R|T: The Retail Times – The Canadian-powered mobile POS

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Shopify launches Shopify Ping to help merchants manage tasks (BETAKIT)

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

DMS Recommends: Digital analytics for startups (DIGITALMAINSTREET)

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

National Bank launches mobile POS powered by Montreal FinTech Mobeewave (BETAKIT)

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

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

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

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

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

Amazon is capitalizing on the demise of Toys R Us (QZ)

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.

Alibaba is piloting fashion AI technology (BUSINESSINSIDER)

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

Endy is opening a distribution centre in Western Canada (BETAKIT)

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

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

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.

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

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.

DavidsTea looks to ecommerce for growth (STRATEGYONLINE)

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

BuildDirect appoints former Amazon leaders to its executive team (BETAKIT)

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


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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