August 19th 2012
Letter: Online shopping costs to the local community
Dear Editor, We receive Imparja TV & often have commercials about the need to support “Local Community Businesses”. As a resident I am concerned about the trend of online grocery shopping and the consequential effects to this wonderful community unless this practice reverses.
I am primarily talking about everyday household food lines, which are supplied through the two supermarkets on Magnetic Island and two other Convenience stores. Everyone probably shops online for various items & it is a convenient method of having goods delivered. I am not discussing my own challenges as a Pharmacy business owner nor wish to in this forum. If anyone wishes to make comment about the Pharmacy, I am happy to receive him or her through my channels, not the media.
My questions to those who primarily use Coles (C) or Woolworths (W) online or in Townsville are these.
1.Q. Who does C or W employ from Magnetic Island? A. No one or negligible.
2.Q. What MI Community events does C or W sponsor? A. School vouchers, how many million do we need to redeem?
3.Q. Which MI Fundraisers do C or W support on MI? A. None. Only Corporate media catching events.
4.Q. Which other business on MI benefit from C or W online deliveries? A. The barge x 1 truck x 2-3 deliveries per week? The driver maybe buying a pie & coke, ironically from one of the supermarkets.
5.Q. Which sports team does C or W support on MI? A. None
6.Q. Who stands to benefit from the juggernauts C & W? A. Shareholders only & their staff, maybe if they keep register staff!
7.Q. Who sells the most alcohol, cigarettes in Australia & owns pokies? A. C & W
8.Q. Who employs your teenage children looking for part-time jobs on MI? A. Not C or W.
9.Q. Who is tired of being asked for support on MI but not been supported themselves as businesses? A. Not C or W
10. Q. Who has experienced MI without a supermarket or other services? A. People who lived here > 20 years ago.
Now I am sure people will tell me it is expensive to feed families on MI especially with teenagers, which I have to look forward to. However, both supermarkets provide good specials, good quality meats, do free home delivery and you can even order online if that is your style of shopping. The convenience stores bend over backwards to help us & provide quality products.
I know other families who have survived, shopping local, feeding teenagers and enjoying our great quality of life.
First it was the butcher, then the baker, what next? Anyone sell candlesticks?
Please reconsider whom you support because I know business owners have to carefully think about their costs, stock variety and also ability to employ and sponsor. Ultimately the support we have benefited from businesses may disappear. How will property prices go with services disappearing? Can you afford to risk this?
Just recently I purchased a heap of material from the Hardware for a kids' fort. I was helped with the costing and eventual materials, which were delivered free of charge.
Personal service I never would’ve got in town, nor the convenience. Give the locals a go; you will be pleasantly satisfied with Service