R|T: The Retail Times – Waiting in line at Amazon

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Sobeys plans to launch an online grocery platform to Canada (BETAKIT)

The platform will incorporate online grocery ordering, automated fulfillment, and home delivery.

DMS Recommends: 30 billion reasons to accept mobile payments (DMS)

The Canadian mobile payments market was $30 billion in 2015, with researchers predicting significant growth by 2020. That’s more than 30 billion reasons to grow your customer base by accepting mobile payments and offering the latest and safest technology.

The technology behind Amazon’s surveillance-heavy Go store (WIRED)

Amazon Go doesn’t need any checkout staff. This is the technology making it possible.

Singapore startup Parcel Perform raises US$1.1M to help e-merchants track deliveries (E27)

Parcel Perform will use the funding to grow its product and reach into new markets.

The retail industry has come to its senses on technology (FORBES)

Yes, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, data analytics, personalization, and robotics still rank among 2018’s big sector tech buzzwords, but the retail industry is also coming to its senses about this: some tech bells and whistles don’t really deliver beyond their initial wow.

Walmart and Rakuten partner on grocery delivery in Japan, Kobo e-books and audiobooks in US (TECHCRUNCH)

The strategic alliance is one that has two of the world’s largest e-commerce retailers joining forces in an effort to combat Amazon.

Havenly raises $12.5 million for virtual interior design platform (VENTUREBEAT)

The series B funding round was led by Foundry Group, with participation from Industry Ventures, Chicago Ventures, and Kickstart Fund.

Uber Eats acquires Ando, the food delivery startup from David Chang that makes its own food (TECHCRUNCH)

Ando will cease delivery of its cheesesteak sandwiches and crunchy chicken fingers in New York City as it begins to merge with the ride-hail giant’s food delivery service.

Toronto only Canadian city to make #AmazonHQ2 shortlist (BETAKIT)

Amazon will do a deeper dive into the proposals of shortlisted cities over the coming months.


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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