Madrid-based Nextail raises $10 million to bring artificial intelligence into retailers’ inventory planning

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Nextail, the fast-growing tech company that brings artificial intelligence into retailers’ inventory planning and merchandising decisions, has today announced that it has closed $10 million Series A funding round. The round was led by London and Amsterdam based VC firm KEEN Venture Partners, together with Sonae Investment Management and joined by existing investor Nauta Capital. The new financing is being used to accelerate product development and double the size of the team, as it grows internationally.

Founded by Joaquín Villalba and Carlos Miragall in 2014, Madrid-based Nextail has developed a cloud-based platform that combines artificial intelligence and prescriptive analytics to upgrade retailers’ inventory management processes and store operations. Nextail provides retailers with data-driven decisions and the operational excellence of fast fashion, transforming how they buy new collections and distribute products. Nextail’s clients are leading fashion and collection-based retailers including Pepe Jeans, Stefanel and Melon Fashion Group. Clients typically see value delivered within 30 days, from sales increasing between 5-10%, in-store stock coverage reduced by 30% and stockouts reduced by 60%.

Joaquín Villalba, CEO and Co-Founder of Nextail, stated: “Agile and data-driven decisions help organisations meet customer demands. At Nextail, we deliver smart automated decisions, powered by the analytical principles that the leading digital players use. We help our clients with smarter use of inventory, so that they can focus on delivering better products and experiences to their customers.”

“This round is a significant stepping stone for us. In addition to the extra backing from Nauta Capital, we’re excited to have received funding from KEEN and Sonae IM. Their belief in our technology and scale up potential will enable us to truly drive global expansion, as we support brands in new geographies, specifically the US and the UK”, added Carlos Miragall, CFO and Co-Founder of Nextail.