I've tried almost ALL the sites and I've only liked a few. Early this year, I had someone develop my own e-commerce site for my products. I wouldn't have done that if I just saw the newly launched features of Multiply.com!
These are some of the informations I got from Mr. Jack Madrid, country head of Multiply in the Philippines.
|Jack Madrid, Multiply Philippines country head|
Philippines and Jakarta are the only places where there is a Multiply office. For a little history on why they invested in the Philippines, last 2006-2007, some very creative entreprenurial minded people began using Multiply in a creative way. They used the photo album feature to advertise their wares.
The founders from the US thought that the huge Mutliply traffic from the Philippines was just an adoration. In the holyweek of 2008, they realized that there was something bigger going on in the Philippines because Multiply global traffic went down during at that time. It was a big deal to the founders and they realized that the Philippine market is HUGE! Here are 2 stores that I suggest you check out -- Sweet Success and Tough Brat Bags.
Multiply and the investors behind
Multiply has bigtime backers. Behind them is Naspers, a global media company based in South Africa. Other than Multiply, they also have several huge international investments. Also, Sulit.com.ph is a sister company of Multiply! They are committed to letting buyers have a worldclass buying experience.
Multiply as an E-commerce & Social shopping site / What's new for the Buyers?
Paulo Del Puerto, senior manager for marketing and product development of Multiply Philippines did a run through of the new and improved Multiply marketplace.
|Paulo Del Puerto, Senior Marketing and Product Dev Multiply Philippines|
One of the new features that I am personally excited about is the possibility of buying from multiple Multiply stores and checkout all at once! Now, that's something new for me as a buyer! Aside from easier browsing becuase of the improved product listing, they now have payment partners like BDO, BPI, Gcash and Paypal!
Aside from payment partners, they also have logistics partner also for easier shipping.
Here's a summary of the new features for the buyers:
- There are now Trust status for Multiply shops. This means that a shop with the trust logo is more trust-able and your purchases will be guaranteed. (Trust shops has T with a shield logo)
- There are featured sellers on the front page.
- Landing page will be the product listing page- Easier buyer-seller communication. Before buying a merchandise, you will be presented with options just below the item (if applicable) like available sizes or colors in a dropdown format. You can also select the quantity. Upon clicking buy now, that item will go to your shopping cart. After that, you can either go to another shop and shop again or proceed to check out. If you buy multiple items from different stores, you can checkout all at the same time.
What's new for the Merchant / Sellers?
Merchants have now the power to view a summary of activities in one page. No more going through each and every single page of merchandise that a seller has! The summary of products shows the active product listing's activity.
If you have orders, you'll instantly know which needs attention. Like, which should you be shipping, collecting payment or stock status. You can even communicate with the buyer right through the comment section of the item he/she bought.
And of course, I suggest you get the Multipy trust badge if you are a merchant. This way, the buyer will have more confidence in buying from your shop because their purchase will be ensured.
Several Multiply shop owners were featured and here are some of the shops that afternoon:
|Multiply shop owners were also interviewed!|
So, what are you waiting for?? Setup shop now and grab your market in the internet like what most of the interviewed Multiply sellers did! If you want to read more about the new Multiply Marketplace, read this FAQ
I find eBay's interface very cluttered and I love how Multiply addressed that issue.
Let me know what you think about the new Multiply site. Happy buying and selling!
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