Nigerian B2B e-commerce platform Omnibiz raises millions to gain and retain retail customers
Africa’s informal retailers supply most of the continent’s population with a broad range of consumer goods and generate over $1 trillion in sales annually. However, troubles with outward inefficie
The grocery industry’s shopping list: Inventory management, frictionless checkout, computer vision
Technology advancements in recent years are giving startups a shot at providing grocery stores with e-commerce-like features in a brick-and-mortar setting.
Ghost appears with new funding, marketplace to match buyers with unsold products
Ghost created a marketplace, similar to eBay, that provides a way for brands to get rid of excess inventory and will handle all of the posting, sales and shipment of goods sold.
Google Cloud launches AlloyDB, a new fully managed PostgreSQL database service
Google today announced the launch of AlloyDB, a new fully managed PostgreSQL-compatible database service that the company claims to be twice as fast for transactional workloads as AWS’s comparab
Salsify secures $200M as the boom in e-commerce catapults its valuation to $2B
E-commerce is booming, but it’s become increasingly apparent over the years that the businesses that are able to capitalize on that trend — and contribute to that growth — are those
TechCrunch+ roundup: Psychedelic biotech, Gogoro’s SPAC, H-1Bs for Ukrainians
You may not have heard of Amadeus, but if you've taken a trip, you've probably interacted with its tech stack.
Why a 35-year-old travel IT company decided to slash its technical debt
It's not just giants like Amadeus that face tech debt. Even much smaller companies have to deal with technical debt eventually and come to terms with massive technology changes.
Shopware, an e-commerce platform that powers 100K brands, raises its first outside funding: $100M from PayPal and Carlyle
The e-commerce boom that started with the COVID-19 pandemic shows little sign of slowing down, and today a company called Shopware, which provides a set of open source tools to power online shopping e
Nigerian restaurant management platform Orda gets $1.1M, wants to be the Toast of Africa
Cloud-based point of sales for small, medium and large-sized restaurants has increased tremendously in both size and popularity. The market, dominated by incumbents like Toast and upcoming players suc
Flush with new capital, Foxtrot’s ‘convenience store of the future’ is coming to a location near you
Foxtrot is reimagining the convenience store experience by seeking out the best food items by local artisans along with its core offerings of coffee, ready-to-eat cafe meals and wine.
Meez keeps recipes in one place so chefs can continue whipping up culinary delights
Meez is a kitchen collaboration tool, recipe keeper and progression, training and prep all rolled into one.
Rensource-spinoff Sabi closes $6M bridge round, expands B2B retail platform outside Nigeria
Nigeria’s informal trade sector, worth over $244 billion, has more than 40 million micro, small and medium businesses. Most of these businesses operated offline until a few years ago when startups b
Peek raises $80M as its travel experiences software and marketplace business passes $2B in bookings
Travel and tourism are slowly starting to move again in the wake of COVID-19 crashing over the world and sending us to shelter in place. Today a company focused on experiences — museum visits, s
E-commerce logistics startup Hive buzzes following $34M investment
Hive levels the logistics playing field by streamlining fulfillment so that DTC companies get the same inventory management, cost structure and customer notifications that big brands use.
Vendease gets $3.2M to help hotels and restaurants buy food supplies in Africa
Vendease, an online marketplace that allows restaurants and other food businesses to buy supplies straight from manufacturers and farms, has raised a seed round of $3.2 million, the company confirmed
Field Intelligence targets 11 African cities to expand its pharmacy inventory-management service
The company's Shelf Life project aims to remedy the inventory-management issues in Africa's retail pharmacies.
Singapore-based Tinvio raises $12M Series A to build financial services for supply chain merchants
First created to give supply chain merchants a streamlined way to communicate with buyers, Tinvio is now preparing to launch financial services, including financing and credit card issuing. The Singap
SkyWatch raises $17.2M for its Earth observation data platform
Waterloo-based SkyWatch was among the first startups to recognize that the key to unlocking the real benefits of the space economy lay in making Earth observation data accessible and portable, and now
Google’s AirTable rival, Tables, graduates from beta test to become a Google Cloud product
Last fall, Google’s in-house incubator Area 120 introduced a new work-tracking tool called Tables, an AirTable rival that allows for tracking projects more efficiently using automation. Today, G
Who’s building the grocery store of the future?
The future of grocery shopping will be a win-win for both stores and customers.