hellocar

Hellocar

Lucy Tesseras

Hellocar is an online-only used car retailer. Cars are sourced directly from manufacturers, leasing and finance companies, cutting out the traditional dealerships. The UK used car industry is worth around £50bn a year. Consumers spend hours researching their next car online and often buy one from the first forecourt they visit, suggesting they have already […]

Earny

Earny

Michael Barnett

There are any number of apps and schemes that will help you save money with preferred partners but frankly, who has the time? Earny is an automated personal assistant that does the legwork for you, collecting all your spending details and trying to find out if you could have found a purchase cheaper elsewhere. Using […]

MeUndies - 100 Disruptive Brands

MeUndies

Michael Barnett

Headquartered in Los Angeles, lifestyle underwear brand MeUndies was launched in 2011 by graduate Jonathan Shokrian with $400,000 (£311,000) of startup funds raised from friends, family and angel investors. His aim was to produce the world’s most comfortable and sustainable underwear that is quick and easy to buy online. MeUndies also taps into the growing […]

NearSt 100 Disruptive Brands

NearSt

Rachel Gee

London-based NearSt was founded in April 2015 by former Ogilvy employees, Max Kreijn and Nick Brackenbury, with a view to enabling bricks-and-mortar shops to compete with online behemoths like Amazon. The NearSt mobile app enables people to find the closest physical shop that stocks the product they’re looking for, and to reserve that item or […]

Mona

Mona

Charlotte Rogers

Powered by AI, personal shopping assistant Mona is aimed at organising shopping around “people not products”. The app scours online stores for items that meet specific criteria, allowing users to ask when a specific pair of shoes will go on sale or when a dress from a particular designer will be available. Mona also offers […]

b8ta

b8ta

Sarah Vizard

B8ta is a software-powered retailer that aims to make physical retail accessible to small producers. It operates a retail-as-a-service model, making money from a software subscription model rather than taking a cut of sales. Specialising in the internet of things, its stores allow product makers to showcase and sell their gadgets, giving them an opportunity […]

TruRating

Thomas Hobbs

Cynicism around customer reviews prompted Georgina Nelson to create TruRating, which collects customer feedback at the time people pay for a product or service. Customer reviews are valuable to retailers and restaurants that need to boost sales and loyalty, and improve their products and services. The company has partnered with payment providers and banks to […]

Trouva 100 disruptive Brands

Trouva

Thomas Hobbs

Online retail marketplace Trouva, formerly known as StreetHub, has been helping small homeware and lifestyle boutique stores compete with the likes of Amazon since 2013. It was the idea of Mandeep Singh, Maxim Berglund and Alex Loizou, who have raised $4m (£3.1m) from investors including Index Ventures (which also backs well-known brands such as Asos […]

Carousell

Lucy Tesseras

Carousell is a mobile lifestyle marketplace that enables people to buy and sell items, with sellers able to create a free listing in 30 seconds. Its founders, Siu Rui Quek, Lucas Ngoo and Marcus Tan (pictured), all spent a year in Silicon Valley as part of their National University of Singapore overseas college programme and left […]

Depop

Lucy Tesseras

Intriguingly described as the “love child of Instagram and eBay”, social shopping app Depop is an online marketplace for used items. The free app enables consumers to easily sell items by taking a square format image, adding a description with hashtags and setting a price. Buyers and sellers can ‘like’ items, message each other, haggle […]

Everlane

Lucy Tesseras

According to online luxury fashion retailer Everlane, “your designer clothes sell for eight times what they cost to make”. Founded in 2010 by former venture capitalist Michael Preysman, the company charges a minimal mark-up for its designer basics and prides itself on being transparent about its operation and production process, revealing the costs and mark-up […]

M.Gemi

Lucy Tesseras

“At M.Gemi, we are reinventing luxury, starting with shoes,” says the blurb on the high-end Italian footwear site. It sells direct from small family factories to US consumers at reasonable prices (around £150, which is cheaper than the large luxury brands), with new lines added at 10am each Monday. Founded in March 2015, it is part of […]

Storefront

Lucy Tesseras

Pop-up shop platform Storefront was born of the desire to address the two-pronged challenge of brands needing to raise their profiles in new areas, and retail space owners needing to fill their property. Co-founders Mohamed Haouache and Adrien Kerbrat, who launched the business in 2013, are both graduates of French business schools and former Wall […]

Poq

Lucy Tesseras

Having coined the term ‘app commerce’, London-based Poq has notched up an impressive list of retail clients since launching in 2011, including Missguided, Radley, Liberty and House of Fraser. The company provides a platform for retailers to build apps and a content management system that allows those apps to be managed centrally. Native apps can be cost-prohibitive […]

Scoop Retail

Lucy Tesseras

London-based Scoop Retail aims to bridge the gap between the online and physical worlds for retailers, linking up customer kiosks and staff tablets in-store, and producing interactive changing room mirrors, apps and digital signage. Scoop also helps retailers to operate on an omnichannel basis, as those who shop via multiple channels spend 82% more per […]

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