Nigeria’s MHQstore.com is an online retail and delivery store retailing food and households to help Nigerian’s especially in Lagos save time by avoiding ludicrous trips to the market all the time.
Selling just about everything needed in the kitchen and bathroom, MHQstore.com stocks fresh and frozen food, canned, packed and bottled food, cereal and beverages, tubers, grocers, grain flour and recipes,body care, toiletries, oil and Seasoning, biscuit and sweets and all types of drinks whether alcoholic, non-alcoholic, juice and soft drinks or water.
Launched September 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria, MHQstore.com aims to be Nigeria’s largest retail supermarket online. The team behind it say they want Nigerian’s in Lagos to be able to enjoy first class service without having to pay more for their shopping.
“We aim to be Nigeria’s most reliable, most innovative and best value online supermarket to exceed your expectations at all times. MHQstore is concerned with making shopping more convenient for you by delivering quality products and services at fair price, in perfect condition on time, and treating our customers with care and honesty,” they said.
The team says the main reason they exist is to “offer busy people a true alternative to going to the supermarket every week. By doing this, we have created a totally new shopping experience, built entirely around our customers’ needs.”
The team expect to satisfy their clients by maintaining quality, having a wide range of products for buyers to choose from and offering best service, and conveniently and at affordable prices.
The portal works simply. A buyer simply registers for a profile, selects grocers, check out, select their payment method and confirm order then pay.
MHQstore.com adds that it works with reputable partners supplying them awesome products, the retailing bit is more of a service to the community of their clients whom they say are at the heart of the communities they serve. But the online start-up cannot reach all residents of Lagos on its own.
Lagos has a population of over 21 million, half the total population of Kenya. Thousands of Lagos state residents will definitely find it convenient to buy their grocers online than going out to supermarkets on their own. Lagos state has an area of 356,861 hectares of which 75,755 hectares are wetlands but its 21 million population is highest in the country and over five per cent of the national estimate.
To serve all this population, there are several other online stores selling everything domestic. One such popular platform Gloo.ng has reported tremendous growth across the country.
Olumide Olusanya, Gloo.ng CEO believes online shopping will gradually end the time wasting trips to physical shops.
“Ecommerce is gradually becoming the most effective form of direct marketing and products/service delivery in Nigeria and BuyCommonThings.com, now Gloo.ng, is the preferred destination when it comes to living essentials shopping.”