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R/GA Ventures, Westfield Labs Think These Companies are the Future of Retail

R/GA Ventures and Westfield Labs have selected 10 businesses that represent commerce’s future.

Earlier this week, the two announced which companies had been chosen for their Connected Commerce Accelerator, a program where businesses showcase their digital retail innovations from visual recognition to connected experience technologies. The 10 companies selected include Agent Q, AxleHire, Clarifai, Cordial, Darkstore, Happy Returns, Myagi, Oak, Percolata and Reply.ai.

“The innovative technologies, services, and business models of the companies in the program position them to be leaders in determining the future of retail and commerce,” said R/GA’s managing director, Stephen Plumlee. “We are excited to work with each of the companies to help them build their businesses through access to R/GA’s creative capital and client network as well as through the extensive expertise and networks from Westfield Labs and the other program partners.”

The Connected Commerce Accelerator provides the selected companies with key resources like branding development, digital lab access and mentoring from top e-commerce leaders and program partners, including Macy’s and Walmart. In addition, participants will also hold discussions about future e-commerce solutions and potential market opportunities. With the program, each company will have opportunities for business model development, pilots and program partner collaborations to succeed in today’s digital marketplace.

“We are committed to infusing digital into our physical shopping environments to create new consumer experiences and we are excited to support the ten companies selected who share in our vision for the future of retail,” said Kevin McKenzie, global chief digital officer at Westfield Corporation.

The Connected Commerce Accelerator program will be held at the R/GA San Francisco office and will conclude in October when each startup will present to retail, commerce and technology industry leaders and investors.

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