Buymie named as finalist at Innovation Awards 2019

Devan Hughes, CEO and Co-Founder of Buymie, a finalist in the Irish Times Innovation Awards 2019

Buymie, the app-based online grocery shopping provider that can deliver shopping to homes in as little as one hour, has been shortlisted at The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2019. The eventual winner will receive a €150,000 bursary and an exclusive Irish Times advertising contract.

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21 October 2019 | 0

One of the eight Dublin finalists in with a chance of winning the first prize of a €150,000 communications package at this upcoming Irish Times Innovations Awards is ‘Buymie’, the online grocery service that has grown considerably over the past few years. The company has been nominated in the New Frontiers category.

Buymie’s format involves customers using the app to order grocery and household items from large retailers such as Lidl and Tesco and have their items delivered in as little as one hour by their very own personal Buymie shopper.

For retailers, it offers a pre-built digital platform and the opportunity to plug into the on-demand grocery delivery market using a shared logistics network, thereby removing the need for large, up-front investment.

Company co-founder Devan Hughes has pointed to the huge growth in the ‘on-demand’ sector. “Consumer expectation for ‘on-demand’ groceries has skyrocketed,” says Hughes, “with year-on-year growth of 1,211 per cent in this channel versus 7.5 per cent growth in the traditional next-day delivery market.

“To be frank,” Hughes adds, “Buymie has opened an entirely new channel for the FMCG sector, which is proving an incredible growth opportunity for our retail and brand partners.”

Buymie’s backers include consumer goods giant Unilever, Dragon’s Den star Eamonn Quinn and Scott Weavers-Wright, who founded Kiddicare and then went on to run Morrisons online channel.

Category winners win a €10,000 communications package and go forward to compete for the overall Innovation of the Year Award and a top prize of a €150,000 comms package and a scholarship for two business courses at UCD Business School, commencing in 2020.

 

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