Digital Villages: More than 500 citizen participate in test

Presseinformation / 31.5.2016

The second test phase of the Digital Villages ended on 27 May 2016. For four weeks, the citizens of the municipalities of Betzdorf and Eisenberg/Göllheim had the chance to order goods in the Digital Villages online shop of their regional retailers. What was so special: Volunteer citizens provided the delivery service. And the test phase proved that there was great interest in the project: More than 500 citizens registered via the Digital Villages app; approx. 130 packages were ordered and delivered by volunteer drivers.

The initial evaluation has shown that mostly food for everyday use was in demand. The top items were baked goods and regional foods from fruit and chicken farms. Concepts such as the Digital Villages thus offer a new opportunity for regional and unique offers that cannot be ordered via traditional online platforms.

In addition, numerous testers used the idea portal as a sharing platform and provided suggestions for the next test phase. The next phase is set to start in September/October and will include not only volunteer drivers, but also professional delivery services such as pharmacy deliverers. The willingness to support one’s fellow citizens free of charge exists and shall be further strengthened in the fall.

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