Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of e-commerce, brick-and-mortar retailers may soon see a rebound as AI and smart retail solutions allow them to integrate online and offline capabilities. iKala's Shoplus provides innovative AI solutions for retailers to communicate with customers, process orders and payments, and manage products.
In these tough times of COVID-19, Sega Cheng, CEO and co-founder of iKala, is all set to expand the vision of supporting startups which merely relied on physical work mechanism. With his core idea to incorporate the essence of artificial intelligence, Cheng talked how the organization is making difference in the southeast Asian market and across the world.
The use of livestreaming to sell products has ballooned in Southeast Asia this year. Moreover, the social commerce GMV in January to June was up by 306 percent year on year, while order volume grew 115 percent across Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Singapore, the industry data from iKala showed.
AIベースの顧客獲得・エンゲージメントプラットフォームを提供する台湾のスタートアップのiKalaは、シリーズBで1700万ドル（約18億円）を調達し、新たに東南アジア市場に進出する。このラウンドを主導したのは電子機器メーカーの子会社であるWistron Digital Technology Holding Companyで、これまでにも投資していたHotung Investment HoldingsとPacific Venture Partnersが参加した。iKalaの合計調達金額は3030万ドル（約21億1200万円）になった。
iKala, a Taiwan-based startup that develops AI to help clients make marketing decisions, plans to launch in Indonesia and Malaysia after raising a $17 Series B. The round is led by Wistron Digital Technology Holding Company, an investment arm of Wistron, with participation from existing investors Hotung and Pacific Venture Partners.