By Stephanie Petit
Published on 17 Dec 20 at 13:04
AT Saint-Saëns (Seine-Maritime) Alexandra and Arnaud Lemercier didn’t count on such success! The couple created the web site fairemescourses.fr in the course of the first confinement, initially within the spirit of serving to a shopkeeper of Saint-Saëns. “It was very fast, we did not expect such a magnitude. When you see the curves, the growth is mind-blowing, ”notes Arnaud Lemercier.
He explains: “The excitement went on by itself for several weeks. After two to three weeks of development, the tool was quite successful. I added all the municipalities in France so that it can be used anywhere, so that it remains local but in other regions ”.
Arnaud Lemercier provides: “I never imagined that we could cover all of France. We may be present at Saint-Joseph de la Réunion. I have a conference scheduled for this week ”.
Today, the location already lists a retailer in Guyana.
“Include as many people as possible”
The creator explains: “We included the DOMs from the start because we do not have a search for profit through the platform. We try to include as many people as possible ”. In this strategy, the developer and his workforce of volunteers are working to enhance accessibility for customers with disabilities. The platform has been audited to greatest meet the wants. Color distinction, keyboard navigation are a few of the points to be resolved.
Free and solidarity
Internet customers will not be tracked, “we have no tool for that”, underlines Arnaud Lemercier. And to proceed: “I am unable to get out of the statistics”. This type of data doesn’t curiosity him. The platform has a solidarity vocation and “will remain free”.
However with out having recourse to consumer monitoring, the Saint-Saënnais signifies: “We had a little more than 500,000 € of orders in France”. This determine represents a minimal as a result of it’s potential to deactivate on-line ordering. The website can solely function a showcase for the vendor.
More than 255,000 merchandise and 11,800 shops are listed on fairemescourses.fr. Figures to notice. “It seems to me that we are the 1st market place”, argues Arnaud Lemercier. The developer has already invested greater than 1,000 hours of volunteer work to create and technically refine the web site.
If the success is plain, it’s not restricted to Saint-Saëns, nor within the Pays de Bray. On the opposite, solely twenty orders have been positioned in Neufchâtel-en-Bray and 32 in Saint-Saëns. The success is certainly nationwide. Communities (city halls, communities of municipalities) proceed to advise fairemescourses.fr to their native companies.
The platform will stay free however it has sure prices together with sending newsletters. For this, an affiliation (faire-mes-courses.fr) was created. Donations and company sponsorship are welcome.