Ubamarket® 2.0 has arrived: Our revolutionary retail app rolls out across four counties!

A year after its initial roll-out, we are excited to announce that the next iteration of Ubamarket – the revolutionary retail app – has arrived. Following a successful trial in Warner’s Budgens’ flagship store in Moreton-in-Marsh, the same chain of supermarkets has jumped on the chance to implement our app in its other stores across four UK counties.

In the past 12 months Ubamarket® has been featured by the Daily Mail, Telegraph, Daily Express, Good Housekeeping, Which?, the BBC, and Russia Today, not to mention the fact that we were dubbed “the most sophisticated supermarket app” by none other than The Grocer magazine.

Created amid research showing that a staggering 66% of UK shoppers would potentially stop going to the UK’s 10,308 supermarkets due to a poor experience, Ubamarket® enables consumers to locate all the items on their shopping list, pay in-app and removes the need for tiresome queues. What’s more, Ubamarket® shoppers receive full automation of their loyalty points with each purchase, without the need to search for loyalty cards at the checkout, as well as receiving personalised offers direct to their phone in real-time. To see us in action, watch Ubamarket® triumph in a real-life trial on BBC One’s Supermarket Secrets.

The new white-label iteration of the app – Ubamarket 2.0, as we call it here at HQ – enables retailers to effortlessly adapt our industry-leading mobile solution as per their own company’s branding. And in yet more exciting news, we are delighted to reveal that in its next phase Ubamarket® will enable users to locate an entire shop according to dietary or allergy requirements!

Reflecting on the success of Ubamarket’s initial roll-out in his flagship store, Guy Warner, MD of Warner’s Budgens, commented on today’s news: “I’m delighted to be the first store in the world to offer a completely white-labelled version of Ubamarket® to our customers. I feel that the revolutionary ‘Taste Club’ app will effectively bridge the gap between online convenience and the in-store experience that Warner’s Budgens shoppers enjoy. We’ve already seen fantastic results in our Moreton store and are now excited to offer it to all Warner’s Budgens customers .”

We can’t wait to bring you more news of Ubamarket’s immediate roll-out across more of the UK, while we will also keep you up-to-date with even more exciting developments that we have in the pipeline… Watch this space everyone – the retail revolution is well and truly underway!

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Supermarket Wars: convenience conquers!

What a great week of news it has been for the supermarket world! Topping our list for a Monday celebration is the fact that our flagship store – Warner’s Budgens – has scooped the award for Fresh Produce Supermarket of the year at the retail industry’s most coveted ceremony – Retail Industry Awards 2017. The win is testament to the truly amazing trajectory mid-sized supermarkets are enjoying, reflected in the most sustained growth in more than four years after sales increased by more than 3pc for the sixth consecutive month.

Fresh figures from Kantar Worldpanel showed that supermarket sales jumped by 3.6pc in the three months to September 10, thanks in part to a 1.5pc increase in the volume of goods sold.

Lidl was once again the fastest-growing retailer, with a sales increase of 19.2pc taking its market share to a record 5.3pc. Collectively, Aldi and Lidl now account for nearly £1 in every £8 spent in Britain’s supermarkets – a decade ago this was only £1 in £25! The data surrounding the UK’s body of convenience stores highlight that small is most definitely mighty! Kantar stats further revealed that in the past three months alone, almost 63pc of shoppers visited one of the two retailers, up from a level of 58.5pc last year. The data is unanimous and a significant reflection of the shift in our supermarket shopping habits – if you nail convenience with the consumer at the epicentre of your in-store experience, size becomes a secondary benefit. Later in the year, we will be unveiling exactly how many supermarkets it takes to fulfil our weekly food-shopping requirements, and why large and small outlets are very-much part of a multi-store journey as opposed to an interchangeable experience for UK consumers.

Until then, another huge congratulations to Warner’s Budgens for their most deserved accolade, we are so proud to call them our founding supporter and primary roll-out partner; with an imminent announcement due in the next few days about exactly how our partnership is progressing, stay tuned to the Ubamarket social and press-feed!