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Pickaboo: Story of successful electronics eCommerce platform

Pickaboo, the largest omnichannel e-commerce startup has built its strong position in the mobile phones and tech gadgets category, which is believed to be the largest vertical in ecommerce. Started in 2016, Pickaboo has become one of the trustworthy e-commerce platforms for tech consumers in Bangladesh. Although there have been rumors in 2019 that the company was going to stop their operation as the parent company Edison group did not want to invest more in Pickaboo.

However, there were not any reliable sources for that rumor, but Pickboo did get external investment last year, hence they survived. Today, we will get to know the story of Pickaboo.

According to Pickaboo, they claimed as themselves “the largest one-stop shopping destination in Bangladesh.” This e-commerce platform offers a wide range of products which includes household appliances to electronic items, cameras, the latest smartphones, accessories, health equipment, and more.

Pickaboo offers the most efficient delivery service via their own logistics system so that the customers get prompt and hassle-free product delivery at their doorstep. The company works with local and international vendors along with 200 brands and serves all over Bangladesh.

Nevertheless, the free return service from Pickaboo sets an example for Bangladesh’s e-commerce industry. They offer various payment systems, such as cash on delivery, card, online payment system, and bKash.

How Pickaboo became the dominant player in the mobile and gadget sector?

Although Pickaboo has different product categories, apparently they were overly focused on a single category, which eventually worked in its favor. As a result, the company walked towards leading the market in the mobile and gadget sector. However, it faces competition from other top e-commerce players as mobile is the largest and most demanded category in e-commerce. But, among the competitors, Pickaboo is ahead as they constructed a strong position by using its domain expertise.

Usually, successful e-commerce platforms are often taking aggressive steps with the longest collection of products. For example, Amazon started their business with one vertical and gradually added more products to their line. Now they decisively grabbed almost all the product lines in the world. However, Pickaboo stayed exclusively on one product vertical and will continue to focus on that which is mobile and gadgets.

By focusing on one product vertical, a company can compete better and can go deeper. And this is what Pickaboo applying in their business. Normally, a startup is a resource-constrained entity. Therefore, if a business has a limited product, there is a good chance that it will become an expert on that. And ultimately this applies to Pickaboo as they have been focusing on mobile and gadgets since 2016. Here comes the 80/20 rule to support them.

According to the 80/20 principle, 20% of the product brings 80% of the profit. Hence, concentrating on one element, instead of focusing on a broad range, brings success early. Pickaboo has been successful by applying this rule and has become a role model for the overall e-commerce industry in Bangladesh.

Declining stage to comeback

Pickaboo had a declining phase in early 2019 when the parent company denied investing (according to a rumor/source). But the company returned to the track in mid-2019 as they received funding of $700k in the seed round. After that in late 2019, the company returned with a new website, new app, and new product in a completely different way. Further Pickaboo’s business-to-business and business-to-consumer website is underway too.

According to Pickaboo official, it has so far been just an e-commerce platform. From now on the site will take shape in the marketplace. The new investments were used to emphasize customer service, product procurement, and building new technologies.

According to Pickaboo’s CEO Morin Talukder, Pickaboo’s core strengths are customer service, genuine products, and fast delivery. Pickaboo is the only marketplace in the country that ensures the highest quality products as well as fast delivery. Delivery service is being launched on the same day in Chittagong. If customers choose the fast pick option when buying the product, the buyers will get the product on the same day and the normal delivery takes 2 to 3 days. Pickaboo was able to provide this service as it uses its delivery system without relying on any other courier service or delivery chain.

Even though electronics and gadget items have been sold in Pickabu for so long, lifestyle products are added after the investment. All kinds of lifestyle products can be found in Pickabu. At the same time, a lot of new things will be added in the case of ordering products from the site. Further, if the business to consumer is launched, different merchants will be able to post information for selling their products on the site, the price will also be different. As a result, buyers can buy the lowest price.

Started offline journey

After dominating the online mobile and gadget market, Pickaboo began its offline store in February 2020.

This time the domestic ecommerce site Pickabu.com also started offline. The company has launched online as well as offline shops for mobile phones and gadgets. Pickaboo plans to become the largest smartphone retailer online and offline where shoppers can shop with confidence. Pickabu.com is already a trusted place to buy mobile and electronic products online, that’s why they expanded their business offline intending to provide the same service offline.

Usually, ecommerce does not have any physical outlets. What Pickabu will sell online will also sell specialized products offline. Mobile and gadget retail shops will be offline. Currently, they have 7 offline stores in Dhaka and Chittagong, though, they had a goal to launch more than 30 offline shops in the country’s divisional and major district towns. Buyers will be able to obtain the best customer satisfaction by purchasing products from these stores.

Source: United News of Bangladesh