Mansfield Shire-wide businesses looking to offer online shopping and residents wanting a one-stop shop to support all local businesses are right to be excited about the Buy from Mansfield site that is currently being developed.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said after initially developing Buy from Benalla, Mansfield brothers Nick and Jay Cooper’s Buy from North East Vic concept is moving to other towns, including Mansfield.
“The model has worked well in Benalla and will be rolled out in Bright, Wangaratta, and Beechworth,” Cr Attley said.
“As a collaborative marketplace, customers will be able to shop in all Mansfield Shire-wide businesses in the one store - adding everything to one cart and paying for their order in one transaction. And it gives residents a way to support Mansfield Shire businesses after a disrupted few months,” she said.
There will be a dedicated 'Buy from Mansfield' app, which will include e-commerce, food ordering and business directory, to begin with.
“Council congratulates Nick and Jay from Issimo Markets on the concept and bringing it to life. Buy from Mansfield supports local businesses finding it hard to get set-up online and enables residents and those further away who want to support Mansfield Shire-wide businesses, to easily do their shopping.
“Council is delighted to support the initiative in partnership with Issimo Markets, Startup Shakeup and the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership.
Nick Cooper from Issimo Markets said Issimo is a social enterprise aiming to deliver public benefit through a platform to help people collaborate rather than compete.
“We’re stronger together. By coordinating logistics at the community level we’re able to save money on freight costs, as well as provide a neutral place for collaborations to form. We can showcase all of the businesses that make up Mansfield Shire’s identity and integrate everyone so it’s effortless to reach out into new channels,” Mr Cooper said.
Cr Attley said Buy from Mansfield has the potential to introduce every Mansfield Shire-wide based business to e-commerce in a simple and inexpensive way.
“Getting set-up for on-line sales has been too difficult for many of our local producers and retailers, too expensive or too hard to market, or they might not have had enough support getting started. Buy from Mansfield changes that, offering instruction on how to get involved.”
Businesses can register their interest via https://www.buyfrommansfield.com.au Once a business has registered it will receive more information including a welcome pack and invitations to webinars to assist with setting up the online store.
There is no fee to sign up, and no monthly fees. A 5% fee is charged on every transaction which includes the fees you would pay on any regular credit card charge (these are usually around 1.7%-1.9% depending on your turnover). The rest of the 5% goes towards funding support, more features and marketing to bring customers to the site.