Shoppers can apply for a chance to spend free cash and trial an innovative new mobile phone app which allows users to buy food online at the city’s Kirkgate Market.
Leeds City Council is working with Leeds Beckett University - formerly Leeds Metropolitan University - to trial the new Click and Collect android app which allows customers to walk around a 3D market and buy produce.
As part of the trial process, the market is looking to award successful shoppers with money every week in October to test the app out. The team is looking to recruit 100 members of the public to shop using the app four times over the four weeks - with each shopper receiving £20 to spend per shop.
In return, participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire on their experience after each shop to provide feedback to shape the app in the future.
Click and Collect creators say the app aims to capture some of the excitement of shopping in Leeds Kirkgate market, such as its hustle and bustle and trader engagement. A butcher, fishmonger and green grocers will be selling their goods and coming together to create the orders for customers to pick up at the Kirkgate Market collection point.
Leeds Beckett professor Cathy Barnes said: “There are two main reasons why we created the app. One is that more people are now shopping online and convenience is becoming a big issue. If we’re not careful, markets and small independent traders will be left behind. The second is that a key driver for shoppers is that produce should be locally, and ethically, sourced, fresh, and available in flexible portion sizes. Kirkgate Market already offers all these things but it is not currently very convenient. With the new app we plan to change this.”
To take part in the trial, testers must have access to an android device and should apply via www.leedsmarketexperience.co.uk by Tuesday 30 September.
The 100 successful applicants will be drawn and announced during an event at Kirkgate Market on Wednesday 1 October.