A new virtual marketplace has been launched to support small Irish businesses during the COVID 19 pandemic.
More than 120 small, independent Irish companies have already registered for The Doorstep Market, a one-stop shop which will enable people to shop local and buy Irish while staying at home.
The initiative, created by volunteers in response to the COVID 19 crisis, launched on Monday 6th April with the website www.thedoorstepmarket.ie.
In addition to making it easy for people to support local and buy Irish, the website also offers a free e-commerce platform so Irish businesses can get online and start trading quickly and easily. Businesses can also use the site to collaborate on offers and deliveries. Consumers can browse a wide variety of Irish products on a single site, while buying from multiple different suppliers in a single transaction.
Co-founders Grace Tallon and Joe O’Connor have been working to develop the project since late March, mostly using video conferencing technologies.
Grace Tallon, co-founder of The Doorstep Market, said: “We’re really excited about the ambitious virtual shopping experience that The Doorstep Market will offer Irish consumers, with a huge and growing selection of Irish products and services. We’re encouraging people to stay home, and shop local.”
Joe O’Connor, co-founder of The Doorstep Market, said: “Irish people want to help support their small, independent businesses get through this crisis in whatever way they can. With The Doorstep Market, they can now do that in a single place, from the comfort and safety of their own homes.”