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Breather announces Corporate Rewards partnership with Air Canada

The Air Canada travellers will have access to over 500 meeting spaces in 10 major markets across North America.


Digital Main Street

DMS RECOMMENDS: The power of compromise: why free returns aren’t always realistic

Over the past few years, Canadian e-commerce merchants have been taking steps to improve their returns experience by enhancing the clarity, simplicity, and convenience in their returns policies. Yet, there’s still a gap between online shopper expectations and reality.


BetaKit

Askuity closes $3 million CAD bridge round to add AI to its platform

The inside round, led by unnamed investors, brings Askuity’s total funding to $6.8 million CAD.


TechCrunch

Kano raises $28M as its kid-friendly computer kits hit 4,500 stores

Kano’s Series B funding is being led by Thames Trust and Breyer Capital, with participation from Index Ventures, the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund, LocalGlobe, Marc Benioff, John Makinson, Collaborative Fund, Triple Point Capital, and Barclays.


BetaKit

Amazon met with Canadian federal government 99 times in the past 12 months

Canadian tech companies: take note.


Independent

Metail: the retail startup that enables consumers to try on clothes digitally

Metail uses customer data like Netflix to offer buyers a curated experience based on someone’s preferences. It suggests items similar to the ones the shopper has already bought, or items favoured by other customers of a similar build and background.


Crowdfund Insider

Blockchain retail startup Pundi X secures over $4 million during ICO pre-sale

Founded in 2016, Pundi X describes itself as a blockchain startup that aims to make cryptocurrency an enabler of ubiquitous cashless payment environments across South East Asia.


BetaKit

Web.com acquires Montreal-based Acquisio

The global web solutions company has snatched up Acquisio’s AI marketing tech for small businesses.


TechCrunch

Target store staff can now create online orders for customers when local merchandise is unavailable

Target new app, “myCheckout,” will allow store staff to process online transactions on the customer’s behalf, including taking payments, right from the store’s floor when merchandise is unavailable locally.


VentureBeat

GV leads $8.5 million funding in open source ecommerce platform Reaction Commerce

Reaction Commerce’s “Platform-as-a-Service” gives retailers tools covering catalog, product, inventory management, merchandising, payments, and processing.


BetaKit

Rory Capern tells tech companies to “Tear Down This Wall” at #MarketingTO

Twitter’s former Managing Director believes the future of business is dependent on the integration of advertising, marketing, and technology.


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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.