Ghana-based eCommerce startup Plendify has rolled out a B2B eCommerce app to help connect buyers with suppliers, Tech In Africa reported.
Plendify allows users to access a business directory of African suppliers. Buyers can access direct quotes on the platform and are able to make bulk sales, according to the report.
With the platform, scattered users can now reach suppliers in less accessible places, and they can also accept international cards and track local deliveries, the report stated.
Plendify has also signed up over 1,000 suppliers, according to the report. Some of the names attached thus far include Bel Aqua, Tika Mall and Vitamilk.
Another such startup, Dubai-based Splyr Global, raised $500,000 earlier this month, with the investment coming from Quality & Savings Center, which said Splyr Global had had impressive growth during the pandemic.
Quality & Savings Center General Manager Salah Alrawi said his company “believes the future of retail is both online and offline, and we couldn’t be happier to invest in such an amazing team and product.”
Ahmed Subhi, managing partner at Splyr stated at the time: “This is proof that eCommerce isn’t a threat to traditional businesses and that cooperation will lead to a bright future for both traditional and digital retail and wholesale businesses, and most importantly, the consumer.”
Earlier this month, PYMNTS reported B2B enterprise digitization is accelerating. The phenomenon has seen an Amazon-like experience in which corporate buyers can shop for services, then pay for them digitally similar to the well-known eCommerce giant.
Bar Geron, founder and CEO of Balance, told PYMNTS the key to making this work is to blur payments’ lines with finance and make new technological collaborations to help address the B2B-specific nuances of payment terms, purchase orders, invoices, varying payment methods, custom quotes and pricing.