The Toulouse app Cabashop allows individuals to place orders in local shops and to deliver to each other.
Whoever makes the rounds brings a small commission into his kitty.
The idea came from a 30-year-old who was nostalgic for the spirit of mutual aid that reigned in his parents' artisanal butcher's shop.
In this back to school weighed down by inflation, Jean, a young inhabitant of Minimes, in the Pink City, puts “butter in the spinach”.
He "eats better", organic even, without necessarily paying more.
This work-study student has joined the community of users of the brand new Cabashop app.
Exclusively Toulouse for the moment, it allows individuals to group orders with local merchants and then deliver to each other.
Some sort of "carpooling" for shopping, even if Jean made his first three small rounds by metro and VéloToulouse.
As a delivery man – for a maximum of five people – he indicates his route and when he intends to do his shopping on the app.
The other "cabashoppers" are added to the order.
And he receives a small commission deducted from his receipt.
"The operation resembles that of Blablacar, the payments are secure", explains the one who makes "small savings" while eating "healthier things".
Jean also enriches his human relations, he has the presentiment that a “nice community” is in the making.
And, who knows, he might one day deliver a basket of groceries to Clothilde's office downtown.
This young worker, who works in agriculture, has just downloaded the app because she noticed that the first partner businesses – Bio C'Bon and Les Délices de Tunis aux Carmes – were precisely those where she was already using.
"I keep my habits, I get delivered to the office and I don't waste time in the evening," she anticipates.
La Toulousaine has tested quite a few delivery systems and she has often been disappointed with the service.
"I like the idea of being delivered by people who do their shopping like me rather than by an underpaid delivery person," she confides, not ruling out the idea of being a delivery person at her turn if the opportunity arises.
The little words in the family butcher's shop
If it inspires young people, this participative and ecological solution for shopping is not really new.
It is even with a whiff of nostalgia that Yohann Marconato created Cabashop with two of his engineer friends.
He wanted to "revive the spirit" that reigned in his parents' family butcher's shop in Tournefeuille.
"People left little notes on the cash register to find out if someone could deliver them, I even happened to do it myself on my little bike, for three francs six sous, real francs at the time" , he says.
And needless to say, the 30-year-old is all for the cause of small traders, who have neither the time nor the logistics to set up their own delivery service.
Cabashop, which takes its momentum in the 1Kubator incubator, is doing its ranges in the center of Toulouse.
But the app, which is remunerated by a commission on orders, also wants to seduce company employees, export to the suburbs – and first and foremost to Tournefeuille necessarily – then gradually conquer Occitania and all of France.
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