Toronto, ON – Some businesses in Toronto have already begun opening up for customers who want to shop on Amazon, as thousands of small businesses in the city try to get in on the action.
The ecommerce marketplace Amazon is the most popular retailer in Canada and has expanded to more than 100 cities and towns.
In Toronto, where there are about 2,500 ecommerce businesses, the City of Toronto has opened its first store on Thursday and it will remain open until the end of February.
“The vast majority of our business is ecommerce so it’s important to us to have a presence here,” said Janice B. Friese, vice-president of marketing at a Toronto-based company called Tasty Cafe.
The company specializes in making cookies and other edible items and has opened stores in Toronto, Waterloo and other centres.
Bees for Bees, which is located in a strip mall in the heart of the city, said it is ready to be a retail shop and has set up a store at the corner of Bloor and College.
“It’s our first store so it is very exciting, we’ve got a lot of interest, and we’ll get started soon,” said the business owner.
Beware of fake ecommerce storesThe city is in the midst of a boom in the ecommerce space, which could mean that some businesses that aren’t as big as those that are already open are opening up to ecommerce customers.
In January, the Toronto-Dominion Bank said it was looking to add 50 stores to its ecommerce network by the end.
But there are other businesses that are taking advantage of the new space to start getting in on it, including a food cart and coffee shop called The Green Bean in the Annex.
“There’s a lot that is new for the business owners,” said David Rieff, the business’s co-owner.
“We have a small grocery store, but we also have a coffee shop.
We also have some craft coffee shops.”
Businesses can start opening their doors to customers from anywhere in the world through the online marketplace.
The Green Bean, a Toronto coffee shop, has opened up in a building next to the Annex in the past year.
“Our goal is to be open to customers of all sizes, so it doesn’t matter where you are in Canada, whether you’re from Canada, the U.S., South Africa, Australia or the United Kingdom, we will cater to you,” said Rief.
The store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The small business owner said the Green Bean store has received positive feedback from customers who have expressed interest in taking a look at the business.
“A lot of people are very interested in coming in here, and there’s a whole bunch of great opportunities in the future, and I think that’s going to help us grow in the long term,” he said.
A growing ecommerce communityToronto is home to more ecommerce shops than any other city in Canada.
More than 3,600 businesses have been created on Amazon and over 600 new ones are being added every day.
There are currently more than 20,000 listings on Amazon Canada and more than 12,000 on the Toronto ecommerce site, according to the Amazon Canada website.
Amazon has a growing network of small and medium-sized businesses, but they aren’t the only ones benefiting from the boom in online shopping.
The business owner added that his store is looking to expand beyond the small niche of ecommerce.
“I think that small business is a key to the success of our businesses, so we’re hoping to build a bigger network and we’re looking to grow with other businesses,” he explained.
“If there’s anything we can do, we’ll look at it.”