Tech Watch: Hima Cement Opens Online Shopping Platform on Xente

Hima Cement has today announced a partnership with Xente Tech Ltd, a Payments, E-commerce & Financial Services Company to ease online shopping of Hima and bonastore range of products. Xente is an online app offering digital products like Airtime, bill payments, movie, event & bus tickets and now an e-commerce shop.

Announcing this partnership, the Hima Cement CEO Mr. Jean Michel Pons said that this shopping option allows our customers to access for the first time Hima products online. “What’s more, our customers will be extended credit when they purchase our Hima and bonastore products on Xente and have an option to pay in installments or pay on delivery of our goods.” he said.

Francis Nkurunungi, Xente’s Chief Operations Officer (Seated L) and Paul Bernard Kelly (Seated R), Hima Cement’s Retail Manager sign a Memorandum of Understanding to open an online shopping platform where Hima Cement and building solutions provider, bonastore Uganda will now avail their products to customers online. Looking on are Christine Kyokunda, Marketing Officer at Hima Cement and Lyn Tukei, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Xente.

This shopping solution comes in recognition of the ever changing shopping trends attitudes of consumers where e-commerce is quickly taking root replacing conventional in store shopping. “Internet penetration in Uganda is at 35% of the total population and Mobile Internet subscribers at 13.7 million make up 32.6%. It is clear therefore that for our business to thrive and to remain competitive, we must tap into data like this to understand our customers’ needs and preferences, to anticipate where the market pull is and to react to that. So our partnership with Xente is timely and responds to our customer’s current consumption behavior.” Said Paul Kelly, the Retail Manager of bonastore Uganda -, the retail arm of Hima Cement.

Done deal: Officials from the two sides pose for a group photo after the teal was signed.

“We are pleased to be announcing the launch of our shopping feature, which is designed to provide online shoppersacross Uganda with a smooth shopping experience. Xente clients that have purchased products off the new shopping section will receive their products within 24 hours upon purchase. This partnership with Hima Cement and bonastore is testament to our diverse product offerings,” said Allan Rwakatungu, CEO of Xente Tech.

The Xente App is available on both Android and iOS app stores.

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