Vodacom on Tuesday launched Trade Direct portal to help empower small business with access to a market of new opportunities through a shared and secure directory of tenders and request for quotations (RFQs).
The Vodacom Trade Direct portal offers two categories of registration.
The first category is the supplier category that gives SMMEs access to eCatalogues for product promotion, a notification every time a tender matches their business keywords, as well as enables their business’ location to be pinned on Google Maps.
The second category is a buyer category that allows for SMEs to advertise tenders, obtain RFQs and connect with businesses in their geographical area.
The portal, which already has a network of registered small businesses, is a digital portal that seeks to connect business buyers to suppliers and caters for Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment companies and Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs).
“The transition towards digitising transformation has seen a steady growth in reliance on networks and connectivity by SMMEs. Our role has, therefore, been to enable these small businesses to connect to these networks, thereby allowing them to tap into new market opportunities for growth,” said Chief Officer for Vodacom Group Corporate Affairs, Takalani Netshitenzhe.
“Vodacom Trade Direct aims to promote employment and economic development for South Africa. The Trade Direct portal is the perfect tool to efficiently manage procurement needs by simply connecting suppliers and buyers on an online portal.”
Vodacom will also offer SMEs access to the Vodacom Ready Business Assessment which gives advice in the form of immediate insight into how well businesses are positioned to capitalise on opportunities and respond to future threats.