R|T: The Retail Times – Walmart’s tech makeover

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Former CFL vice president Glen Johnson joins Smooth Commerce as chief commercial officer (BETAKIT)

As chief commercial officer, Johnson will be developing the company’s partnerships, market expansion, and product management.

DMS Recommends: Tech trends for business in 2018 (DMS)

Three talked-about technology trends could change the way you and your team work in the coming year. Here’s what you need to know.

Amazon said to launch delivery service to compete with UPS and FedEx (TECHCRUNCH)

The so-called “Shipping with Amazon” program will be an end-to-end shipping solution, with pickups from businesses and shipments made to consumers.

Insights from NRF’s Big Show: Key retail tech trends to watch for in 2018 (RCE)

If 2017 was the year of the so-called ““Retail Apocalypse,” then 2018 may well become the year of the Retail Renaissance. Here are several key retail technology trends to watch for in 2018.

Walmart has acquired a virtual reality startup as part of its tech makeover (VOX)

Walmart has acquired a small virtual reality shop, called Spatialand, to be the centerpiece of VR efforts that the company hopes will someday transform the shopping experience across the company’s different websites and stores.

Same-day delivery service Deliv launches Deliv Rx for same-day prescriptions (TECHCRUNCH)

At launch, Deliv Rx, as the service is being called, will power same-day delivery of prescriptions for select Walgreens, as well as Kay Pharmacy, Phil, Phox Health, and others.

Singapore’s foodtech startup Grain raises pre-Series B funding from Majuven, others after clocking 330 per cent growth (E27)

Grain’s meal boxes are focused on individuals and small groups while its buffets cater to corporate offices and events.

Rubikloud hiring 60 people in Toronto to meet global demand for its service (BETAKIT)

The news comes just over a month after Rubikloud, which helps retailers migrate legacy data onto the cloud, raised a $46 million Series B from Intel, iNovia Capital, and OTEAF.

Echo Look to dole out fashion advice from Vogue and GQ (TECHCRUNCH)

Vogue and GQ are working with Amazon to insert fashion recommendations into the companion app for Echo Look users, some of which will be shoppable.


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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