Retail Technology Exit Activity in 2019 Projected To Remain Stable

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How has the exit activity for retail technology developed in the first half of 2019? This blog post explores retail technology exit metrics through Q2 2019 and compares them to previous years. The graph below shows the number of retail technology exits by year, stacked by quarters.

Retail Technology Exits Over Time

As the graphic demonstrates, retail technology has seen a total of 33 exit events through Q2 of this year. This represents 53% of the total exits in 2018, and 92% of the exits through Q2 in 2018. In addition, some of the exit events in Q2 2019 include Shopkick’s acquisition by Trax, iyzico’s acquisition by PayU, and Pinterest’s IPO.

A straight-line projection of the completed exit activity this year would come out to 66 exit events, which exceeds the total exits in 2018 by 6%. On the other hand, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 exit activity would come out to 57 exit events, which falls short of the total exits in 2018 by 8%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, retail...

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Last Mile Logistics Leads Retail Technology In Number of Investors

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The retail technology industry has seen 3,189 investors and $85B total all time funding. Let's analyze which retail technology categories have the most number of investors actively financing the startups. The graphic below highlights retail technology categories based on the number of investors in each category.

Retail Technology Investors Per Category

As the graphic demonstrates, Last Mile Logistics has the highest number of investors at 941, with Marketing Platforms following behind at 788. Last Mile Logistics companies innovate on moving goods from a local retailer to a consumer's home. Marketing Platform companies enable merchants to execute and manage marketing campaigns. In addition, the average number of investors across all retail technology categories is 308.

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Retail Technology Sector Overview - Q1 2019

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This blog post examines the different components of the retail technology ecosystem. We will illustrate what the categories of innovation are and which categories have the most companies. We will also compare the categories in terms of their funding and maturity.

Marketing Platforms Is The Largest Retail Technology Category

Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 1873 retail technology startups into 21 categories. They have raised $85B from 3189 investors. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.

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We see that Marketing Platforms is the largest category with 271 companies. This category includes companies that enable merchants to execute and manage marketing campaigns. It also contains customer relationship management tools used to improve customer engagement. Some example companies in this category include Showpad, Sprinklr, Gainsight, and Medallia.

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Retail Technology Average Funding Experiences Exponential Growth

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For this quarter's funding analysis, let's examine how average funding in the retail technology sector is evolving. The graphic below shows the retail technology average funding across all deals over time by quarter.

Retail Technology Average Funding Deal Size

As the graphic demonstrates, retail technology average funding deal size in Q1 2019 was at $84M, which increased by 18% from the $71M last quarter. The average funding deal size has skyrocketed in recent years, with the average funding last quarter around 11 times larger than it was 5 years ago. The top three funding events in Q1 2019 include a $1B round into Flexport, a $775M round into Takeaway.com, and a $413M round into Delhivery.

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Retail Technology Report Highlights  – Q1 2019

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Here is our Q1 2019 summary report on the retail technology startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

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Retail Technology Sector Summary

Retail Technology Sector Map

Retail Technology Quarterly Highlights

Retail Technology Innovation Quadrant

Retail Technology Funding Over Time

Retail Technology Funding By Category

Retail Technology Investors Over Time

Retail Technology Exits Over Time

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Retail Technology Funding Experiences Record High in 2018

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As we make our way through Q1 of 2019, let's look back on 2018 and analyze how funding in the retail technology sector compares to previous years. The graphic below shows the total annual retail technology funding amounts over time. 

Retail Technology Funding Over Time

As the graphic demonstrates, 2018 was a record year for retail technology funding at almost $18B. It represents a 30% increase from the previous year’s funding. In addition, retail technology funding grew at a CAGR of 43% over the past 5 years. Some of the largest funding events in 2018 include a $1.5B round for Go-Jek, a $1B round for Swiggy, and a $717M round for Huitongda.

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Retail Technology Investors With the Most Activity

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The retail technology industry has seen $82B in total all time funding. Let's now examine the investors financing the retail technology sector and identify the most active firms. 

The graphic below highlights retail technology investors based on the number of investments made in the sector. If an investor participates in two investment rounds in the same company (such as a Series A and Series B), that would qualify as two investments for this analysis.

Retail Technology Investors With the Most Investments

As the graphic demonstrates, 500 Startups has made the most investments in the retail technology sector with 92 investments. Y Combinator follows with 85 investments. Examples of companies that 500 Startups has invested in include Carousell, Goldbelly, Womply, and ToutApp. The two CVCs rounding out the list include GV and Intel Capital.

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Retail Technology Report Highlights  – Q4 2018

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Here is our Q4 2018 summary report on the retail technology startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

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Retail Technology Quarterly Highlights

Retail Technology Sector Summary

Retail Technology Sector Map

Retail Technology Innovation Quadrant

Retail Technology Funding Over Time

Retail Technology Funding By Category

Retail Technology Investors Over Time

Retail Technology Exits Over Time

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Retail Technology Startup Highlights  – Q3 2018

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Here is our Q3 2018 summary report on the retail technology startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

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Retail Technology Innovation Quadrant

Retail Technology Funding by Category

Retail Technology Funding Over Time

Retail Technology Funding Round Counts

Retail Technology Exits Over Time

Retail Technology Company Count by Country

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Last Mile Logistics Category Leads Retail Technology Funding

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Last quarter we examined retail technology funding trends and saw that its funding is shifting to later-stage events. Now we are conducting a thorough inspection on our retail tech research platform to compare funding by category. Our analysis reveals two important observations:

  • The Last Mile Logistics category leads the sector in Q2 funding
  • The Last Mile Logistics category also leads the sector in all-time funding

We’ll explain these observations with some graphics and discussions below.

The Last Mile Logistics Category Leads Retail Technology In Q2 Funding

To start off, let’s review the amount of funding raised this quarter by each category within retail technology.

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The above graphic shows that the Last Mile Logistics category leads the sector in Q2 funding with $1.3B. Its funding is almost twice the funding of the next category, Marketing Platforms at $0.7B.

Last Mile Logistics companies are innovating on the last phase of the supply chain. They work on moving...

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Retail Technology Startup Highlights  – Q2 2018

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Here is our Q2 2018 summary report on the retail technology startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

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Retail Technology Sector Matures As Funding Shifts to Mid and Late Stages

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As we previously noted, retail technology has shown consistent growth over the past few years. Now we are taking a more detailed look on our retail technology report and research platform to examine its funding by round. From our analysis, we can conclude that the retail technology sector has been maturing over the past few years.

This conclusion comes from two takeaways:

  • Funding amount percentages are shifting to mid and late-stage events
  • Funding count percentages are shifting to mid and late-stage events

We’ll explore these takeaways in some more detail below.

To help set the stage, the graphic below highlights retail technology funding amounts over time. As you can see, the sector’s overall funding experienced a burst of growth from 2012 to 2017.

Retail Technology Funding by Quarter

Retail Technology Funding Amount Percentages Shifting to Later-Stage Events

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Retail Technology Startup Highlights  – Q1 2018

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Here is our Q1 2018 summary report on the retail technology startup sector. The following report includes an overview, recent activity, and a category deep dive.

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Retail Technology Innovation Quadrant

Retail Technology Annual Funding Over Time

Retail Technology Quarterly Funding Over Time

Retail Technology Exit Events Over Time

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Retail Technology Funding Round Counts

Retail Technology Quarterly Category Funding

Retail Technology Recent Funding Events

Retail Technology Recent Acquisition Events

Retail Technology Last Mile Logistics

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Retail Technology Category Funding Quartiles

Last Mile Logistics Total Annual Funding

Last Mile Logistics Companies with Largest Funding Amounts

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Retail Technology Sector Overview - Q1 2018

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The Retail Technology sector includes companies that facilitate the operational procedures of retailers. It also contains companies that make it easier to search and shop for merchandise. 

What are the different components of Retail Technology? How do they make up this startup ecosystem? On our retail tech research platform, we have classified the companies into 21 categories. This blog post examines these categories and how they compare with one another.

Marketing Platforms Is the Largest Category

Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map for the Retail Technology sector. As of March 2018, we have classified 1,746 Retail Technology startups into 21 categories. They have raised $59 billion in funding. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.

Retail Technology Sector Map

We see that Marketing Platforms is the largest category with 245 companies. This category includes companies that enable merchants to...

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Retail Technology Companies Founded by Year - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the Retail Technology sector. The graphic includes data through September 2017.

Retail Technology Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of Retail Technology companies founded in a certain year. 2012 ranks at the top with around 242 companies founded in that year alone. 2011 is the runner-up with 224 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 1673 Retail Technology companies in 22 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $54.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Retail Technology market report.

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Retail Technology Funding Trends - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight recent trends in Retail Technology startup funding activity. The graphics include data through September 2017.

Retail Technology Funding by Year

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Retail Tech startups for each year. 2015 has the most funding to date at around $10.5B.

Retail Technology Funding by Vintage Year

The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by Retail Tech companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2008 have raised the most funding at around $7.7B.

We are currently tracking 1667 Retail Tech companies in 21 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $54.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Retail Technology market report.

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Where In the World Are Retail Technology Startups? - Q3 2017

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The analyses below summarize where Retail Technology innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through September 2017.

Retail Technology Company Count by Country

The above map shows the number of Retail Tech companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 950 companies.

Retail Technology VC Funding by Country

The above map shows the amount of total Retail Tech startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $30B.

We are currently tracking 1667 Retail Tech companies in 22 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $54.3B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Retail Technology startup market report. 

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Retail Technology Funding by Round - Q3 2017

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The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the Retail Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through September 2017.

Retail Technology Funding Amount by Round

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. From 2009 to 2015, we saw a general increase in the overall sector funding, with the total amount peaking once in 2011 and peaking by more than twice that amount in 2015. Late Stage funding seems to have dominated all the other funding rounds in their funding amounts in 2015. After 2015 the overall sector funding saw a sharp decline.

Retail Technology Funding Count by Round

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. From 2006 to 2016 we’ve seen a steep upward trend that peaked in 2015 and then declined sharply in 2016. Earlier stage funding such as Seed, Series A, and Series B events make up the majority of funding event counts. 

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Retail Technology Activity by Selected Investors - Q3 2017

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The following graph summarizes investor activity in the Retail Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through September 2017.

Retail Technology Activity by Selected Investors

The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds Retail Tech investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by selected investors. Major investors into the space include Sequoia Capital, 500 Startups, GV, Accel Partners, and Y Combinator.

We are currently tracking 1658 Retail Technology companies in 22 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $53.8 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Retail Technology market report.

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Retail Technology Exits by Category and by Year - Q3 2017

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The following two graphs show exit activity in the Retail Technology sector. The graphics include data through September 2017.

Retail Technology Exits by Category

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Retail Technology category. The Marketing Platforms category is leading the sector with 32 acquisitions and 1 IPO, followed by the In-Store Experience category with 25 acquisitions and 4 IPOs.

Retail Technology Exit Activity by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in the Retail Technology sector by year. 2015 leads the sector with 48 acquisitions and 4 IPOs, followed by 2017 with 47 acquisitions and 3 IPOs.

We are currently tracking 1651 Retail Technology companies in 22 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $53.2 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Retail Technology market report.

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