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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.

160

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

140

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

136

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

132

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.

119

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

118

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

115

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

113

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

111

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

108

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

108

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

105

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.

105

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

100

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

99

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.

95

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

91

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

90

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.

89

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

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

87

A web-based sales software tool for retailers.

86

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.

86

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

84

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

83

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.

83

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

83

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

83

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.

83

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

83

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

83

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

82

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.

81

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

80

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

80

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.

80

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

80

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

79

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.

79

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

79

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

78

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

78

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

78

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.

78

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

77

Shopify POS software for retailers

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

76

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.

76

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

75

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

75

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.

75

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.

75

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

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

75

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.

75

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.

75

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

74

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.

74

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.

74

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

74

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

74

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

74

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.

73

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

73

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.

73

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

73

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

72

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

72

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.

72

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

72

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

71

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

71

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.

71

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.

71

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.

70

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.

70

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

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

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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.

70

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.

70

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

70

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.

69

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.

69

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

69

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

69

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

69

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

69

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

69

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

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

68

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.

68

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

67

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.

67

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.

67

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.

67

An investment platform for retail investors.

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 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.

67

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

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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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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.

66

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

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

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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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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 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 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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Builds and operates pet stores for online retailers.

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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.

63

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

62

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

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

61

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.

61

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.

60

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.

60

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.

60

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

59

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.

59

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.

59

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

59

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.

58

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

58

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

58

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.

57

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

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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.

56

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

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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 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.

53

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

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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.

53

A software that helps retailers track and optimize inventory.

53

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

53

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.

52

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

52

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.

52

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.

51

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

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

49

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.

48

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

48

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

48

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.

47

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

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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.

45

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

45

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

44

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

44

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.

44

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

44

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

44

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.

44

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

43

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.

42

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.

42

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.

42

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.

41

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.

41

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

41

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

41

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

40

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.

40

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.

40

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

40

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

40

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

39

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.

39

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

39

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.

39

A tool for retailers to sell to other retailers.

39

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.

39

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.

39

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.

38

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.

38

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.

38

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.

38

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

37

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.

37

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

37

A digital tool to help retailers sell to consumers.

36

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.

36

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

36

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.

36

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.

35

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.

35

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

35

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

35

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

34

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

34

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

33

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

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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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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.

33

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

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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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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.

32

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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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 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.

29

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.

29

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

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

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

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

27

A platform for building digital signage for retail and hospitality.

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

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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.

26

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.

24

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 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 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.

23

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

23

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.

22

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

22

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

21

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”.

21

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.

20

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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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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 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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