Yes! I guess you guys are wondering what’s he talking about” how can I shop Alaba online
Firstly let’s talk about Alaba International Market, the biggest market for electrical appliances, electronics, PC and accessories in west Africa, where over =N=3bn exchange hands on a daily basis”YES’‘ you heard that right. Alaba is one of the busiest markets in west Africa, with smalls at every conner, young and elder people hawking all sought of stuffs, hustlers at every corner, the wheel barrow boy shouting give way” phewww” I guess by now you can imagine the scenario.
”Alaba has launched an online presence”.
Before you expect to see an Amazon, ebay-hold your breath its an e-commerce site, let me break the news to you that the site isn’t greatly designed.
Nevertheless, its a good move in bringing those products at the popular and busy Alaba market located at Ojo Alaba along Badagry Expressway in Lagos online for easy purchase.
The site allows buyers to shop for products away from the hustle and bustle of the busy market and have their goods delivered straight to their door steps. Using DoJ or Buy 4 Me options,” now can you beat that” customers can allow the service to buy their desired product for them with 100% Money Back Guarantee (I repeat 100% money back guarantee) and get it delivered to their doorsteps through courier.(Payment on delivery)
With various payment options including eTranzacts recently launched Mobile Money service called PocketMoni, buyers can pay for products via their mobile phones.
On the other hand, vendors in Alaba International Market get to sign up for a monthly fee with DoJ which is the platform to obtain a vendors account and upload their products and services for sale, creating virtual shops similar to the real thing.
When I had DoJ interact with other business leaders in my Business Round Table (BRT) Session they said, vendors that can’t use the PC or the Internet can pop into any of the registration centers at the market and would be given assistance to sign up or they can register via the Tele-Reg services by texting their full names, business names, phone numbers and shop addresses to 0803- *#*#*@ ”GOSH!!! I ALMOST LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG ”
The service also allows vendors at the market to upload their products by texting business name, product name (eg. TV), product make (eg. LG), product description (eg. LCD, 42 Inches) and price.
Since 1979, Alaba International market, Ojo, Lagos has remained Nigeria foremost electronics market. Although it has experienced increased incidents of fake products, traffic congestion and the presence of touts, its foray into electronic and mobile commerce is definitely a laudable move.
It would be interesting to see how its online presence impacts on online shopping in Nigeria in the coming years. ”Thumbs up guy” for further info on how to join the Business Round Table (BRT) ff:@Udeozo or email firstname.lastname@example.org