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Hima Cement opens online shopping platform

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Francis Nkurunungi, Xente's Chief Operations Officer (Seated L) and Paul Bernard Kelly (Seated R), Hima Cement's Retail Manager sign an MoU to open an online shopping platform.

Francis Nkurunungi, Xente’s Chief Operations Officer (Seated L) and Paul Bernard Kelly (Seated R), Hima Cement’s Retail Manager sign an MoU to open an online shopping platform.

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Hima Cement has announced a partnership with Xente Tech Ltd, a Payments, Ecommerce & Financial Services Company to ease online shopping of Hima and bonastore range of products. Xente is an online app offering digital products like Airtime, bill payments, movie, event & bus tickets and now an e-commerce shop.

Announcing this partnership, the Hima Cement CEO Mr. Jean Michel Pons said that this shopping option allows our customers to access for the first time Hima products online. “What’s more, our customers will be extended credit when they purchase our Hima and bonastore products on Xente and have an option to pay in instalments or pay on delivery of our goods.” he said.

This shopping solution comes in recognition of the ever changing shopping trends attitudes of consumers where e-commerce is quickly taking root replacing conventional in store shopping. “Internet penetration in Uganda is at 35% of the total population and Mobile Internet subscribers at 13.7 million make up 32.6%. It is clear therefore that for our business to thrive and to remain competitive, we must tap into data like this to understand our customers’ needs and preferences, to anticipate where the market pull is and to react to that. So our partnership with Xente is timely and responds to our customer’s current consumption behavior.” Said Paul Kelly the Retail Manager of bonastore Uganda, the retail arm of Hima Cement.

“We are pleased to be announcing the launch of our shopping feature, which is designed to provide online shoppers across Uganda with a smooth shopping experience. Xente clients that have purchased products off the new shopping section will receive their products within 24 hours upon purchase. This partnership with Hima Cement and bonastore is testament to our diverse product offerings,” said Allan Rwakatungu, CEO of Xente Tech.

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StarTimes e-shopping platform serves across Africa

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StarTimes recently established an e-shopping platform to provide a new shopping experience to the public. With e-shoppping one can enjoy shopping without physically going to a store. StarTimes GO includes TV shopping, Online Shopping and Phone-call shopping (TOP). StarTimes has a dedicated TV programme about the StarTimes Go shopping service airing daily on Sanyuka TV, Face TV, and Magic 1 HD.

How it works: The TV hosts present selected equipment such as TV sets, solar power systems and decoders. More products in other categories will be introduced later. The feature and function guide of each product is well presented by the hosts, so the audience can get sufficient and effective information in a short time. The TV programme is more like a reachable shopping assistant who helps everyone to get the exact product he or she wants. If one decides to purchase the product, one can directly tell the service staff on the hotline, and the call agent will tell you the available payment methods and how to conduct some certain online security payment.

 Online shopping experience can be accessible on StarTimes ON (the OTT platform) and official Facebook page of StarTimes. For the display of products and order making, the user of StarTimes ON can find the access to StarTimes GO on the mini-banner of landing page or the personal account page. The other convenient way is to visit the official Facebook page of StarTimes, on which the recent available special offers are presented; meanwhile, any relevant questions can be answered in time once a comment is left under the post. An interested customer can also go to the ugmall.startimestv.com web page.

Phone-call shopping service is mainly supported by the Call Centre of StarTimes so you can make your order by calling 0317117777. The operator on the phone is able to further explain the details of delivery and installation. The delivery team will contact you and agree on the convenient time and right place to deliver, and adjust the schedule according to your order on call. For specific requirement of installation, a call in advance may have the team fully prepared with the proper equipment.

With the TOP service offered, StarTimes GO e-shopping platform is now able to serve more people across Africa.

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Kikuubo Online launches retail

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A year down the road, after establishing and proving that they have what it takes to do an Online Business, Kikuubo Online has launched it’s retail operations.

What this means to a layman is that, Kikuubo Online is 2 in1 Online platform (Wholesaler and retailer). As a retailer, you can now buy one item of any product and fill up your shopping cart as when you go to any supermarket and pick any item of your choice, add it to your cart and delivery will be done within 24 hours. Orders below 200,000 will have to pay a nominal delivery fee that is calculated basing on distance from their warehouse to your location

“Our target market is individuals and households who find it difficult to pass by the supermarket every other day. Kikuubo Online is making it convenient for consumers who regularly visit the supermarket to have their daily supermarket shopping cart delivered to them at their doorstep” explains Paul Muyobo, the Marketing Manager for Kikuubo Online. This should come as good news especially in the current lock down due to COVID 19 where movement is limited, and social distancing is encouraged.

“While we still serve our existing customers who have supported us since one year of operation as an online wholesaler, Kikuubo Online is now launching the retail platform to be able to reach out to the end customer. Our prices are transparent and affordable coupled with doorstep delivery”, Paul further explains.

With a steady increase in Internet connectivity, Internet world stats puts Uganda at 31% penetration rate, more and more Ugandans are embracing e-commerce. Kikuubo Online is redefining the way retail and wholesale business works by bridging the gap between the manufacturer and the last mile customer.

With over 1,200 products in the fast-moving consumer goods category, Kikuubo Online is consistently adding more products to meet the demands for its current and new customer base.

With a fleet size of 30 vehicles and counting, Kikuubo Online has the capacity to deliver to areas of Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso and Entebbe and has plans to later expand its operations country wide in the near future.

Apart from convenience, using an online supermarket is fast and time saving, shopping online alleviates the need to walk up and down supermarket aisles. You can log in any time—even at 2 am—and still have the advantage of a fully stocked Supermarket. Plus, the hassle of physically going to a supermarket is now eliminated saving you time and fuel. In fact, studies show grocery delivery services slash carbon dioxide emissions in half compared to individual household trips. This means by shopping online; you are also now contributing to saving the environment.

Online shopping eliminates overspending your shopping budget which is far too easy to do; you’re walking around the supermarket grabbing all the items you need and suddenly a chocolate cake, packet of biscuits, and some sausage rolls have somehow found their way into your trolley. You didn’t plan for them before but now you need them! Shopping online can help you tame the impulse buying within you

With Online shopping, search functions make it much easier to find items quickly; typing in the name or brand of a product will show you all relevant products making it much easier to find exactly what you need. You can mark your regular items as favorites so as to make it easy to place an order and save time on browsing through various categories.

Online shopping comes with an invaluable feature that will make the lives of countless housewives and working women simpler – the feature of price comparison. Online shopping does not compel you to remember how much more expensive sugar is in supermarket A versus supermarket B. You can also track the record on your spending to keep you on track with your budget. More features will be added soon, including express delivery, Loyalty points, specific time of delivery during the day among others.

To place an order with Kikuubo Online, simply download the free Kikuubo Online app from either the Google plays store or Apple app store or visit their website at www.kikuuboonline.com

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MTN Uganda Supports Kasese Floods Victims With Non-Food Start-up kits

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  • Thousands of people are displaced, houses and property destroyed, and livelihoods affected following flash floods from heavy rains in Kasese district and surrounding Mt. Rwenzori region this month.
  • MTN has donated shs.41,000,000 to provide relief to the displaced people
  • The money will be used to provide 100 start-up nonfood items/ relief kits to support some of the displaced families.

MTN Uganda through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the MTN Foundation has donated Shs. Ugx 41,000,000 million towards the Kasese floods victims. This money will be used to buy non-food relief items to support the families that have been displaced.

The devastating floods ensued after River Nyamwamba burst its banks, following the heavy rains that hit the Rwenzori Mountain ranges.

Over 24,760 households with approximately 173,320 people were affected by the flash floods. Almost up to 150 houses were destroyed in Karusandara division while another 92 houses were completely washed away in Nyamwamba and kilembe areas. The displaced people have sought shelter from nearby churches and school buildings following a directive from Hon. Musa Ecweru, the state Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness during his visit to the area last week.

It is against this premise MTN Uganda, through it’s foundation that aims at improving the lives of the communities within which it operates by supplementing government efforts in priority areas including disaster responses has urgently come in to reach out to the  Kasese floods victims with relief aid.

While handling over the dummy cheque to the Red Cross and Officials from the office of the Prime Minister, MTN Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte said remarked that facing such a disaster in these unprecedented times when the globe is grappling with the Covid19 pandemic and the country in a state of lock-down, spells double tragedy for the people of Kasese, thus prompting urgent relief from mtn and all other stake holders to save the lives of people.

This was during a dummy cheque handover at the Nyonyi Gardens MTN offices in Kampala this morning.

Wim further expressed MTN’s heartfelt sympathy to the people of Kasese.

“As MTN Uganda, we stand with the people of Kasese who have suffered great loss in the recent heavily destructive flash floods. We understand that this is such a trying time, especially since we are already battling the devastating effects of the Covid19 pandemic. We hope that this modest support we have rendered will offer them some comfort,”

While receiving the cheque, Robert Kwesiga, Uganda Red Cross Secretary General appreciated MTN for always coming through very fast to support whenever the Country has emergences.

“This is not the first time MTN Uganda has supported people affected by disasters. Last year they supported Bududa twice, supported Bundibugyo and today they are supporting Kasese. This consistent commitment is a true humanitarian spirit exhibited by MTN to support it’s community. Amidst this period when all partners including MTN have heavily invested in the COVID-19 fight, MTN has still managed to support Kasese. We want to thank you.” Kwesiga said.

The money shall be used to procure 100 standard household non-food-item kits to reach out to 100 most vulnerable families comprising of children, youths, women and the elderly. Each of the kits contains 2 cooking pots, 6 cups, 6 plates, 1 knife, 1 ladle, 2 jerry cans, 3 blankets, 3 mosquito nets, 3 bars of soap and 1 tarpaulin for shelter.

In 2013, the MTN foundation spent about 250m to support the kilembe mines hospital which had been affected by similar floods through refurbishment of the children and maternal ward and provided items to support the hospital inclusive of 100 hospital beds, mattresses, mosquito nets as well a generator.

On behalf of the Government of Uganda, the Ag Commissioner for Disaster Preparedness Ms. Rose Nakabugo extended warm heartfelt appreciation to MTN Foundation for the support to the people of Kasese. “This is very timely. We thank MTN and commit that the donated items will right away be delivered to Kasese to help people cope through this situation. Thank you for complementing our efforts.”

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MTN Uganda reaches out to orphans in its Ramadan drive

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MTN Uganda together with Salaam TV delivered some of the donations to Oasis Orphanage in Lweza, along Entebbe Road.

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MTN Uganda together with Salaam TV delivered some of the donations to Oasis Orphanage in Lweza, along Entebbe Road. The home takes care of children that have been orphaned, abandoned in hospitals, police stations, thrown away by their parents or guardians among others. The home has been running for 10 years now and has taken care of over 500 children.

The orphanage is one of the beneficiaries of the Ramadhan food and alms donation worth 100million shillings that will be distributed to the Muslim community by MTN Uganda in partnership with Salaam TV during this fasting period.

This support underscores the long standing relationship that the telecom giant has had with the Muslim community spanning several years. This year however is a different year as the fasting season has fallen at a time when the whole world is grappling with the COVID 19 pandemic which has paralysed livelihoods of many. It gets even harder for the orphanages that depend on donations since the COVID19 pandemic has devastated many of their would-be donors.

The food items that were donated include sugar, rice, maize flour, cooking oil, beans, wheat flour and bar soap for hand washing.

The proprietors of the orphanage thanked MTN Uganda and Salaam TV for their generosity noting the orphanage operates because of generous and kind organizations like these.

While handing over the donation, Ian Mugambe the High Value Marketing Manager at MTN Uganda expressed the company’s delight upon reaching out to the children in the home.

“We are delighted to donate to a home that has taken care of abandoned children who would otherwise have nowhere to stay. We dearly appreciate your efforts and hope that our package will go a long way to help during this time”, Mugambe said.

On behalf of the area Resident District Commissioner, Sejjengo Sulaiman, the Mayor Ndejje Division, received the donation as per the guidelines of the Government of Uganda on behalf of the Orphanage.

He thanked MTN Uganda and Salaam Foundation and in turn handed over the donation as received to the orphanage.

Similar food items will be distributed to the Rafic Children’s home in Nansana and other vulnerable Muslim communities especially in the areas of Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono district with the guidance of the National task force against COVID19.


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