Nigeria’s Alaba International Online Website
Ok. Before you expect to see an Amazon-like e-commerce site, let me break the news to you that the site isn’t greatly designed.
Nevertheless, it’s 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 hussle and bustle of the busy market and have their goods delivered straight to their door steps. Using its Buy 4 Me option, customers can allow the service to buy their desired product for them with 100% Money Back Guaranteee and get it delivered to their doorstep through courier.
With various payment options including eTranzact’s 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 of N300 to get a vendors account and upload their products and services for sale.
For vendors that can’t use the PC or the Internet, they can pop into any of the registration centres at the market and would be given assistance to sign up or they can register via the ‘Tele-Reg services’ by texting their full name, business name, phone number and shop dddresss to 07068590320.
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) price and phone number to 07068590320.
Since 1979, Alaba International market, Ojo, Lagos has remained Nigeria’s foremost electronics market. Although it has experienced increasing 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.