Published: August 30, 2018

As an array of retail giants like Amazon and Alibaba enter the local marketplace, retail innovation is imperative for bricks-and-mortar-stores to compete and bring their offerings to the forefront. 

As part of a renewed push to support the local retail sector, the City of Adelaide is collaborating closely with retailers and technology businesses to come up with smart solutions to guide Adelaide businesses into the new revolution of retail.

The City of Adelaide has partnered with tech retail start-up Brauzto empower Adelaide retailers to shape a unique and immersive experience for consumers. The app uses geofencing technology to capitalise on foot traffic by sending relevant notifications to a user’s phone based on a carefully curated profile.  Users can create personal profiles on the app allowing them to filter products and brands they are interested in, enabling them to see local stockists and to purchase through the app with 3-hour delivery.

Lord Mayor, Martin Haese, said “Council’s partnership with Brauz is another example of how we are pursuing smart technology solutions to enhance competitiveness in the City of Adelaide.”

“This app will help our local businesses compete, attract and retain new customers, and offer a unique and personalised shopping experience.”

The project will be piloted in the city’s East End from 1 October. The East End is home to South Australia’s largest boutique presence and the partnership will give businesses in the area yet another channel to draw customers in-store. Forty-nine businesses will capitalise on the opportunity of a hyper-local online presence connecting consumers with the products they want and the ability to purchase these locally.

Harvey the Label is one of the retail partners who will be embracing the Brauz partnership. The Label already boasts a significant digital presence with over 55,000 likes on Facebook and nearly 33,000 followers on Instagram. The opening of a flagship store on Rundle Street in 2017 signalled an opportunity to expand its local customer base. Head designer Mim Harvey recognises the potential for Brauz to assist in facilitating the consumer experience between the brand’s physical and digital touchpoints.

“Brauz opens up another physical omnichannel for Harvey. Usually a sales apps aim is exclusively to gain online sales with bricks and mortar left behind. As digital channels expand it is great to see an app bridging the gap for digital to turn to physical or online sales,” Mim said.  

To find out more or to register your interest in the pilot contact Brauz on info@brauz.com or 03 8592 9551.