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Shuppy – Giving independent business a helping hand

by marc Stepney

Excitement is building here at Shuppy HQ as we work hard behind the scenes to get everything ready for our launch in September. We’ve been speaking to lots of independent retailers from across Ireland over the last few months, and it’s been great to share our story and vision with them. Don’t worry if we haven’t managed to speak to you just yet though, because you can find out why we decided to create such a unique gifting site right here! 

It’s a well-known fact for retailers that people everywhere are becoming more and more aware of where their products and services come from. The world has become a place where you can buy anything, at any time, from anywhere. This has meant great things for gift-giving – there’s a huge amount of choice at low prices and with 24-hour shipping to practically anywhere… but there’s a hidden cost. Every time someone buys a gift from a global retailer, there is one less sale at independent businesses like yours. When you add the environmental cost of transporting goods from across the world and the lack of contribution to local economies – you can see why we think there needs to be a change! 

Almost all independent businesses are now facing the need to drastically change how they operate. A decrease in both footfall and international travel now have many people looking at new ways to increase and sustain their revenue to keep their businesses alive. With these unprecedented changes happening across the world, we firmly believe that the timing of Shuppy’s launch could not be more appropriate! We see ourselves as an extension of the stores listed on our marketplace and want to work with them to open up new and untapped revenue streams from across the globe. We’ve enlisted the expertise of one of Ireland’s leading Digital Marketing company’s to work with us and reach out to the Irish community across the world who would be keen to support independent Irish businesses if they had access to a credible option. 

The team at Shuppy is working hard to hand-select a wide range of businesses who offer high-quality products and services, from handmade arts and crafts to locally sourced meat, even gift certificates for beauty treatments or activities. We want to provide a diverse selection of goods and services to people who are looking to treat someone special, so will be listing budding entrepreneurs alongside more established businesses.  

Our website is well on its way to being ready for our launch in September, just in time to give a big push and capture the Christmas market. Next year we will be expanding our retail offering across the UK, with our Irish based support team covering both markets. 

So, join the shopping revolution today and take advantage of our pre-launch promotion which gives you all the benefits of the site with no sign-up fee and a reduced commission rate – but hurry, this offer is only available to the first 100 sellers who sign up!