On­line mar­kets a sign of times

New plat­form emerges from pan­demic

Albany Extra - - FRONT PAGE - SHAN­NON SMITH

A new plat­form for small busi­nesses to sell their prod­ucts to the com­mu­nity has emerged from the COVID-19 cri­sis.

The Al­bany On­line Mar­ket will take busi­nesses, artists and crafts­peo­ple into cy­berspace to sell their wares, start­ing this Sun­day. It is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Green Skills Al­bany, Down to Earth Life and Busi­ness De­signs, Van­cou­ver Arts Cen­tre and the City of Al­bany.

A new plat­form for small busi­nesses to sell their prod­ucts to the com­mu­nity has emerged from the COVID-19 pan­demic.

The Al­bany On­line Mar­ket will take these busi­nesses, artists and crafts­peo­ple into cy­berspace to sell their prod­uct.

The on­line space is set up like a mar­ket, where peo­ple can browse stalls and make pur­chases from their home for pick up or de­liv­ery.

While phys­i­cal mar­kets are com­ing back, on­line mar­ket co-or­di­na­tor Kate Ryan-Tay­lor said the new plat­form would give ven­dors more op­tions for selling, es­pe­cially if re­stric­tions re­turned.

“While it is the first time that we have done an on­line mar­ket this way, it was an idea that formed from the can­cel­la­tion of lo­cal events and the need for a pos­i­tive out­let where we could come to­gether and share our wares,” she said. “Many small busi­nesses, artists and stall­hold­ers have been im­pacted by all the events that have been can­celled and stores not be­ing open. Many peo­ple are still choos­ing to min­imise their con­tact with oth­ers and this has im­pacted stores and stall­hold­ers also. Go­ing on­line means that we are pro­vid­ing a so­lu­tion and the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with peo­ple through­out the en­tire com­mu­nity.”

She said they planned to make buy­ers feel con­nected with the per­son be­hind the prod­uct.

“We will be pro­mot­ing busi­nesses through­out the on­line mar­kets — high­light­ing peo­ple, sto­ries, prod­ucts and help­ing get the word out en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to buy with and sup­port these lo­cal busi­nesses,” she said. “There is room for on­line work­shops, live events as well as an on­line shop and we be­lieve it will be­come a key place for peo­ple to gather on­line and sup­port lo­cal.”

The mar­kets are a col­lab­o­ra­tive project by Green Skills Al­bany, Down to Earth Life and Busi­ness De­signs, Van­cou­ver Arts Cen­tre and the City of Al­bany.

The first mar­ket is live at 10am on Sun­day.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Green Skills Inc's Kate Ryan-Tay­lor and Anne Spar­row.

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