Spar stores gain access to food waste app

Spar stores in Northern Ireland are among the retail premises that now have access to a new food waste app aiming to help shops sell through their reduced-to-clear items.

Mobile platform Gander, which lists reduced-to-clear food inventory from participating stores, has partnered with Henderson Technology – an arm of the multi-purpose Henderson Group – to bring the new app to life in a retail setting.

Stores operating under the Spar, Eurospar, Vivo, Vivoxtra brands in Northern Ireland have access to the technology, as do Spar shops in Calver, Sleaford, Nefyn, and Abersoch across England and Wales.

Henderson Technology’s EDGEPoS system has been linked to Gander, meaning qualifying products are added to the list of reduced items for sale on the app as soon as they are stickered in-store. As items are sold, their listings are instantly removed from the app, providing a real-time view of discounted inventory for users of the technology.

Ashley Osborne, founder of Gander, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Henderson Technology to introduce this new technology to market in an industry first.

“Together through this partnership, we can take significant strides towards giving retailers and shoppers alike the ability to have a more sustainable and mindful approach to food shopping.”

He added that food waste is an environmental crisis and can be costly for retailers, yet most of it can be avoided. He also views his technology as a way of helping consumers save money.

“At a time when margins are being squeezed, this is revenue sitting on their shelves and that shoppers locally would love to buy, they just don’t know it is there,” he said.

The Gander app can be downloaded via the Apple or Android app and used to locate reduced items at the participating stores across the UK. The partners involved expect to bring the technology to more Henderson Group-served stores in time.

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