Strypes, Ziel highlighted in WWD for presenting at Retail Summer School Columbia Business School

Richard Jaffe, together with ICR & Shoptalk, hosted Retail Summer School at Columbia Business School, on Wednesday August 2, 2017, in New York City. This one-day event was designed to educate and inform investors in the retail sector. The speakers have included professors whose ideas on retail were recently published, innovators in the areas of technology, IT and logistics, leaders of new, …

XRC Cohort 4 companies selected by CFDA, Accessories Council

CFDA and Accessories Council just announced the top up-and-coming designers selected for the inaugural Elaine Gold Launch Pad business innovation program. The program focuses on assisting emerging designers who are in business from zero to three years, launch careers in apparel, accessories, jewelry or textiles and knitwear. Among the selected designers are our Lucy Jones, CEO of Ffora; and Ali Rose & …

CEO of Ffora at the MAD in NYC

Our Lucy Jones, CEO of Ffora, presents her disruptive work at the ‘fashion after Fashion’ exhibit at the MAD | Museum of Arts and Design in NYC. Co-curated by Parsons School of Design MAFS faculty Hazel Clark, Lucy’s work considers body types that would typically be left out of fashion practices and conversations. The exhibition will run until August 6, 2017. Read more. #fashionafterFashion

XRC Cohort 2 ShopShops on Fashionista.com

ShopShops was featured on Fashionista.com for revolutionizing the way fashion-savvy Chinese consumers shop! By live streaming the customer journey, ShopShops creates an interactive experience and provides the direct link for remote shoppers to interact and shop like they are physically in the store. “The store’s location itself has a purpose, the display has a purpose, but on e-commerce, all we see …

Pano Anthos on a hybrid of human support and AI

Balancing human and artificial intelligence for better, smarter, and more efficient retail experiences has become imperative. Smarter solutions, like that of Chatbots, can ultimately change the way we shop. As specified in Intel’s article, the best chatbot solutions are a hybrid of humans and machines. As specified in Intel’s article, the best chatbot solutions are hybrid, bringing humans and machines together. …

Pano Anthos highlighted in Intel’s article

Technology can lend a hand in retail, freeing store employees from many of retail’s routine tasks. This enables sales associates to spend more time connecting with customers and deliver high-quality services.  As outlined in Intel’s article, AI, robotics, and other technologies help retailers maximize their operations and make the most of every moment a customer spends in the store. Our Founder and …

XRC Cohort 4 Feather & Bone on KTLA 5 Morning News

We are excited for our Feather & Bone to be featured on KTLA 5 News by celebrity skin care expert Elizabeth Kennedy. Watch the video. Keep your skin glowing from the inside out with Feather & Bone’s Face Gems! Have you tried them yet? Visit featherandboneco.com/ and buy your kit today. (Photo credits to KTLA 5 News)

WONDERMILE CEO helps launch fund dedicated to female-led startups

According to Techcrunch’s recent article, “women represent seven percent of the partner positions within the tech VC community.” This is what led the XFactor Ventures, a new $3M pre-seed/ seed fund, start looking to invest in 30 female-led startups. The fund is the brainchild of Anna Palmer, co-founder and CEO of our Cohort 4 WonderMile, along with Chip Hazard, Flybridge Capital general partner. …

Cohort 4 Feather & Bone at the Cosmoprof North America 2017

Our Cohort 4 Feather & Bone exhibited its one-step skincare solution that is disrupting the beauty industry at the Cosmoprof North America 2017 in Las Vegas. More than 33,000 attended to meet with 1,015 exhibitors from 39 countries. Eco-friendly and organic products were prevalent at Cosmoprof, and Feather & Bone couldn’t be but a part of it. Bringing your daily face wash routine in your …

XRC Cohort Companies Innovating Brick-and-Mortars

With more and more people choosing to shop online, major retailers have been filing for bankruptcy, closing stores and slashing jobs. Yet physical stores still occupy an important position in the shopping mix. This has prompted some speculation about where this leaves physical retail and how important omnichannel approach has become. As highlighted in Sourcing Journal, “XRC Labs startups, including Facenote, …