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Gap, Chipotle and Sephora test Ibotta's new rewards-based payment tool | Mobile Marketer
Ibotta, an app that lets mobile users earn cash back from shopping, added a payments feature that offers additional savings. Instead of applying to individual products at checkout, Pay with Ibotta distributes rewards for the entire transaction at checkout among 30 participating retailers and restaurants, according to a company announcement.
Applebee's, Banana Republic, Chipotle, Gap, The Home Depot, Lowe's, Old Navy and Sephora are some of the first national chains to participate in Pay with Ibotta at launch. The company will add more retailers and restaurants over the next several months, per the announcement.​
widgets  new-companies  loyalty  crm  retail  trends  future 
yesterday by dancall
PepsiCo Ups Its QSR Innovation Game | PYMNTS.com
When it comes to innovation, go to the source. And when it comes the task of feeding people, that means to go to the people who provide the beverages.
In other words, PepsiCo Inc. has joined the ranks of companies and brands setting up innovation labs. According to a statement, the beverage behemoth has “announced the launch of PepsiCo Foodservice Digital Lab, a first-of-its-kind suite of capabilities built to connect foodservice operators with the companies, services, insights, and solutions best suited for their specific digital and online needs.”

Innovation labs and technology and business incubators are nothing new, of course, but the rise of eCommerce, omnichannel retail, digital payments and other such efforts has provided fresh fuel and motivation to that trend. In the case of PepsiCo, the company said it plans to make use of “proprietary and syndicated research into restaurant and food ordering interactions” to “teach operators how to identify and deploy technology solutions that benefit their business.”
fmcg  hackday  trends  future  new-companies 
yesterday by dancall
The unicorns of retail | Retail Dive
Many shoppers, especially younger ones, are craving different things than their predecessors, including an active relationship with their favorite brands and a sense of authenticity from businesses. That's manifested itself in the approach of many fresh-on-the-scene DTC brands, which cultivate social media followings by interacting with shoppers and encourage customers to give feedback, which is frequently incorporated into future products.
retail  trends  new-companies  ecommerce 
yesterday by dancall
Prowler raises $24m from Tencent, RB Capital, others
Decision-making platform Prowler.io raked in US$24 million in a series B round led by RB Capital, Tencent, Mandatum Life, and Pearson. The startup claims the round boosted its valuation to around US$100 million
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yesterday by dancall
DoorDash, now valued at $12.6B, shoots for the moon | TechCrunch
More than five years ago, Sequoia partner Alfred Lin called Tony Xu, the founder of a small on-demand delivery startup called DoorDash, to say he was passing on the company’s seed round.
This was, of course, before venture capital funding in food delivery startups had taken off. DoorDash, launched out of Xu’s Stanford graduate school dorm room, wasn’t worth Sequoia’s capital — yet.
Today, venture capitalists are valuing the San Francisco-based company at a whopping $12.6 billion with a $600 million Series G. New investors Darsana Capital Partners and Sands Capital participated in the deal, which nearly doubles DoorDash’s previous valuation, alongside existing backers Coatue Management, Dragoneer, DST Global, Sequoia Capital, the SoftBank Vision Fund and Temasek Capital Management.
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yesterday by dancall
Playdate on Twitter: "Introducing Playdate, a new handheld gaming system from Panic. It fits in your pocket. It's got a black and white screen. It includes a season of brand-new games from amazing creators. Oh and… there's a crank???? https://t.co/WiIPU
Introducing Playdate, a new handheld gaming system from Panic.
It fits in your pocket. It's got a black and white screen. It includes a season of brand-new games from amazing creators. Oh and… there's a crank???? ªªhttps://play.date/ ºº
new-companies  gaming  hardware 
2 days ago by dancall
How Subscriptions Disrupt Alcohol Distribution | PYMNTS.com
Online marketplaces like Drizly mostly stand outside the system, by aggregating prices across a variety of retail sellers. Wine flash sale sites build relationships with lots of distributors – still within the three-tiered system – but act as a force that exerts downward pressure on wine pricing. Shots Box CEO JC Stock noted in a recent interview with PYMNTS that despite the fact they had originally conceived of their distilled products delivery business as an online-only endeavor, they had to open a single physical store just to get the licensing they needed to sell online.
“We had to buy a retail store to fulfill this dream. It was a learning process, and a very expensive one,” Stock told Karen Webster.
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3 days ago by dancall
Sofar Sounds house concerts raises $25M, but bands get just $100 | TechCrunch
Today, Sofar Sounds announced it’s raised a $25 million round led by Battery Ventures and Union Square Ventures, building on the previous $6 million it’d scored from Octopus Ventures and Virgin Group. The goal is expansion — to become the de facto way emerging artists play outside of traditional venues. The 10-year-old startup was born in London out of frustration with pub-goers talking over the bands. Now it’s throwing 600 shows per month across 430 cities around the world, and more than 40 of the 25,000 artists who’ve played its gigs have gone on to be nominated for or win Grammys. The startup has enriched culture by offering an alternative to late-night, dark and dirty club shows that don’t appeal to hard-working professionals or older listeners.
music  new-companies  events  stats  deals 
3 days ago by dancall
TikTok maker's new app is another shot in the Chinese social media battle
ByteDance, the world’s most valuable startup and the company behind popular apps like TikTok, has released a new app: Feiliao (飞聊). Or, if you translate it into English, Flipchat.

The new app has a clever spin on instant messaging. It encourages users to create interest-based chat groups based on common hobbies, likes and preferences.
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4 days ago by dancall
Can we all please stop using Medium now?
Just so we are clear. Medium takes your content, rolls it up into a pretty SEO friendly package for themselves and sells it. Oh, and turns us all into seals waiting for someone to throw us a fish in the process. If you are lucky, you might even get a cut. You know. Like the sort of cut artists get on Spotify. Profit share I think the cool kids call it.
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4 days ago by dancall
Retail Expo 2019: Top Start-Ups | Stylus
CoGo Enables Ethical Shopping: Newly launched in London, New Zealand app CoGo connects users with local retailers that complement their ethics. Shoppers choose the issues that matter to them (living wage, climate change, etc.) and get recommendations of retailers fulfilling those criteria. Users who link their payment cards to the app receive automatic notifications on which charities the relevant retailer is supporting.
retail  csr  new-companies 
8 days ago by dancall
Schick maker snags Harry's for almost $1.4B | Retail Dive
Edgewell Personal Care Company, which runs shaving brands Schick, Wilkinson Sword, Edge, Personna and Skintimate, is adding startup Harry's to that portfolio, the company announced on Thursday. Edgewell will combine with Harry's in a cash and stock transaction that values Harry's at $1.37 billion, according to an Edgewell press release. About 79% of that will be paid in cash and 21% in Edgewell common stock, and in the end Harry's shareholders will own about 11% of Edgewell.

When the deal closes, Harry's co-Founders and co-CEOs Andy Katz-Mayfield and Jeff Raider will join Edgewell's executive team as co-presidents of U.S. operations, the company said. The combined company, however, will be led by Edgewell executives, including President and CEO Rod Little, Chief Operating Officer Colin Hutchison, who also leads the international division, and CFO Dan Sullivan, among others.
deals  new-companies  fmcg  trends  membership 
8 days ago by dancall
Zenreach Attract Connects Online Ads to In-Store Results | Street Fight
Online metrics, like click-through rates and return-on-ad-spend, can quickly show ecommerce retailers how well their digital advertising campaigns are working. But what happens in the real world? The KPIs used in ecommerce mean almost nothing to brick-and-mortar merchants. In fact, digital approximations can actually cause merchants with physical locations to overspend on certain audience segments, while undervaluing others.

That’s something Zenreach is trying to change.

A pioneer in WiFi marketing, Zenreach is now tackling online-to-offline attribution. The company is looking to help retailers who operate brick-and-mortar locations connect their online advertising to measurable in-store results with the launch of Zenreach Attract. (Check out the company’s white paper here. Zenreach is sponsoring the publication of its research on Street Fight.)
retail  search  o2o  new-companies  measurement  beacons  location 
8 days ago by dancall
Blockchain startup Merkle Science raises $803k in seed round
Merkle Science’s tool analyzes blockchain data for law enforcement agencies and blockchain companies to detect illegal use of cryptocurrencies.
LuneX Ventures, the blockchain-focused arm of venture capital firm Golden Gate Ventures, and government-owned SGInnovate led the funding round.

Cryptocurrency trading firms Digital Currency Group and Kenetic Capital, along with startup accelerator Entrepreneur First, also participated in the round.
blockchain  crime  new-companies 
8 days ago by dancall
GetYourGuide picks up $484M, passes 25M tickets sold through its tourism activity app | TechCrunch
As we swing into the summer tourist season, a company poised to capitalise on that has raised a huge round of funding. GetYourGuide — a Berlin startup that has built a popular marketplace for people to discover and book sightseeing tours, tickets for attractions and other experiences around the world — is today announcing that it has picked up $484 million, a Series E round of funding that will catapult its valuation above the $1 billion mark.

The funding is a milestone for a couple of reasons. GetYourGuide says it is the highest-ever round of funding for a company in the area of “travel experiences” (tours and other activities) — a market estimated to be worth $150 billion this year and rising to $183 billion in 2020. And this Series E is also one of the biggest-ever growth rounds for any European startup, period.
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8 days ago by dancall
The Real Facts about Equity Crowdfunding
A blog about crowdfunding campaigns and what happens to the companies
crowdfunding  fail  new-companies  blogs 
8 days ago by dancall
News UK launches The Fifth, a new influencer marketing agency | News UK
News UK has announced the launch of The Fifth, an independent full-service influencer marketing agency. It will tell authentic brand stories – working with emerging social talent as well as established mainstream voices – by aligning unique verified audience data with storytelling creativity, studio production and trend forecasting.

Founded and headed by Oliver Lewis, formerly News UK’s Director of Digital Strategy and Partnerships, The Fifth will offer: talent identification and management, storytelling strategy, creative production, cross media amplification and events, for brands and talent.
agencies  new-companies  newspapers 
9 days ago by dancall
This Startup Just Raised $1.6 Million to Sell Water in Tallboy Beer Cans | October
Introducing Liquid Death, a startup’s weirdly metal attempt at rebranding water that just scored a whopping $1.6 million in seed funding from Science Inc today. It’s the brainchild of co-founder and CEO Mike Cessario, a copywriter and creative director whose clients include Netflix and DiGiorno, according to his LinkedIn profile. Chemically speaking, this H2O isn’t notably different than any of the other options in the $185 billion water industry. What sets it apart then? Instead of in cute, little Evian-style plastic bottles, it comes in skull-bedecked 12-packs of tallboys that look exactly like bro-targeted craft beer and with a slogan practically ripped from the cult classic Idiocracy.
food  new-companies  fail  funny 
16 days ago by dancall

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