Sky.Garden a software-as-a-service (SaaS) eCommerce platform in Nairobi, Kenya may have the potential to become the Amazon of Africa where major cities of the continent are represented.
According to Pymnts, Merchants can use its virtual shelves to sell everything from mobile phones and electronics to fashion, from household items and décor to art, and even safety equipment just by providing their shop name, MPesa phone number and other details
According to Isaac Hunja, the company’s marketing director, merchants can use those social media channels to share the links to their unique web shop pages to easily convert advertising to cash.
The platform allows sellers to manage online inventory just as they would in a brick-and-mortar setting. Using the mobile app, they can upload as much inventory as they want, indicate how many of each item is in stock, adjust prices, change photos and introduce product variations from within the Sky.Garden mobile app.
The app also facilitates instant payments via the mobile money service provider MPesa as well as same-day deliveries within Nairobi, where it operates exclusively (for now).
Sky.Garden was founded in Denmark in 2015 by Martin Majlund and Christian Grubak. It currently hosts 1,000 merchants and counting. It’s eyeing East African countries as its next area of expansion, with Ghana and Nigeria to follow.
The company has now been selected as one of 12 startups to receive hands-on assistance and up to $100,000 USD as part of the Norway-based Katapult Accelerator impact-tech program.One time will tell if it can beat the likes of OLX and Jumia to become the Amazon of Africa.