The retail technology week in numbers
$180 million…Walmart International has opened its first distribution centre with omnichannel management systems in Chile. The El Peñón facility in the municipality of San Bernardo entailed a total investment of $180 million.
$46 million…Akeneo, a US-based SaaS venture that provides product information management solutions for omnichannel retailers and brands, has raised $46 million in a funding round led by Summit Partners.
Euro 100,000…Domino’s Pizza has launched a Euro 100,000 Bitcoin prize competition in France, to mark its 30th anniversary.
$10 million...Smart grocery cart startup Caper has closed a $10 million Series A led by Lux Capital. The round also saw participation from First Round Capital, Y Combinator, Hardware Club, FundersClub, Sidekick Fund and Red Apple Group.
3,000…Stores still play an important role for luxury shoppers, although an increasing number are now using mobiles, according to a study of 3,000 people in UK, France and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
$450 million…Shopify, the e-commerce platform provider that has emerged as the anti-Amazon, has announced the $450 million acquisition of warehouse automation and management technology developer, 6 River Systems.
$21.5 million…Syte, an Israeli artificial intelligence tech startup that powers visual search for the likes of M&S and boohoo, has raised $21.5 million in a Series B round led by Viola Ventures.
80%…Quality and transparent sourcing drives Millennial food shopping, and they are willing to pay more for it, according to research by YouGov on behalf of Whole Foods Market.
1,006 Americans between the ages of 22 and 37 were surveyed. 80% valued quality when it came to food shopping, and nearly 70% were willing to spend more money on this.
2,500…UK Millennials are far less comfortable with debt than older generations and strongly prefer to pay via debit cards for almost every type of product, according to research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Clearpay and involving 2,500+ people.
1.3%…UK retail footfall continued its downwards trajectory last month, dropping by 1.3%, with high streets and shopping centres most affected, according to research from the BRC and Springboard.
$2 billion…Alibaba has stumped up $2 billion for Chinese cross-border shopping platform Kaola.
£2.99…AmazonFresh is introducing a new delivery option which means Prime members (in eligible areas) can pay £2.99 per delivery, when adhering to the minimum order value of £40.