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Limerick retailers focus on online shopping boost

Christmas preparations come with extra challenges for shoppers and retailers alike this year with the current lockdown remaining in place until the 1st of December.

November and December are identified by retailers as critical months for Christmas shopping and, with lockdown covering half of that period, many retailers are focusing on their online business.

Colette Cotter is a manager of O’Mahony’s bookshop, a retailer shop on O’Connell Street that currently provides a click and collect service for their customers.

Speaking to Limerick Voice, Ms Cotter said “Customers are advised to shop early for Christmas as suppliers are limited in their stocks.”

“We are surprisingly busy, thanks to our customers for supporting us and continuing to support us”, Ms Cotter added.

Christmas shoppers looking around at different shops.

Mayor Michael Collins has stated on Limerick.ie that Limerick businesses have made incredible efforts this year to support customers with a wide range of initiatives to support public health.

“We have an opportunity to do for the Christmas period what was done for the summer by getting behind local businesses and making sure that they finish out this very challenging year with our support and encouragement,’’ Mayor Collins stated.

Light up Limerick City 2019.

Limerick Midwest regional Co-Ordinator Michelle Putti told Limerick Voice that a significant portion of Christmas shoppers are struggling financially during this pandemic. St. Vincent de Paul is currently receiving an increased volume of calls for assistance from new clients this year.

St. Vincent de Paul raises funds through their network of charity shops and has also adapted to the current lockdown by operating a click and collect service in many of these shops.

“We are there for everybody and their request will be handled confidentially and sensitively,” Ms Putti assured .

Those requiring assistance or who are willing to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul may ring (061) 317327.

Limerick retailers have two methods by which they can boost traffic to their online business for Christmas. The first is via the Irish SME organisation (ISME) website (https://isme.ie/shop-local) which yesterday launched its shop local campaign. This campaign allows retailers to list their business online.

Secondly, Limerick retailers can list their business with the established and popular platform limerick.ie/shop (https://www.limerick.ie/shop).

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