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#BuyLocalSG wants to make it easy for you to support local businesses.

29 May 2020

Are you bored out of your mind (yet)? Some of us may think being stuck at home is a waste of time. This dynamic duo and their team proved us otherwise.

Instead of moping around the house, Josiah Khoo, a Year 1 School of Computing student, and his friend Raphael Yee, decided to put their computer programming knowledge to good use by creating #BuyLocalSG, an online shopping platform that consolidates products from local businesses and sellers from across Carousell, Shopee and Qoo10.

In this OSA Instagram Ask Me Anything (AMA) video, Josiah and Raphael explain why “they all so free one”, confess their harshest critique, and give technical tips for noob hacking!

You can look forward to a simplified shopping experience: being able to see the different product offerings across all three platforms at a glance and price comparison is now so much more convenient.

Along with a group of like-minded friends, Josiah and Raphael successfully launched this brainchild of theirs on 13 May after a week of intense labour.

The duo is grateful to give back to the Singapore community through this meaningful initiative. This also marks a personal milestone for them – for the first time, they are incorporating their technical expertise and experience into a community project.

Raphael Yee, Project Team Lead of #BuyLocalSG shared, “… especially receiving the great responses from all the sellers who reached out to us, I think it really makes me feel very grateful for the experience and I think it’s something that I would like to encourage the greater community to think about as well.”

While #BuyLocalSG might still be in its early days, it certainly has the potential to be a promising start for a consolidated marketplace for local businesses and products.

If you are a fan of anything artisanal and “Made in Singapore”, head over to their website or Instagram to find out and #supportlocal.

Retailers get to enjoy more visibility in a saturated e-commerce space on this platform. To reignite the kampong spirit, #BuyLocalSG also has a ‘Give’ section for people to donate items to others in need.

Got a question?

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Writer: Low Jia Hui, Undergraduate, CNM
Editor: Elissa Chia