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KTMF Urges Eid Shoppers: Go Local, Skip Online

Despite only a few days left for Eid, markets are reporting less footfall of customers.
02:07 AM Jun 14, 2024 IST | GK NEWS SERVICE

Srinagar, June 13: Ahead of Eid, the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) is making a fervent appeal to shoppers to prioritise purchasing from local physical stores rather than opting for online shopping.

In a statement issued today, KTMF incumbent president Muhammad Yaseen Khan said, "In light of the ongoing challenges faced by the local retail sector, KTMF emphasises the importance of supporting our community's businesses during this crucial time. By choosing to shop in physical stores, consumers can play a pivotal role in sustaining local businesses and ensuring their continued operation."


Khan highlighted several key points to prefer local shopping, stating, "Buying from local stores directly contributes to the vitality of our community's economy. Every purchase helps local businesses survive and flourish, maintaining the unique character of our marketplaces. Additionally, physical stores provide essential employment opportunities within our community. Shopping locally helps safeguard these jobs and supports the livelihoods of our neighbours."


"An enhanced shopping experience is also one of the key factors, as physical retail stores offer a shopping experience that online platforms simply cannot match," Khan added. "The ability to see, touch, and try products, coupled with personalised customer service, creates a unique and fulfilling shopping journey. One of the significant advantages of shopping in-store is the instant gratification of taking your purchases home immediately, avoiding the delays and uncertainties of shipping."

Khan further emphasized that physical shopping strengthens community bonds. "Supporting local stores improves a sense of community and helps maintain the cultural and economic diversity that defines our region."

"As we prepare for Eid, a time of joy and generosity, KTMF encourages all shoppers to consider the broader implications of their purchasing decisions," Khan stated. "We at KTMF appeal to consumers that by choosing to shop locally, you are not only finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones but also ensuring that our local businesses thrive during this festive season and beyond. Let's come together to make this Eid special by supporting our local stores and celebrating the spirit of community."