An online marketplace where an entire local community can come together to buy and sell goods and services from each other is a sustainable practice and will let our local businesses thrive.
Hillsboro, OR (PRWEB) June 07, 2011
Purchasing locally produced food, products and services is becoming the preferred method of shopping for many people. While Chambers of Commerce and other Buy Local proponents have worked hard to bring local sellers and buyers together, a truly automated online shopping solution like Amazon.com* for the “local” marketplace has still been missing, leaving small local businesses and entrepreneurs at a disadvantage. Common People Services, LLC (CPS LLC) has launched SharedMall.com to fill this gap.
Current online local shopping solutions are often proprietary technologies not easily available or affordable for small local businesses, or they consist of member directories, but lack online local ordering capabilities. SharedMall's automated pickup, delivery, and appointment-setting functions offer caterers, farmers, local market vendors, and even service providers a one-stop-shop ready-made solution to be found more easily by their local community and to automate their local orders and appointments in a cost-effective manner.
Local businesses as well as community leaders appreciate the value that more sophisticated online shopping solutions bring to the local economy. Says Mayor Denny Doyle of Beaverton, Oregon: "As awareness of the benefits of local shopping grows, online shopping solutions would evolve to be more location-based and community-oriented. An online marketplace where an entire local community can come together to buy and sell goods and services from each other is a sustainable practice and will let our local businesses thrive."
CPS LLC is currently working with members of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce in Oregon to build a SharedMall Community for the Portland, OR region. Steve Radtke owns Abundant Harvest Farms in North Plains, Oregon. "My farm depends on the local community for sales, and SharedMall is an ideal solution for farmers like me to sell online and receive automated farm-direct pickup and delivery orders and appointments," he says.
The SharedMall technology introduces several new concepts to put the spotlight on small businesses and catalyze the Buy local movement across the nation. With the introduction of a sophisticated map-based locator to find not just nearby businesses but also individual goods and services, a time-, schedule-, and location-sensitive shopping cart, and a truly local and green online local shopping marketplace, the playing field is now level for small businesses and entrepreneurs across the nation to compete effectively online.
"We are currently offering special discounts to members of Chambers of Commerce and other non-profit Buy Local Proponents that contact us before June 30, 2011 and collaborate with us in building their SharedMall Community" says CPS LLC's founder and owner Jatin Patro. He adds that a portion of the proceeds from SharedMall membership upgrades and training services will be donated back to the participating organization. Mr. Patro can be reached directly at jatin(at)sharedmall(dot)com for further inquiries.
Additional information about the benefits of SharedMall can be seen at http://www.sharedmall.com.
About Common People Services, LLC:
Common People Services, LLC was established in 2010 and is located in Hillsboro, Oregon. The company is founded on goodness and strives to earn a solid reputation as a leader in providing innovative and affordable solutions that matter to small businesses and the common people across the nation.
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