Mullingar chosen as 1 of 3 towns to pilot An Post’s eLocal.ie

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eLocal.ie is a combined e-commerce and home delivery service aimed at local businesses. The simple business proposition is that An Post will provide a next day delivery service for businesses and merchants to local customers. A key feature of the eLocal.ie service will involve An Post giving each retailer an online presence, displaying their goods and services, and enabling online orders. An Post began piloting the eLocal.ie at the end of March in Ennis, Bantry and Mullingar. The company will test the service, assess the business and then begin to roll out eLocal.ie nationwide.

eLocal.ie enables customers to –

  • Shop online wherever they see the eLocal.ie logo.
  • Click and order via the retailer’s eLocal.ie page.
  • Have those purchases delivered locally within 24 hours/nationally within 48 hours, or
  • Order online and collect in-store.

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD welcomed the new initiative saying “I’m very much looking forward to the feedback from the eLocal pilot project across Mullingar, Bantry and Ennis with a view to its nationwide roll-out. This new doorstep delivery service from An Post will give local businesses the edge over national and international online operators by connecting retailers with their customers both online and in person. I know this will be a welcome initiative nationwide as small businesses are the backbone of every Irish provincial town and village and, with consumers across Ireland now spending almost €14,000 online every minute, trading online is essential to create new business, new jobs and new exports.”

Garrett Bridgeman, Managing Director of An Post’s Mails and Parcels division says ‘eLocal helps local business fight back by giving them the capacity to trade online and access our national delivery network. The service will also generate new business for An Post’s own mail network’.

Further details available at www.elocal.ie.

 

 

 

 

 

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