R|T: The Retail Times – The push for automated shopping

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SoftBank leads $450M investment in Paytm’s e-commerce business(TECHCRUNCH)

“Paytm Mall’s offline-to-online operating model, combined with the strength of the Paytm ecosystem, is uniquely positioned to enable India’s 15 million offline retail shops to participate in India’s eCommerce boom,” said SoftBank.

Retailers race Amazon in high-tech push for automated shopping(THESTAR)

Companies are testing robots that help keep shelves stocked, as well as apps that let shoppers ring up items with a smartphone.

How City Furniture modernized its retail tech – and brought employees closer to customers (DIGINOMICA)

Empowering store associates with technology is becoming a key strategy for retailers of all sizes. But for City Furniture, its legacy back-end was a big obstacle. Here’s what it did about it.

Walmart brings its partnership with JD.com into the food business(TECHCRUNCH)

The Chinese physical store will stock products that customers can also buy through its Walmart virtual storefront on the Chinese electronic marketplace, JD.com.

China’s Meituan Dianping acquires bike-sharing firm Mobike(CNBC)

Meituan Dianping, China’s largest provider of on-demand online services, is buying bike-sharing firm Mobike for $2.7 billion excluding debt, in a deal that will intensify the rivalry of their common backer Tencent Holdings with Alibaba Group.

Southeast Asia fashion startup Zilingo continues its meteoric rise with $54M Series C (TECHCRUNCH)

The round was led by new investor Sofina, and existing backers Burda and Sequoia India.

Hubba faces personnel changes as company continues pivot from enterprise to independent retail (BETAKIT)

Hubba recently laid off 15% of the company while continuing its search for VPs of engineering and product.

C2C fashion startup CoutLoot raises $1M in pre-Series A funding round led by Jadevalue Fintech (YOURSTORY)

From a selling-only platform operating in Mumbai, CoutLoot has extended its operations across 14 cities and claims to have achieved more than 5,00,000+ app downloads.

Albertsons will offer Plated’s meal kits across hundreds of stores this year (TECHCRUNCH)

The meal kits will also be made available for 2-hour delivery through Instacart, same-day and scheduled home delivery, and for in-store pickup through Albertsons Companies Drive Up and Go service.

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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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