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.
When we were close to launching Luna in early 2015 we knew that our brand would be an important part of reaching our early customers. We have a complex product that is ahead of the curve of innovation in sleep technology, so we needed a friendly name that would be easy for the public to understand, remember, and grow to love.
We launched Luna at the end of January 2015, and saw great success among our early backers.
LeafLink, an NY-based wholesale management platform for the cannabis industry, has closed a $750k seed round led by group of NY angel investors.
The software platform is designed to support participants in a B2B supply chain, providing basic tools designed to save money for retailers and allow producers to get better pricing for their product.
Customers of Under Armour (www.underarmour.com) now have a place to go to power their phones for free while shopping thanks to the addition of ChargeItSpot® charging stations at all of the company’s Brand House locations nationwide.
Under Armour, the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, is a retail innovator and an early adopter of this rapidly proliferating retail amenity.