#CulturePH - Packworks ushers digital revolution to almost 200,000 sari-sari stores in the Philippines

Today, technology plays a significant role in our lives. It has altered practically all facets of our society and will likely continue to do so, including how we conduct business. In our local sari-sari stores, the three founders of Packworks, Hubert Yap, Bing Tan, and Ibba Bernardo, saw a chance to use technology for good.

Inaccessible technology was a barrier for sari-sari establishments, especially in remote areas of the nation. With this realization, the founders of Packworks vowed to dedicate themselves to the task of giving micro-entrepreneurs access to information and resources that will enable them to change their companies digitally. So began their effort to use scalable and available technology to aid microentrepreneurs.

Packworks was established in 2018 as a service for owners of sari-sari stores with the goal of giving them access to the latest technologies to aid in their expansion and more prospects. Today, for the millions of owners of sari-sari stores around the Philippines, the platform has evolved into a means of escaping poverty.

The Super Sari Store app from Packworks helps sari-sari store owners run their businesses more effectively by providing them with tools and information like access to a wider range of suppliers and financial products to help them grow and prosper, especially during challenging times like economic crises and natural disasters.

“Packworks empowers sari-sari stores through scalable and accessible technology, with its team composed of dedicated developers, programmers, and technicians that work to put the power back into the hands of the people at the heart of Filipino communities by providing them with digital opportunities previously only available to big companies,”
Packworks Founder Ibba Bernardo said. 

An easy-to-use app that uses low bandwidth and has a light footprint, the Super Sari Store app uplifts and changes the lives of thousands of sari-sari store entrepreneurs across the archipelago. It can be used offline, and the entire running process can be carried out remotely, even without Internet access.

“It [Super Sari Store app] allows the users to process their businesses more efficiently with the goal of addressing the high cost of poverty, where store owners pay the highest interest rates and pay more for consumer goods,” Packworks Founder Hubert Yap said. 

As a company that strives to give sari-sari store entrepreneurs the best options and opportunities to grow, Packworks plans to cover 220,000 sari-sari stores by year-end. 

“Packworks aims to become a platform for other institutions that would like to help the base of the pyramid by addressing the sari-sari store challenge by enabling the value chain and enabling efficiency and transparency,” Packworks Founder Bing Tan said. 

Their trip won't finish there, either. With the introduction of a seamless purchase-order-to-receiving system where their inventory is updated immediately, it will make sari-sari store owners' lives even simpler. To enhance user experience, significant modifications have been made to the app's UI and UX design. To assist retailers make more money, Packworks has also started to roll out its promo discount and loyalty programs.

This only serves as further evidence that Packworks will carry on bringing the digital revolution to sari-sari stores.

Visit https://packworks.io for more details about Packworks. Packworks can be reached at success@packworks.io.

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