Modern technology has redefined many aspects of our daily lives. We’re now used to receiving personalized music recommendations based on our listening habits, seeing curated content on social media feeds, and accomplishing many tasks that used to take a lot of time and effort with a simple click. One important aspect of our daily lives that has yet to fully benefit from the latest technological innovations is grocery shopping, and Raha wants to change that.
What Is Raha?
Raha is an e-grocery platform and digital shopping destination whose goal is to redefine the grocery experience to meet the complex needs of today’s savvy shoppers.
If you’re like most shoppers, then you start your average trip to the grocery store with only a rough idea of what you want to buy based on the meals you want to cook, the items that are currently on sale, and your regular shopping habits.
As you walk from one aisle to another, you may discover that some items are not in stock or fail to notice a large discount on something you routinely buy. You then have to wait in a checkout line or go through the whole self-service ordeal.
The team of passionate business minds, retail gurus, data wizards, and operational masterminds behind Raha are convinced that what we’ve just described doesn’t have to be the default grocery shopping experience for most people.
Instead, they want to take all the inconveniences out of grocery shopping by offering a full range of groceries, fresh produce, and household essentials through a data-driven online experience.
What Makes Raha Different?
Online grocery shopping isn’t a new thing, but most shoppers still prefer the traditional experience because online grocery shopping platforms tend to be cumbersome to use and sometimes even unable to deliver all the items shoppers are used to buying.
To stand out from the crowd, Raha has been designed to provide the most satisfying customer journey possible. The platform is:
- Easy To Navigate: Raha believes that online grocery shopping should be intuitive and fun. That’s why they’ve streamlined and optimized their platform for the user’s optimal convenience, making it as easy to navigate as the plethora of online services we all enjoy every day.
- Intelligent: Physical grocery stores can’t dynamically change their layout and items to adjust to the individual requirements and dietary preferences of each shopper, but Raha can, delivering a made-to-fit experience for everyone.
- Personalized: Made-to-order items, step-by-step customization, and an impressively wide range of product varieties are just three examples of how Raha delivers the most personalized grocery shopping experience today.
- Comprehensive: Raha strives to be the only destination for your grocery shopping needs, offering the widest assortment of products in the market, including fresh produce, bread and bakery, fresh meats, dairy, snacks, household essentials, beverages, frozen foods, baby products, and more.
- Always Fresh: To ensure maximum freshness, Raha operates the first fully-automated robotics–fulfillment center in Kuwait, employing a temperature-controlled process capable of achieving quality benchmarks across every order. It also has an in-house fleet and a last-mile delivery solution that optimizes routes and timings.
Since the purpose of grocery shopping is to turn food items into delicious meals, the Raha platform offers a broad selection of professionally curated recipes.
All Raha Recipes come with instructional videos that provide detailed step-by-step instructions that even inexperienced home cooks can easily follow. Best of all, adding all ingredients for a recipe you want to cook to your shopping cart is as easy as clicking the corresponding button.
What’s To Come For Raha?
Upgrading the grocery experience to better meet the needs of current and future shoppers alike is no easy task, but the team behind Raha seems to be on the right track.
During its seed round of funding – led by Saudi’s Aujan Investments, Kuwait’s NOX Management and London-based Cedar Mundi Ventures – Raha was able to secure a US$ 7 million investment, enabling it to establish itself as the region’s first fully automated e-grocery pure-play platform.
The only question that remains to be answered now is whether shoppers in the MENA region are ready to say goodbye to physical grocery stores. Based on how the world has changed over the last two years, we think it’s safe to say that they are not just ready but already looking forward to it.
Spotify Is Experimenting With Artist NFT Collections
According to a recent survey, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform.
NFT sales may have declined by 92 percent since September 2021, but that’s not stopping Spotify from experimenting with a new feature that lets artists display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections on the music streaming platform.
At the moment, only a small group of artists are taking part in the experiment, including Steve Aoki and The Wombats. What’s more, only select US users of the Spotify app for Android can see NFTs when they visit the profile pages of the aforementioned artists.
“Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles,” said Spotify spokesperson. “We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences.”
It’s important to point out that not all Spotify experiments result in new features. It all depends on the feedback the music streaming platform receives from users.
According to a survey some Spotify users have recently received, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform. More specifically, Spotify seems to be thinking about allowing its users to directly purchase NFT art to support their favorite artists.
Considering how polarizing NFTs have been since their inception in 2014, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Spotify users have immediately expressed their dissatisfaction with the idea of NFTs becoming part of the Spotify music listening experience.
Other large tech companies are also experimenting with NFTs. Instagram, for example, started testing NFT integration last week, allowing NFT creators and collectors to display their tokens on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg himself believes that NFTs and digital collectibles in general will play an integral role in the metaverse, the new iteration of the internet.