KidPass, a New York-based website and activity booking service, has launched a new platform — the first subscription service featuring an extensive and comprehensive directory of kids’ classes in New York City, available now to parents in all five boroughs of the city. KidPass plans to expand to five additional cities soon, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.
Over 100 Colorado retailers are using LeafLink.com, an online ordering platform for the cannabis industry, to order products from more than a dozen marijuana infused product brands, including Keef Cola, Dixie Elixirs, Cannapunch, Wana Brands, Foria, and ZOOTS. The platform, which launched in March, is designed exclusively for the cannabis industry, meaning that each retailer on the platform must have a valid license from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED).
ChargeItSpot (www.chargeitspot.com) has expanded its partnership with Neiman Marcus to enhance the in-store experience for shoppers with a planned nationwide roll out that will result in 37 mobile phone charging stations installed across 30 locations.
The first wave of ChargeItSpot kiosks was installed last week in Neiman Marcus’s Washington, D.C. and Tysons Corners, Virginia stores, and will continue through September.
Picture Protection Service, the protection, recovery and prevention consultancy that specializes in fighting digital image theft has today announced that it has rebranded from Copyright Defense League. The move coincides with its appointment by new content licensing company Avalon Media, owner of international photo library Photoshot, to protect their images, reduce digital image theft and recover revenue from professional copyright infringers.
The retail industry is abound with digital innovation, with brick-and-mortar stores rapidly adopting retail technology tools, services and gadgets in order to become a more relevant part of the consumer’s day. Emerging retail technologies are poised to make a splash among retailers in 2016, but not all serve the same purpose.
While ROI is usually the main factor behind the deployment of these emerging technologies, some also integrate other marketing goals as well.
Doug Baldasare faced the dilemma of every new entrepreneur: How do you get in front of buyers when you don’t have sales to show? His company, Philadelphia-based ChargeItSpot, makes a phone-charging station for retailers, so customers can fuel up while shopping (and therefore stick around longer). Baldasare asked a professor from his days at Wharton for an introduction to a manager the guy knew at a local Whole Foods.
Then Baldasare showed up with an action plan…
Hydration Labs, the maker of an environmentally-friendly water cooler called Bevi, landed more than $6 million in new funding last week, much of which will go toward expansion.
Sean Grundy, the startup’s co-founder, said the proceeds will help company expand its footprint geographically, moving beyond its home base of Boston to other cities like New York City.
The other day I needed to recharge my phone. A wise old owl told me to go to the fifth floor of Bergdorf Goodman in New York City where you can put your phone in a safe compartment, connect it to a charger and after an hour pick up your phone fully charged again. Wow! What customer service.
The phone charging service is free for customers. Stores clearly benefit from extra traffic when customers know the chargers are available.
Bevi (www.bevi.co), the Boston-based start-up that develops smart beverage machines, has announced a $6.5M Series A led by Horizons Ventures, the Hong Kong based private investment fund of Mr. Li Ka-shing. The Series A will build on the sales momentum that Bevi has seen in the Boston area and enable geographic expansion.