Amidst coronavirus (COVID-19) closures, Preston-based ecommerce company EKM has introduced Obodo, a new free product centered around helping small businesses reach their local customers with a free online shop.
Local businesses have experienced devastating losses as shoppers are ordered to stay at home and most turn to online purchasing. While online sales soar, businesses without an online presence are struggling to cater to their customer base, some closing indefinitely.
“While we have seen a lot of online small businesses thrive in the COVID-19 era, unfortunately we have also seen many brick and mortar local businesses shut their doors with no way to reach their customers. We decided to use the resources we have and do something to help those struggling businesses.”
Antony Chesworth, founder of both EKM and Obodo
Obodo Build on Existing Infrastructure
EKM, founded by Chesworth in 2002, is known as the U.K.’s leading ecommerce platform. Over the past 18 years, EKM’s team of ecommerce experts has helped over 80,000 businesses build a successful online shop.
The free new product, Obodo, is aimed at local community businesses that primarily serve a customer base within 15 miles of their brick and mortar shop.
The service will provide a simplified version of the platform small business owners have come to expect from EKM; with the ability to upload products, take secure payments, and provide delivery and click & collect services for customers in their local area.
Obodo allows customers to choose from a range of free themes purpose-built for specific industries, like bakeries, butchers, greengrocers and more. The company’s blog also features handy startup guides to help small businesses get up and going.
“Helping small businesses has always been the driving force behind EKM, and we have always been passionate about doing the right thing”, added Chesworth.
Obodo is live now at www.obodo.shop.
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