The New Normal

84% of Kenyans are actively using digital devices and online services to perform their daily business activities.

Ecommerce has become an integral day to day income or product/service providing activity for 84% of Kenyans. Whether buying or selling, online stores allow merchants to sell and buyers to purchase from wherever they are, be it from their offices, from the comfort of their homes on their laptops or on their mobile devices without having to deal with pressure of physically visiting the store or the client.

Online marketplaces are the platforms that provide the online market venue that hosts several merchants selling several different types of products. This is a new and more convenient venue for exchanging virtually all types of goods and services.

The marketplace reduces costs that the individual businesses website would normally incur in hosting, management, sales, marketing and security expenses. All these activities are catered for by the marketplace website. Infact a business does not need a website if they are going to post their products or services on a marketplace platform.

Examples of marketplace platforms; Amazon, · eBay, · Walmart, · Etsy, ·​, and · Google Express.

Advantages of Buying / Selling Online

There are a lot of benefits gained from buying and selling online. These include the following:

  • Convenience: It is very convenient to shop from where you are located.
  • Cost savings: With ever-increasing gas prices, shopping online saves you the cost of driving to stores, as well as parking fees. You will also save time by avoiding standing in line, particularly around the holidays, when stores are busy and packed with customers.
  • Variety: The Internet provides sellers with unlimited shelf space, so they are more likely to offer a wider variety of products than they would in brick-and-mortar stores.
  • No pressure: No salesperson is hovering around and pressuring you to purchase in a virtual or online store.
  • Easy comparison: Shopping online eliminates the need to wander from store to store comparing prices.

The Bottom Line

While buying and selling online is very convenient and rewarding, you must always protect yourself from outside risks. Scammers especially are everywhere waiting to pounce on unwitting online buyers. If a deal looks too good to be true, it usually is. Thus, if you don’t feel 100% secure on a particular site, leave it, and find a site that provides you with secure transaction processes.

Also, ensure that your computer is well protected and possesses all malware and spyware protection software before you begin any transaction that involves you providing sensitive information. Many scams on the Internet can negatively affect your credit score and cost you money, so be proactive in your research to get the most security out of shopping online. features strong, secure payment platforms that have routinely withstood security challenges, that, in their absence would ordinarily compromise the safety of buyers confidential information, money and detailed purchasing trends. It is therefore important to state that has ensured that all factors pertaining to secure transaction processes and safety of individuals’ data is well protected. This is solely to provide insurance and peace of mind to the multitude of the platforms users.

Building Materials Online?

Getting ready to build? You need timber? Get it from Kikomba, Tiles? From Industrial area or Eastleigh. Furniture? Mombasa road. Steel & Cement? Athi River or any hardware store. Sand? Athi River, Mai Mahiu. Stone-Ndarugo? Thika, Mai Mahiu. Mabati….and the list of items and their logistical locations only gets better. Electronic home appliances, curtains, carpets etc…the list is endless…

This would make for a great road trip, but, it’s a time consuming, tiresome and expensive chore. It could get even more expensive if you delegate this task to a broker.

Issues of quality will be tabled, quantities, transport costs et al will be discussion points at some point in time during the purchases of these items. It takes a little getting used to and this is the main reason why many people prefer to outsource this task to contractors and brokers.

However, all this is now quite easily done. No brokers, no contractors needed. All you need is perhaps a Bill of Quantities from the contractor or Quantity Surveyor, your computer and steady internet connectivity and “voila” get all your products in less than an hour. It would also help to know where to look otherwise you will be inundated with thousands if not millions of suppliers and their products. does not supply construction materials nor furniture supplies. hosts the many vendors/suppliers of these materials and products. This makes the GOTO online platform when looking for the best suppliers of construction and home improvement products and services to make your online shopping on a wonderful, time worthy and value for money experience.

Visit and tell us which products and vendors you would like to see on the platform.

Happy shopping.

Multi-Vendors, the NEW BUSINESS

If you are in business today and don’t have a website presence, chances are that you are missing out on some very potential but unseen customer prospects.

The average cost of a simple yet effective website ranges between Kes. 15,000/- to 20,000/- depending on what features you want. The rewards however far outweigh the costs, that is assuming that your web presence does well in the market. Other than website development costs, there are other factors to consider to ensure that your website gains visibility and generates the leads that will engage your visitors to purchase your products or services. This is where it gets tricky. Providing content, channeling this content to a targeted audience, following up, and engaging leads can be quite a daunting task. Not to mention that it needs to be done frequently which most often than not warrants one to engage a social media/email marketing service provider/s.

This stage, however, can be bypassed. Website development, branding, content creation, client targeting, social media and email marketing, etc. can all be undertaken by a multi-vendor (Marketplace) platform. These types of websites host and market a huge number of vendors or merchants on their websites. This allows the vendors’ presence to be visible to the multitude of visitors and also to focus more on their products and services and not the hands-on online marketing. It is also cheaper and more efficient to maintain and provides a higher potential ROI. A few examples of Multi-Vendor websites are, eBay,, and closer to home,

Advantages for Vendors

Imagine a huge mall that only houses stores that only deal with construction materials, furniture, alternative energy products and solutions, kitchen and bathroom fittings and accessories, floor & roof solutions, security gadgets, paints, doors, locks, plumbing,…everything that a home may need. Then think of how many potential visitors this mall would have on any given day? Impressively MANY. Yes?

Well, is such a mall only this time, it is a virtual mall, a Multi-Vendor online platform which can host thousands of vendors and as such attract millions of visitors. So, if your business is keen to be seen, then is your goto platform.

Diasporas Plight

Diasporas have received the blunt end of the spear, so to speak, when it comes to funding their various building or house upgrade projects back home. Many times the funds do not get to the intended function/s. Projects either get stalled or do not take off at all. This has killed the dreams of many Kenyans out there who would like to come back to a home they could call their own. has provided a full proof solution to this unfortunate scenario. Kenyans in the diaspora can now search, shop and pay for the materials and home improvement products that they require in REALTIME without having to use brokers, relatives or friends. Whatever the time difference, diasporas can now request for quotations and make their orders and only interact with people back home when it’s time to provide details of when and where to collect the products.

Why Shop at

Your housing project is very important to you and rightly so. is here to provide you with a one-stop-shop solution where you can find all the supplies & services you need for your project. We have a wide variety of building and home improvement/décor suppliers to choose from right here. Enjoy stress-free shopping, easy instalment payments and direct access to vendors and experts.