Flipdish signs deal with French department store Galeries Lafayette

Irish tech unicorn Flipdish has entered into a new partnership to develop a bespoke product ordering solution for high-end French department store chain Galeries Lafayette.

Flipdish became one of six official local tech unicorns last month following a new $100 million (€87.9 million) investment that valued it at $1.25 billion.

The new platform will allow Galeries Lafayette to manage inventory and address complex business issues such as order capacity management and minimum preparation times.

Another key part of the deal is that the store will be able to offer same-day delivery in the Paris region with the integration of two different delivery partners through the system.

Galeries Lafayette has 57 stores in France and eight other outlets internationally. Lafayette Gourmet is a delicatessen and market place located in the brand’s flagship store on Boulevard Haussmann which offers local products such as foie gras.

The deal was announced as part of an Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Paris led by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.

Flipdish co-founder James McCarthy described the new partnership as a “big step” for the company.

“Galeries Lafayette and its historic Boulevard Haussmann store is at the heart of the wonderful Parisian culture and its gourmet food court is second to none. Using Flipdish technology, we will be able to ensure that those wishing to take advantage of the store’s food offerings can pay and order for same-day delivery,” he said.

Founded by James and his brother Conor McCarthy in 2015, Flipdish originally positioned itself as an alternative to online fast food delivery aggregators such as Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats by helping restaurant owners integrate their ability to internal online ordering. While this still represents the bulk of its business, the business has expanded beyond partner restaurants in recent years.