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Want to buy Vjandep pastel? Or order Slers chicharon? Or Darling’s ham? Visit oneStore.ph and you will see the various products of DOST-assisted micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). This is made possible through another initiative from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) dubbed as oneStore.

oneStore is a digital marketing that incorporates e-commerce in the operations of MSMES, a strategy which helps business enterprises to widen the scope of their market, and increase their business opportunities.

There are thousands of MSMEs in the Philippines assisted by DOST through its Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). These MSMEs contribute to increase in income and employment in the country.

In Region 10, there are 169 MSMEs assisted through SETUP by DOST since its inception in 2000 with a total project cost of about 161M. These include the Vjandep Pastel, the SLERS Meat Products, Darling Meat Products and many more. A number of SETUP proposals are being evaluated and hopefully, in 2016, 33MSMEs-SETUP partners are added.

The traditional way of buying and selling goods is time-consuming, uses debit/credit card payment and point-of-sale (POS), and energy-consuming. With the oneStore, delivery is door-to-door, payments are online, products can be easily accessed anytime.. anywhere. This means reduced travel costs, cost of materials, marketing and distribution and trade; wider/global market reach; improved image and brand awareness and customer service; increased market awareness, continuous trading; interactive and environment-friendly.

With oneStore, travel costs are reduced as it uses a mobile phone, email and other ICTs to substitute for travels. It is also leads to more supply management and it eliminates the need for middlemen thus, redound to lower transaction costs, reduced overhead, inventory and labor costs. It also improves customer service by providing more responsive order-taking and after-sales service to customers using live chat and email which can result to increased customer loyalty. Another benefit of the oneStore is increased market awareness as MSMEs can become more aware of the competition and changes in the market, thus, MSMEs are on their toes to always go for product/service innovation or quality improvement. Sellers and customers can assess 24/7 sales service, a convenient way when trading globally.

There are now about 2,000 products in the website, and 10,000 products are targeted to be uploaded this year. To date, DOST Region 10 has uploaded about 252 MSME products and targets to upload 350 before the year ends.

To access the oneStore, go to this website: www.oneStore.ph or its FB, DOST Onestoret.ph and browse through the uploaded products. # (Tess Superioridad Baluyos, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)