E-Commerce

What does the U.S. net neutrality battle mean for Canada?

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has become Public Enemy Number One for proponents of net neutrality.   The Trump administration appears likely to repeal its regulations governing net neutrality, to the delight of U.S. internet service providers. It’s a development that has many proponents of a free and ...

Tech startups need to start thinking more about the bottom line, this founder says

When it comes to scaling up, Emerge Commerce Inc. CEO Ghassan Halazon believes the prevailing philosophy in e-commerce is all wrong. Go big or go home? No profits, no worries? It’s that very fixation on growth to the detriment of profitability which keeps loading up the tech graveyard with faile ...

Amazon launches Alexa in Canada with Echo devices, Prime Music

After months of rumours, Amazon confirmed that it’s now officially launching its Alexa smart assistant to Canada. The cloud-based AI that has been available for years south of the border and featured in commercials with Hollywood celebrities will come to Canada along with Amazon’s Echo hardware ...

The Business Leadership Podcast: Matthew Bertulli, CEO at Demac Media

Matt Bertulli is co-founder and CEO of Demac Media and co-founder of Pela Case. He’s also the author of best-selling book, Anything, Anywhere, a book on the future of retail and eCommerce. Matt considers himself a student of retail and eCommerce above all else and his companies are where he tests ...

Rethinking IP in the TPP: Canadian Government Plays Key Role in Suspending Unbalanced Patent and Copyright Rules

Years of disappointment in trade negotiations have left many Canadian intellectual property watchers hoping for the best, but expecting the worst when it comes to the IP provisions in trade deals. In earlier talks, Canadian negotiators would often advocate balanced positions during the negotiations ...

The TPP is Back: My Submission on the Canadian Government’s TPP11 Consultation

The Trans Pacific Partnership, once left for dead after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement, is back with negotiations on a TPP11 (the original agreement featured 12 countries) set to resume next week. With reports indicating that dozens of provisions may be suspended, the Canad ...

We are believers in Shopify, Mackie Research says

The stock tumbled following its recent quarterly results, but Mackie Research Capital analyst Nikhil Thadani says he is sticking with Shopify (TSE:SHOP, NYSE:SHOP). On Tuesday, Shopify reported its Q3 results. The company lost $9.4-million on revenue of $171.5-million, a topline number that was up ...

Hashtag Trending – Russia reached 126M Facebook users, Shopify CEO responds to pundit’s claims

Facebook reveals just how many Americans were reached by Russian content during last year’s U.S. election. Bell and Virgin are already shipping unlocked iPhone X-es. And Shopify CEO Tobias Lutke responds to a short seller’s allegation that his company makes most of its money by essentially oper ...

Better Marketing and Reduced Spam: New Data Demonstrates that Canada’s Anti-Spam Law is Working

Few Canadian laws have sparked as much animosity from the business community as Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL). The law, which took effect in 2014, has faced a barrage of complaints regarding its breadth and cost of implementation. Yet as a House of Commons committee nears the conclusion o ...

The Government’s Role in E-commerce: My Appearance Before the Standing Committee on International Trade

On the same day that I wrote about the overwhelming volume of hearings, notices, and consultations on digital policy, I also appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade to discuss the role of government policy in fostering the growth of e-commerce. The panel inclu ...