Rachel Renie and David Thomas – Founders of D’Market Movers
January 31st, 2022 | Related To: D’Market Movers
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Both Rachel Renie and David Thomas have always been passionate about local food. “Our business is centred on health and convenience, and our mission – to make the freshest, healthiest ingredients readily available to our customers by delivering directly to their doorsteps.”
When Rachel and David co-founded D’Market Movers in 2009, they were fulfilling orders for less than 20 people, facing numerous rejections from financial institutions. The then budding entrepreneurs were told that Trinidadians would not buy market items over the internet. Fast forward to more than a decade later, D’Market Movers has over 6,500 customers and is well on its way to becoming a household name in Trinidad and Tobago. Since their business was always online, they were well-positioned to respond to the increase in demand arising from the pandemic.
In 2016, Rachel and David were recognised for their business prowess when they won the Ernst & Young ‘Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award. “We firmly believe that a rising tide lifts all boats. More businesses in the online space signals growth. It strengthens the sector and benefits customers, farmers, business owners, and their employees. Digital is the future and the growth of it is an exciting time in Trinidad and Tobago’s history,” stated Renie. They credit their relationship with farmers as integral to their success. “When you buy local, not only is it often healthier and more sustainable, but it also supports farmers and augurs well for the local economy,” highlighted Renie.
2016 also marked the launch of ‘Farm & Function’, a line of frozen fruit that now boasts five local flavours and a new mixed variety pack which will soon be exported to other territories through exporTT. The duo recently established their first ‘Click & Collect’ location and their design arm, ‘Market Movers Design’. “Our customers remain at the core of everything we do,” stated Thomas. “While our eyes are set on growth and innovation, we always want to be known as a company that cares about the future of local food.”