UBL seeks to avoid tower of Babel scenario for document exchange

OK, attention out there!  Hands up - who has heard of the OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL)?  Hmmm - not many hands.  What’s that you ask?  What is UBL and what’s it used

Published on: June 7th, 2013 Hugh Chatfield

The “secret sauce” for a better mobile retail experience

When it comes to retail, even when its mobile retail, it’s still all about location, location, location. Business software vendor SAP AG released its annual mobility survey this week, aimed at addressing top

Published on: May 9th, 2013 Jeff Jedras

Rakuten adopts MasterCard’s digital wallet for payments

The owner of Canadian e-book firm Kobo and investor in social media site Pinterest announced that it's implemented MasterCard's digital wallet on its main e-commerce site yesterday. Rakuten.com is a major shopping site

Published on: April 10th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Three keys to mobile commerce success

Not only is mobile becoming primary, 90 per cent of smartphone users keep their device within arms-length 100 per cent of the time. Businesses need to be part of that, and it will

Published on: February 7th, 2013 Jeff Jedras

Small firms raid online marketplace with startup-powered solutions

When Winnie Yip launched her Toronto home decoration and vintage goods shop Even & Odd in spring 2012, her target market was working people in their 30s and 40s. That group is likely

Published on: February 4th, 2013 Grant Buckler

Canadian online holiday spending topped $2.8 billion: report

For many Canadians, online shopping is increasingly a part of their pre-Christmas routine. According to the MasterCard SpendingPulse report Canadians spent $2.8 billion online in December of 2012.That's an increase of 26 per

Published on: January 17th, 2013 Jeff Jedras

Big data meets building trades as BuildDirect raises $4 million

A Vancouver company that's using cutting edge big data technology to cut costs in the construction sector has raised $4 million from BDC IT Venture Fund. BuildDirect is an e-commerce firm that uses

Published on: October 29th, 2012 Christine Wong

How to take Facebook’s new “want” and “collect” buttons for a test drive

Facebook is testing new features that move the site closer to ecommerce territory and take aim at rival social network Pinterest. Want to give Facebook's “want” and “collect” buttons a go? Then followthe

Published on: October 16th, 2012 Christine Wong

New agency taps into demand for digital retail solutions

Digital Connect is launching what it calls the first digital shopper marketing agency in Canada. The new agency has been formed by existing firms SVM and Piranha andwill be jointly based in Toronto

Published on: October 4th, 2012 Christine Wong

Zaptap’s new NFC platform adds social twist to mobile commerce

Apple may not be betting on NFC but Zaptap certainly is.The U.S. giant didn't include near field communication capability inthe new iPhone 5 it unveiled yesterday, despite wide speculation thatit would. Canadian startup

Published on: September 13th, 2012 Christine Wong

SecureKey teams up with Dell for private cloud expansion

Toronto's SecureKey Technologies has picked Dell to help build its private cloud-based authentication platform for mobile commerce and e-commerce businesses.Dell servers, switches, security and storage solutions will be used tobuild the cloud system

Published on: September 5th, 2012 Christine Wong

LightSpeed unveils iPad retail app on heels of $30-million VC deal

Montreal-based LightSpeed has released a new mobile commerce app for the iPad, an encore to a $30-million round A financing deal the company announced two weeks ago.The new LightSpeed For iPad app is

Published on: June 28th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Beyond local: How Groupon can boost your e-commerce business

Launched in November 2008, Groupon leverages collective buying power to offer huge discounts, which are the result of partnering with small business owners who offer the deals. The featured deal-and the business offering

Published on: June 27th, 2012 Vangie Beal

ShopMyClothes sees big dollar signs in used designer duds

The more successful Jonathan Elias's resale clothing Web site gets, the tougher it is on his eyes.Let's explain: although Elias is president and CEO of ShopMyClothes,the Toronto startup remains bootstrapped. So he and

Published on: January 10th, 2012 Christine Wong