TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Shopcaster, an online marketplace for local retailers and shoppers, is launching today Canada-wide E-commerce with an introductory shipping rate of only $5.
Shopcaster is the only website in Canada that offers consumers the experience of shopping at local boutiques with all the convenience of shopping online - at anytime and from anywhere.
At the completion of a two-month beta program, there are already over 100 Toronto independent retailers selling thousands products on Shopcaster with more joining each week.
"We're thrilled to announce the launch of Canada-wide ecommerce," says Shopcaster Founder Matt O'Leary. "We've got a new site design, new logo and are getting ready to bring new retailers onboard from new cities across Canada and the United States."
Products available on Shopcaster include apparel for women, children and men, vintage, home décor and kitchen items, pet supplies and sports and outdoor equipment.
"There's nothing quite like the experience of shopping at local independent boutiques," says Founder Judy Sims. "What's special about Shopcaster is that it brings that experience online. You can browse by category or neighbourhood and each shop has its own page that shopkeepers can customize to reflect their unique personalities."
For retailers, Shopcaster is a simple-to-use web and mobile platform that empowers them to manage their online presence and to display their products beautifully, easily and instantly.
To mark its E-commerce launch, Shopcaster (formerly Shopcastr) has changed the spelling of the site's name to include an 'e'.
Shopcaster brings local retailers and their products online for the world to discover, share and shop. Our platform is designed to increase foot traffic into shops and also provides a hassle-free way for local retailers to sell products online. We believe that a healthy local retail community makes neighbourhoods stronger, is good for the economy and better for the environment.
Shopcaster is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and is funded by Mantella Venture Partners, Salim Teja, David Anderson, James Hou, David Austin and bNotions Inc.
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