Bridging the gap between renters and landlords

Mark Hawkins talks about how Rentfaster.ca evolved from a small local website to a national brand by stressing customer service

Bridging the gap between renters and landlordsMark Hawkins is president and owner of Rentfaster.ca. What is RentFaster? When did it start and how does it work? Hawkins: Technically, Rentfaster.ca is an Internet listing service (ILS), but really it’s a website that’s designed to help landlords and renters connect. Rentfaster.ca started in 2003 and has evolved over the years to really help…

Are we using Google Translate responsibly?

As with many new technologies, there are limits as to when this software can and should be used

Are we using Google Translate responsibly?Omar Cruz-Zamora was pulled over by police while driving in Kansas City in October 2017. The police officer used Google Translate to ask if he could search the car. Cruz-Zamora said yes, the officer found drugs and Cruz-Zamora was arrested. This officer is just one of the more than half a billion people worldwide who…

Why is health care the last service industry to go virtual?

The health and cost benefits of delivering smarter care while the patient stays at home could be enormous

Why is health care the last service industry to go virtual?Have you noticed how there are no more lines to talk to live tellers in banks? Twenty years ago, I remember having to think about scheduling my time to wait in line to do my banking and trying to strategize going at non-peak hours. Today, on the rare occasions I have to go, I can…

Worldplay chosen to power Hockey Canada’s video management system

CEO Terry Mochar said the Alberta-based company helps organizations expand their audiences around the world using online video

Worldplay chosen to power Hockey Canada’s video management systemTechnology company Worldplay has been chosen by Hockey Canada to power its video management system. Worldplay’s Vidflex Enterprise platform will provide the technology to host and distribute all of Hockey Canada’s on-demand videos to players and fans across the country and around the world. The video gallery holds more than 9,000 items. Terry Mochar, CEO…

Canada losing ground to other countries in artificial intelligence

We risk providing talent, research and startups that will feed the growth of other nations, a Deloitte report says

Canada losing ground to other countries in artificial intelligenceCanada is rapidly falling behind other countries in artificial intelligence (AI) adoption and demand. And that’s putting Canadian talent and future competitiveness at risk, according to a report released on Wednesday by Deloitte. A Deloitte survey said only 16 per cent of all businesses reported using AI technologies – a number that has remained stagnant…

Self-checkouts at the grocery store are still a pain

But grocers are compelled to keep introducing technological solutions to improve the shopping experience

Self-checkouts at the grocery store are still a painGrocers have always had a love-hate relationship with technology, which may explain why most of our self-checkout experiences are poor. But change is on the way. Some Canadians detest going to the grocery store. It’s repetitive, tiring and can be quite unpleasant, especially when the store is busy. Picking up groceries and lugging them home…

Wherever we go, WeeGo goes to keep our devices powered up

Smartphones, tablets, computers and even our vehicles need a boost sometimes. The Jump Starter 44 offers a handy solution

Wherever we go, WeeGo goes to keep our devices powered upNo matter where our travels take us, we never seem to have enough battery power to keep things charged up. Smartphones, tablets, computers and even our vehicles need a boost sometimes. The Weego Jump Starter 44 offers a handy solution. The Weego 44 is powerful, putting out 400 true cranking amps – the power the battery…

Sticking with a successful growth model

Andrew Witkin of StickerYou talks about how and why an e-commerce venture can succeed with a storefront

Sticking with a successful growth modelAndrew Witkin is founder and president of StickerYou. What is StickerYou and can you give me a history of the company? Witkin: StickerYou is an online platform for ordering custom die-cut products – notably stickers, labels, decals, temporary tattoos, etc. We launched in 2010 in Toronto with the first e-commerce technology that empowered people with…

Canadian Tire boosts e-commerce offering

Calgary, Vancouver, Saskatoon, Ottawa and Toronto included in first group of self-serve pick-up locations

Canadian Tire boosts e-commerce offeringRetail giant Canadian Tire announced on Wednesday that it has become the first Canadian retailer to put into market new, automated, 16-foot Self-Serve Pick-Up Towers at select locations across the country. The locations are Calgary, Vancouver, Saskatoon, Ottawa and Toronto. It said the Ottawa area will see two new ways to pick up online purchases…

Broadening the scope of the business footprint

Kent Kaufield of EY talks about why its important to embrace change and the technology that drives that change

Broadening the scope of the business footprintKent Kaufield is EY Calgary office managing partner and energy managing partner. What are the main services EY offers to companies and businesses? Kaufield: We’re a professional services firm, which means we traditionally get grouped in the same bucket as auditors and accountants. We do that work and we love doing it, but how we…

E-commerce untapped potential for Canadian small businesses

PayPal report points to significant growth of online businesses, while offline enterprises stall

E-commerce untapped potential for Canadian small businessesCanadian small- and medium-sized businesses leveraging e-commerce are growing significantly faster than their offline counterparts, according to a report released on Thursday by PayPal. The report said small businesses that sell online through PayPal grew 22 per cent year over year in 2017, in sharp contrast to offline small businesses, which saw less than one…

Grocers finally join the blockchain party and consumers should rejoice

The idea is to better manage food recalls, farm to fork and back, and to tackle the intricate issue of food fraud

Grocers finally join the blockchain party and consumers should rejoiceWalmart, the largest retailer in the world, recently notified its leafy green suppliers that they will need to use blockchain by the end of next year. Walmart is banking on its relationship with IBM to put pressure on the entire sector to comply with what consumers want from the food industry: more transparency. But others…

Communo builds a community of marketing professionals

Ryan Gill of Communo talks about how the collaboration model works for both clients and creative entrepreneurs

Communo builds a community of marketing professionalsRyan Gill is CEO of Communo. Calgary’s Business: What is Communo and how does it work? Gill: Communo is a community of advertising and marketing professionals who give and get work from each other via a mobile app. It’s like Tinder, but for creative professionals looking for work or agencies looking to hire contingent workers…

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s lives

Michael Murray talks about how his app sends real-time messages from where you live, work and play

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s livesMichael Murray is founder of Block Talk. Calgary’s Business: What’s Block Talk? Murray: Block Talk is an app for your phone. You should download it to send and receive urgent safety alerts specific to the communities you choose to follow. It has five other categories of communication, including a platform to communicate non-urgent crime such…

How browseYYC brings local choices to Calgary consumers

Teara McGinn has helped create a shared shopping website that showcases Calgary-produced goods

How browseYYC brings local choices to Calgary consumersTeara McGinn is co-founder of browseYYC. Calgary’s Business: What is browseYYC and how does it work? McGinn: browseYYC is a ‘shop local, online’ marketplace. It’s a website where people can experience the convenience of online shopping with the feel-good value of supporting local businesses. By allowing all types of sellers (retailers, artisans, etc) across the…
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