Software company wins investment to help local shops develop efficient deliveries

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A new project to help more local food delivery options and save jobs in local communities is set to be launched in October by Hereford-based Stok.ly.
Stok.ly Community eCommerce helps local retailers group together, sell on one local, own-branded website, meaning local customers create and pay for one basket of goods and receive one delivery of all items ordered.
Established in 2015, Stok.ly provides ePos, stock control and eCommerce  for UK retailers through a software platform.
The new platform was one of 40 successful projects from a staggering 8,600 entries to receive a grant from Innovate UK after it launched its COVID-19 Technology Competition in April.
The competition was designed to fast track innovation to support the emerging and increasing needs of society and industry during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using the existing Stok.ly software platform which provides UK retailers with ePos, stock control, eCommerce, order fulfilment and courier integrations to collect, distribute and dispatch sales orders, Community eCommerce will provide more food delivery options for local communities, providing opportunities for groups of local independent retailers to grow their businesses online.

Iain Coplans, Managing Director of Stok.ly, said: “We are thrilled to have won this grant and be able to help local retailers not only get through the current pandemic, but secure their future positioning as well. As a previous local shop owner, I know how hard it is to thrive while competing with bigger retailers, and this pandemic would have only made that more difficult. Our ‘Community eCommerce’ project is set to launch in October, and the sophisticated platform will give local businesses an affordable way to compete and local communities an easy and efficient method to buy their groceries.”

The ‘Community eCommerce’ project solves a problem that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic, as it protects the local high street by keeping jobs and the local community thriving by encouraging people to shop local. It also has the ability to help small retailers adapt and change the way they work in the future.