12 Oct 2021 12:10 PM | CJA (Administrator)

Dear CJA members,

A recent exciting opportunity has come to our attention and we wanted to share!

You don't have an e-commerce website for your business and you don't know where to start? This is your opportunity to participate in the Canadian Retail Educators Association (CREA) Store Hacker Challenge!

Each year, the Canadian Retail Educators Association (CREA) works with an industry partner to identify realistic business problems and design an exceptional and experiential learning experience for students who are passionate about RETAIL. This year, CREA has partnered with Shopify for a one-day Store Hacker Challenge.  In this one-day challenge, students will be placed into inter-disciplinary teams to develop an e-commerce website for a small business using the Shopify platform.  Each team will include approximately 4 students, the small business owner, a student coach and a dedicated Shopify expert mentor.   
They are seeking approximately 10 small businesses to participate. 

To qualify to participate your small businesses must be:
1) currently operating a retail-based business (i.e., sells legal products and/or services)and has inventory to sell;
2) in need of an e-commerce site and does not currently have a Shopify site;
3) willing to work with students to build and develop an e-commerce site using the Shopify platform;
4) willing to work collaboratively under pressure and tight timelines; and
5) willing to provide the student team the following information: mission/vision/values, target customer, product list, product images, price list, shipping/delivery procedures, return policies.  

What’s in it for the retailers who participate:
1) 3-month account with Shopify

2) An e-commerce site built for FREE! Hiring a firm to develop an e-commerce website could cost thousands and take several weeks or months. For more information on ongoing costs, check out the Shopify website.

3) The University students and ecommerce experts at Shopify will work with you to build a site and get online for free in only a few days.  

If this excites you...please register here 

You will be contacted via email within a next few days to discuss next steps.  



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