CBC Manitoba: Buy-local push has Manitoba businesses stretched to the limit


Reposted from CBC Manitoba

In an effort to drive consumers to buy local, Winnipeg business owner Obby Kahn launched GoodLocal.ca, a one-stop online shop with dozens of Manitoba vendors.

“Think of Amazon and Etsy, but local,” he said. “Everything good, everything local we want on our platform, you order it, we package it for you on one nice box.”

Since launching in September, the site was averaging 20 orders a week. Sales gradually started to pick up as Manitoba moved to orange and then red on the pandemic response scale.

Last week, the site pulled in more than 700 orders forcing Khan to shut it down to catch up and increase capacity.

“It was panic,” he said. “We weren’t set up for that. We’ve had to move warehouses twice already. So we said, you know, we have to hit a little bit of a pause, kind of figure out our systems.”

He said the site will be up and running again shortly and he is grateful for the support.

He hopes Manitobans continue to be mindful of where they spend their money this season and the year ahead.

“Think about that,” he said. “Think of how that can help a family and have an immediate impact on our Winnipeg and our economy and everything going on in this great city.” Read More >