Uk news Boss of Dundee app Snappy Shopper says local shops face wipeout by 'dark stores' PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Mike Callachan says dark units - which aren't shops, but merely warehouses delivering groceries for apps like JustEat, Deliveroo and Gorillas - could make convenience stores extinct.

Uk news Boss of Dundee app Snappy Shopper says local shops face wipeout by 'dark stores' PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Mike Callachan says dark units - which aren't shops, but merely warehouses delivering groceries for apps like JustEat, Deliveroo and Gorillas - could make convenience stores extinct.

Uk news  Boss of Dundee app Snappy Shopper says local shops face wipeout by 'dark stores' PremierLeague-News.Com
24 June 2022 - 10:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The boss of Dundee-based delivery app Snappy Shopper says local corner shops risk going out of business at the hands of so-called "dark stores" fulfilling orders for major competitors like Deliveroo. Mike Callachan, chief executive of the hit application, says the dark units - which aren't shops, but merely warehouses delivering groceries for apps like JustEat, Deliveroo and Gorillas - could make local convenience stores a thing of the past unless people support them. He told insider.co.uk : "People still want the convenience of deliver now, but want to support the high street shop. If they [dark stores] win, there's a significant threat to convenience stores' existence." Read More Related Articles Dundee nursery worker cleared of misconduct after colleagues 'colluded' against her Read More Related Articles Man, 64, dies after flat fire at retirement development in Dundee Snappy Shopper launched in Dundee in 2017, teaming up with local corner shops across Tayside to fulfil orders made via a mobile app for groceries and even alcohol. Because orders are made and delivered by the company from local convenience stores under banners including Premier, Family Shopper and Co-op, people who buy through the app are also supporting their local businesses. Callachan launched the app after teaming up with Spar franchisee Scott Campbell to help busy locals stay on top of their top-up shops, while ensuring the stores stayed afloat too. The company became a huge success story during the coronavirus pandemic, when it reported a 534% rise in orders five weeks after March 2020. Convenience stores using Snappy Shopper are charged smaller fees than competitor apps (Image: Ayrshire Post) Do you still support your local corner shop? Share your views in the comments. By the end of 2020, the app went from supporting nine shops, doing around £100,000 in turnover, to 650 shops, turning over £3m per month. It now works with 1,300 convenience stores across the country and has just fulfilled its five-millionth order. But it remains proudly local. Snappy Shopper is based at Dundee City Quay, where hundreds of locally employed people work to keep the app's expansion going.

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. But convenience stores reportedly prefer Snappy Shopper's more competitive service fees. Bigger firms charge small businesses as much as 25% per order, meaning small businesses don't actually make any money on the order at all. How to get the latest news from DundeeLive DundeeLive brings you the latest headlines from Dundee and beyond. But did you know you all the ways you can stay informed with us? You can get our top stories sent straight to your inbox with our daily news updates. Simply fill in the sign up box further up this article or click here. Make sure you give us a 'Like' on Facebook to get the latest Dundee breaking news, pictures, video and live reports in your feed. You can also follow us on Twitter, clicking the notification bell to receive alerts any time we tweet. We share everything from live news and exclusive scoops to the latest features and sport every day so you definitely don't want to miss out! Callachan said of the app's success: "The orders came flying in that first weekend and shop sales doubled, immediately making Scott's shops profitable, while gaining him a new customer base of those who found it harder to pop in." The business boss wants people to continue using convenience stores in any way they can, despite the allure of apps like Amazon promising just about any item conceivable at a knock-down price. He added: "I don't like the instinct, but I'm guilty of it too - where I would have usually went to the local shop to get new batteries, now I'll just order them on Amazon, so its more missed revenue for the retailers. "Being able to say we're the only app to sell the on-the-shelf-price is a good message right now, and we're still making money while the customer gets a fair price." Get the latest Dundee Live news sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for our daily news updates, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Read next: Scots pub firm Macmerry enters liquidation as boss moves bars to new company Scots veterans' home in firebomb attack as vandals torch campervan outside building New Dundee housing development finally set for consultation on primary school

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