This article showcases Startup Pill’s top picks for the best Retail startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the Retail industry and around the world. They are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
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Top Retail Startups
Scalapay is a credit payment method that allows users to purchase and pay it in three installments of the same amount without interest. The company’s online-store partners increase sales and the average value of orders when customers pay with Scalapay.
It was founded in 2019 by Simone Mancini and Johnny Mitrevski.. .
Bazaar is empowering small and medium sized retailers who form the backbone of Pakistan’s retail economy. Bazaar’s mobile app gives these small business owners access to a large assortment of goods from multiple local and international brands as well as unbranded products on a single platform – which can be ordered at any day of the week with free next day delivery to storefronts.
Our mission is to build a truly incredible and scalable tech company in and for Pakistan.. .
Perch operates as a technology-driven commerce company that acquires and operates top Amazon FBA (fulfillment by Amazon) businesses with winning products in their respective categories. The company focuses on products and brands that have a steady history of strong customer reviews and are consistently one of the top three products within their category on Amazon.
Featured brands in its stable include makers of an exfoliating brush, slime-making kits, leggings, reusable straws, and other products. Perch’s platform is used for sales analytics, pricing, advertising and marketing strategy, and inventory.
It was founded in 2019 and is based in Boston, MA, USA.. .
Ankorstore is an online B2B marketplace that connects independent shop owners and specialist brands with neighborhood retailers. It offers benefits for both retailers and brands.
Retailers have the possibility to discover and select from thousands of brands in just a few clicks, benefit from 60-day payment terms, test sales with a low minimum order quantity, and take advantage of the constantly evolving tools offered by the platform. As for brands and creators, Ankorstore allows them to easily sell their products to stores all around Europe, benefitting from direct contact and returns with retailers, and payment upon delivery, solving any cash flow issues..
Health and Wellness Tech Sova Health is a precision nutrition platform that helps prevent and manage lifestyle disease through nutrition. The company is building a proprietary AI-powered recommendation engine which factors in key health stats, personal goals and preferences combined with blood biomarkers to identify the most optimal food to achieve health goals.
They’re addressing the problems of 450 million Indians (and growing!) who are suffering from lifestyle diseases like obesity, thyroid, diabetes and PCOD. Healthy consumption is a fast-growing $23 Bn market in India.
The $1.2 Bn digital health market is growing at a 68% CAGR and set to be a $16 Bn market by 2025.. .
Hive Brands is an online marketplace of great natural and organic products while doing good for the world, offering fast and free carbon neutral shipping. Hive Brands Holdings, Inc.
was founded in 2020 by Scott Morris, Katie Tyson, Thomas Ellis, and Steven Annese and is based in the New York City area.. .
Fazenda Futuro is a food tech company that produces flat meat. It offers its first product, the Futuro Burger which is made of pea, soy, and chickpea.
The company currently sells its products in approximately 2,000 places across Brazil, with a major presence in the south and southeast of the country, besides Brasilia and Salvador.. .
Pandion has developed a technology platform for e-commerce players to manage capacity problems during peak periods. The logistics platform helps all businesses provide one and two-day shipping, and makes on-time delivery possible for more retailers, regardless of size and scale.
Pandion’s delivery management software uses machine learning to avoid shipping delays and optimize delivery networks.. .
Gully Network Retail
Gully Network is India’s first network of small format omnichannel stores. We help offline retailers cope with the ever-dynamic purchase behavior of Indian consumers.
Our tech-enabled platform takes care of the entire value chain (Sales, Margins, Automatic Inventory Replenishment, Finance, and Merchandising) for the retailers and generates additional income other than their primary business. We ensure an increase in net income of retailers with no day to day hassles.
We offer the best of both worlds to their consumers; discounts and shopping experience of online platforms and the readiness of offline neighborhood stores.. .
Studs celebrate the freedom to live without labels and to not be confined to one prescribed identity determined by someone other than yourself. In this new era, (ear-a!?) they believe that ears are the new key to unlocking self-expression, and they are passionate about updating the piercing experience for all ears.
Whether you want a fresh piercing or simply some new ear bling, they are a team of earscape artists and they are h(ear) for you.. .
Sabbar is an on-demand staffing platform that specializes in blue-collar jobs in the retail, hospitality, and entertainment industry in MENA. Our platform enables businesses to hire casual staff during peak hours or high seasons by connecting them to highly qualified and fully vetted professionals.
Additionally, we relieve our customers from associated administrative costs by streamlining a lengthy process that typically includes interviews, training, placement, shift scheduling, worker payments, and everything in-between. To learn more, visit: sabbar.com.
Judy is the first emergency kit that’s digitally-connected keeping people prepared for any scenario. With natural disasters happening more frequently, and with bigger impact, having the right supplies and emergency plans are more important than ever.
That’s why they are dedicated to making preparation for a household essential. The company was founded in 2019 and is based in New York..
Tot Squad is a marketplace that connects new parents with health, wellness and safety services both virtually and in person. We’re a one-stop shop in the $46B “New Mom Economy” consolidating the highly fragmented providers of services like car seat installation, babyproofing, and lactation consulting.
Our car seat installation services can be found on Amazon and Walmart as an add-on with a car seat purchase.. .
Via.Delivery is a platform to make offline retail pick points for eCommerce using logistics, warehouses, and personnel of retail. The company helps eCommerce stores solve their last-mile solution through retail chains.
It organizes the delivery process from online sellers to offline chains of stores, increasing clients’ traffic for retailer partners, and making the collection process easier for the final customer.. .
At Toolio, we’re on a mission to help retailers navigate the complex, competitive and ever-changing retail landscape. Toolio is a cloud-based Merchandising Platform that automates critical workflows, provides real-time insights, and enables remote collaboration, empowering retailers to make faster, data-driven decisions about their most important (and expensive) asset—merchandise.
Toolio is a global operation with headquarters in NYC and offices in Istanbul, built by an ex-Walmart team of second-time entrepreneurs and backed by top VCs and apparel industry executives.. .
Designhubz enables e-commerce retailers to sell their products in 3D & Augmented Reality (AR) on their websites and mobile apps. We build low-cost fully automated robotic rigs that 3D capture and digitize physical inventories with one click.
Our SaaS platform automatically integrates with our rigs to enable the captured products to be visualized in 3D & Web XR (browser-based AR). We enable immersive online shopping experiences and let retailers create highly interactive online stores.
Our solution can also be deployed for the in-store shopping.. .
TruLocal is an e-commerce marketplace that provides a simple and efficient way to shop locally — online. Its platform bridges between consumers and their local retailers across all product categories.
It aspires to create new relationships and strengthen existing ones in every community.. .
Kaiam is a private company commercializing photonic integrated circuits. In plain language, they specialize in the design and manufacture of gadgets that help transmit and receive data at very high speeds.
The company also manufactures optronics equipment for computer networking and hyper-scale data centers. It also uses micromachined silicon, a demonstrated the CWDM4, a 100 Gigabit-per-second coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) silicon photonics transceiver using silicon modules and receivers..
Byte is aiming to make food delivery form dark kitchens, affordable, and accessible to everyone across Pakistan. Currently, Byte is operating in limited areas of Lahore but also enables users to place takeaway orders and pick up the food from their dark kitchen themselves.
The startup currently has four brands listed on its app including Smackin Fried’ Chicken, Biryani Bowls, Filppin’ Hot Pizza, and Just Wing It.. .
Percepta uses proprietary AI technology to analyze existing security camera feeds, and alerts employees of shoplifting incidents. It leverages cutting edge pose estimation tech to anonymize demographic features of shoppers.
Its AI is trained to take race, gender, and age bias out of the equation. Unlike other solutions, Percepta preserves shoppers’ privacy and mitigates bias.
The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.. .
Short Story is a personal styling service for petite women. We curate petite-friendly, high quality boxes of styles by listening to what our clients want.
We believe petite women should have the same great shopping experience as everyone else–no compromises on fit, style, or quality. Our mission is to help her find fit, discover new trends, and evolve her personal style.
We want her to feel and look fabulous, so she has more time to do what she loves.. .
Rebelstork is a modern marketplace that takes the haggle and the hassle out of parenting by enabling the buy and sell of overstock, open box, and quality used baby gear. A certified pending B Corporation, the business is centered around minimizing the “stuff burden” for the next generation.
Rebelstork’s founder Emily saw a huge void in the dating baby industry and built Rebelstork to address the rapidly changing consumer needs in this space and the need to encourage the circular economy.. .
Lybrica Private Limited
Lybrica Private Limited also known as Lybrica, An Indian understudy driven web based aggregator , centers around innovative learning projects and revolutionary products for understudy candidates. It is the one of the largest chain of rented and diversified libraries and institutions in India.
Founded by Hiteshwar Sharma and Abhishek Sharma in 2019.. .
Greenspoon offers fruit and vegetable-packed frozen smoothies that provide proper nutrients to consumers. The company is a wellness brand that creates a fun food self-care culture with ready-made juices.
Greenspoon was founded by Tomonori Tanabe and is based in Tokyo, Japan.. .
reboxed isn’t your average recommerce company. We are a combination of technology, branding, and environmental impact – an on-demand platform for businesses and people to sell, swap and shop for used tech because we believe great tech shouldn’t cost the Earth.
Our obsession with having the latest smartphone the second it drops is creating mountains of e-waste. Why? One, it’s too much hassle to sell.
Two, refurbished phones have a bad rep. Until now.
We refurbish and rebox used devices into premium phones – making it easier, faster, and more trustworthy. So fewer perfectly good phones go to waste.
And one by one, we can save millions more from landfill. Our circular business model – rebox, rehome, repeat – isn’t just designed to give our customers better value, but make a positive impact on the environment and society.
We don’t just reward people for reboxing. We reward the planet by planting 10 trees every time we buy or sell a device and paying to offset each phone’s lifetime CO2 emissions, which helps to fund a whole range of projects to cut CO2.
Moxie Scrubs is a Boston, MA based medical apparel startup born out of the Harvard Innovation Lab. Our company creates innovative medical apparel designed by nurses for nurses.
Here at Moxie Scrubs, we’re disrupting the medical apparel market as the first direct-to-consumer brand for nurses. While one can define Moxie as having ‘force of character, determination or nerve, this definition represents the nurses who are part of the movement behind our brand – Our mission is to enhance, inspire, and empower the MOXIE in every nurse..
Mage App Inc.
Mage Market is an app built specifically for buying and selling cards from Magic : The Gathering — the largest trading card game in the world. Aiming to do for Magic what GOAT did for shoe resales, their app scans, recognizes, and prices cards and helps users to list them.
The company says their average customer spends $120 per month on Magic cards.. .
CasheApp is an aggregator in the sneaker and streetwear market that allows users to make intelligent buying and selling decisions in an otherwise decentralized market that lacks transparent data. CasheApp provides real-time pricing, including live bids and asks, and listing management (e.g.
one click list, automatic delist) across all major marketplaces. It also provides pricing forecasts for sneakers and streetwear using patent-pending analytics, market analysis, and inventory management tools (e.g.
camera scanners) to create efficiencies and make sneaker culture easier to participate in.. .
Visual Conversations through A.i. and real-time inference.
Rowzzy is an A.i. startup, located in San Francisco California.
Our principal technology, Natural Vision Understanding™ (NVU™), provides a personalized cross-platform Ai assistant. Our hands-free Visual Conversations™, delivers new experiences that delight and empower our lives..
People has been selling to people for thousands of years. Valienta is a marketplace and wholesale platform that connects social sellers with brands in LatAm.
Through our platform, social sellers are able to create and supply their own virtual stores with products from curated brands which in turn come to Valienta to reach and sell in a channel that sells over USD $80 billion worth of goods. We create simple tech tools, financial terms, data insights and logistics solutions to rejuvenate a channel that allows over 40 million social sellers generate additional income..
Xnomad is a marketplace that connects brands, e-commerce stores and entrepreneurs with short term retail space. xNomad is a technology platform that makes browsing and booking commercial pop-up easier.
It was founded in 2019 and is based in Stockholm, Sweden.. .
nefsy, eat for a good cause dine-in app, is operating in the F&B industry with a strong focus on charity. Our aim is to make food donations a lifestyle where people can donate daily at no extra cost for them with global copyrighted solution of buy one feed one at no extra cost.
Choose from a variety of your favorite restaurants, and feed the needy at no extra cost every time you eat. Our local partners are the Dubai Government, Emirates Red Crescent, Islamic Affairs & Charity Activities Department, and UAE Food Bank.
Since Nov 2019 we inception of our concept we have donated over 80,000+ meals.. .
Sellbeta is the online version of Nigeria local marketplaces which allows traders to make sales sitting right at home without an office. Sellbeta has gained traction in just a short period of time and has become a frequent trade spot for lots of Nigerians.
It has a high potential for brand exposure due to the more limited number of items that go on display per time, putting your brand/products in a better spot for potential customers. The idea behind Sellbeta is simple, put up your products or services on the Sellbeta website and get contacted for purchase and jobs, the same as most of the other businesses on this list, only difference is, the brand hasn’t achieved the right status as of now, so you can reach a specific market target on Sellbeta, just be sure of the audience you are targeting, and make sure you’re pulling them in..
QUEST Corp Solutions
Quest Corp Solutions aims to transform the retail space for vaping products. They are a distributor of electronic cigarettes in Canada with solutions focused on innovation and technology.
Their goal is to provide effective smokeless alternatives in the market while creating efficiencies for their clients. Quest Corp Solutions was founded in Whitby, Ontario..
Lokkal is Belgium’s first app-only supermarket – or should we say fresh market – founded with a mission to make better, fresher, and locally-sourced seasonal products more accessible to consumers. Furthermore, Lokkal wants to create more awareness about the origin of food and its ecological impact.
The app offers extraordinary delicious and fresh food coming from more than 100 suppliers, mainly smaller and local specialists. Lokkal buys products directly from farmers, fishermen, growers, and all kinds of suppliers all over the country.
As a consequence all products have a fair price – both for supplier and consumer – and don’t make unnecessary stops in the logistic chain.. .
NAVA Pouch is a retail company designed for use in dry-herb inhalers for the health & wellness-minded flower consumer seeking simplicity and a more clean and elevated dry-herb experience. It blends the convenience of vaporizing with the purity of natural herbs to achieve the luxury of mind and body.
Each NAVA Pouch holds organic CBD hemp flower in measured doses designed for dry-herb inhalers. Simple, easy and clean, natural herbal inhalation with the NAVA Pouch is the healthier way to get closer to the plant.
NAVA Pouch was founded by Michale Mercer in 2020 and is based in Kirkland, Washington, USA.. .
Bond – The Post Purchase Company
Bond – “The post-purchase company”, enables digital native brands to provide their online customers with an outstanding post-purchase experience that impacts sales, retention, and satisfaction. We’ve deployed a technology-driven network of neighborhood-level distribution centers that are managed by local teams.
This enables us to store goods closer to customers, getting to them faster for deliveries or returns and when it’s most convenient.. .
Bark Social is an off-leash dog park with a beer garden and coffee house. We also offer self-serve dog baths as well as a full dog treat menu and a curated selection of dog products.
We are opening our first location in DC area in December 2020.. .
Health Daughter is a global e-commerce marketplace that lets international sellers sell their goods to the buyers in the United States. The sellers charge low prices based on the prices in their home countries, plus shipping.
With the advent of new technology, shipping prices are reducing every day. The platform aims to create a level playing field forsellers across the world with big companies and to pass on savings to customers by cutting multiple middlemen..
Woolloomooloo Shoe manufactures footwear made from quality Australian merino wool. The company’s product offers renewable, breathable, lightweight, and sustainable design.
It was established in Old Greenwich, Connecticut in 2020 by James Rowley.. .
Darabase is the AR Outdoor Media Company, a turnkey platform and solution for brands, advertisers and retailers wanting to run immersive Augmented Reality Outdoor Media, layered on the real world. We augment existing outdoor media screens and billboards, deliver permission-based AR campaigns in iconic locations and provide scale geographic coverage through our “Run of World” AR inventory network.
We help retailers use AR to drive footfall and sales and enable property companies to monetise their estate, while monitoring what AR content is being placed and viewed in their locations.. .
Pesopie is the world’s first video entertainment cum fashion E-commerce platform that provides an amazing and seamless shopping experience to its users. It facilitates its users with the option to purchase any product they like while watching entertaining video clips right on their mobile phones.
This engaging social commerce model is achieved by developing an equilibrium between video content creators and consumers, most of whom are online shoppers themselves. Amongst the creators, millions of micro-influencers worldwide are already posting very effective and valuable content for marketers and brands, but only a minuscule of them are able to effectively monetise their influence.
Pesopie empowers this massive entrepreneurial youth composed of young social media influencers to start their own e-commerce business with zero investment and minimum efforts. The concept is quite simple – Pesopie incentivises its influencers to make money easily from their routine passion of creating videos and reaching out to the larger masses.
All supplementary hassles – be it product procurement from factories, E-commerce setup, Payments and Logistics – are handled by Pesopie so that they can focus on what truly matters. In the process, they emerge as a fashion icon themselves and eventually carve their own brand.
Having an unmatched expertise of cross-border business, Pesopie has been founded by industry leaders across multiple domains. Now, Social media influencers have no need to endorse other brands when they can have their own..
What on Earth
What on Earth aims to give consumers a sustainable, stylish & fun alternative to fast fashion via a carefully curated e-commerce platform. They promote e-commerce the collections of sustainable brands & designers carefully select according to their style & sustainability audit.
What on Earth is an online boutique of carefully curated fashion brands and a community of people who believe that fashion should not come at a cost, neither to the planet nor to the people who make them or to you.
They think of fashion as a force for good instead of a source of dirt!
ImpactKarma is an online shopping marketplace that enables companies to quantify and improve their ESG score. The company’s online marketplace provides consumers to quantify the social and environmental impact of their purchases and donations, It provides a web extension to make an online purchase and assist vendors economically, enabling socially responsible companies to connect with customers who care.
ImpactKarma was founded in 2019 and is based in Raleigh, NC, USA.. .
Shryne Group Inc. is a Los Angeles-based cannabis holding company with a fully, vertically integrated asset and license portfolio covering the breadth of California, the largest legal cannabis market in the world.
The enterprise is the result of the synergetic integration of profitable cannabis assets and veteran professionals who have come together for the opportunity to shape this industry. Our vision is informed by an intimate understanding of cannabis culture, its history and the collective expertise of decades of experience in diverse fields.
Our STIIIZY product line is one of the best-selling cannabis brands in the market today. We are rooted in California, but currently have operations in Nevada and Washington – soon to be in Michigan, and distribution networks to future markets in more than 60 countries..
RPAIR will help to support the Jewellery industry in what has been one of the toughest years on record, by enabling large and small retailers alike to have access to the RPAIR marketplace platform that connects watch and jewellery repair shops with customers so they can compare smart quotes on maintenance and repair work, acting as a channel for communication to simplify the repair experience for all. Michael Jakobsen, Founder and CEO of RPAIR said: “As a team, we are really proud and excited to be launching RPAIR supporting an industry that two of our founder’s family have been a part of for over 30 years.
Receiving the funds from Innovate UK is an amazing opportunity, it has given us the boost we need to launch and start supporting the industry we are so passionate about through these troubled times. The funds will be allocated to research and development of the platform ready for launch in December.
“The pandemic has accelerated the need to digitise the quoting and booking process so that repair businesses can continue to trade in a world where traditional face-to-face contact is difficult. Innovation in this space will unlock a new, bigger, online customer base to the repair industry.
Through building trust in reviews and making repair costs easier for customers to access we hope to stimulate the market by encouraging people to get those watch and jewellery items out of their draws and get them repaired, serviced, valued or made into something else they love.”. .
Purple Fete offers exclusive services and experiences such as boutique luxury Tuscan villa rental and wine consulting. The company’s platform makes the wine retail process a more personalized retail experience to empower consumers with what they like and why by accessing the most important determinant of quality-their own palate.
It was founded by James Fantaci in 2000 and is based in New York, New York.. .
TapRm’s omni-channel platform builds beer, cider and hard seltzer brands by combining traditional beer distribution with direct-to-consumer e-commerce for the first time in the United States. Breweries are not legally allowed to sell their beer (especially online) without a local distributor in each state that want to sell in, stemming from old and tired laws that are long overdue for disruption.
Our new age distribution platform simplifies that launch and expansion process, allowing brands to reach their consumers wherever they enjoy their favorite beverages–bars, restaurants, markets, offices, and at home–without the cost and risk typically associated with geographic expansion.. .
Aisle Optical provides prescription eyeglasses that are fashionable, convenient, and affordable eyewear. The company retails eyeglasses inside a drugstore chain.
Aisle Optical is led by a team of experienced optical professionals who imagine innovative ways to access great new eyeglasses.. .