XNFY Lab

Building shopping innovation with a unique shared model
A joint initiative between

XnFinity Microsoft

Goals?

The XNFY lab helps retailers drive and test innovation through a unique cluster that combines internal R&D, Startups, Retailers and the global reach of Microsoft.

Innovation is a key ingredient for future success!!

 

Shared costs and risks to increase innovation

Build a cluster focused in the future of shopping

Provide real-world retail test environment

Recruit best in class retail startups

Democratize AI in retail, to boost the shopping experience

Reduce go-to market time

Drive new innovation directly with retailers

Shared IP and Source code + ideas, studies and best practices

Why?

Retailers Problems

  • We can’t invest in the latest innovations if they have not been proven yet. We get hundreds of pitches requests per Month.. We don’t have team and time!

    CIO German Retailer
  • We are a very slow company, still focused on our daily issues and small incremental improvements.

    CEO Portuguese Retailer
  • We have a very small team and we can’t dev or test all the required solutions!

    Head Innovation French Retailer

Startups Problems

  • We tested in live environment, we reached amazing KPI’s, the retail team was aligned, it took more than 3 years to roll out.. The business cycle time is too long to survive!

    CEO Europe Startup
  • We have to give tailored made solutions for free without any guarantees, just to create a business case for the CIO.

    BizDev US Tech Provider
  • We don’t know who reach in each retailer.. Very difficult to gain footprint and mommentum to scale up.

    Former Co-Founder US Startup

How?

R&D + SHOPPING BEHAVIOUR

Internal R&D team
Research projects
Shared IP & source code
Integrations & API’s

SCOUTING STARTUPS & TECH

Microsoft teams
Advisory board
Growing network

TOP RETAILERS

Retail challenges
Innovative Solutions
Food, Non-Food, eCommerce,etc..

INNOVATION FRAMEWORK

Identify main problems
Prioritize them
Test stores - real KPI's
Retailer presentation

INNOVATION AS A SERVICE – HOW IT WORKS

1

RETAILERS NEEDS1 - Retailers need solutions for internal problems.
2 - Retailers need solutions to match customer expectations.

2

GLOBAL TEAM3 - The XNFY Lab scout startups around the world with proven results.
4 - The XNFY Lab, present a short list of technologies tested in test stores.

3

SOLUTIONS5 - Retailers select innovations with proven KPI’s and measurable benefits.
6 - Retailers can get access to internal innovations, source codes, and rights on IP.

4

FOCUS ON RESULTS5 - Retailers can focus on continuous POC, internal KPI’S and how to adapt/design solutions to their realities.

Lab Solutions Portfolio

Some of the Awesome Projects we've worked on.

A lot more solutions in our pipeline!! Prioritized by our retailers.. some with EU grants.
Working in very disruptive projects (mainly AI - DeepLearning) in partnership with researchers and universities.

 

Advisors

Innovation Never Stops