COVID-19 and lockdown has highlighted the need for any business to have some sort of online presence. This is especially so for those in the retail space, as a lack of ecommerce has proven the difference between businesses which have thrived during lockdown, and ones which have faltered.

With that in mind DPO South Africa (previously known as PayGate) has announced a new solution called DPO Store.

It is described as an ecommerce-in-a-box solution that is designed to help businesses get online in an easy, fast and secure manner. To that end, businesses can now get an ecommerce-ready website, including a full payment suite, integrated delivery service and free hosting for just R349 per month, according to DPO.

“While we have been planning this product offering for some time, the pandemic economy highlighted the need for a simple yet powerful like DPO Store. For many small businesses the cost and complexity of designing and developing an ecommerce website can be prohibitive. We are allowing even the smallest of businesses an opportunity to explore what the online world has to offer,” explains Brendon Williamson, CSO of DPO South Africa.

Williamson adds that the new solution will allows small business owners to build and host their websites, and, with the help of pre-built templates, tailor each design to the branding guidelines as provided by merchants.

In terms of specifics, DPO Store will cater for up to four-page websites, with space to sell 150 products off the get go.

It is also built using WooCommerce and the PayGate Plus platform, which gives the merchant immediate access to the most popular payment methods including credit and debit cards, Masterpass, Zapper, SnapScan, Mobicred, PayPal as well as SiD Secure EFT and MoMoPay.

An added benefit is that merchants can make the most of DPO South Africa’s round the clock support and site maintenance as well as all the security requirements so necessary for safe online trading, the company adds.

The solution has also integrated some important web-based tools, with customer reach in particular being focused upon.

“We have ensured that our DPO Store merchants have all the support they need to grow their business. More than just reliable delivery, we are able to link the DPO Store websites to the merchants’ social media accounts allowing them to easily promote deals across the various social channels. Merchants can also choose to take search engine optimisation and marketing (SEO and SEM) services through one of our partners, or they can choose to do it themselves,” notes Williamson.

“The DPO Group is committed to supporting the growth of business in Africa. We have already had a good response from our merchants in Kenya and we are certain South African business owners will jump at the opportunity to leverage the extensive DPO merchant network and our global reach,” he concludes.

If you’re interested in this new available service, you can apply for assistance here.

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