E-Commerce

The API-as-a-marketplace

As we’ve been spending time on B2B marketplaces and dev tools/platforms, we’ve come to realize that there’s an interesting sub-category that combines elements of both: the API-as-a-marketplace. What is an API-as-a-marketplace? Just like a traditional marketplace, an API-as-a-marketplace has t ...

CASL is Constitutional: Federal Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law

Canada’s anti-spam law has been the target of intense criticism since its introduction in 2009 as the Electronic Commerce Protection Act. Even after the law passed in 2010, there was no shortage of effort to delay the regulations needed to put it into effect. Once it finally took effect in 2014, ...

Is now the right time to buy Shopify?

Is Shopify (Shopify Stock Quote, Chart, News TSX:SHOP) a buy here? Certainly, the e-commerce sensation has had a run for the ages over the past 12 months and with the business firing on all cylinders prospects should be good that SHOP will soon get back to its winning ways. That’s possible, says ...

A new Google Cloud Platform region to come to Toronto

Google Cloud is building a new platform region in Toronto to support its expanding customer base in Canada, the company announced in a blog post today.  It will launch with the company’s core portfolio of Google Cloud Platform products, which includes Google Kubernetes Engine, Compute Engine, Bi ...

The CUSMA Culture Poison Pill: Why the Broadcast Panel Report Could Lead to Millions in Tariff Retaliation

As Parliament continues its review of legislation designed to implement the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement (CUSMA), I have had the honour to appear before both the International Trade and Industry, Science and Technology committees to discuss the digital implications of the trade agreement. Whi ...

The CUSMA Cost: My Appearances Before the Standing Committees on International Trade and Industry, Science and Technology

Over the past month, I’ve had the opportunity to appear before two House of Commons committees – International Trade and Industry, Science and Technology – to discuss the digital law and policy implications of the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement. My opening remarks were nearly identical an ...

Laurentian Bank maintains “Hold” rating on Descartes Systems

Even with the recent acquisition of e-commerce company Peoplevox, analyst Nick Agostino of Laurentian Bank says that Canadian tech name Descartes Systems Group (Descartes Systems Group Stock Quote, Chart, News TSX:DSG) is more than fully valued. In a fourth-quarter preview on Tuesday, Agostino main ...

Should you buy Shopify at “nosebleed” levels?

Canadian e-commerce sensation Shopify (Shopify Stock Quote, Chart, News TSX:SHOP) presents investors with a seemingly impossible choice: do you trust the fundamentals which are screaming that this is a highly overpriced stock or do you bet on the vision and SHOP’s ability to execute which has so ...

Shopify joins Facebook’s Libra Association

Shopify announced today that it has joined the Facebook-founded Libra Association, becoming the first new member of the organization since it was officially unveiled with 21 other partners last October. As the latest member of the Libra Association, the e-commerce giant will work collectively to bui ...

Is Apple, Facebook or Microsoft the future of augmented reality?

Apple is seen by some as critical to the future of augmented reality, despite limited traction for ARKit so far and its absence from smartglasses (again so far). Yet Facebook, Microsoft and others are arguably more important to where the market is today. While there are more AR platforms than just ...