By Elizabeth Osayande
Founder, QShop’s Technology-driven solution company, Tarebi Alebiosu has stated that her company was poised to help small and medium enterprises, SMEs scale through the hurdles of setting and running businesses online with a few clicks of the mouse.
“And by simplifying Africa’s e-commerce ecosystem and website setup, many entrepreneurs who would otherwise struggle with the complexity of running a business online can do so with a few clicks. QShop equips SMEs with the tools and resources crucial to successfully running an e-commerce business. Alebiosu reiterated.
Alebiosu who noted that SMEs, the backbone of any economy, considering the role they play in alleviating poverty, facilitating local and international trade, and creating job opportunities, explained that they required innovative solutions to improve their ability to adapt to changes.
On the reason for Qshop establishment, the founder explained that: “QShop, said: “During the pandemic, we found that technology was one of the major factors that helped many small businesses survive.
“However, many struggled to navigate the complexity of integrating technology into their businesses’ day-to-day running. Therefore, we developed QShop, a mobile-first solution, in late 2020 to make e-commerce technology adoption for small businesses affordable. Simply put, we are helping small businesses to sell online and scale easily. QShop is deeply integrated with social media, allowing for a seamless and easy setup; most stores are up and running in 2 mins or less.” She stated.
Also commenting, Head of Technology, QShop, Harrison Hammond, said: “At QShop, we want to help customers grow from zero to a hundred with technology. We serve as the middle man to bring all the tools- websites, inventory, payment channels, and logistics -to one place. SMEs currently inundated with the complexity of technological integrations can start with QShop.
“QShop’s long-term growth plan is underpinned by a focus on boosting growth for retail-focused businesses. Hence, merchants can expect platform upgrades that include access to credit, markets, and business training.” Hammond said.
The company, which has over 10,000 SMEe signed up, and USD500,000 being processed in combined merchants’ sales, has partnerships with Stripe, Flutterwave, Paystack, and Providus Bank to give merchants the freedom to receive funds seamlessly and in any currency.
It also supported technology integration with Facebook Pixel, Instagram, and Google Analytics that allowed merchants to set up their stores in minutes, improve consumer engagement, and measure growth.
Since the launch of QShop, there has been significant traction amongst the merchants. Over 10,000 SMEs have signed up, and USD500,000 has been processed in combined merchants’ sales.