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New app launches on Leeside

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 6:05pm

No time to get to the shops? There's an app for that!

Shopless, a new online personal shopping and delivery service that takes the stress out of high street shopping, has been launched in Cork.

The brainchild of tech entrepreneur Niamh Parker, the new subscription service allows users to buy from their favourite local stores without having to leave their home or office.

The first Shopless community is based in Cork city and its wider environs, with an expected staff of 12 by the end of 2018.

Orders are placed within seconds through the specially designed Shopless app, with products sourced locally and delivered within hours.

The model is community based, meaning that the more people in an area that use Shopless, the cheaper the service becomes for its users.

Niamh Parker said: “Shopless is a way of ‘doing the messages’ in the 21st century. Modern life means that people simple don’t have the time to traipse from shop to shop, or to wait for days for something ordered off the internet. By subscribing to our dedicated concierge service, you guarantee delivery of what you need in a timely fashion to an address of your choice. After running a restaurant business for seven years, I know that customer service is paramount - we don’t do disappointment.”

Shopless will also use artificial intelligence and machine-learning to discover what their customers want.

The system learns about what is ordered and how regularly, generating prompts to re-order when stocks are running low.

Niamh added: “As a busy mother of four, I know how difficult is to try and juggle everything. Shopless allows you to get the tights for the school play, the creme to treat the nappy rash and the shoes to match that dress. And all within hours of placing the order on the app. Shopless takes the strain for you.”

Shopless is working in partnership with The Lucey Fund, a dedicated fund to help start-up companies develop, design, brand and market their products.

Ian Lucey of the Lucey Fund said: “Nowadays, more and more people are trying to optimise their time, and service that allows customers to outsource their shopping is a key to that. Our investment will help Niamh develop a high-end application to satisfy consumer needs. We are happy to support Shopless in their mission of improving shopping experience.”

The initial subscription price is €75 per month. For more information, visit shopless.ie.

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