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Locally Yours Market launches online store in Nelson Mandela Bay

Sep 9, 2019
Locally Yours Market launches online store in Nelson Mandela Bay

Port Elizabeth - The popular Locally Yours Market that takes place once a month in Nelson Mandela Bay is leading the way for sustainable entrepreneurship in the destination with the launch of an online store that was supported by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr Mongameli Bobani, which took place on Saturday at The Tramways Building in Port Elizabeth.

Locally Yours Market was established in March 2018 and has since seen exponential growth proving that it will remain a sustainable and popular event on the city’s calendar. The monthly market provides local entrepreneurs and artists the platform to showcase their talents, skills and passion whilst sustaining jobs and contributing to the socio-economic growth of the destination.

Each market hosts approximately 60 stalls per event and an estimated 3 000 consumers who converge at each market, will now have access to shop for their favourite local handmade products online on a daily basis.

Speaking at the launch of the Locally Yours Market online store, Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Cllr Bobani shared, “It is an exciting occasion to witness the successful entrepreneurial spirit of Nelson Mandela Bay and how the Locally Yours Market has innovatively worked with citizens to positively impact our community.”

“Furthermore, the online developments and marketing channels supplied to vendors will allow them to remain competitive in an age of increased technological advances, counteracting challenges that include seasonality and geographical location, in essence growing the potential of local entrepreneurship to a global ecommerce venture,” confirmed Mayor Bobani.

Market director, Ms Annelize Botha, said; “We are so encouraged and grateful by the success of the Locally Yours Market to date as evident through consumer demand, and this motivated the collaboration with vendors for the development of the online store. The capabilities of the online experience will serve to satisfy consumer needs whilst providing increased sales for the marketeer not only from local consumers but international tourists as well."

Since online shopping is becoming one of the fastest growing markets in South Africa, this could be perceived as a threat to traditional artisan entrepreneurship. Research indicates that there are currently 18.43 million e-commerce users in South Africa, with an additional 6.36 million users expected to be shopping online by 2021.

Ms Annelize Botha advised, “With the fourth industrial revolution upon us and statistics that might be interpreted as a threat towards the traditional way of doing business, as creative entrepreneurs we need not fear but rather upskill ourselves to benefit from the advantages that come with the convergence of traditional business techniques sand new technology platforms.”

The online shopping site can be found at www.locallyyours.co.za/store providing convenience of product selection, ease of online payment options followed by door to door delivery.

All products are handmade by residents of the beautiful Eastern Cape region and are proud collaborators of the Locally Yours Market initiatives to empower small businesses and empowerment programmes.

A wonderful event that caters for each member of the family will continue to entertain each month, however will now be simultaneously supported by the online shopping experience to encourage the passionate trend of buying local.

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