ShopLocalRI.com relaunches, redesigned, enhanced e-commerce platform with 100% of vendor gross sales going to the seller – a primary for RI companies promoting on-line.
— Lori Giuttari
ShopLocalRI.com, with funding supplied by the Rhode Island Division of Commerce, is happy to announce the relaunch of its newly redesigned platform after eight months of proprietary growth, design, and testing. The eCommerce platform is a membership and sponsorship-based web site, with 100% of vendor gross sales going to the seller – a primary for RI companies promoting on-line.
Launched as a response to the preliminary shutdown through the Covid-19 pandemic, ShopLocalRI.com goals to supply each small business with a digital presence. With over 2,000 Rhode Island-based small companies at present listed inside the free listing, enterprise homeowners are in a position to arrange their digital storefront with product info and cost processing. On the similar time, shoppers have a one-stop store purchasing expertise.
The platform offers small enterprise homeowners with an easy-to-use digital presence to spice up their income and, in-turn, increase the Rhode Island economic system.
Lori Giuttari, CMO of Cranston-based digital advertising company Visible Thrive and in addition a recipient of a 2022 Windfall Enterprise Information Leaders and Achievers award, approached her enterprise accomplice and co-founder Scott Indermaur with the concept of launching ShopLocalRI.com. The primary iteration of the positioning was launched from conception to deployment – in a single weekend.
“When the State closed down, we had been working onerous to be sure that all of our Visible Thrive shoppers had been continually speaking with their prospects about closings, achievement capabilities, and so forth. and I spotted that the majority small companies had been actually going to battle. I knew they weren’t going to have the ability to maintain their companies in the event that they didn’t have a digital platform to function from instantly. So, Scott and I made a decision to do it for them,” stated Giuttari.
Talking of their endeavor, Indermaur stated, “It was actually exceptional. Lori approached me with the preliminary thought, and inside just a few days, we had the platform up and operating. Rhode Island small companies who had been nervous about how they’d preserve their companies engaged now had a free digital choice to proceed their buyer communications with out having to create a complete web site. Initially, there was solely a enterprise listing, however inside six months we developed a complete enterprise market.”
The brand new and improved model of the platform, launched on September 1, 2022, consists of new options and enhancements for companies, together with:
● Elevated Performance – a superbly streamlined, totally functioning eCommerce market with excessive consideration to the consumer expertise, each for customers and distributors.
● Strong advertising of the positioning to boost on-line site visitors for small companies and generate publicity to a wider viewers than they could individually have.
● Business support is supplied through the Neighborhood pages, a RI Enterprise Discussion board, and Meet RI Enterprise interviews. Companies can be part of a free, month-to-month enterprise evaluation class on a spread of subjects, and obtain teaching targeted on actionable development ways for his or her companies.
ShopLocalRI.com, initially launched in March 2020, is a complete on-line platform that allows native enterprise homeowners to have a totally purposeful digital presence with out the necessity to create their very own e-commerce web site. It offers enterprise homeowners with a one-stop-shop for on-line publicity and e-commerce gross sales inside an easy-to-manage, marketed platform that drives site visitors and shares enterprise development subjects. Shoppers can browse native companies, study them, and purchase merchandise from quite a lot of distributors inside one easy checkout.
Deb Morais, Communication Works