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COVID-19: SA Startup ShopESpot Helps Traditional Businesses to Trade Online

A South Africa-based eCommerce startup, ShopESpot has been launched and aims to provide an easy-to-use website for SMEs and entrepreneurs to move their businesses into the online market amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many small businesses have been reinvented by the effect of COVID-19 with a move towards building an online presence to handle sales and expand their consumer scope.

Chief Sales and Marketing Director of ShopESpot, Lisa Sukdev talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a pressing need for business to get online in order to remain valuable.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about disruptive innovation whereby trends, such as shifting business to an online platform, have been accelerated. So much has changed in such a short space of time, and it’s difficult for businesses to keep up at the required rate.”

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Sukdev adds that ShopESpot was created to help facilitate a smooth transition for businesses looking to establish an online presence.

“ShopESpot has been developed as a way for any local business to quickly and easily adapt to e-commerce, ensuring they’re not left behind.”

How it Works
Providing an all-round service, the platform helps businesses to build their own website in record time. This will go a long way in allowing SMEs to promote their products and services online.

With an online presence on ShopESpot, SMEs will be able to advertise their brand, display up to 1000 items for sale without the costs for developer services, embed a collection facility between company and customer, choose appropriate delivery companies along with allocating sold items for delivery or pick up. Items, online classes, and even membership programs can be offered by small business owners.

Essentially, ShopESpot provides an affordable option for SMEs to take their company online. Clients who make use of the 14-day trial will have access to a ShopESpot consult designer at a reduced price.

Business owners are able to choose from three packages available with ShopESpot. Packages are focused on the needs, size, and other variables of the business.

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