El Grocer, the new e-Grocery in UAE is now in stock!

El Grocer, the new e-Grocery in UAE is now in stock!

The worst thing after a tiring, busy day is to be huddled up in a long supermarket queue, wishing you could just cut through the line and finish paying for your groceries. Well, now you can. In today’s day and age, when ‘instant’ is not just coffee, but also gold bars and eye-lashes, a mundane activity such as grocery shopping shouldn’t be so difficult. Understanding this consumer plight, 26-year old Mickael Costache decided to launch El Grocer. Following the success of Instacart, the pioneering US-based e-grocery that secured a US$220 billion investment from a venture capital firm which according to Bloomberg, rocketed in value up to $2 billion, it made sense to start a similar concept within the UAE, especially since the market was very open to new and ingenious ideas. After partnering with an early-stage investment company, Nuummite Ventures, El Grocer made its way into the region in January 2016 after running a trial beta version in November 2015. Within months, the customer base saw a consistent rise and repeat consumers have been increasing their grocery-basket size during their next order, hinting strong levels of customer satisfaction. The user experience is simple. The app is to be downloaded on iOS and the choice of grocery products are listed, along with the pictures and descriptions. The options are selected by the customer and the payment can be processed online via Card or Cash on Delivery. The ease of usability combined with a well-organized e-grocery platform has given consumers more confidence to shop from El Grocer as well as boosted company confidence. Further down the line, bigger research companies and brands could...
Technology enters Real-Estate Industry

Technology enters Real-Estate Industry

Technology has been transforming the way live, study and do business. As technologies evolve they affect working and processes of businesses. Every business constantly adapts to new market trends in order to stay relevant to their consumers and meet their expectations.   Technological advancements have affected every industry and the Real Estate Industry is no exception. The home buying experience has changed drastically. Today, the Internet is the first place a homebuyer relies on to start their research. This has brought in convenience and allowed the buyer to look for property anywhere in the world and at any given time. Consumers also use the Internet to research about brokerage companies and their reputation and rankings in the market.   A list of property portals are equipped with technological tools that provide their consumers with real time information on prices, transaction, info graphics, etc. They can also provide their consumers with 3-D floor plans, property videos, 360° tours which make it a virtual reality experience where the buyers get the home experience without being physically present. Smartphones have played an important role in this process as they provide a convenient communication channel between seller, buyer and agent.   As the Real Estate Industry takes lessons from technology, ‘Big Data’ is playing an important role in creating better communities, designing real estate according to user and providing easy information to their target audiences.   Mobiles have changed the way we communicate with each other. It has also changed the way we interact with our homes. These devices have the adept ability to manage security, temperature, lighting, energy and more. Technology has...
The new destination for small and medium sized businesses.

The new destination for small and medium sized businesses.

The recently held event- Step Conference was a great success where global tech experts shared their views, strategies and their understanding of consumer behavior. The Step Conference is the Middle East’s largest interactive event for the professionals interested in the Tech, Digital and Entertainment industry.   One such effective example of learning was the keynote presentation led by Ciaran Quilty, EMEA Director SMB from Facebook. The presentation was based on ‘Brand Building in a Mobile World’. The Facebook team met with small businesses and partners to talk and discuss on growing their respective businesses online.   With several insightful features in the presentation on how to give consumers the experience they’re looking for, Facebook also spoke about the growth of businesses through online platforms using statistics.   Earlier this year, Facebook announced that over 50 million small businesses work actively using Facebook pages. Reason being they’re free, convenient and work seamlessly on mobile. With over 2.5 billion comments on Pages every month, online marketing and communication is on the rise. Ciaran Quilty mentioned, in his talk, how the MENA region is a thriving ecosystem of entrepreneurs, who are adopting the latest technological trends to achieve business goals and also contribute to the future of the region’s growth. Statistics state that more than 5.7M people are on Facebook of which 51% are linked to Small or Medium Businesses. With 120M people on Facebook across MENA, he stressed on the importance of how Small Businesses should have an active online presence and the best platforms to do so are Facebook and Instagram.   In conclusion, the session highlighted the importance of...
Calling on UAE Entrepreneurs’ Involvement in Dubai Smart City

Calling on UAE Entrepreneurs’ Involvement in Dubai Smart City

Are you a UAE – based entrepreneur with an idea that can help make Dubai a smarter, happier city? Then you can pitch your idea to the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition, held by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Smart Dubai Office. Apply Now for a Chance to Win Dubai Smartpreneur Competition was announced in March 2016, and is currently receiving applications. Upon submission, your idea can be selected to the final stages, gain financial rewards as well as a one-year mentorship program. The competition is engaging the entrepreneur community to support Dubai’s plan of becoming a wide-scale smart city. The deadline for submission is April 28. Competitors must provide detailed descriptions of their ideas with respect to market growth, the need for their product or service, market evaluation and competitiveness, customer understanding, passion, execution, revenue generation, projected financial growth, and support of Smart Dubai vision. A phase of shortlisting finalists, and conducting mentorship and training programs will follow, until the final winners will be announced on May 16. A high profile panel of judges from Smart Dubai and Dubai Chamber will assess all applications. A total prize of AED 150,000 (around $40,000) has been allocated and is set to be distributed as AED 75,000, AED 50,000 and AED 25,000 amongst top 3 winners, respectively. Furthermore, winners will get the opportunity to join the Tejar Dubai entrepreneurship development program, launched by the Dubai Chamber, for one year. The program is set up to support young Emirati entrepreneurial talent to enter and succeed in the world of business with their own commercial projects without hassles. For Dubai’s Future A...
Sulphur at its best.

Sulphur at its best.

Saeed AlHassan Alkhazraji, assistant professor at Abu Dhabi’s Petroleum Institute and director of its Gas Research Centre is well on the way to making the most use of Sulphur. This talented chemical engineer is working out revolutionary methods to find commercial application of Sulphur, a major by-product of the sour or sulphur-rich Oil&Gas industry. If he succeeds, Mr Alkhazraji will have found a new commercial application for sulphur that will push down the costs associated with sour gas processing and thermoplastic production. By putting sulphur to use in making common plastics, in agriculture and other industries, his focus and aims are well-directed towards a better tomorrow. Read more here: The...