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betakit

Shopify launches Shopify Ping to help merchants manage tasks

With Shopify Ping, merchants will have the ability to manage their tasks and communication through a messaging app.


Digital Main Street

DMS Recommends: Digital analytics for startups

Using data allows for informed decisions, better engagement and an increase in revenue.


betakit

National Bank launches mobile POS powered by Montreal FinTech Mobeewave

Easy Pay allows merchants to accept payments in person using a compatible smartphone.


techcrunch

YC-backed Buttermilk brings easy-to-prepare Indian meals to your doorstep

Based in Seattle, Buttermilk launched in 2017 to the local Indian market and has since expanded to serve their products across the country.


torstar

Cineplex partners with Uber Eats to offer popcorn, snack deliveries in four provinces

Some Canadians with a hankering for movie theatre popcorn without the trek to a cinema are in luck.


quartz

Amazon is capitalizing on the demise of Toys R Us

Amazon intends to print and distribute a holiday toy catalog, which could potentially fill a void left by the “Big Book” that Toys R Us published ahead of each holiday season, featuring around 100 pages of advertising for kids and their parents to flip through.


businessinsider

Alibaba is piloting fashion AI technology

Alibaba introduced its first “FashionAI” concept store recently, which makes extensive use of AI to simplify the apparel shopping experience for customers.


betakit

Endy is opening a distribution centre in Western Canada

The company’s goal is to reduce shipping times by half in Western Canada by shipping to addresses in three days or less.


retaildive

Walmart’s Jetblack tells a lot about the future of e-commerce

The retail giant’s concierge service for upscale shoppers faces significant challenges, but Jetblack could be ushering in an era of more personalized e-commerce, writes Twiggle’s Amir Konigsberg.


yourstory

How deep tech startup Turing Analytics is helping retailers step into the age of visual commerce

Turing has developed a visual search and recommendation engine that runs on artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, and helps shoppers search for products using photos and videos.


strategy

DavidsTea looks to ecommerce for growth

Despite CEO Joel Silver’s recent resignation and declining sales, the tea brand remains focused on its new ecommerce platform.


betakit

BuildDirect appoints former Amazon leaders to its executive team

The new execs are taking on roles like CFO, CTO, and CRO.


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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.