A Northern Ireland firm is offering up new online shopping software in a bid to help retailers here.
Mercury Order Retail was created by the Derry-based digital growth agency Grofuse in an effort to promote social distancing and throw a lifeline to retail businesses amid the coronavirus chaos.
It’s developed a new ordering platform for wholesalers supplying the catering industry, a sector which has been decimated by the crisis.
The new software is being offered free for three months when retailers sign up before July 1.
However, the Grofuse team responded with innovation by fast-tracking the development of the new software as a service (SaaS) product to meet the needs of local retailers and communities, as demand surges for home delivery and click and collect services.
“Like most businesses, we have been feeling the financial strain of this crisis, but we saw an opportunity not to lay off team members – rather to get creative and actively map out our recovery amid the coronavirus chaos,” Grofuse director, Ian Cullen, said.
“These are tough times for everyone and our team at Grofuse wanted to do something socially responsible to help out in what is the global crisis of our generation.
“With our workload significantly lightened due to the situation, the whole team was deployed to research, design, build and market a new online shopping software for smaller retailers in double-quick time."
The firm says that “central to the design of the platform is that it’s lightning fast and super simple to use for both retailers and their customers” with retailers able to set up on the platform in less than 30 minutes.