Shuppy – connecting Irish people abroad with independent businesses based in Ireland.
Supporting local businesses is a hot topic today, with more emphasis than ever on where items are produced and where money is spent. Shuppy is an online marketplace connecting local businesses from across Ireland with people around the world who want to shop for thoughtful freebies while supporting native Irish businesses.
By becoming the market of choice for people who shop for thoughtful gifts near where their friends and family live, the independent Irish retailers listed on Shuppy are gaining exposure to a global audience.
The ever-evolving, hand-selected product line covers everything from handmade arts and crafts to artisanal food and drink, and much more! Increasing the selection of Irish products is a key focus of the platform, as is sourcing from sellers who use Irish raw materials.
Are you familiar with the name Shuppy? Well, it depends on your knowledge of your Gaeilge! The name is a derivative of the Irish word for store, which is Siopa, and from the plural, which is Siopaí, pronounced Shuppy!
The business was started by Peter O’Connell from County Limerick, who, after seeing local retailers shut down in March 2020, wanted to find a way to help. Living between London and Limerick often meant Peter faced gift puzzles for those special occasions back home and choosing a thoughtful Irish gift was hard to do without appealing to a multinational.
Peter’s vision is to create a platform for Irish people around the world to send meaningful gifts to loved ones back home in Ireland, with the added feel-good factor of contributing to a fairer world where businesses local communities will benefit more.
Ireland is full of talented artisans and Shuppy allows them to market their products across the globe and at this point the platform has all of Ireland’s counties represented, with over 200 sellers listed on the site.
While some of the vendors are established and successful business ventures, part of Shuppy’s ethics is to help develop local businesses that are at an early stage in their development and want to grow, in turn benefiting communities. local and rural Ireland.
North America is one of Shuppy’s key markets as many of the people based here are either Irish or of Irish descent and this group of people have always been incredibly supportive of the businesses on the Emerald Isle.
There is even a specific category on the site that lists the best Irish distributable products in North America. In addition, Shuppy is a perfect way for Irish Americans to send home gifts to loved ones in Ireland, as the entire range of products on the Shuppy site are available for shipping to Ireland.
We will leave the last word to the founder of Shuppy who said, “While the ultimate goal is to make Shuppy a very successful business, being able to build relationships and friendships with so many people has made it an enjoyable trip. , so far which I hope will continue for many years to come!
To learn more about Shuppy, check out their website. You can also follow them on Facebook. Instagram and Twitter.