A groundbreaking service will be tested in Kerkkoo. Using the service, your neighbor can bring home the local produce you bought online, upon your request.

Digikylä, a novel online shop for local producers was introduced on 18 of September in Kerkkoo’s Pumppaamo. With Digikylä, it is possible to order goods in a more Eco-friendly way by utilising delivery-by-neighbours.

Everyone can become a transporter, and get 0,42 €/km from the orderer for each delivery. Transporters enrol via PiggyBaggy online service.

 

Pumppaamo

Products sold in Pumppaamo from local producers

 

– PiggyBaggy service utilises existing traffic, and the package is delivered on one’s own route. That saves money, time and environment, Coreorient CEO Harri Paloheimo (in picture) says. Coreorient is responsible for the technical implementation of the Digikylä pilot.

 

Harri Paloheimo Coreorient Oy

 

If there is no suitable social delivery found within 24 hours of placing the order, BB Kuljetus from Porvoo will handle it. In that case, the price is 15 €. You can also get your order yourself from Pumppaamo, the logistics center.

 

More sales for local businesses

Digikylä online shop provides an easy platform to local entrepreneurs and producers for offering their goods.The target is to expand from offering locally grown food to services such as cleaning and hairdressing, and renting space and equipment, such as kayaks.

In the future, the service menu may contain loan and food waste services, among others.

– This online shop serves the community of this village. When we were planning the service offering of Digikylä, we examined the age distribution of Kerkkoo’s 900 inhabitants and analysed which services are needed on the area, project manager Arto Varis from Posintra, the development company of Eastern Uusimaa, tells.

The purpose is to develop the service during the testing, and if the pilot is successful and sparks interest, the similar concept will be deployed to other villages in Porvoo and Loviisa also.

– The Digikylä of Kerkkoo is spearheading the concept, Varis summarises.

Digikylä is a part of Posintra’s Happily project, in which solutions to traveling, services and logistics in dispersed settlement areas are searched for. The main financier of the project is European Regional Development Fund ERDF.

 

Read more: piggybaggy.com

www.posintra.fi/happily/