Cycling specialist, Evans, and Maplin join local shopping app platform, Udozi

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Cycling specialists Evans Cycles and electrical store Maplin have joined the local shopping app Udozi, a free service for shoppers which helps them to search for and find items in shops nearby.

Udozi reports it now has over 160 retailers on board its platform in Greater London, including toy giant Toys ‘R Us and a host of independent stores in central London.

The partnership will enable new and existing customers to locate their nearest Evans Cycles and Maplin stores, as well as giving them the opportunity to search for specific items and check stock availability whilst on-the-go. Udozi also provides information on shop contact details, locations and opening times through both the mobile app and the website. So whether someone needs to find an iPod speaker or a cycling T Shirt, they simply type it into Udozi and will be shown where they can find it in national or independent stores in their local area.

Following a series of successful partnerships with independent retailers and boutique stores over the past few months, Udozi has recently added a number of national retailers to its portfolio. From toys to technology, the platform now allows customers to search for a wide range of products from a selection of their favourite national stores. Udozi also gives customers the opportunity to discover new independent shops through its unique ‘what’s around me?’ feature.

Alan Gabbay, founder of Udozi, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Evans Cycles and Maplin on board Udozi. Electricals and outdoor equipment make up some of the most popular searches through Udozi, so we’re pleased to be adding a new portfolio of products to meet this demand. In today’s ‘grab-and-go’ society, building and maintaining a solid mobile presence is an essential part of any retail business model – national and independent alike.

“Udozi allows consumers to remain connected to their favourite stores whilst they are already on the high-street, as well as giving them the opportunity to discover new stores they didn’t even know were there.”