New Rochelle, NY – July 14, 2021 – How cool is it to have that gorgeous Indian ethnic kurta delivered to your doorstep when you are virtually traveling across India right from home? Again, how does it feel to know that your chosen pair of earrings is waiting to be handed over to you at a local store in Milan even before you board the plane? Again, Sounds like a magic wish granted by a Genie, right? Well, a new social commerce app, Shoppi, assures a more accentuated travel experience by allowing users to shop easily from local stores in any travel destination around the world before traveling or while traveling virtually from home.
Shoppi can be defined as a social global marketplace online which aims to connect travelers with local businesses from all over the world. Travelers can use the app to browse local stores in their chosen travel destination, connect with store owners, place order, purchase, make payment, and wait for the product to get delivered at home- all while traveling virtually from their den. Otherwise, if they are traveling physically, they also have the option to purchase from a local store operating in the travel destination even before they set out for the vacation. Then, they can receive the product in-person from the store once they reach the place.
“Shoppi lets you embrace the culture of your next travel destination by shopping locally even when you are traveling virtually from the safety of your home. Not just that, you would also get big-ticket benefits like rewards and paying within the app with Shoppi”, stated Salvatore Vacante, CEO of Shoppi.
“The current pandemic has hit the tourism industry big time and with it many local businesses that used to receive a large chunk of their revenue from foreign travelers. One of the major visions behind launching Shoppi is our humble effort to bring exposure to these local businesses before the foreign travelers and make selling to them easier.”
Per the statements of Salvatore Vacante, Shoppi would help to prevent impulsive shopping among travelers by making them shop local even before they head out for their trip.
“Shopping before you leave removes the lure of the impulse buy. You won’t splurge on something you don’t really want if you’ve already researched the fun sandals, or a new dress offered by a local merchant.”
A major USP that keeps Shoppi ahead in the competition is Its exclusive ability to offer “real-life feel” in the online shopping scene for the FIRST time through “personalized shopping experiences”. Unlike other online shopping platforms that mostly show generic shopping information, Shoppi is the only one of its kind to show deals and information specifically based on the interests and shopping habits of each individual member. This feature is called ‘Smart Feed.’ This way, users can window shop without needing to know exactly what they are looking for.
“For me it was a very hard lockdown,” said Salvatore Vacante, “I was used to traveling a lot and always tasting new flavors and discovering new products. Slowly I realized that I missed the flavors, the smells and the experiences that I lived in some posts. I dreamed of being able to buy from a store in New York or Rome but this was not possible. From there I felt the need to continue to travel with flavors, smells and products simply by using the local e-commerce channel. So I thought of sharing the idea with my partners. Shoppi App wants to give confidence and hope to local stores, increasingly suffering because of the globalization of trade and engulfed by large multinationals that have nothing to do with the traditions, customs, and authenticity of a territory.”
In regard to local merchants, Shoppi allows them to feature their products before tourists from all over the world, communicate (live) with potential customers in the latter’s preferred language and also receive the payment through the app. The app further enables the local businesses to advertise their products for more exposure on its marketplace.
“Shoppi community is specifically designed to easily connect travelers with local small and medium scale businesses all over the world. In fact, ours is the only community with built-in technology to help you connect with people on the move. Local merchants can use our audience targeting to address foreigners. We would make things convenient for them by enabling the payment methods they love and the language they speak, and it won’t affect you.”
Top features of Shoppi:
- Passport feature brings local products and services to the home of foreign travelers
- Enables travelers to connect with and shop from local merchants in various travel destinations while staying at home or before heading out from travel
- Unique feature of Personalized shopping information and deals through Smart Feed
- Allows doorstep delivery or in-store visit for receiving the product
- Supports various payment methods and languages
- Payment can be made through Shoppi mobile wallet which can be linked to Debit/Credit cards or user’s bank account
- Advertising facility for local merchants
For more information, please visit https://www.shoppi.app