WHO ARE WE?
Direct Co-ops is a group-buying platform for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), bringing together local and global business communities to leverage their group buying power and maximize their bottom line. Our platform was created to help SMEs and mom and pop shops enjoy the same buying power as the big chains and online retailers, by voting on the products they need and saving as much as 50% (or more) on the prices they normally pay.
Membership on our platform is free and open to all registered businesses. We are joined by independent business associations, cooperatives, BIAs, nonprofit organizations, academic and government institutions in North America and around the world, dedicated to helping SMEs flourish.
We welcome all businesses to join our platform and start enjoying the buying power of thousands of businesses in your community!
BUY TOGETHER - SAVE TOGETHER!
Learn how much you can save on your everyday needs from qualified vendors in USA and Canada, from discounts on fuel and 70%+ off shipping, to 70% off Staples office supplies and 19% off cell phone plans!
Join or start a buying group for any product or service you need! Once we get the minimum number of votes, we will find what you need and negotiate a better wholesale price based on the size of your group!
Our B2B online store offers a rapidly growing selection of products, from organic food and fair trade coffee to electronics, housewares, restaurant supplies, art and much more – up to 90% cheaper than retail!
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:
Direct Co-ops Announces Exciting New Partnership with Royal-Backed $575 Million ICO Tatatu
Toronto based Direct Global / Direct Co-ops has a stunning surprise for small and medium sized businesses across North America and they say it’s something businesses around the world will soon be able to take advantage of. Today, Direct announced an exciting new partnership with Royal-backed Tatatu. […]
Direct Co-ops Brings Steve Anthony's Celebrity Power to Their Fight to "Change The World"
Direct Co-ops Brings Steve Anthony's Celebrity Power to Their Fight to "Change The World" Direct Co-ops Brings Steve Anthony’s Celebrity Power to Their Fight to "Change The World"[…]
CANADA’S GREATEST INNOVATION SINCE INSULIN, ECONOMIC INSULIN!” – DIRECT CO-OPS
(Published on Yahoo! Finance) Direct Co-ops makes history by uniting over 1,000 American and Canadian businesses to save up to 50% on on their purchases TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Direct Co-ops has made history by concluding a group purchase with over 1,000 independent businesses in the USA and Canada combining their purchasing power […]
DIRECT GLOBAL / DIRECT CO-OPS AND CCA GLOBAL PARTNERS REACHED A MAJOR AGREEMENT FOR USA & CANADA
Direct Global / Direct Co-ops is proud to announce we have reached an agreement with CCA Global Partners. October 3, 2017 Toronto, ON – Canadian company Direct Global / Direct Co-ops and US-based CCA Global Partners reached a major agreement for USA & Canada. Direct Global / Direct Co-ops will be bringing […]
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!"