NexTech wants to “AR-itize” ecommerce, integrates IBM Watson

Augmented reality (AR) is a growing trend in ecommerce and one Toronto company wants to lead the way and "AR-itize" the industry, recently announcing it's integrating IBM Watson's machine learning algorithms with its AR platform.

Published on: January 2nd, 2019 Meagan Simpson

The Avon lady gets a digital makeover for the Instagram era

You may remember the Avon lady knocking on your door selling her makeup products, now that Avon lady is getting a makeover of her own - and it's a digital one. Avon Canada

Published on: December 20th, 2018 Meagan Simpson

E-commerce startup names Windsor as new global headquarters

Windsor, Ont. isn’t usually a name that comes to mind when thinking of technology hubs, but a new ecommerce platform has named the city as its global headquarters. Shopivo Inc., a newly created

Published on: November 9th, 2018 Meagan Simpson

Hashtag Trending: More robots less workers; Secretly rating shoppers; MacBook microphone detaches

Automation may be replacing human hires at Amazon, companies are secretly rating shoppers and the newest MacBook’s microphone detaches for privacy, but is it useful? Listen to the latest Hashtag Trending HERE! First

Published on: November 6th, 2018 Meagan Simpson

Canadian Tire, Walmart changing ecommerce with in store, self-serve kiosks

Big box retailers appear to be expanding their e-commerce efforts, with Canadian Tire and Walmart bringing in-store, self-serve kiosks to brick and mortar stores across Canada. Canadian Tire announced Wednesday that it is

Published on: November 1st, 2018 Meagan Simpson

Fast growing payments system Adyen expands to Canada

International payment processor Adyen, which boasts customers like eBay, and Microsoft has expanded its platform into Canada. The Amsterdam-based company announced on Tuesday it is bringing its full-scale unified commerce payment system to

Published on: October 31st, 2018 Meagan Simpson

Staying relevant in the age of ecommerce: a Salesforce report

More than half of all consumers now prefer to shop online, and traditional retailers hoping to compete in a world of ever growing digital commerce will need to have a customer-first mindset, according

Published on: September 5th, 2018 Meagan Simpson

Amazon begins to offer monthly subscription service to Prime

Amazon Canada will now be offering a monthly subscription alternative to Prime, its exclusive service for video, music, and shipping for customers. An Aug. 28 press release said the monthly service will be

Published on: August 28th, 2018 Shruti Shekar

How Loblaws created an in-house ecommerce startup – and won an award along the way

After decades of establishing premium grocery stores across Canada, Loblaws Inc. is finally giving shoppers what they really wanted all along - getting groceries while wearing their pyjamas. The Brampton, Ont.-based supermarket chain,

Published on: August 14th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

Ontario to begin legal marijuana sales with online-only model

Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative Ontario government announced this afternoon that it will be rolling out online sales of marijuana when it becomes legal in October. Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and Attorney General Caroline

Published on: August 13th, 2018 Shruti Shekar

Prime Day brings in record sales for Amazon

Despite website struggles, this year’s Amazon Prime Day broke sales records around the world. Within minutes of the sale opening on July 16th, Amazon’s website crashed, with online shoppers unable to access the

Published on: July 18th, 2018 Meagan Simpson

Here’s how online retailers other than Amazon approached Prime Day

If you were an Amazon Prime customer, July 16, 2018 was the "Boxing Day of July." If you were an online retailer that wasn't Amazon? Not so much. Amazon's competitors made a greater

Published on: July 16th, 2018 Meagan Simpson

Hashtag Trending – Microsoft bets on education, Apple introduces new emergency feature, Google invests in Chinese e-commerce

Microsoft jumps headfirst into the education space, Apple will share your location when you call 911, and Google invests in Chinese e-commerce. First up from LinkedIn is news that Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid,

Published on: June 19th, 2018 Mandy Kovacs

Now retailers can use Instagram Stories as an ecommerce platform

Instagram wants to help businesses use its Instagram Stories feature as a new retail platform. This week the social media network unveiled a feature that adds shopping tags to Instagram Stories - shopping

Published on: June 15th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood