From Zero to Hero: The Ubamarket Story So Far

October 2016 was a momentous month for us, and for Budgens’ flagship store in Moreton-in-Marsh. That was, after all, when the world got its first taste of “the most sophisticated supermarket app out there” and when we finally got to see Ubamarket in action for the first time.

This landmark moment for us came after not just months, but years of blood, sweat and tears; as you can imagine, an awful lot of hard work had been put in before Ubamarket launched in its first supermarket. In fact, Ubamarket’s story actually starts way back in 2011… on aisle 9 of a supermarket, to be precise, where a bewildered Will Broome (CEO and Founder of Ubamarket) had that eureka moment! After wandering inefficiently from aisle to aisle trying to find all the things he needed for that night’s dinner, Will thought to himself: “Wouldn’t it be cool if you walked into a supermarket and your shopping list was magically put into the right order?”

The rest, as they say, is history…

Indeed, things have moved faster than an out of control shopping trolley since then, with new partners coming on board and some of the biggest publications across the land (from the Telegraph and Good Housekeeping, to the Daily Mail and The Grocer) covering the fantastic news that shopping is going to be transformed for ever.

So, to celebrate this stratospheric rise to fame, the Ubamarket team thought it was time to spill the beans and share our story so far with you.  In fact, we would rather navigate you through our tale – from conception, past the many aisles full of important ideas and partnerships, down to the check-out full of happy customers and intrigued newspapers.

Check out how we got to where we are now in our brand new infographic; as you’ll see, it’s been quite a journey!

Costly Chocolate Frogs & the Courgette Crisis: How to Weather the Storm with Ubamarket

It’s been a tough week in the world of food retail. What with the courgette crisis and Freddo price hike, customers are going hopping mad all over the place.

Sadly, we can’t dictate the RRP on confectionary amphibians, nor can we control the rain in Spain to help make courgetti spaghetti. But, we can help you prevent the price of your shop from spiralising out of control. Yes, even in such crazy times as these, Ubamarket can help you save your hard earned cash when you head to the supermarket.

After all, heading to the shops for food can be something of a lottery; if you’re feeling lazy, or hungry, or just have a lot of expensive cravings then before you know it the price of your shopping basket has gone through the roof. What’s more, with prices rising left, right and centre, it might be time to keep a closer eye on your supermarket spend. The only problem is that this requires more time and effort. Well, it does if you do it yourself anyway.

Luckily, you don’t have to anymore because Ubamarket is here to save the day – speeding up your shop while protecting your wallet! With our amazing app, when you scan-as-you-go we will not just help you cut down on till time at the end of your shop, but we will be totalling up your bill every step of the way. This means that you are able to see, in one quick glance, whether you have gone a bit bananas in store. And, not only will we help you keep an eye on the price of  your food shop, we will also collect automatic loyalty points for you as you shop, helping you save money without the need for you to fumble around for one of your six loyalty cards.

One app to rule them all!

What does 2017 have in Store for Ubamarket and the Retail Industry?

2017 is going to be a big year for retail – it’s going to be the year that things get seriously technical. We’ve already had the launch of the Amazon Go concept store, and it looks sure that the coming 12 months will see technology become an increasingly important part of our shopping experiences. And food retail is certainly no exception.

This is great news for you because it will make things faster, smarter and easier. For retailers this will mean that keeping up-to-date on all the latest tech trends is going to be extremely important when it comes to keeping you happy.

Of course, Ubamarket hopes to play a big part in retail’s tech revolution. As a white label solution that can be used in any supermarket and, as The Grocer called us, ‘the most sophisticated supermarket app out there’, we expect 2017 to be the year where you will see many more supermarkets join our ranks.

After all, why wouldn’t they? Since we pulled back the curtain and revealed Ubamarket to the world in the summer of 2016, the response of the press to our new app has been remarkable. And this year has seen more of the same, with the actual BBC coming down to film Ubamarket in action (check it out below). They are going to be looking into the use of technology in the retail industry for their programme ‘Supermarket Secrets’ and naturally they gave us a call. So make sure to keep an eye out for us on Prime time TV this April! If that’s not a great start to the year, we don’t know what is!