SMEs told to embrace new technology to grow their businesses

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  • NBLBeesApp isn't an app that will be used by the end consumer. Rather it is an application that is to be used with our partners. These are retailers, stockists, bars, restaurants, supermarkets, ddukas. We want to empower you to grow your business" - David Valencia, MD NBL.
Nile Breweries Managing Director, David Valencia during the launch of BEES APP

The managing director of Nile Breweries David Valencia is optimistic that embracing new technology will spur the development of local enterprises, especially the small and medium enterprises which are the backbone of the country’s economic development.

He made the remarks at an event where Nile Breweries Limited launched BEES: a business-to-business (B2B) application that will enable Ugandan retailers to browse products, place orders, access deals, arrange deliveries and tap into business insights all via one interface.

“Our purpose - to dream big to create a future with more cheers - drives us to be leaders in innovation in Uganda. BEES is part of our digital transformation and enables our stockists, resellers, and outlets across Uganda to grow through a convenient order generation platform. The app will help us communicate pricing and product availability in the market across the country,” said David Valencia, Managing Director at Nile Breweries LTD.

“The B2B app complements the traditional sales model by putting customers at its heart and leveraging technology to turn customer issues into growth opportunities. It will also provide 24-7 convenience and a transparent experience,” he added.

The app is created and owned by NBL’s parent company,AB InBev, and is already live in 17 markets.

NIle Breweries Staff at the launch of BEES

Uganda is the 18th market to launch BEES and the 3rd African country to launch the app; well ahead of other markets in Europe. Globally, the platform has over 2.7M monthly active users.

Explaining the transformation that the app will bring to Uganda, Valencia revealed that BEES will support growth and help customers thrive by improving transparency and communications.

“Through the app, we will also offer benefits such as access to our current promotional campaigns and engaging communications to help our customers grow,” said Molly Horn, National Trade Marketing Manager.

“With this app, we address our customer pain points and strive to serve and partner with our customers,” she added.

“BEES: Helping You Thrive” is available for download in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. She said.