Tailor-made micro-proximity grocery stores: an alternative cooperative economy that is organic, local and fair trade.
The concept of a micro grocery store was born two years ago in Rhône-Alpes with the founders of the distribution cooperative. "Les 3 P'tis Pois".
Today, there are already 17 GACs (Groupement d'achat collectif) or "collective pantries" in Lyon, a real alternative to supermarkets.
Self-managed by a group of friends or neighbors (no entrepreneurs or venture capital), it offers all the products available in conventional grocery stores, whether food, hygiene or maintenance. Places that are real answers to the major socio-economic trends of today: economy of sharing, relocation, smart ecology at a fair price, smart life (easy, fast, personalized). Indeed, the economic and ecological benefits are immediate (few intermediaries, access to local and organic production, grouped purchases, bulk products, reduced transport) and social proximity (solidarity, conviviality, lifestyle). Advantages that are also practical and friendly: tailor-made deliveries, grocery shopping downstairs and at any time of the day or night, sharing and exchanges.
A recent article in the "Passage à l'acte" section of the website Rue89.com : What if we opened an organic, local and fair-trade grocery store among our neighbours? makes this concept perfectly explicit: and-if-open-area-neighbourhood-grocery store-bio-local-and-fair trade-230928.
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Namely, according to ethicity, for a quarter of the French, a "responsible" product must be "locally produced". The local "label" guarantees, in their eyes, "social ethics and greater proximity with stakeholders".
In short, these GAGs, "cooperative fridges" in line with the expectations of modern consumers, are likely to flourish everywhere in France.