The right stuff. The Chinese e-commerce supply chain firm Mockuai raised a Series C round. The company specializes in helping online influencers, and particularly users of China’s livestream platform Kuaishou, get products for their videos.
Overnight success. South Korean online grocery startup Market Kurly raised a $150M Series E round from Sequoia Capital, Hillhouse Capital Management, and DST Global. Market Kurly promises shoppers their grocery delivery by 7am the next day, though now has competitors that offer the same time commitment.
Bring it on. Delivery startup Bringg raised a $30M Series D round. Bringg makes software that companies can use to manage delivery, and works with retailers, restaurants, distributors, and healthcare companies. At the end of March the startup released its small business delivery solution, BringgNow, ahead of schedule to serve businesses' needs during the Covid-19 crisis.
More green. Tech-enabled local farming and greenhouse startup Pure Harvest Smart Farms raised a $21M Series A round from Wafra International Investment. The round is part of a commitment of up to $100M from Wafra. Not only do Pure Harvest’s greenhouses offer local sourcing, which has come into focus as Covid-19 needs have challenged supply chains, but the company’s technology could also be a solution for climate change impacts.
Original at-home shopping. The New York Times’ Caity Weaver (@caityweaver) highlights the persistent existence and success of QVC, even in the face of a pandemic.
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Virtual couture. Jessica Heron-Langton at Dazed explores how users are injecting high fashion into The Sims — and how Covid-19 might give virtual fashion a boost (CBI covered the opportunity for virtual goods late last year).