MANILA (DWDD) – Various private firms and local entrepreneurs attended an orientation on oneSTore, the first government e-commerce platform developed to promote and market local goods produced by DOST-assisted local entrepreneurs.
The orientation, which was held last September 22, 2017 at the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office VII (DOST VII) S&T Complex, was attended by private stakeholders that are either involved in oneSTore operations or interested to get involved in the endeavor.
Conducting the orientation were Engr. Jonathan Nuestro, oneSTore Assistant Team Leader, and Christopher Musni, oneSTore lead developer.
Nuestro gave an overview on oneSTore and oneSTore Express and discussed the terms of reference in the implementation of the project. Musni, on the other hand, discussed on the oneSTore Exchange and third party payment solution.
Launched in January 2015, oneSTore was initially intended as a solution to address difficulties in marketing goods produced by DOST-assisted companies, including small and medium scale businesses assisted by DOST under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).
The presence of oneSTore has provided an online shopping and selling destination where DOST-assisted local entrepreneurs can sell their products and where consumers can have a wider range of indigenous DOST-assisted products to choose from.
About 10 thousand products from DOST-assisted companies in the entire country are uploaded as online commodities on oneSTore as of August 2017. The product categories sold online include food, agriculture, furniture, handicraft and metal.
From January 2015 to August 2017, oneSTore had already registered 6,971,202 hits, and generated a total of Php41.8 million in combined online and walk-in sales. To further boost sales, oneSTore administrators also plan to offer cash-on-delivery (COD) as a mode of payment.
To provide solution to its online payment, logistics, and other concerns, oneSTore has partnered with Air 21, which takes care of safe door-to-door delivery of oneSTore goods, and Land Bank whose e-payment portal provides online payment solution for sellers and customers.
At present, oneSTore also runs 15 operational hubs, making it a potential “chain of minimart offering unique products from different regions and provinces.”
In attendance during the orientation were the officers and representatives of the following firms: Air 21, Cebu People’s Cooperative, Arden Classic, Tekton EMPC, Kiddie Bakehaus, OSS Torta, Dundee’s Bakeshop, Feb 20 Enterprise, Bon-Ace, and Southern Partners Trade Center, Inc.
For more information about oneSTore, please call (032) 414-7477 or download brochure. DOST/MCAG