AN ONLINE COMMUNITY BASED MARKETPLACE
Our mission is to support local business & artisans with a low cost solution to sell online products. Our goal is to empower local business so we all benefit from a thriving local community by encouraging people to shop locally.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many businesses, to say the least. As we move toward level 3 we will start to see a loosening of restrictions with takeaway food & drink and click & collect or delivery of retail items. Many of us are unsure of when we will return to business as unusual. This has motivated us to create a platform for local businesses to have the ability to start trading again while under these level 3 restrictions.
If there is one good thing that COVID-19 has done for us all, its got us thinking locally! What does that mean? Taking care of our local communities, working together, supporting each other – and in the words of Jacinda – being kind to one another.
We decided that we needed to do something to support our local business community. Realising that everyone would be feeling “the pinch” right now, we came up with the idea to provide an online market place where people could could create their own shop and start trading as soon as level 3 is announced.
We wanted to build a Marketplace with no upfront fee, no monthly charges. Just get on and get selling!
You might be thinking, why would a web design company do this? Well, we want to see our community get back on it’s feet! A thriving community is of benefit to all that live in it!
All you need to do to start selling online is to register, create your shop, configure your products & shipping options. You will also need to sign up with Stripe. We want to keep this simple and have found Stripe to be reliable, straightforward and affordable. Stripe also integrates with Xero!
We are working on a a comprehensive knowledge base so that you can do everything yourself. If you need extra help we can organise a Zoom training to help you over the hurdle or we can do this for you. Please email us at email@example.com and we’ll get back to you.
The impact of buying local - does it matter? Yes!
We are all in this together!
He waka eke noa!
Why Shop Locally?
When we shop at local shops or New Zealand online stores we help keep our communities strong, encourage the continued growth of small boutique shops, reduce environmental impacts and keep jobs in New Zealand.
Support Essential Services
A vibrant, healthy retail sector brings tourists to our town and cities, fills empty store fronts and increases the tax base. This means government and councils have more money to spend on essential services.
Shopping locally is the only way to make sure the money we spend stays in the local economy.
“Retail NZ has been advocating for the e-commerce and click and collect services to be allowed, providing that they can be done safely, and it is good news for consumers, retailers and the economy as a whole that these will be permitted when New Zealand eventually moves to level three restrictions,” Greg Harford, Retail NZ’s Chief Executive