In this consumer age, we want to be able to buy anything from the comfort of our sofa. BuyAnyPart, a Manchester-based startup, facilitates this by making it easy to, well, buy any part.
In this case, any really does mean any. As CEO David Smith said in a phone interview, "We want to be the place where people go for spare parts, for anything". This could be cars, or it could be a TV, or a phone, household appliances, or a vacuum cleaner -- the company really isn't fussy. However, this is a huge number of spare parts to categorize and sort, so some technology is going to have to help BuyAnyPart.
There are a huge number of brands on the site -- just scroll through the list -- with some recognizable to a UK market, like BMW, Caterpillar, Ferguson, Kawasaki and Bosch, and some not. To add to this, there are multiple categories, including auto & truck, mobility, machine tools, and arcade machines. This adds up to over 500,000 spare parts and is expected to grow in the future.
As well as sourcing and sorting parts for listings on the site, technology is going to be used to scale and grow the site. Smith said the company is looking at AI to optimize pay-per-click (PPC) marketing and advertising, finding gaps in the market which can be exploited. The spare parts market is highly competitive, Smith said, with low margins and huge numbers of sales -- so finding those gaps is crucial. This is a key avenue for the business as it looks to scale and grow, not just in the UK, but globally.
BuyAnyPart was founded by Chris Hansen in May 2016, after realising there was no easy, simple way to buy spare parts for any easily repairable product online. CEO David Smith joined in early 2018 to oversee the business as it looks to scale in the UK and beyond, after seeing the opportunities in the ecommerce marketplace for spare parts.