The AIM Group has joined forces with OfferUp, a major U.S. online marketplace for buying and selling, to launch SafeTradeSpots.com: a national database of police and sheriff’s departments and other law enforcement agencies that have designated locations for in-person transactions.
“SafeTradeSpots.com is the first step in developing a strong coalition of multiple marketplaces and classified sites throughout the U.S. and around the world to promote safety and security for buyers and sellers,” AIM Group founding principal Peter M. Zollman (LinkedIn profile) said. The AIM Group is an international business intelligence consultancy specializing in marketplaces and classified advertising.
SafeTradeSpots.com combines locations shown on the AIM Group’s SafeTradeStations.com and listed as Community MeetUp Spots in the OfferUp app. The new site lists more than 1,300 verified locations. OfferUp will host the app and site, and both parties will add new locations as law enforcement agencies join the program. SafeTradeStations.com also lists agencies in Canada that offer monitored safe-trade locations.
“We developed SafeTradeStations.com more than three years ago to promote safety and security for individuals making in-person transactions,” Zollman said. “When we started, there were only half a dozen participating police departments. Today, there are hundreds, because law enforcement agencies see the value and importance of designating safe-exchange locations
“Our goals with SafeTradeSpots are to encourage safe, secure transactions to help protect users who use any classified or marketplace site or app, and to work with any classified advertising company that wants to participate in building a stronger organization for safety and security among users.”
CEO and co-founder of OfferUp Nick Huzar (LinkedIn profile) said, “Building safety features into our app and programs in our communities to tackle the issue of trust in in-person transactions is paramount. We’ve always been committed to being the most trusted marketplace, and that starts by encouraging people to use resources like SafeTradeSpots to give anyone — regardless if it’s an OfferUp transaction or one that’s facilitated elsewhere — the peace of mind they want and deserve.”
To find a safe-trade location, visit SafeTradeSpots.com. For more info on OfferUp’s Community MeetUp Spots, please visit their blog. Law enforcement agencies can request free signs at https://offerup.com/meetupspots/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list of SafeTradeSpot locations.
OfferUp launched its Community MeetUp Spots program in the summer of 2017, designating public, well-lit, and monitored locations for people to exchange items with confidence.
About the AIM Group
The AIM Group, formally the Advanced Interactive Media Group LLC, is the world’s leading business intelligence provider in the digital marketplace / classified advertising industry. Its services include Classified Intelligence Report, known as “the bible of the classified advertising and marketplace industry.” It operates AutosPlus and RecPlus, annual conferences focused on innovation at automotive and recruitment advertising companies, and jointly operates the Global Online Marketplaces Summit. Its consultants provide marketplace, media, technology and investment companies with strategic and tactical support and custom research on a global basis. Founded in 1998, it is based near Orlando, Fla. To learn more, see AIMGroup.com or call 407-788-2780.
OfferUp is dedicated to building the simplest and most trustworthy way for people to buy and sell in their communities. As the largest and fastest growing mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers in the U.S., the company offers iOS and Android apps that make selling an item as easy as snapping a picture from your mobile device. The privately held company is based in Bellevue, WA. and backed by top investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Warburg Pincus, GGV Capital, T Rowe Price and Coatue Management. For more information, visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.