Clicks and mortar: The Irish retailers who are doing the business online

Pricewatch: rather than watch their sales disappear into cyberspace, many Irish retailers are setting up shop on the web – and are competing with the online-only discounters

Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway was online long before Jeff Bezos set up Amazon

Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway was online long before Jeff Bezos set up Amazon

Viewed through a certain prism, the threat the online retail revolution poses for Irish businesses is terrifying and deadly. With internet giants doing business in a borderless world able to offer massively discounted products to consumers with the click of a mouse, it is tempting to suggest there is no way any indigenous companies with low-key operations can possibly compete either on price or choice.

But last week we posed a question on Twitter and the response took us by surprise. We asked, simply, for “examples of Irish retailers who do online really well”. Within hours we had hundreds of responses from people who were practically falling over themselves to praise the online offerings of dozens of Irish companies big and small.

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