Our new Direct Local Marketplace is now open to businesses and co-ops! Register and get your FREE online and mobile store on the Direct Local App.
WHO ARE WE?
Direct Co-ops is a group-buying platform and marketplace for SMEs (small and medium-sized businesses) and co-ops, bringing together local independent businesses to leverage their group buying power, enabling them to achieve better prices on all their purchases. Our platform allows SMEs to enjoy the same buying power as the big chains and online retailers, stimulating the local communities and economies to level the playing field for our 'Mom and Pop' shops.
We are an open membership platform - it is free to register and we charge a small percentage from all transactions. Since 2014, we've helped thousands of local businesses save on their operating expenses, thanks to the better rates and prices we have negotiated with various service providers, manufacturers and suppliers.
Direct Co-ops is joined by the largest business associations, co-ops, nonprofit and government institutions, dedicated to supporting independent business and entrepreneurship and we are proud to be the voice of mom and pop businesses everywhere. Our new online marketplace is open to all SMEs and co-ops, as well as their employees and members, with access to significantly better wholesale prices. SMEs and co-ops can sign up for free and start selling within minutes, with the lowest transaction rates and the most technologically advanced eCommerce platform available on the market today!
Download the Direct Local app today!
Save on your everyday purchases from qualified vendors in USA & Canada. Save 5 cents/liter off Esso gas, more than 75% off UPS shipping, 70% off Staples office supplies, 25% off Sprint plans and much more!
VOTE ON PRODUCTS
Vote on the products you need together with other businesses and once 1,000 businesses have voted, we will negotiate the lowest prices for your buying group. You can nominate your own products too!
Our online store offers products at bulk prices, based on the bulk deals we have negotiated with our suppliers to date. Products include fresh and organic foods, coffee, electronics, housewares, restaurant supplies and more!
We Are Strong When We Come Together!
HOW IT WORKS?
Together WE CAN make a DIFFERENCE!
By combining our buying power with other small businesses like yours, we can negotiate lower purchasing prices for the products we need to run our businesses and what we sell to our customers.
The more members that join, the better prices we can get!
Our group voting platform allows our members to select or recommend items for group purchase. If you do not see the items you need, you can 'Nominate' your products to start a buying group and we will add them for other businesses to vote on.
Here's how it works:
Vote on products together with other businesses to join a buying group.
We source the products and negotiate better wholesale prices with qualified vendors.
We confirm and place your order at the new group volume price.
We deliver your order straight to your door or you pick it up from a nearby UPS store.
BUYING POWER OF BIG CHAINS IN THE HANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES
Let's use this simple LED light bulbs example. Today, at any of the hardware stores, energy efficient light bulbs cost approximately $9 per unit. By just 1000 of us coming together as a buying group, we will reduce the price by over 75%. Imagine all products are made cheaper by us coming together. Now, let's apply the same way of cooperation to all the products that you need to run your business down to products you retail to your customers.
THE BUYING POWER OF BIG CORPORATIONS IN THE HANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES!
Here are some examples of the products and services we have negotiated great prices on for our members:
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Direct Co-ops has been privileged to work with outstanding individuals and institutions, dedicated to helping small business communities prosper. Here is what some of them have to say about us:
"We commend Direct Co-ops on the wonderful work that you are doing by helping small and medium sized businesses and all of the ways in which you are positively impacting entrepreneurs!"
Business Development Bank of Canada
"Coordinating businesses like this is a proven strategy – and the future of our communities depends on it."
Journalist, author and leader of the platform cooperative movement
"After researching all the competitive payment processing rates out there, Direct Co-ops not only beat what was offered to us but also provided outstanding customer service from start to finish"
"In comparison to all the health benefit programs out there, the Direct Benefits hands down was the most affordable and with the addition of access to discounted drugs, made it the smartest choice by far, let alone all the other discounts."
Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen
"I’m excited Direct Co-ops has been able to lower the cost of the supplies for small businesses"
St. Louis Wings and Ribs
"We applaud Direct Co-ops for driving support for the success of the small business operator. Their drive and ambition to boost and focus on this important sector greatly contributes to the local community and overall economy."
Tony Elenis, President and CEO
Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA)
"Direct Co-ops has the vision to disrupt extractive, big-box and online retailers and keep local SME’s flourishing through collective purchasing. Working together cooperatively is not a new idea, but it’s being made new by the power of digital platforms and apps that make aggregating purchases simple and seamless. If you aren’t yet cheering for Direct Co-ops to succeed, you may not realize how big a problem it is that they are trying to solve."
Cooperatives and Mutuals Canada
"The Direct Initiative is a great way of supporting independent business. Independent businesses are the backbone of our middle class so it gives people the opportunity to keep our middle class strong."
Founder of Big Fat Burrito, Chair of BIA Kensington Market
"I believe that having other people to mentor you is one of the most important things, especially if you’re starting up a business."
Mary Sue Rankin
Founder of Edward Day Gallery
"Our business has a multitude of arms; hedge fund, TV and Radio products, investing, beauty and anti-aging. And I don't think that our small business could be much smaller (a hand full of talented devotees). Direct Co-ops has shown us how to lower our operating costs STILL so that when we FLY, it will be so high, we will have to come down for air!"
Radio and Television broadcaster (MuchMusic, CP24)
"Think outside the Box, the Big Box: A powerful inspiring Community Anthem of Hope for any Startup, Coop, Small Enterprise or struggling Community. In an age where despondency and despair are commonplace around us; where hopelessness is the common currency of many unemployed youth of the world; where negativity that surrounds us is fed on a daily diet of the fall out from gross Inequality – this is a get up and go tune that would inspire any young person… and older person too, those with the spirit of youth still left in them. While the idea might not be new, the inspiration provided most certainly is… and the future is very bright for any Community grasping this modern day youthful Coop message of unbounded hope."
"I’m very happy that 416Direct is here and I hope more cities can take advantage of 416Direct."
Founder of Smoke 180
"Direct Co-ops have restored my faith in customer service. After being with the big companies for years I was disillusioned with their service and getting ripped off with overpriced items. Now with Direct Co-ops I can trust they will do a great job in taking care of all of my business needs. Thanks Direct Co-ops for putting the customers needs first!"