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Boxed gets $111 million investment



Boxed just got a major
investment to beef up its in-house logistics


  • Boxed has
    raised $111 million in a Series D round of funding, it
    announced on Tuesday.
  • The round was led by Aeon Co., a Japanese retail
    giant that is considered one of the largest in Asia.
  • Boxed is an e-commerce site that sells goods in bulk,
    earning it the nickname “the Costco for millennials.”

Boxed has taped up another round of funding.

The online seller of bulk items, sometimes referred to as the
“Costco for millennials,” has closed on a funding round totaling
$111 million, the retailer announced on Tuesday. The round was
led by Aeon Co, a Japanese company that has become one of Asia’s
biggest retailers.

In a press release, Boxed said that Aeon is Japan’s largest
retailer by sales and has become one of the country’s largest
seller of fresh grocery items. Aeon operates large, Walmart-like
stores in Japan, where they sell both food items and other goods.

Aeon says it will leverage the investment in Boxed to execute a
“digital shift,” sharing information on logistics, robots, and
data analysis.

The investment from Aeon was announced in April, but no numbers
were revealed at the time. The investment makes the company one
of the largest shareholders in Boxed,
according to the Wall Street Journal
. As part of the
round, Alpha Square Group, CDIB Capital, Gabriel Naouri, and
prior investors also contributed investment.

“Our industry is constantly evolving. Our latest
fundraising efforts will allow us to capitalize on those changes.
We’ll also continue to expand our national footprint by focusing
on reaching our core consumer in various key markets, to increase
national brand awareness of Boxed,” Chieh Huang, co-founder and
CEO of Boxed, said in a prepared statement.

Boxed says it will use the new cash to focus on its
in-house logistics services, building up its robotics team that
works to fill orders. The company is also looking to expand and
announced it will be opening up a Chicago area fulfillment center
to join the four it already has in New Jersey, Nevada, Georgia,
and Texas.

Boxed announced a
paid membership plan
earlier this year. Boxed was also

rumored to be an acquisition target
of Kroger and Amazon,
though no deals have come to fruition. 

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