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A startup that lets users “check-in” to any retail location and receive a discount or free gift. The company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding.

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A tool for retail managers to understand and mitigate their staff’s stress levels.

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Aspiring to be like Amazon, this startup wants to be the Amazon of the $3.5 trillion retail industry. They say they’re currently focused on a core product that will eventually be able to make recommendations for products to customers, and have already signed up a number of retailers.

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A startup that is building an AI-powered inventory management system for retailers. The startup is working with retailers like Nike and H&M.

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A company that helps retailers manage product returns and make refunds faster, more efficiently, and cheaper.

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A platform that enables online retailers to offer their customers the option to create their own exclusive in-store experiences.

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A startup that helps big retailers manage a large number of different call center operations. The company says it has been able to save retailers over $100 million a year in labor costs.

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A startup that helps companies with physical retail locations find and hire better employees.

129

A B2B service for helping retailers automate the process of accepting credit cards.

127

A startup where you can buy used tablet computers from big retailers like Best Buy and Staples.

126

A company that provides a platform that connects physical retail locations and other businesses like cashiers, janitors, and other support staff.

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Idea: A virtual reality startup for the e-commerce industry It wants to help online retailers build VR ads and other virtual experiences

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A startup building a software platform for retail that automates product returns, credit, and refunds on all e-commerce sites

117

A bot that can automate the process of selling products on Craigslist, on Craigslist, and on other sites where it can be sold. The product is geared towards online retailers.

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A startup that helps retail stores find out which products their customers like best

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A company based in San Francisco that allows retailers to build private brands for their customers.

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This company helps retailers track where their online sales go and find out what parts of their websites are working well or not.

107

A platform for brands and retailers to sell products from other stores in their network.

102

A startup that aims to bring the transparency of online voting to the world of online retail, where many retailers don’t always do their best to represent their products to their customers.

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The startup is building an API for retailers to offer their customers the ability to pay for their purchases with their smartphone.

99

A startup that wants to help people in Latin America track their expenses and grow their credit score The company’s founders say that after launching in early august, they’re already working with over 3,000 retail accounts

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develops a SaaS platform for retailers to host and serve webinars to customers.

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A company that helps retail stores run their inventory at the right price.

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A startup that helps retailers “find the right kind of people to hire” for their stores. The startup is also building out a talent platform for retailers using job data from LinkedIn to help them find the right people to hire.

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A startup that does "reverse auction" for restaurant, bar, and retail seats. It charges a fee to the seller for the listing, and pays the buyer a percentage of the sale price.

96

A startup that would bring barcodes to the speed of the internet, allowing people to search for an item’s barcode and purchase it from an online retailer

95

A company that helps retailers grow their online sales by selling them on Amazon.com. The startup has $2.5 million in funding.

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Using Amazon’s cloud computing platform to help retailers manage their inventory.

94

A web-based sales software tool for retailers.

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A self-funded, fast-growing accelerator for retail ventures and consumer brands.

93

Builds a retail website for selling products via Instagram. The startup’s founder says that the website is “the world’s first” to use the social platform to sell physical products online.

92

A platform that helps retailers and brands create in-person or online events for their customers. Events include meetups, dinners, and dinners-with-entertainment. The startup has raised $288,000.

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A machine learning company that is working on sophisticated facial recognition software for use in retail.

91

A web-based SaaS that helps businesses sell products with coupon codes, through the company’s own network of retailers. The startup sells coupons via a monthly subscription program, and will offer a “freemium” model to startups and small businesses who want to use the tool without it costing them.

91

Skip is a direct to consumer platform for retailers to create their own branded subscriptions.

91

A company that makes it easier for retailers to offer discounts on products, allowing them to promote sales without advertising.

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Idea: This company is building an AI-powered solution for retailers and suppliers to match inventories, to combat stockouts and to reduce markdowns.

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A tool for selling and managing retail inventory via a mobile app and website.

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Startup that aims to make it easier for retailers to monitor and understand how their products are selling in real time.

89

A platform that aims to help businesses with their growing digital presence in fashion and retail. They currently have 1,000 merchants and $2.5 million in revenue.

89

Delivering a “rewards-coupon” platform for online retailers.

88

Builds software for the retail industry that monitors security cameras in stores, then tags and collects data about those customers, whether they spend money, who they are, and what they’re looking at.

88

A gift card company that helps restaurants and retailers transfer money between countries.

88

Retail startup that works with retailers to get merchandise into the hands of customers on an evening delivery service, making it more likely that customers will buy.

87

A digital loyalty program for retailers that rewards consumers for their loyalty.

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This company wants to help retail and e-commerce businesses in China with logistics and shipping.

86

A startup with a SaaS platform that helps retailers submit orders quickly and easily. The company is based in the UK but wants to grow internationally.

86

ShopStyle is a subscription-based visual merchandising platform that allows retailers to create branded shopping experiences. ShopStyle gives retailers a way to create different streaming layouts, video ads, and product displays that are tailored to each individual customer.

86

Shopify POS software for retailers

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A tool for helping retail brands track their brand’s data, including how their products are selling on social media.

86

A technology that helps retailers track customer activity from the moment a customer opens the door to the moment they leave.

86

This is a platform for businesses that produce food and drink to manage their inventory. The startup aims to make life easier for food producers, food retailers, and restaurants.

84

A platform that helps retailers sell offline. The startup lets retailers sell their products in physical stores, and then also sell it online for buyers. Basically it’s a way for brick and mortar retailers to sell online and to their customers.

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A content creation platform for retailers. The startup wants to give retailers a better workflow for creating and managing content, and to give them tools to manage their content on the site, like promotions, offers, and reviews.

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SaaS shopping cart software for online retailers with a focus on the UK.

83

A platform that makes it easier for online retailers to connect with consumers at physical locations.

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A tool to help retailers sell their products on multiple marketplaces at once

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This app lets users shop at top retailers with their phone camera. The app allows you to scan a barcode and then shop on the same day. The app works with 25 major retailers like Sephora, Amazon, and Bloomingdale's to manage loyalty and reward programs.

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A company that allows owners of small kiosks, restaurants, cafes, and retail stores to sell their wares via a mobile app.

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A web-based tool for online-retailers to manage their supply chain.

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A startup that’s building a tool for retailers to manage their sales, rather than the typical ERP tools that are meant for manufacturers

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A platform that helps retailers, brands and other companies manage their supply chains. It has partnered with Amazon Fashion and Uniqlo.

82

This startup is building a platform that lets retailers customers buy and deliver products in real time.

82

A platform that helps retailers figure out how to attract more customers through social media. It uses a combination of data and algorithms to predict who will sign up for their credit card, and who will visit their physical store.

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A CRM for retailers that uses machine learning to predict consumer behavior and then recommend what products to sell based on their past purchases

81

A startup that helps online retailers manage transactions and inventory transactions on its platform. It handles payments, verification, tax, and refunds for its customers.

81

This startup in the US is building an app that helps people avoid buying things from retailers that then sell it to consumers at a loss, for instance by Amazon or Target.

81

A real-time sales intelligence platform that helps retailers, manufacturers, and distributors manage orders and optimize logistics.

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A startup that helps companies manage their inventory across multiple warehouses and retail locations The company says they have $82,000 in monthly recurring revenue with 60% gross margins

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A mobile payments product that allows shoppers to pay for items on any device that supports NFC. The startup is building a payment platform for apps and retailers, as well as a recharge service.

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A platform that helps retail companies track and manage transactions in their stores and offices.

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A startup that helps retailers figure out their pricing strategy for product SKUs. It takes their data on price points, sales, and margin and works out what to charge with an algorithm.

80

This startup, which wants to make it easy for retailers to use AI to keep shelves stocked with different items for consumers to buy.

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Small but growing business that helps retailers and restaurants get paid faster

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A startup that is launching a new kind of retail store It allows customers to customize the fit of

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A logistics marketplace for e-commerce companies. The startup wants to help buyers and sellers find each other, and has already paired up with a few major retailers.

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A startup that helps brands and retailers reach their customers based on their location.

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A cloud-based B2B platform that makes it easy for fashion retailers to manage their customer relationships with the brands they sell.

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A tool for people to create bespoke retail experiences for their customers. The startup is looking to bring a similar experience to brick and mortar stores as opposed to startups that have to build their own stores.

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Lattice is a startup that uses a combination of data science, big data and machine learning to help retailers build better customer experiences.

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A startup that is building an algorithm that predicts the future of retail.

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An AI that helps power the “emotional intelligence” of retail stores, which are expected to grow in importance.

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A tool that helps shoppers find the best price for a product online, out of whatever retailers are offering at the moment. The startup is based in the U.K.

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An AI platform to help retailers generate more revenue by surfacing data and trends to help them drive in-store sales. The startup has a goal of helping retailers spend less time managing and more time connecting with customers.

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This is a startup that does marketing for small retailers, helping them take their business online.

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A company that wants to help retailers and restaurant chains build their own online storefronts from scratch. The startup helps with building the critical first step of a business, from creating a landing page to getting the store’s inventory all set up.

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A startup that makes it easy for retailers to accept payments from third-party app integrations, with plans to expand internationally.

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A tool for retailers to manage returns, store inventory, and track inventory and sales

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A startup that’s helping companies like Walmart, Staples, Target and other retailers create their own mobile checkout processes on their own sites. The startup charges $30,000 per month for its service.

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This startup helps online retailers capture customer data when someone visits their site. It helps retailers track how visitors move through their site, how they interact with ads, and what pages they visit.

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The goal is to build a B2B marketplace for e-commerce retailers to sell their products to other retailers in bulk.

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A start-up using AI to help retailers maintain their store inventory.

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A startup that builds software for companies that are moving or re-opening their physical retail locations. The company is working with a dozen retailers, with plans to ultimately serve over 200 companies.

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A startup that helps connect farmers with restaurants and retailers, allowing them to order food on a real-time basis.

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A tool for online retailers that allows them to track the performance of their products and their inventory.

76

 A startup building a video app for retailers to help them work with customer-created videos.

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A company that connects retail stores with talented baristas. The startup offers the ability to get coffee from the comfort of one’s own home, and pay with a credit card.

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A financial technology company that helps retail clients with business expenses and operations.

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This startup is building software to allow retailers to offer a new way to pay for goods and to pay their employees. The software removes the need for cashiers, since customers can just request a payment from their phone.

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Startup to connect buyers with retailers in a more efficient way, by allowing them to order products online and have them delivered to their home.

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A product that helps manufacturers manage their supply chains, including knowing how much of their inventory is in stock and which retailers are in the best positions to buy it.

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A startup that wants to help retailers and brands find new customers by taking their email lists and feeding them into an algorithm that matches them with potential customers.

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An online retailer of small business supplies that's trying to take on Amazon. The company is based in Brazil, which is where they say 85% of small businesses are located.

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An aggregator of local content apps for restaurants, retailers, travel, beauty, and more.

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A startup that wants to bring the benefits of a big-box retailer’s store-within-a-store model to small businesses.

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Builds and operates pet stores for online retailers.

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A platform that enables local retailers to accept payments from shoppers using mobile phones.

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A startup that helps retailers process payments, and then sends them to the right bank. The team says they’re seeing a lot of traction with retailers in the US and Asia.

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A platform for sellers of various goods to sell their goods with the right buyer and at the right time. The startup is currently in beta with one of its partners, which has an e-commerce app for a large US based retailer.

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A venture-backed startup that builds customized video games for e-commerce, boutiques and retail.

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A Square-like mobile payment system that focuses on retail, but with a focus on cashless transactions and no fees for the merchants.

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SaaS marketing platform for e-commerce retailers, with tools for product listing, collection, payment processing, shipping, and customer support. The startup wants to make e-commerce more efficient.

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An investment platform for retail investors.

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The startup helps B2B companies sell their wares to retailers in the US. The service works for companies that design, manufacture or market goods for retail.

71

This is an omnichannel platform to help retailers connect with their customers directly, in order to grow sales and better manage inventory.

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This is a platform for connecting brands and retailers. The company is building their own online marketplace for brands to sell merchandise, and brands can also get list of retailers and products they can sell to. They have over 10 brands on their platform.

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A company that provides AI-powered technology for online retailers, including an AI-powered website that can automatically suggest new products and changes to products based on consumer behavior.

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In theory, this company can help retailers build better loyalty programs for their customers. Instead of rewarding customers with discounts and other perks, this startup says it can help retailers build loyalty programs that allow customers to earn rewards and discounts based on how often they visit the store.

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A mobile app to help internet marketplaces (such as Amazon) better track their inventory. The startup wants to build a platform to help marketplaces better manage their retail and shipping operations.

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The startup is working with a range of retailers, from Ikea to J.Crew, to build out an AI-powered recommendation system.

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The company’s goal is to create a “universal” platform for any company in retail to manage their own fulfillment.

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Focuses on the logistics of retail and automates the process of moving inventory around the supply chain. The company has built a platform to allow retailers to upload their inventory, manage their orders, and manage their employees’ time.

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The startup is looking to digitize the process of back-office data entry. Based in San Francisco, the startup is currently focused on the insurance industry, though it's looking to expand into the retail and hospitality markets.

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A software platform for retail companies to “find and engage customers in the moment”, with an emphasis on in-store experiences.

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A software company that is building a technology platform that helps e-commerce retailers and merchants deliver tailored messages to consumers based on their gender and demographic information.

68

A Fintech startup that helps retailers like Macy’s and Neiman Marcus better manage inventory to help them slash their costs and increase sales.

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 Company is building a platform for online retailers to manage inventory.

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A SaaS-based startup that helps retailers and brands connect with influencers and bloggers to create content that drives social media engagement and sales.

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An online shopping platform that can help retailers find customers who are buying similar products.

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A B2C online platform that helps people look up the prices of products and services without having to use a phone or computer. It uses the Apple Wallet API to pull up prices from thousands of retailers and automatically applies a coupon.

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A platform for helping retailers and brands develop and manage their mobile strategies.

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The company is building a platform so that retailers can create personalized in-store experiences based on what people are buying online.

66

A platform for professional book authors who want to sell their books through Amazon. The startup’s founders say they’re working on integrations with other retailers like iTunes and Google Play and are making it easier for authors to sell their books to readers.

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A payment technology company that works with online retailers and e-commerce platforms. The startup uses blockchain technology to enable payments between the retailer and the customer. It has been featured on the “top 10 under-the-radar blockchain startups” from CB Insights.

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A solution for the $4 trillion global oil market where producers don’t have reliable inventories and retailers don’t have a clear picture of demand or low prices. Oil can be stored in underground tanks and is more valuable if it’s in the right place. Oil Tracker aims to connect all the different stakeholders in the oil market.

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A software that helps retailers track and optimize inventory.

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The company operates in a similar fashion to Uber, but instead of driving people around, it takes shoppers to retailers. Shoppers use the app to locate stores and their location, then use the app to walk into shops and purchase items.

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A tool for managing retail inventory, with an API that allows developers to pull inventory data from a range of different sources. The startup says they’ve already integrated with over 250 retailers.

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A loyalty app driven by a points system. Loyalty points can be earned and redeemed at over 3,000 retailers including Target, Best Buy, and Whole Foods. The startup says they are adding new retailers every week.

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This company is building a platform for large retailers to run a giant global inventory system that can be used by partners and independent merchants.

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A platform that allows retailers to sell to consumers across various online marketplaces.

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A SaaS-based service for retailers that helps them manage their shipping.

59

A company that provides an API for businesses to be able to sell custom branded cryptocurrency gift cards to their customers. They say their customers include Whole Foods, Sephora, Target, and other major retailers.

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A machine learning company that helps retail companies identify the types of products that are selling well. It also helps them find trends and opportunities in their data and discover new products.

58

This startup is building a “smart” card that runs on a local RFID (radio frequency identification) chip. The card is intended for use in vending machines and retail stores where sales occur, but the company is also looking to use it in other contexts like credit/debit cards and membership cards.

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A digital platform for retailers to sell products without needing to collect payments.

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A way to communicate with one another during the busy time of the year, around the holidays. The idea is to help brands and retailers better communicate and sell to their customers during the holiday season, and to provide a way to ensure that customers are happy and retailers get their money.

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This startup is building a software platform to help people, from mom-and-pop shops to large retailers, to accept payments from more than one bank at a time.

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An “Ask-a-Vet” app that directs users to the nearest vet, and is backed by PetMed Express, a pet supply retailer.

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A tool for setting up and tracking deliveries in a retail setting.

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A platform that allows retailers to sell their products online without buying wholesale, lowering costs and maximizing margins. They’re building a marketplace that connects retailers directly with manufacturers.

55

A consultancy that helps retailers and brands understand the demand for new products, and help them figure out which products will be hits.

55

A digital tool that helps retailers navigate the price-off-requesting supply chain of their product.

55

A B2B startup that aims to solve the problem of processing and logging of data for companies looking to start up a new retail bank. The company says it’s already working with a few banks on prototypes.

55

A platform that allows brands to design packages for retailers to sell. The company wants to be a one-stop shop for e-commerce fulfillment.

54

A global marketing software platform for merchants. This startup is building a platform for retailers to manage their marketing efforts.

54

A startup that allows brands to send weather reports to retailers for them to better plan their businesses.

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This is streamlining the process of managing employees in-person and remotely by making it much easier to communicate with employees, set up meetings, and review schedules. The company is currently piloting with large retailers, and plans to expand to other verticals in the future.

54

A startup that helps small business owners sell more from their store by allowing them to display sale items from retailers that they don’t normally sell from.

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A software platform that helps connect retailers with ecommerce platform designers and developers.

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A startup that’s building a unique product for the retail industry, an online marketplace for bringing in contractors to remodel your home or help you get around town.

53

An online platform where retail brands can sell their products to their customers

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A startup that helps retailers with reporting, inventory management, and order fulfillment in a way that takes friction out of the process.

53

A platform for online retailers to sell products, primarily on Amazon, Shopify, and AliExpress. The startup wants to provide more of a full platform for e-commerce companies, allowing them to accept payments, manage inventory and payment processing, and integrate with Stripe to get paid.

53

 A tool for package deliveries for a variety of retailers and meal-kit services.

52

An online platform for retailers to manage the customer experience through technology.

52

A marketing automation platform for retail brands. The company is planning to roll out a mobile app in mid-August.

52

A solution that helps large retailers and manufacturers avoid expensive damage and return costs.

52

A startup that helps retailers manage inventory, increasing efficiencies and making more money.

52

Retail-based marketplace for small businesses in the US. The company hopes to make it easier for small businesses to find and buy supplies online.

52

A startup that wants to be the Amazon for home services, making it easier for customers to buy a service without having to rely on a retail retailer. The company has already signed up a number of local hardware stores.

51

A tool for finding the highest-rated local restaurants, bars, or retail locations.

50

Shopping cart software designed for retailers who don’t have a large inventory. It’s targeted at mom-and-pop shops. The startup is in the early stages of building out its business.

49

A startup that aims to integrate payments into customized retail experiences. The startup helps retailers connect with shoppers, and it’s already in a few pilot programs.

49

A startup that’s developing a software platform that lets retailers design and sell customized products, like clothes and accessories, and then sell them via social media marketing.

49

This startup is built to help programmatic marketers manage their tune-up purchases. The startup claims to help retailers with multichannel inventory, real-time fraud detection, and daily auditing.

48

A company that helps retail chains and radio stations travel agency and tour operators to create their own digital storefronts.

48

A startup that builds the tools for any retailer to build a store in the cloud and manage it from a single platform.

48

A startup that builds value-added solutions for the e-commerce industry, helping online retailers optimize customer experience and build better sales.

48

A startup that allows retailers to use existing technology to create a shop-within-a-shop experience.

47

A lot of companies are selling mobile phone cases with custom designs, but Nines offers custom design and production of phone cases, which will be sold in retail stores.

47

A platform that helps retail merchants with third-party logistics and returns.

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This company is building a platform to help merchants in the UK identify which of their customers are most likely to close a sale. It’s a tool for retailers to get better at selling to their customers.

47

A platform for food and retail delivery in India. The startup wants to help the 1,100 billion rupee (US$14.8 billion) food and retail sector in India optimize its supply chain and distribution.

47

A way for retailers to deliver their products directly to consumers without any human interaction. The startup’s goal is to make consumer interaction with products as invisible as possible.

46

A startup that creates a mobile app that can track inventory at retail stores.

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A retail solution that allows customers to order groceries from a variety of retailers and have their goods delivered to their doorsteps within a few hours. In the first year of operations they had 10,000 customers and raised $1 million in seed funding.

46

A company that connects large retailers with local farmers, allowing them to buy produce directly from them and have it delivered to their store locally.

46

A mobile app that allows customers to directly order products online from brands, with the retailer taking a cut of the sale.

46

A company that helps retailers, manufacturers and distributors run promotions that are tailored to the specific needs of their customers, with the goal of increasing the lifetime value of customers.

46

The startup wants to make it easier for investors to invest in early stage companies. It wants to make it easier for angel investors to back startups and give them information about startups they’re interested in. The startup wants to put money into startups in a way that’s similar to how a hedge fund would, but also make it possible for retail investors to put money into startups like they would an IPO.

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A startup that wants to help companies around the world use robots to move goods from warehouses to retail stores.

45

A tool for retailers to sell to other retailers.

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A digital tool to help retailers sell to consumers.

45

A startup that brings the benefits of brick-and-mortar retail to online retailers.

45

This startup is building a system that would allow customers to send a text message to multiple retailers and have the purchase executed seamlessly.

45

A Web-based service that helps retailers find the right people to sell their products to. It’s currently only available to retailers with a large network of stores.

45

A B2B company that aims to help retailers manage all of their account receivables (credit cards, store cards, and payment cards) from a single platform. The company is selling to retailers and merchants in the US and Latin America.

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This startup helps online retailers to improve their sales by managing the process of “crowdsourcing” product reviews.

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A startup that sends flowers to a person's phone. The startup, which launched in May, has partnered with over 50 retailers and plans to expand into more.

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 This startup helps retailers better understand their customers in order to offer better personalization suggestions to them.

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It turns any mobile phone into a live ID, and promises a “one-tap verification” that will be accepted by a growing number of retailers.

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A messaging platform for retailers that allows them to advertise deals or specials to customers with a text message.

43

This startup is building a data visualization platform for retailers to better understand how shoppers browse, use product tags, and make purchases.

43

A travel rewards app that will let you earn points for purchases from major travel retailers.

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A platform that helps automate the day-to-day operations of retail stores, including customer service.

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A SaaS platform that uses machine learning to help retailers understand how customers are shopping online, which products they are buying, and their aggregate shopping patterns.

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A bitcoin exchange for retailers and small businesses that want to accept the cryptocurrency. The startup is currently focusing on the US, with plans to expand internationally.

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A startup that connects retailers to the right supplier by monitoring the daily cost of raw materials, and then helping the retailer to negotiate a better deal.

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A design and data platform for the modern retail market. The startup has raised $11 million to date and has signed up 1,200 customers.

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A startup that partners with local retailers to curate a handful of in-store activities for users to enjoy. These “experiences” are curated by the user’s location and can be anything from a free cup of coffee to a free library book.

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Works with retailers to provide VR-based training for customer service and merchandising

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A platform for building digital signage for retail and hospitality.

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A startup that wants to help retail businesses streamline their shipping operations. It’s working with major retailers like Walmart, Walgreens, and Kohls.

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A platform that allows retailers to track what products are selling, allowing them to import data from other retailers.

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A software company that makes it easy for companies to develop and distribute an app that allows them to manage and track their retail inventory.

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A software company that helps retailers predict when to restock a product’s shelf. The startup’s software helps retailers forecast demand and restock in a way that fits within their current inventory.

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A platform that links manufacturers and the people who buy their products (consumers and businesses). The service helps retailers find the best suppliers and creates a better purchasing experience.

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A credit card payment platform that lets merchants accept credit cards on a physical retail location, without the risk of that location failing to pay the merchant.

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A software company that helps retailers sell their products on Amazon.com. The founders say they are seeing 100% conversion rates on Amazon and “super-high” sales numbers.

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A B2B company that sells a platform that allows retailers to build and manage e-commerce websites.

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A company that focuses on customer engagement for retailers and restaurants. It’s currently in beta for 10,000 users, and the founders say they’re looking to expand to markets outside the US.

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A customer management software for online retailers, allowing them to run customer loyalty programs and reward their customers for purchases.

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A startup that helps bars, restaurants, and retailers engage customers with digital menus and order-ahead functionality. It’s currently running pilots in Chicago and New York.

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A platform that provides an online store for small retailers or artisans, selling products they created themselves. The startup is based in India and is looking to expand to other South Asian countries.

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A digital platform that helps retailers predict demand in local markets for holiday products.

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A Y Combinator alum, this startup wants to help online retail stores sell physical products.

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A startup that uses machine learning to find retail deals, offering discounts on items customers will be buying anyway.

33

The startup is building a point-of-sale app for boutique retailers. It’s surprisingly unique in that it’s the only one I can find that’s a “grocer” app.

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A company that helps retailers in India make money on data they collect on customer behaviors. Currently, they’re using the company’s software to manage their cash desks in stores.

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A cloud-based platform that allows retailers to create a “bundle” of products that are available for the same price as a single product, offering better margins for buyers on multiple products.

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A startup that’s building a platform that helps retailers and manufacturers ship products directly to consumers. The company wants to offer a new model for connecting consumers with businesses that will bring down costs, and potentially lower shipping costs, and increase convenience.

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A product design platform for retailers in the MENA region. The company wants to build a tool that helps offline retailers to design and launch their own online stores.

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A startup offering a platform to help brands and retailers better understand their customers.

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A maker of subscription boxes to help customers discover, purchase, and ship products from retailers across the country. Each month, the service helps subscribers pick each month’s “box” based on their interests, which is hand-curated by the company’s team.

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A software company that helps small businesses run their inventory, from stocking to payment processing. The startup wants to make the process of running a retail store “easier, faster, and cheaper”.

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A startup that aggregates and delivers news and information to users on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The company is also building a “beacon” for iOS users to receive notification of deals at nearby retailers, using a combination of GPS and Wi-Fi to track users’ location and then send notifications for deals on nearby merchants. The startup is also in the process of building a deal site for Android users.

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A bitcoin exchange for small-dollar retail purchases. It’s available in the U.S. and Canada.

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A blockchain startup that aims to bring “fraud” detection to the supply chain, preventing “shady retailers” from selling counterfeit goods.

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A shopping service for large retailers that serves as a “digital concierge”, helping shoppers find everything they’re looking for, and ensures they get it, including delivery and returns.

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Building a real-time payments platform for retail merchants.

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A startup that’s been using AI to help companies make better financial decisions, allowing them to make “retail-like decisions” that are more targeted and make better predictions.

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This is an app for retailers to manage their data about customers so they can personalize their marketing and loyalty programs.

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A startup that helps companies manage retail contracts in a simple, easy-to-use interface. The startup says it’s already working with over 300 clients.

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A way to earn loyalty points for things like retail shopping, with top-up functionality to spend them at any store.

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This startup is building a platform that lets retailers sell their old stock at a discount and get a new customer through the process.

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A content marketing service for fashion brands; it helps designers and retailers create custom content to promote their brands and products.

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A startup that helps merchants manage the process of returning items. This startup is run by CFOs for major retailers.

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A company that makes an AI-powered solution for retail workers to help them keep track of inventory and sales.

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A payroll company for Amazon and other online retail businesses. It’s a SaaS service that helps Amazon sellers manage their workers and payments.

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A retailer delivering only the top-of-the-line products from the brands they sell

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Everyone is doing it: Amazon, eBay, Walmart, then you have Home Depot and Lowe’s. But Meijer, a Midwest-based retailer that operates grocery stores and a number of other retail chains. Meijer is looking to use the e-commerce trend to stay ahead of its rivals and has begun selling products that haven’t been available in stores in the past, like wine and cheese.

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An ecommerce-focused startup selling T-shirts and other clothing. The app is powered by a backend API that makes it possible for retailers to integrate their offline commerce into their online platforms.

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A credit card processing tool for people in developing countries. The credit card can be used to buy goods online from retailers all over the world.

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Built for small-to-medium sized retailers, a shopping list app that can be synced to a phone and can also sync with a website.

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A startup that builds a point-of-sale system for all sorts of retailers, including restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. The startup aims to make the process of opening a business as simple as a phone call.

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A tool to help online retailers keep track of orders and inventory

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A way for retailers to log and track inventory in a way that makes it easier for them to see at a glance how much they have left of a product.

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A cloud-based accounting software that helps companies simplify their accounting, with a focus on helping retailers and other small businesses that don’t have a full-time accounting department.

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A startup that helps retailers manage the “last-mile” of their business, selling anything from everyday items to large appliances.

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A $7 credit card that lets you avoid fees for cash withdrawals at ATMs. The startup also partners with retailers like Chipotle to allow you to use the card for online orders.

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A startup with a focus on the beauty and grooming industry, aimed at consumers and retailers.

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A startup that wants to help retailers target customers in real time with the help of their social profiles

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A startup that’s building a platform to help retailers better understand their customers. The idea is that retailers can use the platform to track customer behavior, and then use that information to better understand what’s going on inside stores and why customers are making the decisions they do.

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A way to make a variety of products from a variety of sources, from a variety of retailers, and have them delivered to a customer's home.

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A startup that wants to provide a platform for retailers to sell their products on their own websites and market them via their own social media channels.

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An offering that gives e-commerce businesses a way to track orders, which is particularly useful for online retailers in China and India.

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A digital marketing platform for retailers, combining traditional offline marketing with digital tools.

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A universal barcode reader for all industries, including retail, healthcare, and manufacturing. The startup wants to develop a barcode reader that can read the same barcode across all industries.

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A platform that lets users manage their e-commerce stores from within Shopify. It allows users to add products, create and manage inventory, and commission a team of retail employees to help manage the store.

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A startup that provides a point of sale (POS) system for retailers, allowing them to manage inventory and run their store without a lot of the overhead of a traditional store.

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A supply chain management startup that helps retailers manage inventory.

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A tool that lets you buy “shop” at potteries and other retailers. The startup is working with individual retailers to integrate the app into their e-commerce experience.

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The California-based company, which previously had raised $16 million, is selling custom-designed power banks, which are basically portable chargers for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices. The company is selling them through its website but is also looking to partner with retailers to sell them in their brick-and-mortar stores.

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A startup that uses AI to help retailers understand how their customer demographics are changing. The company says it can help retailers identify who their new customers are, and how they’re growing.

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A white-label content marketing platform for brands and retailers.

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One of the most common complaints about shopping carts is that it’s hard to compare prices. 3D Cart hopes to help with that by showing the prices from the retailer’s site directly on the cart page.

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A startup that wants to help retailers work more efficiently and make it easier for customers to browse products online.

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A software company that helps retailers manage their inventory and stock levels. The idea is to create a centralized warehouse management system for retailers.

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“Echo” is a new retail platform that allows customers to buy goods from a selection of over 1,000 brands, with a selection of goods from 70,000 product designers. In addition to a platform for customers to search for things to buy, Echo also offers a sales channel for retailers.

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A suite of AI tools for retail, based on machine learning and natural language processing. The startup has built a platform to help brands manage messages and marketing automation for their marketing channels.

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A tool that lets retailers build out-of-home experiences.

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A company that helps retailers and brands track and optimize their product and marketing spend.

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This startup lets retailers build a custom app for their business. The idea is to let retailers build a store-specific app that gives them the tools to keep track of inventory, take reservations, and handle loyalty programs. It’s like a storefront made for the store.

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A subscription-based service that makes it easier for retailers to manage their shipping and returns.

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Patagonia has been in the YC program since 2010. The company sells backpacks and other outdoor gear through retail and wholesale channels in the US and internationally.

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This startup aims to create a “single-page checkout” experience for retailers to improve the checkout process.

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An online clothing warehouse delivering to local boutiques and independent stores in the U.S. A recent move into the UK has brought in $100,000 in sales in their first month, while they say they’ve already received interest from other retailers.

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A platform for independent retailers and restaurants to sell and deliver items directly to customers

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A data scientist-powered machine learning platform for the retail industry, enabling retailers to serve customers with personalized, real-time recommendations for their shopping trips.

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A multi-service platform that helps retailers grow sales and loyalty through loyalty card programs.

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A platform to help retailers buy, maintain and repair their products.

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This company helps consumers compare credit cards, and also helps retailers understand the costs of credit cards on their in-store cards. The company charges an annual fee, but it’s so far been able to build a strong network of merchants and credit card issuers.

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The startup is building an AI-driven customer service product for online retailers.

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A platform that helps retailers to manage their in-store inventory. It’s a mobile app that allows the retailer to upload an image of the item, pop it in the system, and then have the system order the item for them.

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A company that builds technology that helps brands and retailers verify that the products they sell are genuine. The startup helps consumers protect themselves from online scams and helps brands and retailers protect themselves from fraudulent sellers.

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A payment system for retailers that allows them to safely accept payments via mobile carriers.

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A company that wants to provide tools and services aimed at helping retailers and their clients scale and grow.

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A customer service API for multichannel retailers.

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A tool for helping retail employees get the most out of their time at work.

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A B2B software company that helps hardware manufacturers and distributors sell to retail stores. The company’s founders say that in the past year it’s already signed and closed on 125 deals and has more in the pipeline.

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A startup that helps people find products they want to buy from a specific retailer that they’re already a customer of, then buys it for them.

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A company that builds artificial intelligence tools for retailers to help them better personalize the user experience.

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A supply chain startup that helps retailers buy in bulk and sell to consumers at a lower price

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3D scanning of objects, with a database for maintaining 3D models. With the help of the database, the company wants to build applications for things like digital signage, construction, art, and even retail.

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A new way to do direct-to-consumer retail, using a modern e-commerce system to create a virtual store on a company’s website.

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An email service for businesses, including one for small retailers and one for large retailers.

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A startup for vendors looking to sell merchandise to retailers via the web. The company is looking to build a community of over 8 million vendors.

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Founded by a former product manager at Google, OnSwipe is building a platform that helps major brands and retailers drive sales. OnSwipe is working with a number of major brands, including Neiman Marcus, Neiman Marcus, and Target, as well as a number of retailers, including Build-A-Bear, Lowe’s, and Home Depot.

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Idea: A payment processing startup that offers a “one stop shop” for merchants to accept payments. They’re currently working with a few large online retailers and are looking to go international.

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A company that provides software to help retailers and manufacturers save energy and money, especially in the new era of low-carbon regulations.

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A web app to help users find low-cost or free items to buy at retail outlets. The company says it has over 100,000 users and 2,500 stores.

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Idea: Event-centric marketplace connecting online retailers with high-volume consumers

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Idea: A software company that enables companies to sell their products through women’s clothing retailers

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Idea: A software platform that helps retailers serve their customers better, with many of the features of a CRM but specifically for retailer use

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A tool that helps retail staff manage inventory on the sales floor

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Idea: A customer engagement platform for retail banks. The startup helps banks build online communities that allow customers to chat about products and services from within the bank’s website.

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Idea: A payment processing company for online retailers, helping them avoid fraud and chargeback fees.

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Idea: This startup simplifies the process of creating certificates of deposit for retail customers by creating a very simple web-based platform. The service is currently free, and the founders say they’re working on pricing.

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Idea: A startup that makes a lightweight, mobile-friendly way to trade options for retail investors, promising a user experience similar to Robinhood.

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Idea: A software service that helps retailers manage their in-store vendors. The company wants to help merchants get the most out of their in-store vendors.

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Idea: A startup that helps retail businesses create personalized images and videos for their products. The company’s CEO says that the startup’s technology has already been used to create over 3,000 videos, and the startup has generated $50,000 in revenue so far.

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Idea: A German-based startup that offers a browser-based solution for online retailers to run a full-fledged e-commerce business.

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A software company that is building a tool for retailers and e-commerce companies to manage their inventory.

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A startup that helps brick-and-mortar retail businesses grow online The company used a SaaS model for their marketing platform, which helps companies attract and convert online customers

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