Shopee, the Philippines’ most user-friendly mobile C2C social marketplace, is set to make buying and selling online even easier by extending its Free Shipping and Cash on Delivery (COD) program until the end of July.
Shopee is the first online marketplace in the Philippines that offers Free Shipping and COD at such a wide scale with the most number of sellers and pick-up locations. Since the program’s successful launch in April, the results have been most encouraging. The number of sellers and product listings on Shopee have grown by over 40% and 60% respectively. Currently more than 5,000 sellers are using the Free Shipping and COD program, and this number is set to grow even further by the end of the year.
Macy Castillo, Head of Commercial Business for Shopee Philippines, explains the rationale behind this Free Shipping and COD program, “It is designed to empower sellers seasoned and new alike to grow their businesses and meet their maximum entrepreneurial potential. We have observed that logistics challenges, like limited delivery and payment options, are strong barriers faced by people who want to shop or start an online business. This program helps sellers by eliminating such challenges and in turn, reach out to more potential buyers.”
Castillo also further points out how the program has tremendously benefitted sellers on Shopee, “We have seen countless users who started selling online as casual sellers on Shopee and later on grew to become professional sellers with their own online businesses. With Free Shipping and COD, Shopee sellers on average have managed to triple their sales and also gained more buyers nationwide as we see the number of orders from provincial areas increasing by 3 times. We decided to extend the program to reach out to even more users and empower them even further.”
Vernica Enciso, owner of @vernverniece store on Shopee and one-half of the sister tandem behind the blog V❤V, has been using Shopee with her sister Verniece to sell online. “Shopee’s Free Shipping and COD program has been really helpful in getting buyers because it no longer matters whether they’re in Metro Manila or in provincial areas it’s all free. Verniece and I started with around 50 items on our shop, and within the next few hours, more than half of them were already sold out! The great thing about it was that we didn’t have to do anything complicated, simply upload the items and it was done! Shopee makes managing inventory, sales, and even shipment very easy because it’s all automated,” Enciso said.
Castillo added, “Filipinos always enjoy a great bargain. We want our buyers to be able to fully enjoy the experience of shopping through the wide range of products available on our platform without having to worry about any additional cost. At the same time, selling on Shopee is absolutely free for sellers. Anyone can install Shopee, sign up for our Free Shipping program, add a product in less than 30 seconds, and enjoy free shipping via our courier partners immediately.”
Shopee offers a practical, fun and safe platform for everyone to buy and sell online. “We want to build a strong ecosystem, to be innovative and constantly evolve to give the best experience to our users, and continue to establish ourselves as the number one mobile C2C marketplace in the Philippines,” Castillo concludes.
Shopee Philippines is available for free in Apple App Store and Google Play Store and currently has 15 million installs across the region. For more information on Shopee, visit www.shopee.ph.