Joondalup and Wanneroo business associations push ‘buy local’ message as Amazon launches in Australia

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JOONDALUP and Wanneroo business associations pushed the ‘buy local’ message this week with the arrival in Australia of online shopping giant Amazon.

Wanneroo Business Association business liaison officer Lauren Mcgee said Amazon would need time to develop its range and delivery processes, so was highly likely to use competitive prices to drive volume.

“The introduction of Amazon highlights the importance for small business to embrace online technology to open up new markets, both nationwide and internationally,” she said.

“The advantage our small, local businesses have over Amazon is that they have operated within and have become part of our community, offering personalised customer service.

“The Wanneroo Business Association will continue to advocate for local businesses, and promote the buy local message.”

Joondalup Business Association president Max Wilson said it was important businesses had a strategy to look at how Amazon could affect their business.

“All businesses should be looking at improving their relationship with their customers at all times, not just now,” he said.

“The JBA will encourage small business in particular to look at their strengths and what they can offer the local community.

“Amazon is a goliath stationed in another country, while most small businesses within the City of Joondalup and beyond of course are owned locally. These are the businesses that provide local employment and substance to our community.

“Try and get that with an Amazon purchase.

“The association greatly encourages all consumers to look at a buy local strategy first and support small businesses in their area.”

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