Punchh adds Robin Murray to its Board along with raising $40m Series C funding led by Adams Street Partners and Sapphire Ventures

– USA, CA –  Punchh, a customer marketing solutions for physical retailers, today announced it has raised $40 million in a Series C funding round led by Adams Street Partners and Sapphire Ventures, with AllianceBernstein also participating in the round. The new funding will be used to further augment Punchh’s AI capabilities as it expands into new verticals such as convenience stores and other physical retail segments. Robin Murray of Adams Street Partners will also join Punchh’s board.

“Consumers expect ubiquity of experiences online and off. In-store retail remains extremely popular and is one of the most powerful relationship-building channels ever created. However, e-commerce has changed expectations for personalization so dramatically that marketers need to incorporate AI in order to remain competitive,” said Shyam Rao, CEO of Punchh. “Our platform gives retailers an unparalleled understanding of how customers engage with their brand in the real world, along with the ability to use that understanding to create AI-powered experiences that keep customers coming back for more.”

Punchh is the only marketing platform designed to drive same-store sales for the physical retail experience. By integrating with existing point-of-sale and e-Commerce systems, Punchh collects in-store and online customer data in real-time to generate a 360-degree view of customers across the entire customer lifecycle. That lifecycle, powered by Punchh, brings people from “consumer” to “customer”, and from “customer” to “loyalist”. By applying Punchh’s proprietary AI to this customer data, brands can create and deliver personalized journeys, which allows retailers to distribute tailored offers to drive customer lifetime value.

“Punchh is the undisputed leader in this category. They work with the biggest brands, have the most sophisticated technology, and drive real results for their customers,” said Robin Murray, Partner at Adams Street Partners. “While everyone else got distracted by maximizing e-commerce, Punchh took the best technologies and practices from that space and applied them to physical retail. Now the world is coming back around – just look at Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods – and Punchh is already 10 steps ahead of the game.”

“Analysts predict e-commerce will account for just 10 percent1 of total retail sales in 2019, which means about 90 per cent of transactions are still taking place in-store,” said Jai Das, managing director, president and co-founder of Sapphire Ventures. “There’s tremendous opportunity in brick-and-mortar retail, and brands are looking for ways to better understand their customers and build data-driven relationships that translate into increased customer lifetime value. Punchh’s solutions allow retailers to do that in a highly scalable manner, which is why they’re trusted by so many leading brands, and why we’re so optimistic on their long-term growth.”

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