Mobile ‘shop-in-a-box’ starts
The Palmerston North-based Easie Living and Demonstration Centre launched its new mobile van service last week.
Easie Living’s Community Disability Support Services manager Raewyn Cameron said the van, developed by Enable New Zealand, was six months in the planning.
‘‘It’s to make it easier for people, especially in the rural hinterland, but also in rest homes, to access the information, advice and equipment that enables them to live independently.’’
She described the customised van as a mobile extension of the awardwinning Main St Easie Living shop.
‘‘We realise that for a variety of reasons, not everyone is able to visit the centre, so this new service will enable those customers to access the products and advice they need in their own local community.’’
Designed to be fully selfcontained, Cameron said the mobile ‘shop in a box’ concept could be set up in a matter of minutes ready for presentations to individuals, community groups, rest homes, health organisations, and at fairs and expos.
‘‘The van contains over 200 items for demonstration and for sale. They range from a mobility scooter, a wheelchair and a walker, to smaller items such as the popular tipping kettles, jar openers, non-slip socks and easy-to-grip cutlery.’’
There’s even a TV screen for audiovisual presentations of equipment and products, with the van’s operator Marian Dean providing on- site practical advice and essential information.
‘‘It’s wi-fi accessible so we can look up other products.. It’s about making life easier for someone in a retirement village or country area who can’t get out or have someone drive them,’’ Dean said.
‘‘We have the experience and expertise to demonstrate the products and provide the information.’’
Available in the MidCentral DHB area from Dannevirke to Eketahuna and Waiouru to Pekapeka, the van will also travel to Whanganui.
Cameron said the first mobile presentation last week at Summerset Retirement Village was a great success.
Van bookings can be made on 353 2743 or 027 551 7948.
July will see Enable NZ move its Malden St administration centre into the newly constructed second floor extension above the Main St Easie Living outlet.
Easie Living’s Bev Minchin and Marian Dean with the new custom-built ‘shop in a box’.