to launch mobile app soon

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CEBU-BASED online ordering platform CloudKart will soon roll out its mobile application to make touchless grocery shopping more convenient.

Making CloudKart available in Goople Play for Andriod and App Store in iOS will be one of the expansion plans of the CloudKart team this year following the success of its web-based shopping site which now has 5,000 members and has fulfilled 18,000 deliveries since August 2020.

Elisha Mae Yuvallos, CloudKart’s chief financial officer, said CloudKart was born at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic when shopping for grocery items was then a bit challenging.

She said everybody wished for hassle-free online shopping that would serve especially those that are part of the vulnerable segment of the society during this pandemic-battered economy.

Yuvallos said they launched with this group in mind.

They also thought that opening essential businesses such as this would be a better way to provide employment again.

CloudKart operates as an online supermarket that is dealing directly with principal and distributors for their products. It has a 1,300-square-meter fulfillment facility that doesn’t accept walk-in customers. It also has its own delivery fleet that delivers to Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Consolacion, Talisay City, Liloan and Cordova.

According to Yuvallos, since they deal directly with suppliers and distributors, consumers get to enjoy comparable prices with those sold in the brick and mortar stores.

CloudKart also offers same- day delivery with 4 p.m. as its cut- off time. It also accepts various payment options like cash-on-delivery, GCash, online bank transfer and over-the-counter bank deposit through BPI, BDO, Eastwest and Metrobank. Shoppers also earn points every time they buy from CloudKart, which they could use to pay for future purchases.

Delivery rate to Cebu and Mandaue cities is fixed at P95, while deliveries to Lapu-Lapu City and Consolacion are charged P140. Delivery rate for Liloan, Talisay and Cordova is P200.

Yuvallos said delivery fees are fixed regardless of order size and value.

Besides the planned mobile app, Lery Chik, chief executive officer of CloudKart, said they also plan to expand their product offerings to include hardware, home appliance and pharmaceutical.

“Whatever you have in your household, we should have it here,” he said.

The team is also planning to build another fulfillment center in the south to expand its area of coverage. CloudKart will also open its first convenience store in Consolacion soon. (KOC)