ChargeItSpot is Fundraising Again as it Doubles Down on Back-of-house ARC Kiosks for Retailers

In 2020 and 2021, after years of focus on phone-charging stations for customer use, venture-backed ChargeItSpot started serving the retailers themselves. The Bourse-based company took on a new pain point in the sector — time, money and energy wasted on docking, charging and fixing the devices used on retail floors or during checkout. Its charging stations still exist in stores, but the company’s new focus would be on its Asset Recharge Centers (ARC), CEO Douglas Baldasare told in February 2022.

The mobile device management kiosks allow store associates to sign out devices used on the floor and report problems, keep them charged and organized, and save time for managers who used to oversee the process. ChargeItSpot first piloted the locker-like devices with Navy Yard’s Comoto Holdings, owner of RevZilla.

Now, after about 18 months of focusing on ARC, ChargeItSpot just signed a big client: Sam’s Club. The Philly company will be placing two ARC machines in each of the retail warehouse’s 600 locations later this year. The lockers allow for associates to quickly scan in and out handheld devices, report issues and streamline maintenance and repair on those devices.