Welcome to GURTL, your online local shopping hub.
We set this place up because we love our local shops and we hate to think of them struggling during this crisis. However, we have noticed that many of them either haven’t got any online presence at all or, if they do have a website, don’t have any capability of selling anything through it.
So we decided to offer that ourselves, through GURTL.
What we can provide you with, as retailers, is the ability to have your own instant online shop available for you to use. If you don’t have a website, you won’t need to go through all the hassle of sorting out a domain name and getting someone to put the whole thing together for you (although if you do want to do that, we can help with that too). If you have a website already, all you’ll need to do is set up a link to your shop at GURTL.
In order to receive payments, you’ll need a PayPal account, but that’s easy enough to set up. In case you haven’t got one already, here’s the link.
Then all you have to do is provide us with any artwork you’d like for the header of your page (don’t worry if you don’t have any – it’s not essential), any information about your business that you’d like to provide, the email address of your PayPal account, and whether you’re offering delivery, click-and-collect (safely!) or both. If you’re offering delivery, you can also specify whether this is free or not, and which postcodes you’re happy to deliver to. Then we’ll go ahead and set the shop up for you. All that remains is for you to load up details of all the products you want to sell, and we’ll be very happy to help you with this.
For the time being, we’re only offering local delivery and click-and-collect. This isn’t a mail order service.
Because we’re so concerned about what’s going to happen to you all, we’re intending to offer this service for free for the first three months. The only way in which this will change is if we’re too successful and we end up incurring massive costs, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Even if we are forced to charge for the service, we’ll keep this down to the absolute minimum. We’re not in this to make our fortunes.
By the way, if you’re wondering about GURTL, it’s derived from the Somerset phrase “gurt lush”, which basically means “jolly good”.
Stay safe and stay well,
Jonathan and the GURTL Team