BAYONNE, NJ - A new online shopping service developed to help local small businesses continue to do business even while there doors are closed is launching in Bayonne, Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone/Special Improvement District (UEZ/SID) announced Thursday.

Saying that they became aware of JaTango through a local entrepreneur UEZ/SID officials were anxious to bring it to Bayonne, the statement read.

Davis described JaTango as “a live website that will allow our local merchants to do business with our residents in a live broadcast shopping experience.” There is no charge for a Bayonne resident or business to sign up and become a participant in this new shopping experience and there is no cost to broadcast, he added.

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“Hopefully, with both resident and merchant participation, this new shopping experience will help our business community continue to thrive.”

Participating businesses will be available to JaTango members around the world who will be able to interact directly with local businesses and make purchases without leaving a live broadcast.  

The platform, which can be used by restaurants that offer pickup and delivery, can also keep track of inventory and alert users when a business goes live.

JaTango, the statement said, has agreed to waive their monthly fees for the next three years. There is, however, a 7.8 percent transaction fee. 

Residents and business owners can visit JaTango.com for more information.             

The statement concluded with a disclaimer by the City of Bayonne that while they “believe that JaTango represents an opportunity for our local businesses to increase sales, each business must decide individually if the JaTango program is appropriate for their business.”

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