Online boutique marketplace Shoptiques has launched an e-commerce site in Canada. Canada is the fourth country to join the site, as Shoptiques already has 2,000 boutiques hailing from the U.S., the U.K. and France.
Shoptiques.com will now allow customers from around the world to directly shop Canadian boutiques for clothing, accessories and home decor. Local shoppers can even order online and choose delivery or pickup in-store. All orders that are more than $125 (Canadian dollars) will ship for free and returns are free.
"We have been shipping to Canadian customers from our boutiques since the beginning, so launching in Canada was a natural next step for us," said Olga Vidisheva, founder and CEO. "We're also very excited about the potential: Canadian online retail sales grew from C$15.3 billion to C$22.3 billion between 2010 and 2014 and are expected to reach C$39.9 billion by 2019. The market is growing very quickly and we're thrilled to now be a part of it."
At launch, Shoptiques will have partnerships with 30 Canadian boutiques located in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. The company is planning to grow that number.
Earlier this spring, Shoptiques partnered with Yelp to offer shoppers the ability to shop while reading reviews using a "buy now" button. Yelp joins other online platforms, such as Facebook and Pinterest, that are rolling out call-to-action buttons in an effort to make editorial content shoppable.
-See this Shoptiques press release
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