In response to the struggles of small business owners trying to stay afloat despite the pandemic, Collingswood Partners, a non-profit manager of the borough’s business improvement district (BID), introduces Collingswood Prime. The unique service offers customers free delivery twice a week through Bloc Delivery, an electric bike-powered courier service. Recognizing the financial strain businesses are under, Collingswood Partners elected to fully subsidize the service, eliminating any fees for participating businesses.
As the holiday season ends, and sales begin to slump, Collingswood Prime makes it easier than ever to shop local and choose small business over big box and online giants.
The allure of two- or three-day shipping is now available from Collingswood businesses to local shoppers in the surrounding areas. Shoppers in Collingswood, Oaklyn, Haddonfield, Audubon and Haddon Township can take advantage of Collingswood Prime. While orders can be placed anytime, delivery takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Ordering and fulfillment is simple for both businesses and customers. Simply order an eligible item through a Collingswood retailer’s website or over the phone and have it couriered through the next delivery day. Businesses notify Bloc Delivery and the goods are couriered on the next Collingswood Prime delivery day. Currently, hot meals are excluded but restaurants are planning to offer take-and-heat options eligible for Collingswood Prime delivery.
Bloc delivery previously operated in Collingswood to assist with deliveries from the Collingswood Farmers’ Market at the start of its 2020 season. The addition of Bloc delivery allowed local farms to continue getting their produce, meats and cheese into patrons’ homes while limiting contact as the corona virus surged. Collingswood Borough is thrilled to see the service return at a time when small businesses need as much help as possible.
More information and a full list of participating stores and restaurants can be found here.