3. Klarna announces another big funding round, valuing it at $45.6bn
Buy now pay later big hitter Klarna has raised $639 million at a post-money valuation of $45.6 billion.
This comes just three months after the Swedish company’s last mega funding round and cements its status as Europe’s most valuable private FinTech venture.
4. Marks & Spencer taps Medallia tech for Voice of the Customer programme
Medallia and KPMG UK have been selected to deliver Marks & Spencer’s new Voice of the Customer programme across its UK and International business.
Powered by Medallia’s technology and delivered by KPMG’s customer consulting team, this will bring together all of the retailer’s global data sources within one platform.
The aim is to gain a live, connected view of the customer experience across its operations for the first time, support its business transformation and help use data to drive decision making.
The programme will go live this quarter with a contract lasting four years
5. Popeyes UK hires David Carey as Chief Technology Officer
Following the recent announcement of its UK launch, US fried chicken restaurant brand Popeyes has unveiled its senior team as it works towards its first restaurant opening this autumn.
UK CEO Tom Crowley will lead the team, comprised of: Chief Development Officer, Tom Byng; Chief Technology Officer, David Carey; and Chief Operating Officer, Neil Williamson.
Carey is formerly of The Restaurant Group, where, as Digital Director, he was responsible for brands including Wagamama, Frankie & Benny’s, and Chiquito.
According to a press release, “he will lead on all restaurant and consumer tech, building systems to simplify operations, enable frictionless guest experiences, and understand and analyse guest data.”
Carey will oversee the creation and roll-out of Popeyes UK’s app, which will have its own delivery service.