How do you create an online shop?

Posted on the 10th February 2021

A year ago the nation was told it had to shut its doors and commence the first in a series of lockdowns to stem the spread of COVID 19. Whilst those businesses who were online, or had the capacity to do so found an audience and revenue stream quite quickly, others found themselves unable to generate an income.

Our members were hit badly by the lockdown and REUSE saw a gap in the market for an e-commerce site that could provide a platform for charity shops to market and sell their products without having to open to the public.

After securing funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and having this grant managed by the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST), REUSE started the process to create a fit-for-purpose e-commerce site designed with our members in mind.

After gleaning information from our members on their customers, whether they used online selling and why, we submitted our information to CAST who helped to pair us with Code-Operative, a network of freelance developers who love to take on projects just like this to help charitable organisations (they worked with Acorn in the past and we knew that we would be a great fit!). Then, Communications and Marketing Manager, Claire and Freelance Project Manager Charlie joined the Reuse Network AGM to further our understanding of our members’ wants and needs, as well as answer any questions they may have.

All this information has gone into our initial plans with Code-Operative and we have started the process of creating a blueprint for the website. We’ve told them what our members want, how they work, explained their ePos systems, worries about delivery radiuses and a list of websites they use and love too.

Code-Operative has taken all of this information and they’ve gone away to create a plan, allocate the team and start working on the foundations of the website. We will be looking for members and the public to help us test the site, so drop us a message if you would be keen to help!

Keep an eye on our blog pages for our next update on the project.

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