Start Ups

  1. Data & Insights
Mondra, a product footprinting and supply chain decarbonisation AI driven SaaS platform, has raised £3.6 million in pre-Series A funding.  Investors include 7 Generation Ventures, AlbionVC, GC Foodtech Ventures, Foodsparks by Peakbridge, Ponderosa Ventures, and Vala Capital.  The cash will be used to expedite Mondra’s roll-out to UK grocers, of whom, the company claims, 85% […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Instacart has laid off 250 employees in a move to “reshape” the newly public company, as it looks to “focus on our most promising initiatives and execute more efficiently to a flatter organization,” said CEO Fidji Simo on a call detailing the grocery tech company’s Q4 and full year 2023 results. Simo also shared that […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
MNB reader Doug Galli has a reaction to my argument that while Amazon may try to steer shoppers to products with higher margins, so do many retailers: Kevin, you are correct on this point of how retailers “merchandise” and market their respective stores. You work to steer customers toward higher margin products, which might not […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
At Retailbound, we help clients launch their product brands with retailers in North America. For product brands that want to expand to Europe, we highly recommend they work with Unlock EMEA, Europe’s leading sales agency. This month, we sat down with Paul McCafferty, the Managing Director at Unlock EMEA to ask him the following questions. […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Retail, like all other industries, has had to respond swiftly to societal developments and changing attitudes of the US public. With the explosion of AI, a new door has opened for retail marketing and advertising, which will break through boundaries and expand the limits of consumers’ imagination. This article discusses key trends driven by technological […]
  1. Department: Food
    Overall, meal kits are a great option for people who want to eat healthy, delicious meals without spending too much time in the kitchen. They offer convenience, variety, less food waste, healthier eating, and the opportunity to learn new cooking skills. Give them a try and see how they can make your life […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH rounds up six retail systems ventures who have recently secured significant investments in their businesses, including, Krepling, Leal, and PRIMIS. 1. Saledock Solid Bond reports an undisclosed investment into Saledock’s £150,000 pre-seed round. This will enable the Yorkshire-based startup to grow its team and continue to serve SME clients with a retail solution […]
  1. Data & Insights
Retail AI, the start-up at the intersection of onsite retail media and artificial intelligence, has announced the appointment Mark Steven as its new chief executive officer. An industry veteran with over 30 years of invaluable experience in the retail sector, Steven, former CEO of Snappy… This story continues at Pioneering start-up Retail AI welcomes Mark […]
  1. Corporate Finance
Money—it’s top-of-mind for any aspiring entrepreneur. No matter how much you’ve put aside or how confident you are about reaching your sales goals, you’ll never feel you have enough money. Without a doubt, it’s scary to step out into the unknown, leaving the security and comfort of a job and career and putting your standard […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Helsinki-based Amer Sports, parent company of brands including Wilson, Salomon, Peak Performance and Arc’teryx, has filed for an IPO with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. No information about the number of shares to be offered, their price or the IPO’s date is currently available. The company’s sports and outdoor brands offer apparel, footwear, equipment, […]
  1. Corporate Finance
​[[“value”:” Dive Brief The company behind Wilson tennis rackets and Arc’teryx winter sport apparel is focused on adding physical stores and growing its DTC presence. Published Jan. 5, 2024 An Arc’teryx store display in Chicago. Parent company Amer Sports this week filed a prospective initial public offering. Courtesy of Arc’teryx “]] 
  1. Department & Category
  Once again, the line between restaurants and food retailers is growing ever thinner. The fight for America’s food dollars continues to intensify as consumers find fresh prepared Ready-2-Eat food options at a wide and growing array of outlets across almost every channel including convenience stores, chain drug stores, restaurants, grocery stores, club stores, vending […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH rounds up three retail systems ventures who have recently secured significant investments in their businesses, including a company bringing Bitcoin to people through gamified earning experiences, and another that optimises how retailers move their goods across the entire supply chain. 1. Stamp Free Stamp Free, an AI powered digital post and shipping company, is […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In this Recap Episode, Sri & PVSB review what they consider to be the top CPG/Retail stores of 2023: The end of Omnicom & Albertsons Media Collective partners with trade desk PepsiCo redesigns logo Giant Eagle circulars March no, April yes Kroger/Alb announce decision to sell over 400 stores to C&S Who owns Taco […]
  1. Data & Insights
The editors of Retail TouchPoints are sharing our picks for the seven most consequential stories of 2023. As usual, there were lots to choose from — that’s standard for such a dynamic industry — but these were the topics that had “legs” (and are likely to continue to be important in 2024). 1. Resale Continued […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s Friday, Christmas is almost upon us, so let’s kick back and reflect on another eventful week for the retail systems space. Here’s your briefing on the most important stories from the past five days, including Frasers Group, Decathlon, HMV, Boots, and the latest RTIH Top 100 Retail Technology Influencers List. 1. Frasers Group teams […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Alibaba Group has given Eddie Wu, already Group CEO and head of the Alibaba Cloud unit, responsibility for its biggest revenue generator, the Taobao and Tmall Group (TTG). Wu is replacing Trudy Dai, one of Alibaba’s original 18 founders, as CEO of TTG, but she will remain with the company to help set up an […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Lolli, a Bitcoin and cashback rewards company, has announced the close of an $8 million Series B round led by BITKRAFT Ventures, with participation from Sfermion, Ulta Beauty’s Prisma Ventures, Hypersphere Ventures, Rahul Pagidipati, Newman Capital, 2 Punks Capital, MZ Web3 Fund, Digital Currency Group, Company Ventures, The Spartan Group, and Wagmi Ventures. The raise […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Current Levi Strauss & Co. President Michelle Gass will succeed CEO Chip Bergh when he retires next year, the company’s board of directors has announced. Gass will formally take the reins on Jan. 29, 2024, a few months prior to Bergh’s departure, which is scheduled for April 26, 2024. Bergh has been elected as Executive […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables is slashing its merchant fees for clothing vendors in an attempt to compete with Chinese fast-fashion retail site Shein, which may be on the docket to IPO in 2024. The online retail giant announced Tuesday that referral fees for items priced under $15 will drop from 17 percent to 5 percent. The fees for […]
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Testing for Ships in Product Packaging compatibility often involves “a series of drops and vibrations,” a packaging innovation team leader said. Sellers can expect fee discounts for program participation. Amazon is pulling back the curtain on how it’s teeing up more packages to arrive on doorsteps without Amazon logos. Last week, the Ships in Product Packaging program expanded by […]
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84.51° is out with a new report that “examines who omnichannel shoppers are, where they shop, and some of the reasons why they choose to shop in-store and online.” Some key findings: •  “This shopper is likely to be Millennial or Gen Z, is engaged with natural and organic, is more likely to have children, […]
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Walmart this morning released its final results for Q4 and the just completed fiscal year, saying that Q4 revenue was $173.4 billion, up 5.7 percent from the same period a year ago.  Q4 operating income was up 13 percent to $7.3 billion. US same store sales for the quarter were up four percent. Global e-commerce […]