Supporting Local Business

January 16, 2017

I have often wondered what supporting local business means to me and how it affects my life and day-to-day activity. Working here at Westmount has given me some insight on this subject. Time and time again the local guy is faced with customers that have quotes or pricing from the internet or companies out of the USA or overseas.  Labour or cost of goods may be cheaper for them, so in turn they can pass that saving on to the customer. Good for the customer, but not good for the local business who is trying to survive in a tight economy. We are always quick to criticise our government or companies for cutting a wage or service to try and survive the crunch and not face layoff or unemployment. Yet we still continue to go outside of our country to buy a product or service.  At some point you would think that this is a recipe for disaster. This is particularly vexing when there is a company that was started locally who does not keep their purchasing local and shuns the community that helped them to succeed!

We face the gauntlet when we try to source the purchasing departments of these places. When we find out that purchasing for some of these businesses is not sourced locally because of their cross border relations, or connections to the foreign pipeline. We kind of get a bit upset…  Hey …. We all do it, because it’s convenient, or cheaper, or delivered to our door …… Well the majority of us … Guilty as Charged.

So I am thinking I will try to bring awareness to this issue or possibly start a trend…… Buy considering local purchase or supporting our local producers – it could go a long way in keeping our families employed our economy going and possibly even get some local business off the ground in our country. If all of the people in Alberta just purchased one Alberta Made Product a month just think of the local dollars this would generate…. I am sure you have all heard this before but have you really made an effort?

Message to all companies who do not support or have no policy in place to shop local …….Get your boardrooms buzzing with the word….. LOCAL!! Open your door to the local people who are asking for your business.  You will stimulate the economy and you will make a difference to a family in this great Country of ours.

Brian Wood

Over 40 years of retail experience. Managed and Merchandised for a large Grocery Chain for 22 years in the grocery sector. 13 years as an Area manager for third party merchandising and direct to store ordering company. 5 years in the liquor industry as an operations manager with a major Liquor store chain. This article is my own opinion on things that I observe or have observed throughout my career.

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