Organization’s Goal to Raise $100,000 Underpinned by New Marketplace Functionality that Showcases Products and Services from Hoboken Businesses Offered at Significant Savings
Hoboken, New Jersey – November 29, 2012 – HealHoboken.org, a campaign by the NJ Tech Meetup community aiming to raise $100,000 to help rebuild the city of Hoboken in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, today announced the launch of its new website that adds marketplace functionality and now showcases products and services from local businesses.
On October 29, Hurricane Sandy devastated the city of Hoboken, flooding over 50 percent of the city, leaving schools, homes, and hospitals damaged or destroyed. Within a few days, Aaron Price, founder of NJ Tech Meetup, in conjunction with members of the local technology community launched /www.healhoboken.org, a website that has already raised over $25,000 by selling specially designed t-shirts and sweatshirts.
Powered by Magento, a division of X.commerce, (an eBay Inc. company), and implemented by Hoboken-based Redstage Networks, a leading ecommerce solutions agency, the new healhoboken.org website takes advantage of enterprise features and a marketplace that allows the organization to accept donations from businesses and offer them at significant discounts. All of the proceeds from each transaction will directly benefit the Hoboken Relief Fund. In addition to t-shirts and sweatshirts, the website now offers gift cards, hotel rooms, and restaurant specials; other products and services from Hoboken businesses are being added every day.
“We're honored to support HealHoboken.org and their work to rebuild the lives of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our hearts go out to those affected and we wish a fast and speedy recovery,” said Roy Rubin, Chief Operating Officer of X.commerce and Magento.
“This is a win-win-win for Hoboken, the technology community and local businesses,” explained Price. “With the holiday shopping season upon us, people who want to support Hoboken can do so through the site. They will not only find great deals and gift ideas, but also support Hoboken’s participating retail shops, restaurants and businesses, essentially helping the local economy which is of vital importance as we rebuild from the storm.”
W Hotel, Village Pourhouse, East LA, EatDrinkNJ, StearClear, Adameaus Designs, and Clean Popo are a few of the businesses who have already pledged products, services and gift cards for the website. Business interested in donating can contact Christine Curatolo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the implementation, Redstage Networks was instrumental in working with Magento to donate a license of the Magento Enterprise eCommerce platform. Additionally, HealHoboken.org integrated PayPal for payment processing, which reduced transaction costs by more than 30% compared to the previous provider.
For more information on Hoboken Relief Fund and to make a donation, please visit www.healhoboken.org.
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About Heal Hoboken and NJ Tech Meetup
Heal Hoboken was launched in less than 24 hours after Hurricane Sandy by members of the NJ Tech Meetup community and is a collaboration between members of the group, including Jack Zerby, Danny Duran, Adam Saynuk, Scott Molski, Heather Ryan, Eden Golomb, Christine Curatolo, Domenick Cilea and Aaron Price. Positive Internet, RedStage, eBay, Paypal, and Magento have also offered their services to the effort. The team met via the NJ Tech Meetup, NJ’s largest technology community, based in Hoboken. The group meets monthly at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken and hosts speakers on subjects related to entrepreneurship and technology. For more information, visit: www.njtechmeetup.com.