Online retail is one of the most sought after categories and is also the main contributor to the eCommerce ecosystem. But, like it’s said, everything has its own pros and cons. Wherein, it has brought a lot of options on the platform, the shift by the online companies towards mobile commerce, has made buyers to manage separate apps for each shopping site.
In order to try and ease out this problem, Ex-Google engineer, Himanshu Garg along with the Co-founder Naman Varshney, came out with ShopPoke– an Android app which consolidates all shopping apps at one place. “User can not install 30-40 apps optimally, so thousands of online/offline businesses are not able to leverage mobile channel,” said Himanshu.
The app contains all necessary tools required for shopping across hundreds of businesses on mobile. One can easily browse across multiple website by simple swiping, and can also save and share any link in the app itself. Whatever user buys on ShopPoke, he will get free topup and other gifts based on ShopPoke’s affiliate setup with the website.
Other than this, a user can search all useful coupons and deals in the app itself. Not only they can search for phone, emails of businesses listed along with some common FAQs like cancellation policy etc., but, can also chat with some of the stores, which are enabled for chat on the app.
At present the app lists over 70 major shopping websites such as Amazon, Flipkart, FabFurnish, Snapdeal, Irctc, etc. and options to buy across more than 10 categories. This includes Books, Electronics, Clothing, Ethnic wear, and even Travel and Restaurants.
The startup is currently self-funded and based in Bangalore and is competing with portals such as MySmartPrice and FreeKaMaal. Also, the founders have recently introduced ‘Job’ section, wherein one can search across thousands of jobs on many job website.
The app has a simple UI and despite of placing lots of data, it does not give the feeling of being ”messed up.’ With a ranking of 4.9/5, it is currently struggling with getting more downloads. However, in our opinion, for a vigorous e-shopper, the app is like a ‘cherry on the cake’, getting him even more perks on each purchase.