SkyGarden is an ecommerce platform built for African businesses. Business owners that want to use the platform download the Sky.Garden Merchant App from Google Play or the App Store and set up an account. All they need to provide are their personal details, unique name of their shop and other shop details such as opening hours, location and mobile money (MPesa) phone number.
The Sky.Garden merchant app is a fully stocked inventory management system that business owners use to upload products, specify price points, stock levels, variants and much more. Once products are uploaded they immediately appear on the customer marketplace which is a website under the URL www.sky.garden. Each business owner gets a unique link for both their web shop and each of their products that they can share to their networks directly from the app.
In the event that a customer makes a purchase for product on the platform, Sky.Garden’s platform will ensure end-to-end fulfillment of the order. The order will be dispatched through one of our delivery partners which enables us to accomplish same day deliveries across urban areas. After a product is successfully delivered, the seller is paid immediately through mobile money (MPesa).
There are no entry costs or registration fees with Sky.Garden, there are also no monthly fees. Sky.Garden works on commission, and takes a service fee of 8% on every transaction. As business owners are uploading their products, there are 2 fields for price - ‘Your Prices’ & ‘Sales Price’. ‘Your Price’ is the amount of money you will get from the sale of an item. While ‘Sales Price’ is the amount the customer will pay for the item, which includes Sky.Garden’s 8% service fee. That way, sellers can very easily put in how much they want to make from the sale of an item minus Sky.Garden’s 8%.
Sky.Garden attracts business owners selling everything from mobile phones & electronics to fashion, household items, decor, art and even safety equipment.
Business owners have various options such as traditional classified platforms or simply making the use of social media platforms such as Facebook & Instagram. However Sky.Garden gives them the power to manage their online inventory just as they would in their physical store.
With the Sky.Garden app, business owners can upload as much inventory as they want, specify how many of each is in stock, adjust prices as they wish, change photos and even add product variations. All under one application.
Furthermore, Sky.Garden assures you that with every sale, your product will be picked up & delivered within 24hrs, and your payment will be sent directly to your MPesa account immediately the customer accepts the delivery.
Sky.Garden doesn’t want to compete with social media, instead we want Sky.Garden sellers to post their unique links on their existing social media pages to easily convert advertising to cash.
Currently we operate with business owners located in Kenya. Soon we’ll open up to neighboring countries and our aim is to become the prefered online sales channel for SME’s in all the major cities across Africa.
The state of E-commerce in Kenya caters exclusively to the top tiers of the economic pyramid, which leaves little room for individuals and businesses that exist within the lower segments of the economy to reap the benefits offered by online transactions.
Many of the business that you find running in informal marketplaces don’t have a sophisticated eCommerce platform that they can use to expand their geographic reach. Most of the platforms that they have access to are littered with fraudulent cases that makes it hard for them to present themselves and their products as legitimate.
Another major problem businesses face is distribution. They may get a potential customer that wants a delivery made to them, however the cost and headache of make it happen have driven many business owners to only rely on walk-in customers. Some business owners don’t have physical stores as well, and spend lots of time and money dashing from location to location picking and dropping products.
With Sky.Garden business owners have the benefit having their products delivered for them by our trusted delivery partners, at absolutely no cost to them.