Pires Investments (PIRI.L) Buymie partners with Dunnes Stores

Buymie partners with Dunnes Stores for same-day grocery delivery

Pires Investments plc (AIM: PIRI), the investment company focused on next generation technology, is pleased to provide an update on its investment in Sure Valley Ventures (“SVV”) in relation to Buymie, Ireland’s same-day grocery delivery company, a company within the SVV portfolio.

Buymie has announced a new partnership with Dunnes Stores, Ireland’s second most popular grocery chain, which will allow customers able to order groceries from 24 stores in the greater Dublin area and in Cork City for same-day delivery. Under the partnership, customers will be able to book delivery slots for as little as one hour or up to seven days in advance.

To access the delivery service, customers can download the Buymie mobile app and, once registered, can select to shop for groceries within the Dunnes online grocery store. All customers have access to their own personal shopper who will let them know if items are out of stock and offer alternatives. Customers can also add a request for shoppers to look for items that they can’t find themselves on the app.

Online grocery sales have surged during the pandemic and are still rising despite the easing of lockdown restrictions. Sales grew by 121.7 per cent over the four weeks ending 19 September 2020, according to Kantar, with new shoppers accounting for almost a quarter of the €133.6 million spent on online groceries in the previous 12 weeks.

Pires has a circa 13% interest in SVV. SVV is a venture capital fund focused on investing in the software technology sector with a specific focus on artificial intelligence, the internet of things and immersive technologies.

Peter Redmond, Chairman of Pires commented:

“We are delighted to note Buymie’s partnership with Dunnes Stores, one of Ireland’s leading grocery stores, which will see customers able to order groceries for same-day delivery in the greater Dublin area and in Cork City. Having raised €5.8 million earlier this year for further expansion in the UK and Ireland, this partnership is a testament to the success the business has demonstrated to date and is indicative of Buymie’s continued and ambitious growth prospects in the coming months.

“With partnerships already secured with Lidl Ireland and the Co-Op, and with the rapid increase in demand for online, same-day grocery delivery as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that Buymie is well-positioned to cater for this growing market across the UK and Ireland. As such, we look forward to updating the market with Buymie’s progress in due course.”

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