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BetaKit

The three e-commerce game changers announced at Shopify Unite 2019

Unite is Shopify’s annual conference for partners and developers of the platform to announce new updates from the company.



The Verge

Amazon expands in-store Counter pickup service to the US, starting with Rite Aid

Amazon is making it easier than ever to get your packages with the launch of its in-store Counter pickup service in the US in over 100 Rite Aid stores.


TechCrunch

Sam’s Club launches alcohol delivery through Instacart

The delivery service is being powered by Sam’s Club partner Instacart and is currently live in 215 stores across nearly a dozen US states, with plans to reach other cities and markets in the months ahead.


Lightspeed named CIX 2019 Innovator of the Year

The Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) has named Montreal-based POS software firm Lightspeed the 2019 Innovator of the Year.


Menabytes

Dubai’s Sprii raises $8.5 million Series A for its baby products e-commerce marketplace

Sprii, a Dubai-based ecommerce marketplace selling mainly baby products, has raised $8.5 million Series A.


BetaKit

Fellow.app closes $8.58 million CAD to scale co-pilot tool for managers

After beta testing with Shopify, Fellow.app has signed on the e-commerce giant as its first official customer.


TechCrunch

250 retailers will compete against Amazon’s Prime Day, up from 194 last year

Amazon’s Prime Day event is no longer just a big sales day for Amazon — it’s become the official kickoff to back-to-school shopping season and a new sales holiday that extends across the web among rival retailers.


AlleyWatch

AUrate raises $13 million for its elegant direct-to-consumer gold jewelry brand

AlleyWatch caught up with these cofounders to discuss AUrate’s success and recent funding round that brings the total funding amount to $15.6M.


Retail News

Grocery e-commerce startup Kurly raises millions

Korean grocery delivery service Kurly has closed an upsized Series D round that hit $113 million USD.


TechCrunch

Lifestyle goods resale marketplace StockX raises $110 million, pushing valuation past $1 billion

StockX’s success rode the sneaker culture boom of the past half-decade or so, as the startup first focused exclusively on acting as a resale source for shoes with high levels of hype.


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Caitlin Hotchkiss

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