London-based startup NearSt is trying to increase the amount of consumers purchasing books from local bookstores rather than large chain stores. The book delivery platform has almost 40 bookstores signed up to utilize the platform's services and over 100,000 products for consumers to select from.
Users can search for their book and enter their postal code to see its availability in their area. If the book is available, users can select either immediate pickup or opt to have the book delivered within an hour from the shop. NearSt uses scooter and bike services to deliver books. NearSt makes it easy for bookstore owners to integrate the delivery platform with their preexisting systems and the book delivery platform takes six percent of the final sales price of each product. NearSt is aiming to compete with online retailer giants by supporting local book shops.