Bigstore.africa, an innovative eCommerce marketplace, is set to transform the online shopping landscape in Africa. The company recently announced the successful completion of an undisclosed angel funding round, setting the stage for the launch of a unique and groundbreaking marketplace in Kenya. This platform is a first in the Kenyan Market and can be compared to the “Uber Eats” for retail consumer products like electronics, phones, home appliances, and much more.
The significant angel funding round was led by prominent high net worth individuals, and angel investors from Kenya, Africa, and the USA. This highlights the untapped potential of eCommerce in the Kenyan and African market. The capital raised will primarily be used to grow the business in Kenya, enhance the platform’s infrastructure, optimize the user experience, and expand the company’s merchant and customer base.
Bigstore.africa aims to revolutionize online shopping by allowing customers to buy anything they want from different merchants using its website and mobile app. The platform ensures the quality and authenticity of listed products by carefully vetting all its merchants and ensures that all its merchants and delivery partners are insured to ensure the security of the customers’ orders.
“Our goal is to bring back trust in eCommerce in Kenya by connecting customers across Kenya directly to trusted merchants on our platform,” said Mr. Ongere H.M, the CTO & Co-founder at Bigstore. He emphasized Bigstore’s commitment to restoring customer trust in online purchases across Kenya and Africa and highlighted the pivotal role that the investment will play in achieving this mission.
By leveraging state-of-the-art location-based technology and a deep understanding of consumer shopping preferences, Bigstore is poised to redefine the online shopping experience and reshape the eCommerce industry in Kenya, Africa, and beyond.
The platform further streamlines the entire shopping process, from selecting a merchant to browsing products, completing payments, delivering the order directly to the merchant and connecting the order to the delivery partner for fulfillment. On top of this, Bigstore ensures the quality and authenticity of listed products by carefully vetting all its merchants and ensures that all its merchants and delivery partners are insured to ensure the security of the customers’ orders.
By adopting a marketplace model, Bigstore also empowers merchants and retailers to reach more customers beyond their physical location, sell more products, and grow their businesses beyond their physical locations, promoting economic growth and empowerment for businesses that have been affected by the tough economic conditions in Kenya and across the world. With Bigstore, merchants receive orders directly and instantly from customers and fulfill them directly to customers, helping boost their revenues and generate more sales for them while also connecting them directly with customers making purchases from their stores.
Bigstore has already onboarded merchants like Samsung, Hotpoint, Opalnet, Haier, Hisense, and others onto their platforms, allowing customers to shop directly from these trusted merchants from the comfort of their own homes. Bigstore is constantly seeking more merchants to expand its merchant base and encourages Trusted Merchants to reach out to the Bigstore Merchant team through its website. Bigstore has also partnered with logistics and fulfillment partners like G4S to ensure smooth delivery and fulfillment or products from its merchants across the country.
The angel investment will empower Bigstore to forge strategic partnerships with retailers, delivery partners and customers and invest in marketing initiatives to attract a diverse customer base. With ambitious expansion plans in motion, the company aspires to become a market leader in the rapidly evolving eCommerce landscape in Africa.
By combining innovation, trust, and a customer-centric approach, Bigstore is poised to redefine the online shopping experience for many online shopping enthusiasts and reshape the eCommerce industry in Kenya, Africa, and beyond. This is indeed a significant leap forward in the eCommerce landscape in Africa.