What the Retail Kiosks are saying about their distributors

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Weza Tele aims to provide supply chain visibility solutions to small and medium distributors in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs) sector. This involves continuous conversations with many small retailers to understand their key challenges with their distributors. As we embark on our market research journey of learning more about the retailers and distribution challengers, we will be sharing our findings and organize open discussions to discuss the challenges, needs and innovative solutions for streamlining the distribution of SMEs. Below are some of the key findings we got after talking randomly to 10 retailers based in and out of Nairobi, who have been in operation for a period of at most one year.

Some of the key challenges retail kiosks are facing:

  • Unpredictability: of pricing information from the distributors;
  • Unreliability: of the distributors in delivering the goods at the physical premise leading to running out of stocks;
  • Expiry of products: delivered by some of their distributors, which are not subject to return;
  • Overstocking: sometimes the distributors are not able to predict demand and deliver more stock than expected;
  • Distance: some retailers have to travel long distances to get access to their distributors leading to time wasting and loss of business as they have to close their shop to go get the products.

It is on this note, that we will continue to better understand the challenges of the retailers and small distributors through our “Weza Distributor Network” that aims to provide the Fast moving Consumer Goods (FMCGs) suppliers and distributors an opportunity to:

  • Understand their needs and gaps and provide simple innovative solutions;
  • Collaborate and gain exposure;
  • Discover  innovative solutions and services to manage their businesses more efficiently, gain visibility and scale effectively;
  • Share and discover new scalable distribution models to reach more retailers on the ground

Sign up today on this link http://goo.gl/Z6fqL9 to be part of the network!

To collaborate or support our continued market research on understanding the retailers, distributorship and gaps in that area. Feel free to contact us, through our contact form here http://wezatele.com/contact/

Weza Tele Wins IBM Global Smart Camp Competition at the Tech4Africa conference held at Strathmore University

Weza Tele is humbled to have been selected to partner with IBM Global Entrepreneur among other 3 other startups, Bespoke Systems,Health E-net and Ma3route. The startups were selected to participate in the IBM smart camp Nairobi League. According to IBM , “IBM SmartCamps aim at identifying early stage entrepreneurs who are developing business ventures that align with IBM Smarter Planet vision. The SmartCamps enable startups to take advantage of mentoring opportunities, learn from thought leaders, and network with serial entrepreneurs, investment firms, academic institutions, and industry and technology experts. SmartCamps give selected startups the opportunity to connect with the venture community.”

According to the judges Weza Tele was chosen for being the most innovative and scalable of the four competing startups. It also has a solid team and clients (small and medium sized distributors and retailers in fast moving consumer goods) using their product and benefiting in return.

 Weza Tele presented their SMS ordering solution, a powerful module from their Myorder Enterprise solution that aims to provide a simple ordering process between distributors and retailers.The solution aims to provide efficiencies and intelligent modules for the existing challenges in the supply chain and distribution that include but not limited to:

  • Long queues of retailers waiting to place orders;

  • Delays of order deliveries to the retailers;

  • Manual entry and tracking of retailers orders;

  • Costly brokers at the middle of the distribution channel;

  • Orders placed by calling are inefficient, fraud-ridden and cumbersome processes

The SMS ordering solution is simple, secure and works from featured to smart phones, with no hardware or software needed to install it such that in a matter of minutes it’s up and running. The beauty of this solution is that it can seamlessly integrate with existing systems such as QuickBooks, SAP, Open ERP and Point of Sale solutions. To read more about this product, visit this post.

Through the smart planet initiative, Weza Tele team received a lot of valuable feedback; mentorship and support that will continue to impact the team and be incorporated in standardization and scaling of their products.

 In the coming years, Weza Tele hopes to maximize the partnership with IBM and scale their Myorder Enterprise solution and its other modules (e.g. mobile web ordering, SMS marketing tools, stock management, outlet mapping tools etc) to small and medium distributors and retailers across Africa. IBM is uniquely positioned to make a huge impact to Weza Tele, because of their resources, global reach, and in-depth knowledge and experience with the world’s largest enterprise customers. Additionally, they will provide support technically and in development of marketing strategy.

Since winning, doors to potential partnerships, clients and mentorship support to help strategize and grow our market share, have been opened. Weza Tele will be going to Johannesburg, South Africa in October 2013 for the next level of competition that will bring together more startups from different region. The last league of the regional Smart Camp competition will then be held in Istanbul, Turkey in November.

Is He An Endangered Species?

What three words best describe your dad or mentor?

Do any of the following words come to mind? A provider, guidance giver, devoted, inspiring, understanding, brave, patient, wise, protector,  courageous just to mention a few. If they do, he is an endangered species and should show your appreciation of him.

My order has put a list of gift ideas to help you express your gratitude to him.

Anyone can be a dad, but he is my Father.

 ‘My number one dad,”You are the best,’ and ‘To a gentleman’ are just a few of the messages MyOrder Gifts can help you say. This customized messages will not only impress but also impact.

Let me cater for the bill Dad.

 The way to a mans heart is through his stomach.Yummy pies offers a wide range of mouth watering, scrumptious and healthy home made pies. Buy him the family pies for lunch for 3 days.

Let Dad go 'Kuku' about the Kienyeji Chicken.

 Almost every Kenyan Man loves the healthy, authentically sweet, Kienyeji Chicken. Buy your Dad or partner this meal and My Order will deliver it to his office. He will love it!

That special dad in your life needs to know that his recognized and admired.

Happy Fathers Day from My Order!

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5 Things To Do on Labour Day in Kenya.

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Happy Labour Day Kenyans!

It is that time of the year again! When you get a day off your busy schedule and get to celebrate your hard work. We have a compiled a list of fun things to do with friends, colleges and family alike.

1. Eat Mbuzi.

A get together with your workmates or friends will not be complete without this. Celebrate the day with a home barbecue of Mbuzi Choma (Roasted goat meat) or Mbuzi fry (fried goat meat).Get a Mbuzi delivered to you thanks to Mamamikes on My Order.

2. Have Some Cake.

Nothings says; ‘Relax and Enjoy me’ better than a cake from Cake Plaza. This is because it has whipped cream, real fruits and is made to precision. Whether you choose a fudge cake, red forest or white forest, we guarantee that you will not get disappointed. Get that Labour Day cake and enjoy it with your family, friends or spouse.

3. Go Visiting.

Everyone is either having fun on Labour Day, or home waiting for you to visit. Do your shopping online and have it delivered to them as you chat. Get this from Epepea, the online supermarket.

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You can also buy clothes for that new born from Njambi Ndiba Photography. They are cute crocheted items for that everyone will admire.

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4. Take a Drive.

Take an out of town drive with friends wearing brand new Subaru gear from Dal’s Boutique. It is original Subaru merchandise that will not only keep you warm, but give you an edge among your friends. Get your jersey today.

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5. Find An Event Around You.

Find out what’s happening around you and know which event to go to. Gigwapi will keep you updated on all cool events.

She Quit Medical School To Start a ‘Household and interior Deco’ Business.

Milways Households and Interior Deco Shop.

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Millicent Ogembo had always been passionate about business. It all started in high school, where she used to  to resell items she bought and sell at higher margins to get profits. It was not until she joined campus for a degree in Medicine when she realized her passion was not in medicine but business.

Being in a medical profession where it is mainly male dominated, Millicent recounts using money meant for her fees to get her first stock from Dubai. “When I brought the items, they sold so fast and I made good money”. I have not turned back ever since as I love what I do, ”she added.

At Milways, you get quality items from Germany, Turkey, Dubai and China. Milways household and interior deco, has branches all over Nairobi and Millicent intends to open a  home deco  display showroom soon. Her Myorder shop  has items from the Hurlinghum branch.

Millicent offers the following advice to women intending to start businesses:

1.      Tough times don’t last. “Take heart, be brave.”

2.      Don’t let family life be an excuse. “Marriage should not be different from courtship”

3.     Marketing is key. “Your brand image shows whether or not you can deliver. I ensure I am always driving the latest cars, I have the latest deco to assure my customers that my brand is the best. This gives my clients confidence in me.”

With her MyOrder shop, customers get to view and order for items from Milways and have them securely delivered . Check our more pics of Milways shop album on myorder facebook page at this link

Myorder Delivery: Securely delivering at your doorstep !

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Maggie receiving cupcakes from Butterliliy shop from MyOrder Delivery

We only deliver to the zones as depicted in the below diagram. Delivery is only for orders placed through Myorder.

Myorder Delivery charges as from March:

Zone 1:

  • Tax & delivery charges Kshs 300 round trip for orders placed through Myorder

Zone 2:

  • Tax & delivery charges Kshs 250 round trip for orders placed through Myorder
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For more information about our delivery services, kindly contact us at 0719652241 or email at info@myorder.co.ke

Tips for affordable Valentine’s Day!

If you’re not ready for Valentine’s Day, no fear. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to treat your sweetheart. Myorder has put together a great list of affordable great deals from shops on myorder:

1.Cake Plaza shop:

Shop link: http://myorder.co.ke/shops/cake-plaza/

Buy a cake from Cake plaza shop on Myorder and stand a chance to win a voucher worth Kshs 1000

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2. S&S Organizers shop:

Shop link: http://myorder.co.ke/shops/ss-organisers/

 Buy a gift from S&S organizers and get it delivered to your sweetheart for FREE!

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3. Ivy flowers shop:

 Shop link: http://myorder.co.ke/shops/ivy-flowers/

Buy for your loved one a bouquet of flowers from Ivy flowers on Myorder and get a FREE valentine card and FREE delivery!

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4. Mamamikes shop:

    Shop link: http://myorder.co.ke/shops/mama-mikes/

Buy  gifts hamper at 15% discounted price and get it delivered to your loved one for FREE!

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Make this valentine memorable and timely by choosing one of the above affordable deals for your loved one. Share the love and happiness this valentine!

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own- Robert A. Heinlein

Myorder wishes you a very happy valentine day!

Epepea online Supermarket brings smarter shopping to your doorstep!

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The merits of shopping at a physical supermarket are obvious but few; variety, you get to feel the product , but have you ever thought through the shortcomings ?

The pressure to buy because of advertisers, impulse buying, end month queues, kids wanting everything and no parking space during rush hours  All resulting in, not only wasting of time but also money. Buying from an online supermarket solves these problems while also promoting added value and convenience to your entire shopping experience.

Epepea online supermarket is a Kenyan virtual supermarket that will help solve these problems and more. For you to be an effective shopper you must first audit your previous shopping lists and identify recurring items that you need in your household. It could be things like sugar, cooking oil, bar soap, tissues, soaps, etc. Now consider bulk shopping for those items. The idea of bulk shopping is great but it is true that most people don’t have the time to go downtown to bulk shop.

At Epepea, you get to conveniently shop in bulk at the actual market value with a delivery fee of only Ksh.500 at the comfort of your phone or computer

shopping2 Epepea have gone further to strengthen their marketing channels, exposure, and distribute their products more effectively through their Myorder shop.

From this shop, buyers can be able to order and pay for bulk items at their convenience and get them delivered at their doorstep. On the other hand, Epepea can be able to know and manage their customers, manage their inventory, offers and manage their deliveries.

Most certainly the future of supermarket shopping is online as it solves problems of packing, long queues and minimizes wastage.

Speaking to the founder and proprietor of Epepea online supermarket, Mrs. Winfred Gacheri, a mother of four, she says “10,000 is more than enough for my household’s shopping needs.” Are you sending what you should? It is time to save on your time and money by giving Epepea your shopping list and they will do the shopping for you and deliver!

Visit myorder.co.ke today and shop from Epepea!

USSD Developer Workshop

Are you a developer or curious to understand USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) applications?

Weza Tele Ltd is conducting a hands-on USSD workshop, where we will answer all your questions:
  • What is USSD and how does it work?
  • How much does USSD setup cost?
  • What is the process of implementing USSD with PRSPS and Telecoms in Kenya?
  • What are the different ways one can  make money out of USSD apps?
  • Q & A session
There will also be a practical session where developers will work in teams to develop and deploy USSD applications in their favorite programming language.
The best part is that all participants of this workshop, will also be given a shared code  to test their USSD apps for a period of one week.
A chance for them to showcase their ideas to their potential clients, investors and friends in order to get feedback.
This will be a full day workshop for only Ksh. 2000 on the 1st December 2012!
Tea and Lunch will  be provided.
Don’t miss out,  RSVP here!
Venue: Nailab, 4th Floor Bishop Magua Building, Ngong Road, Nairobi
More details will be communicated before the date of the event!
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New features: You can now search and order based on location

We are delighted to announce the release of new features added to our MyOrder Beta platform. Search and locations feature.

Based on our users feedback so far, it is important to allow them to easily search for a product before anything. Most important, view if there are registered and verified shops on MyOrder that are based in their nearest location/vicinity.

Right now, you can be able to search for a product and MyOrder will query from the existing shop menus we have and give you results to help you make the right choice. You can further narrow down the shops to their location.

We listened to your feedback and we hope to make our platform more valuable based on your feedback as a user. Keep them coming, as we appreciate your feedback on how we can always make Myorder better. In the coming days we will announce new features by keeping you posted on our blog.

Check out the new features from the mobile platform and place your order in a shop located near you ! For queries/feedback and to get started, contact us at: info@myorder.co.ke

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