Kijiji launches Shop Local Businesses to promote small and medium businesses with contactless shopping options

TORONTO, ON - May 28, 2020 - Kijiji Canada launched the Shop Local Businesses section within its Kijiji Village category to give Canadians more options to shop locally by supporting small and medium businesses, and to help businesses that remain closed or begin to open up again reach shoppers in their neighbourhood.

Recognising the vital role small and medium businesses play in local communities and Canada as a whole, Kijiji made the move to launch an additional Kijiji Village section, ‘Shop Local Businesses,’ which will feature local businesses offering a range of contactless purchase options. The launch builds on the support and custom listing options that Kijiji has offered to small and medium businesses since 2016. Shop Local Businesses helps Canadians to find local businesses in one curated destination.

“Community-minded commerce is in our DNA. During this hard time, we want our platform to meaningfully connect people to hopefully make things a little easier for Canadians,” said Scott Neil, Chief Operating Officer, Kijiji. “We want to help small and medium businesses that may have been disrupted to reach our audience of local shoppers. With many businesses only beginning to open up again, we also know that Canadians want to support their local stores but need help to understand what’s available in their neighbourhood. We hope that this new section will be a win-win for our community.”

In order to be featured, businesses will need to offer at least one of the following contactless payment or pick-up options: curbside pickup, drop-off/delivery, shipping or cashless payment. Businesses will need to identify which options they offer when posting a new listing. It is free for new business users and existing business customers to appear in the gallery on Shop Local Businesses. The businesses featured in Shop Local Businesses cover a range of categories including home and garden, kids and family, electronics, landscaping and outdoor maintenance, fitness, tools, arts & crafts, classes and home office.

In early April, Kijiji launched the Kijiji Village category to enable Canadians to find or offer support in their communities, like grocery or pharmacy pickups. Since launch, Canadians posted more than 19K listings offering support to their communities in the Kijiji Village category.1 Kijiji Village will continue to host support available to communities, in the form of volunteer online tutors, sewing patterns for homemade masks or more. Canadians can find support in their community through the Support and Services section of Kijiji Village.

In addition, Kijiji introduced new attributes to help private sellers to offer contactless transactions at this time. When posting a listing, a seller can indicate if they offer drop-off/delivery, shipping or cashless payment.

“Community-driven commerce is meant to benefit all members of the local economy whether they are businesses or private sellers. By making contactless transaction attributes available to businesses and consumers, we hope to make local trade a little easier for all members of the community,” said Scott Neil.

Businesses interested in being part of Shop Local Businesses can learn more here.

1Source: Kijiji data, April 9 - May 19, 2020

About Kijiji
Kijiji, which means "village" in Swahili, is the number one classifieds website in Canada, connecting over 13 million buyers and sellers each month. Kijiji offers Canadians an easy way to buy and sell and find real estate, jobs and services on a local level. At any given time, there are millions of listings on the platform. Kijiji makes it easy for Canadians to find exactly what they're looking for in their own community.

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