Surviving & Thriving in an e-Commerce World
Jul 11, 2019
Supporting local businesses + the convenience of online shopping = Cedar Rapids Area Shop Where I Live
Engaging with small and locally-owned businesses to help them succeed is part of the Economic Alliance’s Business Support core function. In today’s age of technology and immediate gratification purchases, part of helping businesses succeed is providing resources for participating in e-commerce. A study from BigCommerce found that one of every three dollars of monthly discretionary income is spent online.
Last year, we began a partnership with the online e-commerce platform, Shop Where I Live, to offer small businesses in Linn, Jones, Iowa and Benton counties the ability to sell their products and gather leads online with ease at cedarrapids.shopwhereilive.com.
There are 30 local businesses utilizing the Cedar Rapids Area Shop Where I Live. Shop Where I Live allows small businesses to participate in e-commerce without the hassle of managing a website or using a third-party service that takes a percentage of sales. Shop Where I Live also offers educational tools on how to sell online.
While the focus of the website is helping the community buy online from local businesses, it also allows the local businesses to expand their sales all over the U.S., most recently purchases were even made from Michigan and New York!
New Local Delivery Service
Now Shop Where I Live has made it even easier to shop local by offering local delivery! Starting at just $7.50 per order, participating businesses can offer delivery for their products to customers within the Cedar Rapids metro area. By offering local delivery for businesses, Shop Where I Live hopes to help small businesses better compete with the other online giants, enabling them to get products to customers more quickly.
August Business Support Program Offers E-Commerce Expertise
Shop Where I Live Founder Cherie Edilson will lead an Economic Alliance Business Support program called How to Survive and Thrive in an E-Commerce World on August 15 from 8 – 9:15 at the Economic Alliance’s office, 501 First St. SE. Cherie will cover how to blend both in-store and online sales and key factors in securing online sales. Register at www.cedarrapids.org/calendar.