Our new Direct Local Marketplace is now open to businesses and co-ops! Register and get your FREE online and mobile store on the Direct Local App.
Who Are We?
Direct Co-ops is a group-buying platform and marketplace for SMEs (small and medium-sized businesses) and co-ops, bringing together local independent businesses to leverage their group buying power, enabling them to achieve better prices on all their purchases. Our platform allows SMEs to enjoy the same buying power as the big chains and online retailers, stimulating the local communities and economies to level the playing field for our 'Mom and Pop' shops.
We are an open membership platform - it is free to register and we charge a small percentage from all transactions. Since 2014, we've helped thousands of local businesses save on their operating expenses, thanks to the better rates and prices we have negotiated with various service providers, manufacturers and suppliers.
Direct Co-ops is joined by the largest business associations, co-ops, nonprofit and government institutions, dedicated to supporting independent business and entrepreneurship and we are proud to be the voice of mom and pop businesses everywhere. Our new online marketplace is open to all SMEs and co-ops, as well as their employees and members, with access to significantly better wholesale prices. SMEs and co-ops can sign up for free and start selling within minutes, with the lowest transaction rates and the most technologically advanced eCommerce platform available on the market today!#SaveMomAndPops
Download the Direct Local app today!
Save on your everyday purchases from qualified vendors in USA & Canada. Save 5 cents/liter off Esso gas, more than 75% off UPS shipping, 70% off Staples office supplies, 25% off Sprint plans and much more!
Vote On Products
Vote on the products you need together with other businesses and once 1,000 businesses have voted, we will negotiate the lowest prices for your buying group. You can nominate your own products too!
Our online store offers products at bulk prices, based on the bulk deals we have negotiated with our suppliers to date. Products include fresh and organic foods, coffee, electronics, housewares, restaurant supplies and more!
Services & Utilities
Our members can save hundreds to thousands of dollars each month on their operating expenses, including utilities, phone/internet/TV, POS & payment processing, mortgages and much more!
We Are Strong When We Come Together!
How It Works?
Together WE CAN make a DIFFERENCE!
By combining our buying power with other small businesses like yours, we can negotiate lower purchasing prices for the products we need to run our businesses and what we sell to our customers.
The more members that join, the better prices we can get!
Our group voting platform allows our members to select or recommend items for group purchase. If you do not see the items you need, you can 'Nominate' your products to start a buying group and we will add them for other businesses to vote on.
Here's how it works:
Vote on products together with other businesses to join a buying group.
We source the products and negotiate better wholesale prices with qualified vendors.
We confirm and place your order at the new group volume price.
We deliver your order straight to your door or you pick it up from a nearby UPS store.
The buying power of big corporations in the hands of small businesses!
Here are some examples of the products and services we have negotiated great prices on for our members:
(WASHINGTON D.C.) A new partnership between Direct Global/Direct Co-ops and the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) will enable co-ops and other small businesses worldwide to jointly purchase products, communicate, sell (retail and wholesale) and vote on co-op products and issues using an inter-cooperative platform that includes full ecommerce functionalities. This partnership, formalized[…]
Direct Global/Direct Co-ops & GCL Smart Energy Launch Direct Global Midwest to Support SMEs & Co-ops
Through this partnership, GCL will ensure the highest quality products, ranging from PPEs to solar panels, utilizing the company’s vast resources and capabilities. (Source: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/direct-global-direct-co-ops-211700493.html) TORONTO, June 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — This partnership will support Direct Global/Direct Co-ops in helping small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), associations, cooperatives and unions in managing and empowering their members and employees,[…]
Torsten Kunert, aka the “Rideshare Professor”, Joins Local Driver Co-op as CEO of the Federation, Where Drivers Receive 90% of the Revenue and Equity
(Source: https://www.fox34.com/story/41810078/torstenkunert-aka-the-rideshare-professor-joins-local-driver-co-op-as-ceo-of-the-federation-where-drivers-receive-90-of-the-revenue-and-equity) Feb 25, 2020 (Investing Alerts) — (Los Angeles, California) Local Driver Co-op is excited to announce the appointment of Torsten Kunert as CEO of the global federation that will seed and deploy locally-owned driver cooperatives in each city. Local Driver Co-op (www.LocalDriver.Coop) is a cooperative that has been established to address the massive disruptions[…]
Direct Global has plans to launch an app to help mom-and-pop shops compete against Amazon and other online retailers. The company’s CEO, Ahmed Attia, joined BNN Bloomberg to share his thoughts on Direct Global’s future within ecommerce. Watch now: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/video/small-businesses-need-to-empower-one-another-in-ecommerce-direct-global-ceo~1862938
Direct Global / Direct Co-ops Signs Partnership Agreement with the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) is the apex trade organization of Bangladesh playing a pivotal role in consultative and advisory capacity, safeguarding the interests of the private sector in the country. FBCCI serves as the hub of all the chambers of commerce in Bangladesh and is the umbrella trade organization[…]
We are delighted to welcome Mr. Cortell on board, having someone with his experience in the US market will be integral to our US operations. Gary Cortell has over twenty-five years experience in the film, video and television industry with a proficiency in TV production, distribution, digital marketing, and media services. He currently is and[…]
Direct Global / Direct Co-ops Invited by #DriversUnite and the Alliance for Independent Workers to Capitol Hill to Support the Gig Is Up Act, Authored by Congresswoman Deb Haaland and Alex Lawson of Social Security Works
The Gig Is Up Act is a historic moment in requiring large corporations, that gross at least $100 million and employ at least 10,000 independent contractors, to recognize the gig workers as employees and provide them with the full benefits they have earned. Companies will be required to pay employer and employee portions of the[…]
Direct Global / Direct Co-ops Concludes Partnership in China with a Consortium Lead by Epic China to Create Direct Global China and 86 Direct
The Epic China consortium includes Golden Concord Group (GCL), China Communication Technology (CCT), Unilumen Group, Born Holding Group and AIECOMS and is lead by Mr. Simon Guo. Mr. Guo is the principal owner of Five Lakes Global Group headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Guo started his career as an interpreter and business strategist with CITIC[…]