Nearby Shops is a distributed ecosystem of local markets. Anyone can self-host their Local Market Instance and create their local market on Nearby Shops.
The technology is fully open-source and funded by Donations.
Although the platform and technology itself is Nonprofit but Service Providers (Market Creators) are allowed to charge for their services in order to recover their expenses and cost of human efforts and Man-Hours.
Local Market's are generally self-hosted by independent Volunteers, Service Providers and local vendor cooperatives who seek the welfare of their local vendors.
The end-users can access local markets available in their area through single mobile app and login account. Which means that there is only one single mobile app they need to download and install.
This helps in saving the marketing costs and efforts for these local markets. Marketing costs can be huge these days therefore this is something that is going to provide substantial cost savings.
Nearby Shops is developed with a goal of helping the local vendors and local economy.
Nearby Shops implements Alibaba's New Offline-to-Online (O2O) Concept, where customers discover products online and then get them home delivered or pick those products up from physical stores.
Unlike other e-commerce platforms Nearby Shops is Nonprofit, decentralized and autonomous.
It runs on open-source technology.
There is no single-owner of this platform. It is just a collection of autonomous local markets each self-hosted and managed by independent Service Providers who seek the welfare of their local vendors.
Nearby Shops comes with a comprehensive developer documentation that makes it simple and easy to customize, install your app and maintain your technical infrastructure.
Nearby Shops comes with native android apps and is designed primarily for mobile. Its a multi-vendor platform where customers can send orders to multiple shops / restaurants.
Nearby Shops has support for multiple currencies in the software.
Delivery can be provided by your own delivery staff or it can also be provided by shop-owners and restaurants using their own delivery staff.
Nearby Shops has order tracking and inventory for home delivery where vendors and delivery staff can update order status and track the orders for delivery.
Integrations for Sending SMS-OTP, E-mail and Push Notifications, Maps and Payment Gateway are available
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Nearby Shops helps people buy items like fruits, vegetables and grocery from shops located near to them and even get the home delivery of the items they have purchased.
Shopping fruits, vegetables and grocery is just an example. You can buy or sell almost anything that is available locally.