With a focus on emerging technologies and innovative startups, the 2020 Retail Innovation Conference is featuring three Startup Innovation Lab sessions that will introduce attendees to a total of 20 tech innovators.
Startup Innovation Lab #1: 10-11 am ET, Oct. 13
Moderated by Orlando Ribas Fernandes of XnFinity-XNFY Lab, the first group of startups presenting include:
Omnichannel Fulfillment: onfleet – a last-mile delivery platform;
Touchless Retail: SuperSmart – a validation and loss-prevention system for Scan & Go;
Digital Commerce: Pointr – A deep location company combining indoor location intelligence with machine learning;
Business Agility: Uncrowd – SaaS platform generates live-tracking Friction/Reward Indexes;
Experiential Initiatives: Gravity AI — a MLaaS (Machine Learning as a Service) platform; and
E-Commerce Optimization: Taste — making artificial intelligence fun and consumer-friendly, and offering a personalized shopping experience.
Startup Innovation Lab #2, 10-11 am ET, Oct. 14
Ken Fenyo of Coresight Research will moderate tomorrow morning’s lab, with startups presenting that include:
Touchless Retail: Simbe Robotics — Simbe’s first product, Tally, is a fully autonomous shelf auditing and analytics solution;
Business Agility: Banyan — a powerful and transparent interchange platform between banks and merchants for SKU data;
Digital Commerce: Anagog — an AI-powered, smartphone-based contextual marketing solution that enables companies to collect valuable consumer behavior data from their daily interactions to deliver personalized and localized experiences;
Experiential Initiatives: 3DLook — A SaaS solution that provides mobile body scanning technology using computer vision, 3D geometry and neural networks to enable accurate human body measurement from photos taken on a mobile device;
E-Commerce Optimization: Newmine — an AI-powered returns reduction platform that helps retailers manage and reduce returns by collecting internal and external data, incorporating data science for analysis, alerting the relevant teams to root causes in near-real-time, managing resolutions and measuring success; and
Omnichannel Fulfillment: Position Imaging — which enables logistic efficiency with new and advanced tracking technologies used to provide visibility throughout the logistics chain.
Startup Innovation Lab #3, 4-4:30 pm ET, Oct. 14
The final Startup Innovation Lab will be presented by Karonda Cook, Sally Beauty Cultivate Program Manager and former Director of Merchandising; and Monica Proctor, Co-Founder and CEO of Curlanistas (winner of the inaugural Cultivate program).
In this presentation, attendees will learn about:
- How the Cultivate program helps Sally Beauty Holding’s diversity initiatives, including the pledge to continue to support and empower black female-owned beauty brands; and
- The Curlanistas startup journey, including Cultivate’s role in the brand’s success.
Cook and Proctor will then announce the four cohort brands being honored by Cultivate in 2020.