A Dublin company that shops for, collects and delivers groceries from supermarkets to customers is pitching its technology to the Government as a way of preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Online grocery delivery service Buymie collects orders for customers shopping from Tesco and Lidl in the greater Dublin area, including Kildare and Wicklow, in an hour for a higher fee.

It has proposed offering its technology for a nationwide service with the support from retailers and Government aimed at stemming community transmission rates of Covid-19.

The company’s chief executive and co-founder Devan Hughes has made a proposal to Government to set up an emergency “direct food-supply services fund”, which would cover a portion of the cost of deliveries in an effort to reduce the number of people in supermarkets.

Mr Hughes said the company had met Government representatives about a public-private emergency effort between the grocery industry and Government that could quickly increase the number of deliveries in “high-risk population-dense areas”.

“A rapid response, nationwide ‘direct food-distribution initiative’, would curtail the community transmission curve across all major cities in a matter of weeks, by providing food supply to the most vulnerable members of our communities, the elderly and people who are self-isolating,” he said.



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