RespectMart bridges the gap between African buyers and global e-commerce platforms

Respect Mart

(Chicago, United States) — Respect Martis an e-commerce and cross-border logistics platform registered in the United States and operating under the trade name Afridext Integrated Services LLC. With a web application and a cross-platform mobile application that makes e-commerce possible between Africans who are looking for products for resale or for personal use as well as African immigrants in North America who need items sent or brought from home them, Respectmart has gone a step further in innovating how Africans meet their global shopping needs.

The platform is basically an economic and logistics technology startup launched in June 2021 with over 6000 active users doing business seamlessly. It stands out 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 hundreds of other stores, with an extensive network of suppliers in the United States.

According to UNCTAD’s World Trade Update released in February 2021, “World merchandise trade remained strong in 2021. Overall, the value of international trade reached a record high of $28.5 trillion. dollars in 2021,” the report said. That’s an increase of 25% in 2020 and 13% from 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. According to the research, imports and exports in all major trading economies increased significantly beyond pre-pandemic levels in the fourth quarter of 2021. Cross-border sales are increasingly common in e-commerce, which contributes to international trade. For example, the proportion of the 1.45 billion online shoppers who made cross-border transactions increased from 17% in 2016 to 23% in 2018.

The problem for African immigrants is to bring essential items they love from their country of residence to their country of origin, which makes the platform a two-way street. The 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated that 461,695 American residents were of Nigerian ancestry. The 2019 ACS further estimated that around 392,811 of them (85%) were born in Nigeria, hence the need to bridge the gap between them and the items they also love back home. This is what RespectMart wants to accomplish.

They’ve created a seamless solution that allows shoppers to shop quickly and take advantage of sales from popular e-commerce websites. RespectMart allows shoppers to pay securely in their home currency. Shipping is fast and efficient as the company is affiliated with leading air freight companies operating out of Chicago, USA.

Oladipo Olayanju, veterinarian, information scientist and software product manager, launched the platform to reduce the hassles associated with product sourcing, handling and shipping. He believes the platform can be used to bridge the intercontinental trade gap in the e-commerce world. Oladipo always has huge requests to help people source and ship goods from the United States. And as a skilled product manager, he structured a team of brilliant product developers to take the platform from manual management to a sophisticated application designed to meet the needs of millions of people. Over 2300 transactions have been processed since the company officially launched in August 2021.

RespectMart offers these unique services:

  • African traders, especially sellers of gadgets and fashion products, can use the platform to source goods, have them inspected, ship them quickly (8-13 working days) and have items delivered in good condition in any part of the country.
  • African immigrants in the United States and Canada can search the internal product platform to shop for their favorite home fashion, arts and services. Items are delivered to them promptly within 7 working days.
  • RespectMart takes care of the purchase, inspection and shipping.

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