Next Global Tech 50: Retail

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Five participants – traditional retailers, online e-commerce platforms, Internet giants, traditional technology enterprises and emerging retail tech companies– are considered as the major players in the retail tech sector. Despite the giant retailers or the traditional tech enterprises, we found substantial vitality in the young retail tech companies which have made their appearance in recent years and demonstrated strong application popularity. EqualOcean has screened 50 companies which established within recent 10 years to represent the trailblazers in retail technology for the past one year from five major verticals: AI, AR/VR, blockchain, robotics and IoT.

Number of Laureates: 50
Company Country Category Founded year Founders Description
Aibee
China
AI
2017
Silvio Savarese, Yuanqing Lin
At Aibee, they are working to perfect AI technologies for each industry by building total AI solutions that allow closing the loop among data, algorithms, technologies, and product/service. Aibee applies the most advanced and innovative AI technologies (computer vision, speech recognition, natural language understanding, big data analytics, robotics, etc.) to transform efficiency, productivity and business value of their target vertical industries by gaining deep understanding of pain points, needs and objectives of their clients as well as by creating new business opportunities.
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At Aibee, they are working to perfect AI technologies for each industry by building total AI solutions that allow closing the loop among data, algorithms, technologies, and product/service. Aibee applies the most advanced and innovative AI technologies (computer vision, speech recognition, natural language understanding, big data analytics, robotics, etc.) to transform efficiency, productivity and business value of their target vertical industries by gaining deep understanding of pain points, needs and objectives of their clients as well as by creating new business opportunities.
ATTAbotics
Canada
Robotics
2015
Jacques LaPointe, Rob Cowley, Scott Gravelle, Tony Woolf
ATTAbotics provides a robotic warehousing and fulfillment system that has the potential to redefine the market. ATTAbotics has taken a different perspective on the technology. Instead of developing technology to speed the human workload, ATTAbotics is a robotic-centric storage and retrieval system. A goods to person system that can be deployed in a smaller space, for a smaller entry level cost, providing industry leading throughput and an opportunity to redefine the warehouse space from large, hub and spoke systems, to small, agile, nodal delivery stations. The ATTAbotics system provides significant benefits to almost any industry that requires a storage and retrieval system, however, consumer demand and expectations for timeliness and service excellence from the e-commerce, m-commerce and omni-channel retail spaces is driving a requirement for new technologies within the traditional warehousing market and ATTAbotics has emerged to address these challenges.
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ATTAbotics provides a robotic warehousing and fulfillment system that has the potential to redefine the market. ATTAbotics has taken a different perspective on the technology. Instead of developing technology to speed the human workload, ATTAbotics is a robotic-centric storage and retrieval system. A goods to person system that can be deployed in a smaller space, for a smaller entry level cost, providing industry leading throughput and an opportunity to redefine the warehouse space from large, hub and spoke systems, to small, agile, nodal delivery stations. The ATTAbotics system provides significant benefits to almost any industry that requires a storage and retrieval system, however, consumer demand and expectations for timeliness and service excellence from the e-commerce, m-commerce and omni-channel retail spaces is driving a requirement for new technologies within the traditional warehousing market and ATTAbotics has emerged to address these challenges.
Augury
US
IoT
2011
Gal Shaul, Saar Yoskovitz
Augury is an Industrial IoT company that brings predictive maintenance to new markets with cutting-edge machine learning and AI technology.
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Augury is an Industrial IoT company that brings predictive maintenance to new markets with cutting-edge machine learning and AI technology.
b8ta
US
Solution & analysis
2015
Nicholas Mann, Phillip Raub, Vibhu Norby, William Mintun
B8ta is a software-powered retailer designed to make physical retail accessible for all.
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B8ta is a software-powered retailer designed to make physical retail accessible for all.
CB4
US
AI
2010
Gonen Singer, Irad Ben-Gal
CB4 provides a patented software solution for brick and mortar retail companies.
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CB4 provides a patented software solution for brick and mortar retail companies.
Celect
US
AI
2013
Devavrat Shah, Srikanth Jagabathula, Vivek Farias
Celect helps retailers optimize their overall inventory portfolios in stores and across the supply chain.
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Celect helps retailers optimize their overall inventory portfolios in stores and across the supply chain.
ChannelSight
Ireland
Solution & analysis
2013
John Beckett, Kieran Dundon
ChannelSight B2B SaaS eCommerce platform enables brands, publishers and broadcasters to generate new revenue streams from digital content
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ChannelSight B2B SaaS eCommerce platform enables brands, publishers and broadcasters to generate new revenue streams from digital content
Cloudleaf
US
IoT
2014
Raj Kulkarni
Cloudleaf offers digital supply chain solutions.
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Cloudleaf offers digital supply chain solutions.
Cuebiq
US
AI
2015
Antonio Tomarchio, Filippo Privitera, Walter Ferrara, William Nespoli
Location intelligence and measurement company.
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Location intelligence and measurement company.
Dorae
US
Blockchain
2014
Aba Schubert, Ricardo Santos Silva
Dorae is the physical commodities cloud.
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Dorae is the physical commodities cloud.
Engage3
US
IoT
2008
Ken Ouimet, Tim Ouimet
Engage3 helps retailers and brands enhance their pricing performance through data science and analytics.
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Engage3 helps retailers and brands enhance their pricing performance through data science and analytics.
ErisX
US
Blockchain
2018
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ErisX specializes in digital asset space that offers both spot and futures contracts on one platform.
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ErisX specializes in digital asset space that offers both spot and futures contracts on one platform.
Estimote
US
IoT
2012
Lukasz Kostka, Steve Cheney
Estimote is a technology start-up, building a sensor-based context and micro-location platform for mobile developers.
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Estimote is a technology start-up, building a sensor-based context and micro-location platform for mobile developers.
Fabric
Israel
Robotics
2015
Elram Goren, Eyal Goren, Ori Avraham, Shay Cohen
Fabric is a company that builds a supply-chain allowing retailers to offer sustainable delivery service to their online customers.
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Fabric is a company that builds a supply-chain allowing retailers to offer sustainable delivery service to their online customers.
Fetch Robotics
US
Robotics
2014
Melonee Wise
Fetch Robotics provides the market’s only cloud-driven Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) solution for warehousing intralogistics environments.
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Fetch Robotics provides the market’s only cloud-driven Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) solution for warehousing intralogistics environments.
FREEMUD
China
Solution & analysis
2016
Yan han
Freemud is a smart retail support system and solutions provider.
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Freemud is a smart retail support system and solutions provider.
xianlife
China
Solution & analysis
2014
Xin Xiao
Fresh Your Life offers high-quality imported snacks and lifestyle products through e-commerce.
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Fresh Your Life offers high-quality imported snacks and lifestyle products through e-commerce.
Geek+
China
Robotics
2015
Yong Zheng
Geek+ is a logistics and warehousing robotics developer.
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Geek+ is a logistics and warehousing robotics developer.
Golden Technology
China
Blockchain
2017
Gao Yang
Golden Technology is a big data service company offering electronic invoice solutions using blockchain technology.
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Golden Technology is a big data service company offering electronic invoice solutions using blockchain technology.
HiAR
China
AR/VR
2012
Tang Rongxing
HiAR is a company focused on AR core technology and product development, with independent research and development of computer vision, deep learning, intelligent interaction and other artificial intelligence core technology, deep integration of hardware and software products, building platform-level industry solutions. Committed to being the most natural person-machine interaction services, mining the deepest data value of artificial intelligence companies. The HiAR SDK, a leading technology-leading augmented reality development platform, and HiAR Glasses, the country first augmented reality-based smart glasses based on visual interaction, have been introduced.
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HiAR is a company focused on AR core technology and product development, with independent research and development of computer vision, deep learning, intelligent interaction and other artificial intelligence core technology, deep integration of hardware and software products, building platform-level industry solutions. Committed to being the most natural person-machine interaction services, mining the deepest data value of artificial intelligence companies. The HiAR SDK, a leading technology-leading augmented reality development platform, and HiAR Glasses, the country first augmented reality-based smart glasses based on visual interaction, have been introduced.
 Huzan Technology
China
Solution & analysis
2017
Junlong Liao, Wei Shao
Huzan Social Retail is a social retail solution service provider that helps retailers and social traffic users build private domain traffic.
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Huzan Social Retail is a social retail solution service provider that helps retailers and social traffic users build private domain traffic.
LISNR
US
IoT
2012
Chris Ostoich, Chris Ridenour, Josh Glick, Nikki Ridenour, Rodney Williams
LISNR enables secure and seamless data transmission using the most advanced ultrasonic data technology.
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LISNR enables secure and seamless data transmission using the most advanced ultrasonic data technology.
Locus Robotics
US
Robotics
2014
Bruce E. Welty
Locus Robotics is a warehouse robotics company that manufactures autonomous, mobile robots to support e-commerce.
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Locus Robotics is a warehouse robotics company that manufactures autonomous, mobile robots to support e-commerce.
Neura
US
AI
2013
Gil Mahler, Gilad Meiri, Ori Shaashua, Triinu Magi
Neura helps leading mobile brands drive higher customer engagement & retention with AI-powered, real-world insights.
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Neura helps leading mobile brands drive higher customer engagement & retention with AI-powered, real-world insights.
NewStore
US
Solution & analysis
2015
Stephan Schambach
NewStore operates a platform for retailers to run their stores on iPhone.
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NewStore operates a platform for retailers to run their stores on iPhone.
Pindrop
US
AI
2011
Dr. Mustaque Ahamad, Paul Judge, Vijay Balasubramaniyan
Pindrop is a pioneer in voice security and authentication.
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Pindrop is a pioneer in voice security and authentication.
Promobot
Russian Federation
Robotics
2015
Alexey Yuzhakov, Igor Eremeev, Maksim Chugunov, Maxim Utev, Oleg Kivokurсev
Promobot company is a manufacturer of autonomous service robots for business.
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Promobot company is a manufacturer of autonomous service robots for business.
Qinlin Technology
China
IoT
2015
Guan ke
Qinlin Technology is a comprehensive Internet technology company.
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Qinlin Technology is a comprehensive Internet technology company.
RightHand Robotics
US
Robotics
2014
Yaro Tenzer
RHR is a leader in providing end-to-end solutions that reduce the cost of e-commerce order-fulfillment of electronics, apparel, grocery.
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RHR is a leader in providing end-to-end solutions that reduce the cost of e-commerce order-fulfillment of electronics, apparel, grocery.
Rubikloud
Canada
AI
2013
Dan Theirl, Frank Thomas, Kerry Liu
Rubikloud uses AI to deliver intelligent decision automation to enterprise retailers through its cloud-native platform.
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Rubikloud uses AI to deliver intelligent decision automation to enterprise retailers through its cloud-native platform.
SandStar
China
AI
2017
Yili Wu
SandStar develops checkout-free convenience store technologies.
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SandStar develops checkout-free convenience store technologies.
Scandit
Switzerland
AR/VR
2009
Christian Floerkemeier, Christof Roduner, Samuel Mueller
Scandit develops software for barcode scanning, text and objects recognition, and delivering real-time insights through augmented reality.
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Scandit develops software for barcode scanning, text and objects recognition, and delivering real-time insights through augmented reality.
Seebo
Israel
IoT
2012
Lior Akavia, Liran Akavia
Seebo empowers manufacturers with process-based Industrial AI solutions for predicting and preventing manufacturing disruptions.
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Seebo empowers manufacturers with process-based Industrial AI solutions for predicting and preventing manufacturing disruptions.
Simbe Robotics
US
Robotics
2014
Bradley Bogolea, Jeff Gee, Mirza Shah
Simbe Robotics builds automation solutions for shelf auditing and analytics.
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Simbe Robotics builds automation solutions for shelf auditing and analytics.
Skupos
US
Solution & analysis
2016
Jake Bolling, Linh Nguyen, Michael Glassman
Skupos leverages technology to convert manual processes into data-driven workflows.
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Skupos leverages technology to convert manual processes into data-driven workflows.
Starship Technologies
US
Robotics
2014
Ahti Heinla, Janus Friis
Starship Technologies is a robotics company building a network of autonomous delivery robots ready to serve you.
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Starship Technologies is a robotics company building a network of autonomous delivery robots ready to serve you.
SUNMI
China
IoT
2013
Lin Jack
Sunmi Technology is an innovation-based enterprise providing high performance, commercial hardware solutions.
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Sunmi Technology is an innovation-based enterprise providing high performance, commercial hardware solutions.
TalkingData
China
Solution & analysis
2011
Leo Cui
TalkingData is China’s largest independent Big Data service platform with focus on the mobile Internet.
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TalkingData is China’s largest independent Big Data service platform with focus on the mobile Internet.
TechSee
Israel
AR/VR
2015
Amir Yoffe, Eitan Cohen, Gabby Sarussi
TechSee builds smart visual platforms that enable service providers to interact with the customer via a live virtual channel.
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TechSee builds smart visual platforms that enable service providers to interact with the customer via a live virtual channel.
Trax
Singapore
AI
2010
Dror Feldheim, Joel Bar-El
Trax provides computer vision solutions for retail.
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Trax provides computer vision solutions for retail.
Excelland AI
China
Robotics
2013
Lu ying
Excelland AI is a commercial service robot research and development, mainly to provide customers with embedded solutions, and launched the first service robot "Yu Xiaomei", based on the unmanned technology framework, using lidar navigation, can independently plan the path, autonomous barrier avoidance, flexible completion of intelligent belt, transportation, elevator and other tasks.
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Excelland AI is a commercial service robot research and development, mainly to provide customers with embedded solutions, and launched the first service robot "Yu Xiaomei", based on the unmanned technology framework, using lidar navigation, can independently plan the path, autonomous barrier avoidance, flexible completion of intelligent belt, transportation, elevator and other tasks.
ulucu
China
Solution & analysis
2009
Xiuping Shen
Ulucu Electronic Technology is a cloud-based video monitoring and network monitoring operatorproviding services to various industries.
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Ulucu Electronic Technology is a cloud-based video monitoring and network monitoring operatorproviding services to various industries.
Wangdiantong
China
Solution & analysis
2011
Xiaobin
Wangdiantong is an E-commerce ERP management system.
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Wangdiantong is an E-commerce ERP management system.
WiWide
China
IoT
2007
Cheng Zhang
WiWide is a provider of Wi-Fi network architecture and media services along with precise marketing services.
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WiWide is a provider of Wi-Fi network architecture and media services along with precise marketing services.
Wynd
France
AI
2013
Arthur Perticoz, Ismael Ould
Wynd develops the first unified commerce platform empowering retailers to od their omnichannel transformation to address new consumer needs.
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Wynd develops the first unified commerce platform empowering retailers to od their omnichannel transformation to address new consumer needs.
Xiaoduo
China
Robotics
2014
Jiang Ling
Xiaoduo is an intelligent customer service robot developer.
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Xiaoduo is an intelligent customer service robot developer.
YOOBIC
UK
Solution & analysis
2014
Fabrice Haiat, Gilles Haiat, Thierry Haiat
YOOBIC is a smartphone application that can be used to track merchandising and marketing operations in a retail store.
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YOOBIC is a smartphone application that can be used to track merchandising and marketing operations in a retail store.
YUNJI TECHNOLOGY
China
Robotics
2014
Hu Quan, Zhi Tao
Yunji Technology is a Chinese robot company that builds a commercial service robot capable of delivering goods.
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Yunji Technology is a Chinese robot company that builds a commercial service robot capable of delivering goods.
Zaius
US
Solution & analysis
2012
Spencer Pingry
CRM for B2C marketers.
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CRM for B2C marketers.
Zeekit
Israel
AR/VR
2013
Alon Kristal, Yael Vizel
Use Zeekit to try new looks using your own photo.
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Use Zeekit to try new looks using your own photo.