Irish food delivery company Buymie has said it will focus on supermarket chains with which it has formal relationships, after telling customers Tesco would no longer be available to its shoppers.
In an email to customers late last month, Buymie said it was a “last call” for orders from Tesco, adding: “Watch this space, we may have some exciting new retail partners soon!”
Buymie, which offers same-day delivery in Ireland and the UK, has formal relationships with a number of retailers including Dunnes Stores and Lidl in Ireland and Asda in the UK.
The company said its relationship with Tesco was informal.
Buymie said in a statement: “Entering its next phase of growth, Buymie has made the decision to offer personal shopping services exclusively to official retail partners where it can offer the best value for its customers.
“Current official partners in Ireland are Dunnes Stores and Lidl. Tesco has had an unofficial presence on the Buymie platform for over six years.”
Devan Hughes, Buymie’s co-founder and CEO, said: “As a homegrown Irish company, Buymie was proud and delighted to support the activities of Tesco and Irish consumers at a time of high demand for food supplies that has arisen due to the Covid-19 crisis.
“We have chosen to invest our resources solely in our direct retail partners in Ireland.
“Of course, our door is always open and we look forward to officially welcoming the brand back to the Buymie platform at some point and welcoming new official partners in the near future.”
He said the company is growing strongly, with services in new cities launched last year beating forecasts.
Buymie investors include the Wheatsheaf Group (an investment arm of the Grosvenor Estate), Act Venture Capital and Sure Valley Ventures.
https://www.independent.ie/business/small-business/grocery-delivery-firm-buymie-now-focusing-on-official-retail-partners-41603763.html Grocery delivery service Buymie is now focusing on “official” retail partners