavily in its supply chain leading up to the all-important holiday season, in a bid to win shoppers over rivals like Walmart and Amazon.

eBay’s Instant Selling is a hassle-free way to sell your old phone (ENGADGET)

It’ll pay you with a voucher, though.

Summersalt raises $6M for its direct-to-consumer line of eco-friendly swimsuits (TECHCRUNCH)

With the latest investment, Coulter says the company will launch a line of travel wear and expand its inventory to offer more sizes.

North (Thalmic) confirms pricing and availability for its smart glasses (BETAKIT)

One month after it was first revealed by BetaKit, Thalmic Labs has officially rebranded to North and announced its smart glasses product, dubbed Focals.

Walmart to expand shipping perks for shoppers ahead of the holidays (CNBC)

The move comes as rivals Amazon and Target have been improving their own shipping perks to persuade shoppers to pick them over the competition.

Teikametrics secures $10M in Series A funding (FINSMES)

Teikametrics, which has developed a retail optimization platform, raised the funding from Granite Point Capital, Jump Capital, and FJ Labs.

Real estate startup Compass acquires part of shopping app Spring, including its CTO (TECHCRUNCH)

Compass is acquiring a portion of Spring, the mobile-first fashion shopping app that has raised more than $100 million since 2014, to work on parts of Compass’s AI-based real estate platform, which provides a marketplace to post properties for sale and rental across the US and soon other countries.

Arlene Dickinson’s District Ventures accelerator announces sixth cohort (BETAKIT)

The early-stage companies span multiple categories across the consumer packaged goods industry, including tea, condiment, snack bar and beverage, and multicultural products.

Confirmed: ShopRunner acquires Spring, raises $40M (TECHCRUNCH)

ShopRunner teams with mid- to high-end retailers to offer its paying members free two-day shipping and free returns on their sites, taking a small cut of each purchase.


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.

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