Commerce

InVia Robotics wants to bring subscription-based robotics to ecommerce warehouses

InVia Robotics, a company that’s setting out to provide ecommerce fulfillment centers with automated robotics technology, has raised $9 million in a series A round of funding led by Upfront Ventures, with participation from Embark Ventures. The figure also constitutes a $3 million loan from Comerica. Founded out of Westlake Village, California, in 2015, InVia …

Walmart embraces the cloud to take on Amazon

(Reuters) — One of Walmart’s best chances at taking on Amazon.com in ecommerce lies with six giant server farms, each larger than ten football fields. These facilities, which cost Walmart millions of dollars and took nearly five years to build, are starting to pay off. The retailer’s online sales have been on a tear for …

eBay hires Jan Pedersen from Twitter to spearhead its AI efforts

eBay has announced a major new hire in its push to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) across its ecommerce platform. The company announced that it has lured Jan Pedersen from Twitter as its new VP and chief scientist for AI, and he will soon lead the company’s strategy across natural language processing, machine learning, and computer vision. He …

Strict radiation standards may delay 5G rollout in EU capital Brussels

Despite serving as Europe’s capital, the Belgian city of Brussels expects to miss the continent’s planned 2020 rollout of 5G due to overly strict radiation rules, according to new reports this week. The reports come months after Europe attempted to position itself as the “global lead market for 5G,” and hint at the regional regulatory issues …

Salesforce to invest $2 billion in Canada business as U.S. tech firms head north

(Reuters) — U.S. business software developer Salesforce.com will pump $2 billion into its Canadian business over the next five years, it said on Thursday, the latest major U.S. technology investment across the border since early 2017. Toronto is a hub for artificial intelligence research and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting California this week …

Amazon will reportedly launch delivery service to compete with UPS and FedEx

Demonstrating its boundless ecommerce ambition, Amazon is reportedly set to begin delivering orders from business partners directly to customers. This new third-party delivery service will be called “Shipping with Amazon,” according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The program is set to launch in Los Angeles and later expand elsewhere. The delivery service …

Nebraska considers blockchain and cryptocurrency legislation

Four pieces of legislation concerning blockchain technology have been introduced in the Nebraska legislature already this year, three of which were debated in committee this week. Proponents of these bills say they will help to protect consumers while making Nebraska a national leader in the blockchain industry. Opponents are concerned that the technology is too …

Aeromexico sees 10 times the customer engagement via chat (VB Live)

AI is changing the customer service and engagement game, offering up unprecedented ways to connect with customers where and when they need you. Learn how major companies are leveraging AI to serve up hyper-personalized, emotionally resonant experiences when you join this VB Live event! Register here for free. Chat and text messaging is increasingly the …