Last October 2021, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) launched the “Business Without Borders: Uplifting Philippine SMEs and eRetail” program. During the virtual launch, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said that this program is intended to “enable at least 5,000 Pinoy SMEs and e-Retailers to trade beyond our borders and equip them with the necessary skills needed.”
Secretary Lopez considered its goal of “Creating Global Runways for our Pinoy MSMEs through Digital and Cross Border Cooperation” as very timely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It will help the Philippines’ micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) shift to e-commerce platforms to reach customers even outside the country.
Success is highly plausible since “we have high mobile phone connections at 152 million and 138% mobile penetration. This makes the Philippines the social media capital of the world with 89 million active social media users. All these numbers present a very strong potential to be converted into e-commerce transactions,” according to Secretary Lopez.
Business Without Borders 2021 Pitchfest
During the National Exporters’ Week last December 2021, Digital Pilipinas and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Philippine Trade Trading Center (PTTC) launched Business Without Borders (BWB) Program to tech-up small businesses.
To become globally competitive through digitalization, the BWB PitchFest 2021 was held last December 3, 2021, as the platform for Philippine MSMEs in showcasing their concepts and business products. It was designed to help local enterprises take on the ASEAN market and the international e-commerce market. Top digital and trade authorities shared their insights and expertise in harnessing the local and global reach of MSMEs through export trade and technology.
TekWorx.Digital, for its new venture TekWorx PLUG n SELL, won 3 of the 9 prizes, namely “Up and Coming Champion”, “Kimstore E-Commerce Leader”, and “Secuna Cybersecurity Paladin”. Founder, Bert Padilla, explained why they created TekWorx PLUG n SELL in a nutshell:
“While several MSMEs participate in bootcamps and training, most of them either stop before they launch their online store, or they have challenges operating their websites. Through PLUG n SELL, business owners can just start selling their products without worrying about technical aspects of the business.”
TekWorx PLUG n SELL
TekWorx PLUG n SELL is a Website-as-a-Service (WaaS) conceptualized to cater the growing demand of MSMEs or SMBs transitioning to eCommerce. It addresses the technological gaps among business owners in creating eCommerce storefronts, so that they can focus on more essential items in running the business – like Marketing and Selling!
Most MSMEs agree that developing their e-commerce store takes weeks or months to complete. With TekWorx PLUG n SELL, MSMEs and business owners can start selling their products online in 7 days or less after sign-up. This 100% OWNED Online Store is pre-designed and pre-developed by experts with E-Commerce and Digital Marketing in mind.
Initially offered to Philippine MSMEs, business owners can get their full-fledged eCommerce store with automated systems in place at an introductory price of only Php 5,990 per Year for the SELF-SERVE Plan, Php 7,990 per Year for the SUPPORTED Plan, and Php 11,990 per Year plus Monthly Retainer Fee for the MANAGED Plan! That’s 10x to 20x cheaper than the usual eCommerce website development costs!
How it Works?
So how does it work? It’s a simple 5-step process:
- CHOOSE DESIGN. Choose from our growing list of pre-designed e-Commerce stores.
- REGISTER DOMAIN and HOSTING. Tell us your branded domain name and we’ll register it for you.
- PLUG WEBSITE. We “plug” your chosen pre-developed website or online store into your registered domain with your own web hosting account.
- CONTENT UPDATE. Either you or we update the online store with your own text contents, logo, and photos such as Store Information, “About” page, Contact details, Product Descriptions, Blogs and announcements, and etc.
- SELL. Start selling!
We at TekWorx are passionate about enabling MSMEs / SMBs to do eCommerce through the fast creation of 100% owned and branded online storefronts, that are easy-to-use, marketing-ready, sales conversion-focused, with a highly customizable, reliable, and scalable open-source tech stack.