Swiss Post begins Kaloka, online marketplace for small businesses

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Swiss Post has started in Bern an online market for small companies. This platform, called Kaloka, will care for the whole ecommerce value chain, from online store to logistics. The postal service of Switzerland will likewise incorporate local start-ups into the task and offers a SMS-butler.

In Switzerland, simply as in numerous other nations, it`s not difficult to set up an online store, however it`s a real battle to run an effective one. Because if one desires to have a well-performing online store, a seller must put lots of effort in the website, the marketing, the logistics, the client service et cetera.


Online market Kaloka

That s why it has actually launched in Berlin a brand-new online marketplace, called Kaloka. At the minute there have to do with 45 businesses from Bern which provides their items on the shared shopping platform. Customers, who place an order on this site prior to 13:00, can get their goods delivered to their homes at 16:00. And orders positioned till 17:00 will be provided by 20:00 the exact same day. This same-day delivery will be offered by the bicycle messenger service of Swiss start-up Notime. It`s also possible to purchase products the normal way by post or to gather the products at the corresponding store. Kaloka likewise provides a service to customers who put on t want to look for products themselves; its SMS shopping service suggest items for those individuals.


Same-day delivery test

In a main declaration, Swiss Post says it began this brand-new service both to test a brand-new same-day delivery format in the Bern area, and making its services available along the ecommerce value chain. This permits small companies to concentrate on their core business while we take care of, for example, the online shop, packing, and payment collection.

Kaloka will run as a pilot task up until 15 September this year. Swiss Post will then evaluate and choose if and how the job needs to be continued.


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"Discussions have actually been completed on the matter," stated the authorities, including that an alert would be adequate and a cabinet choice will not be required. Ecommerce business calling themselves markets will require to obtain profits mostly from fees for services offered and should not be trading on their own account.

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The ecommerce companies state they only run marketplaces on which others sell items to customers and remain in compliance with the law.

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The government has held detailed examinations with stakeholders on the term, which is presently not specified in the foreign investment policy.