Shopping for Christmas can sometimes lead to stress and chaos. But not with the new shopping app Spottster. The application functions like a webclippers. The result is a digital shopping list. The entrepreneur Jochen Schweizer is convinced of the potential of the app: “Spottster easily creates transparency for the customer and shows when the product reaches its lowest price.” The juror from the startup talent show Die Höhle des Löwen (The Lions Den) decided to invest a six-digit investment into the founders Freya Oehle and Tobias Kempkensteffen, the private initiative Hamburg Startups reported.
Sharing Shopping Lists
Spottster is the first online shopping platform that makes it possible to track favourite products in numerous online shops. Furthermore, Spottster is a shopping list of specific (price) advantage: Different to other virtual shopping lists, spottster allows customers to fix a personal price preference for each and every product – including shoes, garden furniture, electronics, fashion, medication, and many more. Spottster remembers the products, its retail prices and its allocated individual price preference and compares it constantly with the most recent price, thus making it possible customers to never miss a sale. Last but not least, sharing options are included in the app.
1,600 Online Shops
The brainchilds of Spottster are Freya Oehle and Tobias Kempkensteffe. The graduates of business administration and computer scientists founded the startup in April 2013. In the meantime, the team has significantly increased. Today, the two founders employ two developers, four students, an intern – and are hoping for knowledgeable support in marketing. The business idea for Spottster comes from the USA. There, the New Yorker StartUp Hukkster is a pioneer of price-tracking in the e-commerce of fashion. Oehle and Kempkensteffen technically advance the idea and enlarged the store portfolio to online providers from different industries. According to the founders of the startup, around 1,600 German online shops have already been won to sell their goods through the platform.
Technical Innovations and New Markets
Oehle and Kempkensteffen are all gearded up to further improve their app. “Technically, we have a lot more features in the pipeline, which will make our app a fundamental part of online shopping.” At present, especially the interaction with users and stores will expand. In an Interview with Hamburg Startups the founders said: “We are working on a solution to enhance compare mechanisms to enable shops to react more quickly to price preferences. We will also start marketing the app in England and France. “