The retail technology week in numbers
1 billion…Walmart says that it is on track to reduce one billion metric tonnes of emissions from global supply chains by 2030.
11…After deploying Narvar’s Ship & Track solution in North America, ASICS is now rolling it out to 11 European markets. It is also implementing the company’s Return offering.
£13.82 million…E-commerce search and merchandising technology provider, Attraqt, is to acquire omnichannel personalisation platform, Early Birds, for £13.82 million.
Seven in ten UK holidaymakers believe travel firms like Thomas Cook provide a good experience for their customers, and 68% say the experience of booking their last trip was a positive one, according to Feefo research involving 500 consumers.
34% of UK consumers feel retailers don’t care about them after they’ve made a payment, according to research by Valitor.
22 billion…The number of successful retail chatbot interactions will reach 22 billion by 2023, up from an estimated 2.6 billion in 2019, according to Juniper Research.
3…Hideout Festival, set to take place in Croatia this summer, is offering Klarna’s Pay in 3 solution through ticketing platform, Kaboodle.
12…Amazon Go has opened its 12th branch. Located on Vesey Street in New York, the store is the city's first branch of Amazon Go, which made its debut in the e-commerce giant’s home town of Seattle.
8,400%…Footasylum has expanded its partnership with Peak to introduce AI and machine learning algorithms into a recent social media advertising campaign. The retailer claims that this has led to an 8,400% return on ad spend, compared with an industry average of 287%.
$1 billion…Facebook is recruiting a number of companies to help launch and fund a fiat-backed cryptocurrency.
A report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), citing people familiar with the plans, claims that the social media giant is talking to the likes of Visa, Mastercard and First Data Corp as part of a project dubbed 'Project Libra'. These companies are being asked to pitch into an investment fund, valued at around $1 billion.
$50 million…Salesforce has inked a definitive agreement to acquire conversational AI startup Bonobo. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but media reports put it at $50 million.
28%…PepsiCo has worked with Mindshare on a blockchain trial, dubbed Project Proton, that brought about a 28% boost in supply chain efficiency.
$230 million….London-based payments venture Checkout.com has raised $230 million from investors including Insight Partners and DST Global, in what is Europe’s largest ever FinTech Series A round.