Since launching over a year ago, free online store builder Sentro has served more than 30,000 merchants across the Philippines. Developed by UBX Philippines, Sentro is an all-in-one e-commerce platform for Filipino business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed consumer behavior, Sentro ensures business continuity for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMBs) with its end-to-end digital functionality and ability to run their business on a single platform. .
“It was becoming too tiring to enter, track and update our customers’ orders, and accepting payments from multiple platforms is a headache. But with Sentro, running our business online is a snap, ”said Michael Lu, Boutique Owner Agrico Sentro.
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With Sentro, business owners can create and publish their own online store with just a few clicks. It’s simple, free and easy, ensuring easy access for business owners who are new to digital and digitizing their physical businesses.
“We want Sentro to be accessible to anyone starting an online business, which is why we made sure that using our platform would require little to no tech knowledge, which would make it easy even for people to use. the less sophisticated, ”said Bjorn Pardo, Head of PME Ventures, UBX and Sentro Product Manager. “Within months, our team was able to launch Sentro to the public during the first weeks of the pandemic. The launch could not have been more timely as it was made available to MSMEs when they needed it most. “
Sentro said entrepreneurs trying to explore the digital space in order to keep their businesses afloat in this pandemic and beyond have three major challenges: making and accepting payments, logistics, and tracking orders.
“We have focused on making Sentro the go-to operating system for online sellers by solving these issues,” said Bjorn. “Sentro provides our MSMEs with an online store builder that they can use to build their own e-commerce website where they can showcase their business and sell their products and services. It provides an integrated payment gateway (Bux) so they don’t have to worry about accepting payments from customers using different payment methods, and an integrated logistics service provider (MrSpeedy) so they can book. deliveries for their customers. without having to open a separate app or website.
Sentro introduced a feature in March that allows Facebook Business Shop owners to link their stores to Sentro. This allows them to convert their stores from a point of sale into a full-fledged e-commerce store. Sentro can be linked to a Facebook store in minutes, and business owners can automatically accept payments, manage orders, and book deliveries from their supercharged Facebook store.