18,000 businesses form clus­ter at MyCom­put­erVil­lage.com

Daily Trust - - SMES - From Nahimah Ajikanle Nu­rudeen, La­gos

A new on­line clus­ter mar­ket tar­geted at shops and businesses at the pop­u­lar Otigba mar­ket, com­puter vil­lage in Ikeja, La­gos, has been un­veiled.

The new plat­form tagged: “MyCom­put­erVil­lage.com,” which was born out of pas­sion to boost elec­tronic com­merce in Nigeria, is ex­pected to host 6,000 shops and 18,000 businesses.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence in La­gos, yes­ter­day, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the firm, Muyiwa Ala­wode, dis­closed that eKnow­vate So­lu­tions Ltd, the com­pany be­hind the ini­tia­tive, said it will en­hance busi­ness ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the pop­u­lar com­puter and al­lied ac­ces­sories mar­ket re­puted to be the largest of its kind in West Africa to show­case their prod­ucts to a global au­di­ence for im­proved cus­tomer en­gage­ment and pa­tron­age.

He said in view of the re­cent com­pe­ti­tion from a num­ber of e-com­merce plat­forms in Nigeria as well as the need to pre­serve the mar­ket share of businesses in Com­puter Vil­lage in the sales of IT equip­ment and ac­ces­sories, MyCom­put­erVil­lage. com was launched in con­junc­tion with the ex­ec­u­tives of the Com­puter and Al­lied Prod­ucts Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (CAPDAN).

He­said:“MyCom­put­erVil­lage. com of­fers a unique plat­form that pro­motes the com­pany names and brands of the in­di­vid­ual businesses that sub­scribe on the plat­form as op­posed to other e-com­merce plat­forms that serve as mere ag­gre­ga­tors of prod­ucts. The eKnow­vate So­lu­tions Ltd as the e-com­merce provider does not share in the sales pro­ceeds of shop own­ers for trans­ac­tions that take place on the plat­form as the case in other e-com­merce plat­forms.”

Ala­wode de­scribed the plat­form as a vir­tual shop­ping mall where businesses in the mar­ket can sub­scribe to and own shops to of­fer its users all the tools needed to en­able their busi­ness go live on the in­ter­net.

He said with this new plat­form, busi­ness own­ers will not need to worry about tech­ni­cal setup skills, host­ing and main­te­nance up­grades as all they need is a monthly or an­nual sub­scrip­tion of as low as N1000 per month and start trad­ing.

Ala­wode added: “All that a sub­scriber has to do is sign up for the ser­vice and start trad­ing. MyCom­put­erVil­lage.com is an af­ford­able, con­ve­nient, ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient on­line shop­ping mall. With a monthly or an­nual rental fee, en­trepreneurs and businesses that cur­rently have shops in Com­puter Vil­lage can ef­fec­tively show­case their prod­ucts and com­pany brand to prospec­tive

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