TORONTO – (NewMediaWire) – October 4, 2022 – Canada-based fast grocery delivery company Buggy announces the opening of its new store in downtown London, Ontario. The aim of the new initiative is to deliver groceries and other essentials to consumers much faster, cheaper and without replacement. By opening their dark stores (called “Buggy Stores” in their app), they can source their own products at wholesale prices. They also have full-time couriers with electric bikes that allow them to deliver in as little as 15 minutes because they don’t have to rely on Gig staff to drive to a big store, park, shop and schedule a delivery. Additionally, their app only ever shows a consumer exactly what’s in the nearest buggy store at that precise moment, without getting a replacement product.
“As a University of Western graduate who lived in London for 4 years I am delighted that we are able to introduce this service here as it has been difficult to access essentials especially when living on campus or not having a car. Besides, we never had time for that! This is the future of retail in general and I know the tech-savvy student body will be early adopters – so we chose London as one of our first launch locations,” said Nicole Verkindt, CEO of Buggy.
Buggy is a “grocery and necessities” app that facilitates online shopping in their dark stores (ie micro warehouses that you can’t enter from the street) by only ordering online. The company controls its inventory, which is set up in these small micro warehouses in very densely populated cities across Canada. They assemble goods wholesale and sell them to their customers at retail prices, allowing Buggy to make groceries and other essentials affordable compared to other stores. With a dedicated full-time delivery team enabling customers to get their orders within 15 minutes, the Buggy App displays a live inventory feed to the nearest store to ensure efficiency.
“Overall, our customers range from university students on campus to seniors across Canada. Our traditional business is to shop from 3rd party retail outlets where our Personal Shoppers select, pack and deliver your groceries ensuring the quality and freshness is the best. The business is still very strong, but personally I’m most looking forward to the future of our Buggy stores as we invest and innovate in the model,” concludes Nicole Verkindt, CEO of Buggy.
Buggy, formerly known as InABuggy, was founded in 2014 by Julian Gleizer and his wife Julie Gleizer. Buggy has recently started opening its own stores called Buggy Stores. It ships to customers in Toronto (and Greater Toronto Area), Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and more from over 50 retail partners. Buggy served as a grocery shopping and delivery platform for Canadians from coast to coast, particularly during the height of the Covid pandemic.
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