Gander, a new “revolutionary” anti-food waste app, has been named as the winner of the Mannin Hotel Award for Technology Innovation of the Year at this month’s Awards for Excellence.
The innovative Isle of Man-based app provides retailers and consumers with an easy solution to reducing food waste by delivering real time information on reduced stock.
It comes at a crucial time as the ongoing cost-of-living crisis continues to stretch household budgets.
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Supported by Isle of Man Newspapers, the Technology Innovation of the Year award recognises businesses that are empowering and enabling people to thrive in a digital world.
Open to organisations operating across all sectors, the award is given to the company which can best demonstrate use of technology to solve a business challenge such as: usability, cost-effectiveness and strong growth opportunity.
To date, the Gander app has saved almost 20 million food items from becoming waste and 20,947 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the environment across 506 participating stores.
The annual Awards for Excellence are a highlight of the Manx calendar, with more than 600 local companies, charities, individuals and public sector teams recognised since the awards began.
“The Awards for Excellence showcases the brightest and the best of the Manx community and shines a spotlight on impressive businesses like Gander,” deputy chairman at Isle of Man Newspapers, Trudi Williamson, MBE, said.
She added: “The Isle of Man already punches above its weight in many areas including sport, and it’s fantastic to see us punching above our weight on a global scale for innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Gander’s head of customer engagement and business development, Stacey Williams, said: “It is an honour for Gander to be recognised as Technology Innovation of the Year at this year’s Awards for Excellence in its native Isle of Man.
“Gander is a world first. Our revolutionary technology helps retailers to improve their sell-through rates by up to 95%, their markdown loss by 38%, their instore compliance by 40% and their shrinkage by 24%.”
Its proprietary Ganderlytics analytics platform also provides retailers with the data and technology needed to alleviate issues with reductions, wastage, and compliance.
Williams continued: “Our Ganderlytics analytics platform also tells us that Gander shoppers on average save 56% on their food shop.
“We hope to continue helping retailers and consumers alike to play a significant part in reducing food waste.”