NIGERIA – Nigeria-based start-up Kwik has expanded its offer of digital services with the launch of KwikStore, a free e-commerce storefront solution.

Kwik, known for its logistics services to B2B merchants in Nigeria, describes KwikStore as “another exciting service to the already sensational offer it brings to African business owners and social vendors.”

KwikStore allows any African business owner, merchant, social vendor entrepreneurs and SMEs to create their own online stores in as little as five minutes without any technical knowledge. They can then run their business directly from a smartphone.

“We will continue to expand our offer of innovative digital services focused on enabling African merchants to grow their business with all the benefits that technology brings,” said Romain Poirot-Lellig, founder and chief executive of Kwik.

“KwikStore is a milestone in establishing Kwik as the one-stop-shop for African merchants to run and grow their business from their smartphone.”

Social vendors can link their KwikStores to their social media accounts, automating the sale, fulfilment, inventory management and delivery process, giving them the possibility to focus on sales and marketing.

KwikStore is a free-to-use feature of the Kwik Delivery app and requires no down payment nor service charge apart from standard payment gateway fees.

Merchants can fully customise their KwikStore to their brand. Once an order is approved by the merchant, payment is processed automatically through payment partners and a Kwik rider is automatically dispatched to the pickup location; or the order can be picked up directly by the customer.

KwikStore requires a Kwik account but can be used independently of the Kwik Delivery platform, allowing merchants to use the delivery solution of their choice or to sell anywhere in Africa, in areas not yet covered by the Kwik Delivery platform.

Kwik was founded in 2018 to provide ground-breaking online services to African merchants in the fields of delivery, fulfilment, and payment.

The launch of the ecommerce comes four months after raising US$2 million in series A funding led by XBTO Ventures, a crypto finance corporation with a venture capital arm that invests in digital assets and other types of companies.

The round also attracted participation from Humla Ventures, Nabuboto, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, and Pulse Africa founder Leonard Stiegeler.

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