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Batelco launches new eCommerce platform for merchants

December 27, 2021

Bahrain's leading telecom services operator Batelco has launched its eCommerce platform 'Batelco eSuite' to help merchants create online stores.

“Batelco eSuite” enables merchants to create online stores within minutes through few easy steps; signing up, listing items with photos, prices, and quantities, and their ready to sell, without any paperwork or set-up fees.

There’s no doubt that owning a physical retail shop is not enough to grow your business and reach all your potential customers. Breaking the physical barriers and establishing an online store is essential for today’s businesses, said a statement from Batelco.

Merchants don’t need to hire developers to set-up the store, the platform is user-friendly and provides clear instructions. The online store is mobile optimized, meaning customers will have a consistent shopping experience whether they’re using a browser on their laptop or their mobiles, it stated.

To mark the launch of eSuite, Batelco is offering a full-featured, three-month free trial period. Following that, they will be charged BD9.9 ($26) per month.

Batelco’s A/General Manager Enterprise Abdulla Danish said: 'We at Batelco pay great attention to the SME segment as it is an important pillar in Bahrain’s economy. We proactively deliver solutions that support SME growth, helping them to operate more efficiently.'

'Earlier this year, we launched “Business in a Box”, a package that offers a full set of technology tools for SMEs, and now to complement our growing portfolio, we’re offering a solution that allows merchants to sell online. 'Batelco eSuite' provides a fully customizable solution, with localized payment methods,' noted Danish.

'Merchants can manage their account through a user-friendly dashboard with bi-lingual store administration. Other interesting features include managing inventory for each product, setting up your own domain name, a built-in tax tool to make compliance simple, and much more. Shoppers browsing products on the online store will find local payment methods from Bahrain based providers, such as Tap payments, allowing a seamless payment and delivery experience for users,' he added.

Hoodly's Co-founder Sebastian Wussler said: 'We are pleased to announce our strategic partnership with Batelco. Hoodly will be fully integrated in Batelco’s digital business services and be distributed exclusively through Batelco in Bahrain.'

'Together we enable entrepreneurs and SME’s to get their business online easily and in less than five minutes,' added Wussler.