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January 2024

Reblaze Technologies Becomes Part of the Link11 Group

Reblaze Technologies, a leading international provider of cloud-native web application and API protection (WAAP), becomes part of the Link11 Group.


The value added of a crystal ball

October 2016 SONAE The value added of a crystal ball Do you know what we did this summer? When everybody was already packing to go on vacations, we managed to close our 4th investment this year in InovRetail, a retail technology company. InovRetail is based in Porto and was founded by a team of IT consultants for retail that added another bunch of experts in areas like software development and data science. The end result? Well, you have a complete set of data-driven solutions focused on improving the customer experience and operations in-store. They leveraged on their retail expertise to collect and analyse store data that could improve revenues and optimize operations. By data I mean anything that can be measured: sales, stocks, store temperature, products displayed, even music loudness and store humidity. From this, they were able to bootstrap and launch another range of complementary products. The most relevant...
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Several key moments in 16 years of history

September 2016 SONAE Several key moments in 16 years of history In 2000, Saphety was totally different from what it is today. During this period, there were mergers, acquisitions, the creation of new business units and respective product development. Also, some segments were discontinued as its interest decreased – in the light of company’s strategic focus – and the company began its internationalization. Over time, Saphety had several key moments that determined its course, especially in the last six years. The acquisition of Softlimits “electronic markets” business area in 2010 was the turning point, which completely transformed Saphety’s strategy. The company then decided to clearly focus on Electronic Document Exchange and Electronic Invoicing, by replacing the already implemented base by the new product. This was a project estimated for six months that ended up being completed pursuant to customer’s needs. Rui Fontoura, Saphety’s CEO, says it was a bold decision...
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Sonae IM invests in InovRetail

July 2016 RETAIL TECHNOLOGIES Sonae IM invests in InovRetail Sonae IM, Sonae’s Corporate Venture Capital, has just announced the investment in InovRetail, becoming a reference shareholder in the technology startup. InovRetail’s core business is focused on advanced analytics tools, aiming to assist retailers in improving their performance, by making more informed decisions. Sonae IM will play a decisive role in supporting InovRetail to become a global data analytics reference for retailers. InovRetail’s solutions allow retailers to adjust their offer and increase sales by processing their data, as well as in making highly reliable predictions. Moreover, these tools will create opportunities for retailers to improve their customers’ in-store experience. Over 500 reference retailers’ stores have implemented InovRetail solutions, in diverse segments such as sports, consumer electronics, fashion, food, among others. Sonae IM believes that InovRetail’s distinctive and innovative positioning, together with the quality of the management team, is key in turning...
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