Second batch finalized: 11 startups move into Retailtech Hub
“The Retailtech Hub has gained momentum incredibly quickly,” said its Managing Director Thorsten Marquardt. “The pilot projects and new startups will enable us to firmly establish ourselves as an innovation driver for the entire retail sector. Apart from the Schwarz Group, we’re delighted to be joined by Aachener Grundvermögen, a company from the real estate sector.” Aachener Grundvermögen, which owns retail premises in pedestrian zones in Germany and Europe, is very interested in the digitized, customer-driven development of the urban city. “The digitalization of bricks-and-mortar retail is in full swing. Physical and online retail will soon merge and become indistinguishable. As a large owner of retail property, we want to be among the frontrunners,” declared Frank Wenzel, CEO of the Cologne-based company.
The following startups will be part of the Retailtech Hub:
...LightnTec (www.lightntec.com) produces LED-embedded light film for indoor and outdoor billboards. Each individual LED on the plastic film can be individually controlled, enabling moving images to be displayed on large surfaces. The illuminated surface is about 90% lighter than conventional LED screens and can be individually cut to size and shape with a pair of scissors or a knife without impairing its function. The LED films developed by LightnTec have a light density of up to 5,000 candelas per square metre...