Local Retailers Now Open 24/7 Thanks to Local Tech Startup and Council Collaboration
Friday, 31 July, 2020 - 14:30
Buy from Mansfield is now live and already providing 29 Mansfield Shire businesses with another way to trade and do business.
This online e-commerce platform brings local small businesses to you, through any of your devices. It allows customers to shop produce, gifts and favourite products from home and have them delivered to their door whilst supporting local businesses
Mayor Cr Marg Attley OAM said this is a timely and positive initiative for Mansfield Shire retailers and an opportunity that’s open to them all.
“The Buy from Mansfield website is by Mansfield-based developers, Issimo Markets, making it a platform built by locals for locals, and backed with real people tech support.
“This is a really great initiative and an exciting opportunity for all Mansfield Shire businesses. As more trade moves to an e-commerce environment, we want to ensure our local businesses have the opportunity to take advantage of this now and into the future.
“The timing of the launch of this online marketplace could not be more relevant with many retailers having fewer customers through their doors due to the Victorian COVID-19 restrictions.
“The Buy from Mansfield platform means they can continue to trade and conduct their business with our part time residents and visitors residing in Melbourne,” she said.
Digital Futures Group Lead and Startup Shakeup Chair, Ilena Young said that this is a fantastic initiative for both COVID-19 and bushfire affected businesses who have been hit hard this year.
“We’re providing a mechanism through which loyal customers can continue to shop locally while they do the right thing and stay at home,” Ms Young said.
“We’re also providing a portal for our local businesses to be able to trade 24/7, supporting a local start-up to scale their idea and supporting local freight companies. It’s a win, win for Mansfield.”