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.

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.

M&A

Yahoo’s Next Era Begins

After several roller-coaster years under various owners, Yahoo officially starts its next era. PE firm Apollo Global Management announced the completed acquisition of the company from Verizon.

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.

Retail

Walmart Revs Up its RaaS Engine, Part II: Delivery

One week after we examined Walmart’s new retail-as-a-service play, it’s doubling down with a similar service for delivery. Known as GoLocal, it will package up Walmart’s delivery logistics engine for third-party retailers to raise their delivery game.

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.