AI-based app to aid small business owners

Auckland-based Aider has launched an artificial intelligence powered 'digital assistant' for small businesses claiming it enables business owners to ask any question about their business and receive immediate, actionable information.

Aider says its app of the same name uses a conversational platform and natural language processing to enable a user to ask about "practically anything that makes running a business easier," and receive answers.

"With its expanding ecosystem of diverse business app partners, conveniently accessed from one place, Aider uses business relevant data to immediately deliver info that is as broad, or as specific, as the user wants," the company says.

"With all your business data in one place you can ask Aider about your sales, bills, inventory and so much more. Aider can schedule tasks, pay invoices, staff, practically anything that makes running your business easier," the company says.

Aider says its app connects to a range of business apps including Xero, Vend, Kounta, DeputyFacebook, Twitter, Google Analytics and iPayroll, enabling access to business data from any device.

"Aider can be used to schedule, automate and action business tasks, monitor and predict social media performance, and, by learning, predict and provide important business alerts," it says.

Aider cofounder, Brendan Roberts, said the app had been in beta testing with businesses in New Zealand and Australia for several months.

Aider says it is initially working with cafes, restaurants, hospitality and retail businesses, has customers in New Zealand and Australia, and plans to expand to other verticals and to international markets.

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