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Digital Main Street offering free online platform to independent retailers

Newmarket retailers have until April 30 to sign up; program seeks to pilot innovative, scalable solutions that enable businesses to attract clients in new and creative ways and adapt to ever changing conditions  
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As a part of the Digital Main Street Lab program that launched last summer under the Future Proof banner, Digital Main Street, in partnership with ventureLAB, is proud to announce that TakuLabs has been selected to pilot its omni channel e-commerce solution in York Region this winter.

The TAKU Retail platform allows established main street retailers to seamlessly move their operation online while making it easier for local shoppers to see what products are available and in-stock nearby.

With this Digital Main Street program, TakuLabs will be providing free use of the TAKU platform, along with all setup services during the pilot period to help several traditional retailers in York Region get their physical stores online in a few weeks and show up when it counts – when local shoppers are searching online for what they sell. 

“In York Region, our community of entrepreneurs and tech leaders work together to create globally competitive build-to-scale Canadian businesses. At ventureLAB, we believe that tech is critical to the resilience and sustainability of traditional brick and mortar businesses, and we are proud to partner with Digital Main Street to help main street businesses modernize and adopt digital technologies, and future-proof Ontario businesses,” said Melissa Chee, President and CEO, ventureLAB. 

COVID-19 forced businesses across Ontario to close their doors this spring and ongoing restrictions have led to a dramatic reduction of foot traffic to brick-and-mortar businesses. No other time of year is as important for small businesses as the winter holiday season. The need for businesses to have a robust and reliable online presence is more important than ever before.

The Digital Main Street Lab program seeks to pilot innovative, scalable solutions that enable businesses to attract clients in new and creative ways and adapt to ever changing conditions.  

Between now and April 30, 2021, TAKU is offering its cloud platform free-of-charge to main street businesses in Newmarket. This program includes data migration, POS and e-commerce setup, potential access to product images and training with 1-on-1 live remote support from the TAKU team.

Only several spots remain for Newmarket retailers to benefit from this program at no cost. Click here to sign-up today.

“Small businesses with high inventory face unique challenges when trying to go online. If the pandemic has proven anything for small businesses, going online is essential. We're excited to launch the DMS Lab pilot with TakuLabs to enhance options for these businesses,” said John Kiru, Executive Director of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas. 

The Digital Main Street platform is supported by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)