RespectMart is a cross-border e-commerce and logistics platform registered in the USA transacting under the business name Afridext Integrated Services LLC. With a web app and cross-platform mobile app that makes two ways e-commerce possible between Africans sourcing products for resale or personal use as well African immigrants in North America who need items sent or brought from home, Respectmart has gone a step higher in innovating the way Africans fulfill their global shopping needs.
The platform is essentially an economic cum logistic tech startup launched in June 2021 with more than 6000 active users doing business seamlessly. It is notable for being the first platform dedicated to direct importers and wholesalers. RespectMart syncs with reputable stores such as Amazon, Apple, Mercari, eBay, Macy’s, and a hundred more stores, with a vast network of suppliers within the USA.
According to UNCTAD’s Global Trade Update released in February 2021, “Global trade in goods remained strong in 2021. Overall, the value of international trade reached a record level of $28.5 trillion in 2021,” the report says. That’s an increase of 25% in 2020 and 13% higher compared to 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. According to the research, imports and exports in all major trade economies rose substantially beyond pre-pandemic levels in the fourth quarter of 2021. Cross-border sales are becoming more common in e-commerce, which contributes to international trade. For example, the proportion of 1.45 billion online buyers who made cross-border transactions increased from 17% in 2016 to 23% in 2018.
The pain point of African immigrants is to bring in essential items they love from their countries of residence to their home country, and this makes the platform a two-way solution. The 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated that 461,695 U.S. residents were of Nigerian ancestry. The 2019 ACS further estimated that around 392,811 of these (85%) had been born in Nigeria, hence the need to bridge the gap between them and items they love from home too. This is what RespectMart stands to achieve.
They have created a seamless solution that allows buyers to shop swiftly and take advantage of popular e-commerce websites’ sales. RespectMart allows buyers to pay securely in their native currencies. Shipping is fast and efficient as the business is affiliated to top-tier Air cargo companies operating from Chicago, USA.
Oladipo Olayanju, a Veterinarian, Information Scientist, and Software Product Manager launched the platform to cut down problems associated with product sourcing, handling, and shipping. He believes that the platform can be used to bridge the gap in intercontinental trade in the E-Commerce world. Oladipo always has huge demands to help people procure and ship merchandizes from the USA. And being a dexterous product manager, he structured a team of brilliant product developers to transition the manual handling of the platform to a sophisticated application designed to reach the needs of millions of people. More than 2300 transactions have been processed since the company officially launched in August 2021.
RespectMart offers these unique services:
- African merchants especially gadget and fashion merchandise sellers can use the platform to source goods, have them inspected, shipped swiftly (8 to 13 business days), and have items delivered to them in good condition in any part of the country.
- African Immigrants in USA and Canada can search the in-house products platform to buy their favorite homemade fashion, arts, and services. Items are delivered to them swiftly within 7 business days.
- RespectMart takes care of purchasing, inspection, and shipping.
Register by visiting http://www.respectmart.com