Brandify and Rakuten Ready Partner to Streamline Consumer Transactions

Partnership will help to provide seamless consumer experiences for brick-and-mortar brands Brandify, the leader in local presence for multi-location brands, has announced a strategic partnership with Rakuten Ready, whose order-ahead technology powers more efficient Order for Pickup for brick-and-mortar businesses. The partnership allows the two companies to showcase each other’s offerings to retailers and enterprise brands, and creates synergies that connect Brandify’s location technology with Rakuten Ready’s commerce and…

MarTech Interview with Jaron Waldman, CEO at Rakuten Ready

"We think the shift to mobile is here to stay. Brands who stay focused on being flexible with short-term plans and a longer-term differentiation strategy will succeed." Hi Jaron, please tell us about your role, your team and the technology at Rakuten Ready. I’m CEO at Rakuten Ready- that came about as part of having co-founded Curbside in 2013 along with former leaders of location innovation at Apple. In 2018 we joined the Rakuten family to accelerate our vision of predictive arrival technology on a global stage. In…

Rakuten Ready Launches ARRIVE Mobile App

Rakuten Ready, the leader in predictive arrival technology, has launched the ARRIVE Mobile App. The new addition to Rakuten Ready’s ARRIVE platform empowers merchants that don’t have their own mobile app to deliver superior Order for Pickup experiences by increasing order efficiency and improving management of the order for pickup process. Merchants of all sizes can use the ARRIVE Mobile App to get access to all of the same benefits delivered by Rakuten Ready’s ARRIVE predictive arrival platform, including greater…

Rakuten Ready ROI Study Reveals The Fastest And Most Profitable QSR Order Channel

Rakuten Ready, the mobile Order for Pickup technology leader defining the future with solutions that deliver a superior in-store experience, unveiled their inaugural Rakuten Ready 2020 ROI Study to understand how and why to shift the order mix to Order for Pickup, and why utilizing the right technology will improve both profitability and the customer experience. Secret shoppers visited Burger King, Chick-fil-A, McDonald's and Taco Bell locations in 30 cities to place in-person orders. The Rakuten Ready ROI Study showed…

Rakuten Ready Study Sets Restaurant, Retail and Grocery Benchmarks for Getting Order Ahead Right; Wait Time Is Critical

Secret Shoppers Rank Chipotle, Panera, Best Buy, Nordstrom, H-E-B and Whole Foods Tops for Fastest Pickup Times; Quick-Service Restaurants Set the Overall Pace Ahead of Retail, Grocery Brands As the ‘On-Demand’ Economy Takes Hold, Study Unveils Gaps in Customer Experience Rakuten Ready, the location-centric mobile commerce platform that takes the friction out of the mobile order-ahead experience for thousands of stores and restaurants, unveiled a benchmark study enlisting secret shoppers to evaluate the Order for Pickup…

KKR and Rakuten to Acquire Stakes in Seiyu from Walmart

Walmart Inc., KKR & Co. Inc., and Rakuten, Inc., announced the signing of definitive agreements under which KKR will purchase a majority stake and a new Rakuten subsidiary will purchase a minority stake in Seiyu GK in a deal valuing the business at ¥172.5 billion (approx. $1.6 billion). Under the terms of the agreements, KKR will acquire a 65% stake in Seiyu, and Rakuten will acquire a 20% stake, through a newly created subsidiary focused on retailer digital transformation. Walmart will retain a 15% stake in Seiyu.…

Sam’s Club Partners With Button and Rakuten Advertising

Button's Reach solution has evolved affiliate marketing into a major channel for installs and app sales Button, the leading mobile technology company, and Rakuten Advertising, the top global affiliate marketing network, announced the integration of Button software to drive app installs, and boost sales as well as repeat purchases for brands. Through Reach™, Button's latest product that offers its deep linking and app-tracking technology as a service to affiliate network traffic, brands are able to convert moments of high…

Optimega Partners with Rakuten.com to Expand Their Online Sales

Omega Shots Are Now Available Through Rakuten Omega-3 supplement brand, Optimega, has been expanding their e-commerce model over the last six years, now with products available for purchase through online retail giant, Rakuten.com. Online sales have been a major component of Optimega brand success throughout 2020, and the recent acquisition of Rakuten could have a major impact on their overall supplement sales. Rakuten is often referred to as "The Biggest E-Commerce Site You've Never Heard Of," because the site is well…

Mavenir Cloud-Native RCS Solution Launches as Part of Rakuten Mobile Communication Platform, Rakuten Link

Next-Generation Voice and Messaging Delivered Mavenir, the industry's only end-to-end cloud-native network software provider for Communications Service Providers, announced that it has successfully deployed its next-generation voice and messaging solution as part of Rakuten Mobile’s communication app, Rakuten Link. Rakuten Link is a communication platform based on the GSMA RCS (Rich Communication Services) standards. Unlike other OTT (Over the Top) messaging apps where communication is limited to between app users,…

TechBytes with Cristina Constandache, Chief Revenue Officer at Rakuten Viber

With Instagram testing “hiding” like counts in the U.S., what alternative approaches can businesses take to engage their customers? Obviously, with Instagram testing the removal of liking a photo, businesses must find new and innovative ways to engage with their customers. Brands can no longer rely on a high number of “like counts” to draw in more engagement. Rather, the best approach is to shift their focus to two-way engagements, digitally communicating in a conversational manner. This approach can seamlessly be…

MarTech Interview with Cristina Constandache, Chief Revenue Officer at Rakuten Viber

"The companies that will do best in the data economy will be the ones that balance data with privacy and avoid the “creepy” factor." Journey into Tech Hi Cristina, tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to take up the role at Rakuten Viber? I was very intrigued by the role at Rakuten Viber. Working for an app with over 1 billion global users in a newly created role as CRO offered a lot of opportunities along with a lot of challenges. It required me to use all the skills I had been building…

New Rakuten Marketing Research Reveals APAC Consumer Intentions Ahead of the Holidays

Leading digital advertising business Rakuten Marketing has announced the launch of its new 2019 Consumer Holiday Shopping Research, delving into the planned spending habits of consumers ahead of this year’s holiday season. The research surveyed 2000 consumers across four key APAC markets including Australia, South Korea, China and Singapore with the findings revealing a number of key trends that will help marketers plan for this holiday season. Consumers are officially in holiday shopping mode. When asked to describe their…

Rakuten TV Launches its AVOD Service in Europe

The First Pan-European VOD Platform Providing Ad-Supported Channels That Offer Hollywood, Local and Exclusive Content for Free Rakuten TV, one of the leading video-on-demand platforms in Europe, announced the launch of its first AVOD - ad-supported video-on-demand - channels within the platform. This new business model will allow viewers to watch a wide range of content for free. The free section of Rakuten TV will launch with an initial offer including Hollywood and local content to be expanded to additionally include…

TechBytes with Zephrin Lasker, VP of E-Commerce at Rakuten Viber

Tell us more about your role at Viber and Viber’s e-commerce platform. Viber is the third-largest messaging app in the world with 1 billion registered users. Viber provides a secure platform for private conversations—we’re end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning that we can’t and don’t read or monitor private conversations or listen to private calls happening between users. On the e-commerce side, we work with brands to advertise directly to consumers who consent to engagement. We don’t give brands access to our users’…

TechBytes with Abi Jacks, Senior Director of Marketing, Europe, at Rakuten Marketing

Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at Rakuten Marketing. I am the Senior Director, Marketing for our European region which involves working with leadership across our European offices to make sure that marketing activity supports new business growth and client revenues. Key to the role and team is the ability to show growth in mature countries within Europe and to efficiently expand into new territories when required. The European team sits across core countries including the UK and Central Europe…

Rakuten Selects VIAVI To Validate World’s First End-to-End Cloud-Native Mobile Network

TM500 Is the De Facto Standard for Lab Validation of Mobile Network Performance as Experienced by End Users Viavi Solutions Inc. announced that Rakuten, Inc., one of the world’s leading internet services companies and soon to be the newest mobile network operator in Japan, has selected the VIAVI TM500 system to support the rapid deployment of a nationwide, end-to-end cloud-native mobile network. Rakuten offers e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications services to over one billion members worldwide. The…

Rakuten Marketing Powers Programmatic Prospecting Ad Solution with New Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Technology

Predictive AI Helps Brands Discover New, Previously Untapped Customers Who Are Ready to Buy Rakuten Marketing has released a new edition of its high-performing programmatic Prospecting product, taking online advertising to an all new level of performance by connecting brands with relevant, in-market audiences they wouldn't have otherwise found. This new, market-leading edition of Rakuten Marketing Prospecting is powered by proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology, and unique Rakuten…

Bang & Olufsen Selects CreatorIQ as Global Influencer Marketing Platform of Record

Leading In-House Enterprise Software Provides Sophisticated Solution For High-End, EMEA-Based Electronics Company’s Global Influencer Expansion CreatorIQ, the end-to-end enterprise software powering influencer marketing efforts for global enterprises like Unilever, Rakuten, and H&M, announced it was selected as the platform of record for high-end consumer electronics company Bang & Olufsen (B&O). The Denmark-based company is leveraging CreatorIQ’s sophisticated, data-driven platform to build and optimize its…

AdTech Roundup: Top Things in Advertising Technology

Today’s AdTech Roundup covers the latest in Native and Programmatic Advertising, Technology, TV Advertising, Audience Data announcements Playwire, Venatus, Anzu.io, Rakuten Advertising, and Mediavine. Playwire to Give All Online Publishers Insights on Advertising Technology, Page Speed, Site Performance, and Ad Optimization Playwire, a global advertising technology company specializing in revenue amplification for publishers and content creators, is set to host a virtual event on August 20, 2020 at 12-2 PM EST with Google …