Click it Local, the delivery service hoping to help independent businesses compete with the likes of Amazon, launched in Brighton earlier this week.
Their mission is “to allow independent shops to offer their customers all the convenience of online ordering and same day delivery, without the need to comprise the environment, local community and employee welfare.”
Already, 20 local retailers have signed up to the platform, including Barney’s Deli, stationary shop Pen to Paper, and pet supply shop The Pet Shed. For a flat rate of £3, customers can get the best these shops have to offer delivered to their door the very same day.
Founder Steven Koch is hoping that Click it Local might help some local businesses survive the coronavirus crisis:
The catalyst for Click It Local was to help independent shops and communities through the Covid-19 global pandemic, but the wider vision is to develop a sustainable carbon neutral local shopping platform that can support local communities globally and gives customers choice.
Our founders love to shop local where possible, but busy work lives and children sometimes means this can be hard and like many, succumb to the convenience of large online giants offering next day delivery.
Couriers, taxi firms and cyclists can sign up to become approved Click It Local partners, but the company differs from other delivery services in that it guarantees all its couriers a living wage.
Having already been successful in Cambridge, Steven was keen to bring the service to a city famous for its independent shops:
Brighton has an amazing community of independent shops with a loyal, supportive customer base. The liberal, culturally diverse city puts the ethics of welfare and environmental issues at the forefront, which complements our ethos and mission as a business.
Customers can order from the Click it Local website now, with an app set to follow next month.