Portuguese grocery retailer Sonae MC has invited national and international startups to test the retail solutions that they have developed.
'Disrupt Retail - Call for Technology' is part of the retailer’s policy of open innovation and technology cooperation, with the goal of fostering new technological solutions that are disruptive and create added-value for retail brand customers.
The first edition of the initiative will accept applications until 15 October, and the projects to be developed will be chosen and implementation will start by the end of 2017.
Participating startups will benefit from a follow-up by Sonae's technology and retail experts, as well as the possibility of using its three million clients and more than 1,000 shops.
Sonae is looking for projects in the fields of merchandising optimisation, store and warehouse operations, customer engagement, and logistics and buying experience (both online and offline), but may also take in projects in other fields, as long as they are disruptive for the retail sector.
Among the priority technologies are artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, IoT, robotics, virtual and blockchain assistants, or any other areas that may present innovative solutions.
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