PH startup brings small businesses to export market

As the economic downturn continues, exporting has become one of the few remaining opportunities for micro, small and medium enterprises hoping to outlive the pandemic. 

PH startup brings small businesses to export market
Mel Nava, CEO of 1Export, during her pitch in SoGal San Francisco 2020
Many such businesses are finding a life line through the local startup 1Export, an end-to-end platform for cross-border trade and fulfillment. With 1Export’s help for all their exporting needs, MSMEs aren’t just staying above water, they are growing. 

1Export has won numerous awards internationally including Gojek Xcelerate 2019 and SoGal San Francisco 2020 Global Pitch, because of its focus on making exporting easier for businesses big or small. It remains to be the largest export e-commerce platform in the Philippines in terms of revenue share.

In tough times like these, taking steps toward exporting may seem expensive, confusing and risky, especially since a profitable return is not certain. This is where 1Export comes in. Led by young professionals in their respective fields, 1Export is a one-stop, holistic solution for businesses looking to expand their market range without needing to carry the numerous pitfalls associated with exporting their products.

As the process of becoming compliant begins, 1Export holds the hands of its partners by finding them the appropriate buyers for any and all of the products that they wish to export. 

It offers its services to nine international markets, with each market having their own sets of standards that each business must comply with in order to successfully export their products. These compliance standards make exporting more complicated than it needs to be. 

1Export smooths out the process with a tech platform, which makes creating the correct documentation for any country simple. In addition to this, MSME suppliers can also conveniently use automated labeling through a simple upload of a photo, making the path to going global a seamless one. With a myriad of services to adequately equip partner suppliers with their exporting needs paired with a 100-percent port clearance rate, 1Export presents an opportunity unlike any other with a potential to earn in US dollars. 

“Exporting is often viewed as a tedious and laborious process. For most MSMEs, creating a truly globally competitive brand remains just a pipe dream. We believe that, when done right, exporting can be a powerful tool to showcase MSME talent, uplift the economy, and change the lives of people. At 1Export, we aim to harness the innate ingenuity, talent and beauty of the country and showcase it to the world,” says Daniel Remo, chief operating officer of 1Export.

There are a lot of opportunities that MSMEs can take advantage of while in this pandemic. Global trends point to an increase in purchase of essential products, but as the curve flattens in other countries, people are looking for things that provide comfort or happiness. So the question at the end of the day is, how do we make MSME products relevant? 

Mel Nava, chief executive of 1Export says: “We make them globally competitive so that they can export, we help them export so they can sell more, stay afloat, and serve the needs and wants of other markets”. 

Because travel is limited, cross-border trade has increased and to bring products people want and long for now need to comply with trade regulations abroad.

While the pandemic has been the cause for the demise of a lot of businesses, there is hope for the economy because platforms like 1Export addresses the various problems of MSMEs brought about by exporting: a need for international partners, compliant products, and finding guaranteed buyers. 

In a time of disarray and economic decline, 1Export has created a system that works for both its buyers and suppliers, making it a complete and sustainable technology platform of the country.

Established since 2016, 1Export has  garnered over 350 suppliers of various products ranging from food and agriculture to beauty products.

1Export ensures that their suppliers provide nothing less than the highest quality made available in Southeast Asia. Aside from agricultural and beauty products, the company boasts of an amazing repertoire of packaged consumer goods that are grocery and household favorites. 

Topics: coronavirus pandemic , MSMEs , 1Export , Gojek Xcelerate 2019 , SoGal San Francisco 2020 Global Pitch
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