Tuesday 22 October 2019

Pointy grows with more partners

Mark Cummins and Charles Bibby, co-founders of Pointy. Photo: Colm Mahad
Mark Cummins and Charles Bibby, co-founders of Pointy. Photo: Colm Mahad

Michael Cogley

Irish retail tech company Pointy has agreed partnerships with a number of international retail brands as it bids to help local businesses take on Amazon.

The company, which provides customers with live stock updates from local shops, has reached deals with point-of-sale businesses Quickbooks, Vend and IdoSoft to make the product more available to potential customers.

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The Dublin-based startup has 15,000 users of its product to date with around 1pc of all stores in the US now using it. The company has raised $19m (€17.2m) to date.

Pointy co-founder Mark Cummins said local retailers everywhere had the same problem.

"Consumers are searching on their phones for the products they want to buy, but local retailers aren't appearing in those searches and they're losing business as a result," he said.

"Pointy makes it easy for local retailers to win back that business by bringing their live inventory online and making it available through search engines. When people can easily find products locally, many choose to buy locally."

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