Data Scout

Canva Raises $200M for its Creative-Cloud for SMBs

Canva continues to forge a path to democratize design. The web-based tool is meant to appeal to individuals, graphic designers and SMBs with a no-code approach. Now it has advanced that mission with $200 million in funding.

Amazon

Amazon Advances its Retail-as-a-Service Play

One of our ongoing areas of coverage and analysis is retail-as-a-service (RaaS). And one of the biggest players tackling this sector is the mighty Amazon. We examine its latest moves.

Benchmark Bytes

Benchmark Bytes: How Many SMBs Consolidate Vendors?

Benchmark Bytes is a series that examines Localogy’s original data on SMB tech deployment. Based on its recent Small Business Trends report, each installment drills down on a data excerpt and draws out meaning for Localogy Insider readers.

Pro Features

Can SMB SaaS Management be Automated?

Cologne-based Sastrify raised $7 million from HV Capital and various angels to help SMBs procure and manage disparate SaaS products. Can this model be automated and will SMBs bite? We examine.

Location Intelligence

Uber Quietly Advances its Advertising Business

One ongoing possibility that we continue to track is Uber’s moves into advertising. Its its position as a transportation platform could enable it to launch a location-based ad play for mobile devices and in-ride marketing. We examine the latest

eCommerce

Is TikTok the Next eCommerce Greenfield?

The latest development in the world of TikTok monetization is Shopify’s expanded partnership. Shopify merchants can now add a “Shopping” tab on their TikTok profile, among other things. We examine drivers & dynamics.

Augmented reality

Will Snap Bring Visual Search to Local Commerce?

One emerging consumer technology that could have implications for local commerce is visual search. This positions the camera as a search input to identify items you point your phone at. We examine through the lens of Snap’s latest updates.

Amazon

The Amazon-Seller Roll-Up Race Rolls On

One trend we’ve been tracking is what we call the “great eCommerce rollup.” This reflects the emerging business model to buy up third-party Amazon marketplace sellers — otherwise know as FBA’s (or fulfilled by Amazon). We examine the latest.

Benchmark Bytes

Benchmark Bytes: Whom Do SMBs Trust Most When Buying SaaS?

Benchmark Bytes is a series that examines Localogy’s original data on SMB tech deployment. Based on its recent Small Business Trends report, each installment drills down on a data excerpt and draws out meaning for Localogy Insider readers.