Saturday, July 3, 2010

Retail Solutions Secures $15,200,000 Funding Led by Investor Growth Capital

Retail Solutions Secures $15,200,000 Funding Led by Investor Growth Capital

Funding to Support International Expansion, Market Consolidation in the Retail Execution Management Space

Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2010

Retail Solutions Inc., the leading solution provider helping consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies create value from operational downstream data, today announced it has secured a Series C round of $15.2 million in funding led by new investor Investor Growth Capital.

Investor Growth Capital is the growth-stage venture capital arm of Investor AB, the largest publicly traded investment holding company in Northern Europe with investment activities in North America, Europe and Asia. All existing investors, Venrock, Bessemer Venture Partners, Red Rock Ventures and SAP Ventures, also participated in the round. The company will use the financing to accelerate international growth and look for acquisition opportunities to further consolidate its market leadership.

“Retail Solutions has grown very fast in the last few years and has become the uncontested leader in the Retail Execution Management and downstream data spaces,” said Jonathan Golovin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Retail Solutions. “Many of our customers are now extending their early implementations to international, corporate-level roll-outs. This new round will help us accelerate international growth and provide our customers the assurance that Retail Solutions will be a global, long-term, strategic partner to them. We selected Investor Growth Capital in order to leverage their long-established global platform and deep relationship network in Europe and Asia.”

Retail Solutions provides a unique Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform transforming downstream data, such as point-of-sale and inventory data by store, by day and by SKU into value-added visibility and actionable insights to help CPG companies transform the way they work with retailers. Today, more than 350 CPG companies, including 20 of the top 25 global CPG companies, trust Retail Solutions to support their Retail Execution Management projects across more than 30 international retailers.

“Retail Solutions is well positioned for success in the years to come,” commented Noah Walley, Managing Director of Investor Growth Capital. “The company has built successful relationships with most of the largest companies in the industry and is driving real awareness for the value that can be unlocked by retailers and consumer packaged goods manufacturers who jointly collaborate on downstream data. The management team has proven its ability to both generate sustained organic growth and successfully integrate acquisitions. We are very enthusiastic to be leading this new round of funding.”

As part of the round, Walley will join Retail Solutions’ Board of Directors.

“We are now in a great position to consolidate a fast-growing market,” added Peter Rieman, Executive Vice-President, Retail Solutions. “Retail Solutions has already achieved financial stability, with a positive net income each and every month of 2010 while growing at a 40% pace. This new funding will enable us to accelerate the pace of acquisitions to complement our organic growth and strengthen our International market leadership in the Retail Execution Management space.”

About Retail Solutions Inc.

Retail Solutions powers Retail Execution Management. Retail Solutions develops and delivers a comprehensive suite of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions that turn downstream data, such as point-of-sale (POS), supply chain, merchandiser feedback and customer loyalty data into actionable visibility into the store and onto the shelf.

More than 350 leading companies such as 3M, Abbott, Bausch & Lomb, Bayer, Colgate-Palmolive, Clorox, Heineken, HP, Kao Brands, Kraft, Nestlé, Novartis, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt-Benckiser, Schering-Plough Corp. and Unilever trust Retail Solutions to grow their retail sales, maximize in-store operation productivity, plan and execute more effective promotions, reduce their costs and join efforts with retail partners to improve shelf availability and consumer satisfaction. Please visit http://www. retailsolutions. com (http://www. retailsolutions. com) for more information.

About Investor Growth Capital

Investor Growth Capital is the wholly-owned venture capital arm of Investor AB, a publicly traded investment holding company, listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Investor Growth Capital was formed in the mid-1990s to invest in market-leading, growth-oriented companies, primarily in the IT and Healthcare industries. Today its 30 investment professionals are developing a portfolio whose value exceeds $1 billion from offices located in New York, Menlo Park, Stockholm, Hong Kong and Beijing. For several decades, Investor AB has maintained a leading shareholder position in a number of European multinational corporations, including ABB, AstraZeneca, Atlas Copco, Electrolux, Ericsson and SEB. For almost a century Investor AB's business philosophy has been to build best-in-class companies in sectors where the group has strong knowledge and a networking advantage. Investor Growth Capital shares that approach and benefits from Investor AB's extensive global network of companies and senior managers. For more information, go to http://www. investorgrowthcapital. com (http://www. investorgrowthcapital. com).

Media and Analyst Contact Information:
Cedric Guyot, Retail Solutions, +1 (650) 390-6106, cedric(dot)guyot(at)retailsolutions(dot)com

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