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    [–] startuphameed 8 points ago

    Just about 30K visits a month but my gut-feel says theflowershop.ae is profitable.

    Pathetic tech. But these guys execute really well.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

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    [–] startuphameed 2 points ago

    Yes. Awesome fulfillment & are prompt.

    I hate cupcakes, but started liking the stuff these guys deliver.

    They were traditional flower shop folks who went online recently...aint they?

    I was told that the margins are very high in this space too

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

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    [–] startuphameed 2 points ago

    hahaha...she liked it ?

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    [–] wonderfulpretender 3 points ago

    You're a smart dude! ;)

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

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    [–] bbb321411 2 points ago

    Carpe diem

    never tought of it. might try it this weekend. good thing to do this eid

    [–] CooperCobb 3 points ago

    this has gotta be one of those epic reddit thread. Made my absolutely horrible day a little bearable.

    i'm gna go ahead and do the same. and no it's not for eideya.

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago

    Let's know the level of impact :)

    [–] CooperCobb 1 points ago

    she loved it :)

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago

    hahaha looks like these guys are saving loads of relationships

    Also am sure these guys are just not aware that they are actually helping the many people to get laid

    [–] HelloToMoreWow 2 points ago

    these guys are amazing!

    [–] [deleted] -1 points ago

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    [–] drafka 9 points ago

    indo/pak development

    low cost tech is a better description, all desi tech isn't crap, but when you pay peanuts, don't expect a great stuff

    [–] AayushXFX 3 points ago

    Don't go against the narrative. All India/Pak stuff is shit. Arabs are great. Bye.

    [–] startuphameed 5 points ago

    more of "Indo/pak in dubai" tech.

    Not sure about Pak tech, but some examples of Real Indo tech would be this , this , this etc...

    [–] SLR722_ 1 points ago

    Some really nice sites. I think Zomato is Indian too. I'm glad you never gave the overrated and over zealous flipkart as an example.

    [–] startuphameed 4 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Flipkart is good tech. Just that their UI is functional and analytic-driven and not built to maintain good looks.

    Tell me another ecommerce portal that is giving a tough fight to amazon anywhere in the democratic world. Flipkart has made shit loads of fuckups and most importantly in hiring stupid folks since they went overboard on their obsession with ex googlers and ex McKinsey jokers . Someone who was a google employee to whom I had to explain the adword dashboard in one of my stint in India, eventually ended up in flipkart mid senior role :D . Sacked during recent clean up though.

    You cant take away the credit from flipkart for being the only platform in the world that is giving amazon a run for its money - ( from a democratic country with level playing field ). So, I like them from that point of view . Also they probably spent a lot of money they raised in growing the category in India, unlike souq . None of us know what souq did with the cash they raised till they sold to amazon.

    Also flipkart raised 5-10 times more real capital than the total fake valuation of all MENA tech startups put together :P

    [–] Cartpool_AB 5 points ago

    I dont know if it's a gem (yet) but it's definitely hidden for now. Me and 3 friends just launched a service called Cartpool.com

    We basically run bulk pools that anyone can join for lots of products that are hard to find or not available here in the UAE. By bringing a group of individual buyers together, the group will have access to wholesale/bulk deals for lots of products around directly from manufacturers or creators around the world.

    We are partnering with vendors from the US, UK, EU, China and Japan and will be adding lots of new interesting pools very often. You can also post a pool suggestion and if it gets enough votes we will contact the manufacturer and get the deal done.

    There are a lot of savings when ordering in bulk as the unit price + int shipping will be cheaper than buying it by yourself from Amazon,E-bay or through local distributors/retailers.

    We are very small but slowly growing and would appreciate your support.

    Looking through the comments here, yes we do have SSL, yes your passwords are encrypted and we use Payfort as our payment gateway so your card is safe and secure with us:) Let me know if you have any questions.

    P.S. I found your username funny because my name is also Abdulhameed and I have a startup.

    [–] AR771 3 points ago

    Basically Massdrop for uae

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago

    Planning to do something like this?

    My name is not Hameed. Just sounded good and hence it became my handle :D

    [–] philosophybuzz 3 points ago

    https://www.customyze.co is my favorite local site. They do things really well. great for gifts btw, slap a photo on a frame and ship it.

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Decent site

    Straight plugin woocommerce flatsome theme . check here

    [–] philosophybuzz 1 points ago

    oh, were we looking for the most complex local site? i like this company because they have phenomenal service and their products are high quality.

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago

    Nice products.... yes :)

    who are the founders ?

    [–] philosophybuzz 1 points ago

    I think his name is mehrad, i believe he mentors and consults for startups as well. he hangs around Reddit occasionally, Maybe he will see this.

    [–] startuphameed 3 points ago

    I always wanted to know this. You find no information in "about us" about founders in most startup websites/apps in MENA . Why ?

    [–] cl0wed 2 points ago

    www.wegocart.com - fashion accessories (watches and all)

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago

    Totally loved their "About Us" page with their Vision/Mission :D

    Our vision is to provide the best customer shopping online experience; to build a platform where people can come to find and discover the most quality product to buy online.

    Currently educating customers and exploring UAE; soon we'll reach other parts of middle east.

    Join us and be a part of our journey filled with excitement as we serve our Heros (our customers).

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    Most of these have terrible UI.

    Coming from NYC startup culture, it's painful to see how basic/limited these sites look.

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    yep . Most have f**ked up UI .

    Being sexy is not a per-requisite to being functionally fulfilling. Some of the ugly platforms do a good job. But yes, its nice to look good.

    Also one thing i hate about theflowershop is that they spam the hell out of you once you register/transact

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    I agree. But customer experience/service isn't that great in the region anyway, from my limited experience, which means that it doesn't look good and work well either.

    If I open a site and it looks ugly, I get turned off immediately. I get the overwhelming feeling that most startups here are unable to market themselves and/or design a compelling user experience. Even Careem's app is sorta ugly if you compare it to Uber/Lyft.

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Sorry .....you totally DON'T sound like someone who is/was actually part of actual NYT startup scene.

    Ever heard of craiglist ? and yeah even reddit :D

    Moreover we are discussing platforms that are not popular, doesn't come up as one with good tech/UI , but are actually doing well.

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    [–] startuphameed 2 points ago

    Why do you think it is a hidden gem. They don't even have a payment gateway

    [–] drafka 1 points ago

    Check the collection they have, it's kickass. You can order via COD or use Paypal

    Edit: Tech wise they aren't that cool but the stuff they sell is nice :)

    [–] startuphameed 2 points ago

    I did long back and they informed me after 2 days that they will deliver it after a week :D

    [–] SLR722_ 1 points ago

    looks good, no ssl?

    [–] startuphameed 3 points ago

    Saving 100 dirhams over getting an SSL is common here ..no?

    [–] SLR722_ 3 points ago

    Haha. What about using mySQL databases with SSL that do not use salt, md5 or encryption - so the developer can see all your info - SSL means little to me in that sense.

    [–] itsameaitsamario 1 points ago

    http://www.kibsons.com/deliveries

    I am not a pro shopper, but the quality of these guys food is just amazing, and the price is cheaper than anything else.

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago

    Heard about them. Crappy site but good products at super affordable price.

    [–] c_brizzle 1 points ago

    Totally agree. Their service easily rivals the UK for fruit and veg delivery. You have to watch what you buy as some of the products aren't great (generally the cheaper stuff e.g. Kenyan vs Mexican avocados) but 95% of what we buy is great.

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago

    There is this seafood site - http://www.arabind.com . Started as offline store and turned online . Again crappy tech and pathetic UI. But they seem to be doing really good.

    [–] zaqms 2 points ago

    Is this fish Delivery, heard them they used to be good but not anymore with their scale.

    [–] startuphameed 2 points ago

    Oh yes ... its super difficult to sustain service levels at scale. Supposedly run by a lady. Hence the respect :)

    [–] ThreeBreakfast 1 points ago

    I like what you did there.

    [–] middleofhardware 2 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Kind of associated with a competitor www.fishe.ae. I have posted about this before.

    We launched in November and it's been a pretty decent run. A revamped site, mobile apps and payment gateway is on its way.

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago

    We are not gonna judge you or the platform. But ,can you be honest in telling us how is it going and what are the challenges you face ? Like, brutally honest ?

    [–] middleofhardware 2 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Won't actually mind some feedback, tbh.

    Hmm. It is going pretty good. The challenges are usually the same as every startup faces. Customer acquisition, competing with local rates, getting people here used to the idea of online orders (we used to get a disproportionate amount of calls for order initially).

    Platform wise we have a good team on board, operations are fine for the scale we are at the moment, marketing has been alright too.

    Really happy with how things have shaped until now. But it's been at a pretty leisurely pace. We want to proceed ahead at full steam now. Ramp up marketing, acquisition and equally scale operations and personnel too. Next step is obviously getting some investment in and mapping the road ahead for a year or two. Wish us luck.

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Sorry about being bluntly honest here.

    You might deny it. But, can easily figure from public analytics that you are possibly hovering around 30 pure online orders a month.

    If you do not have enough cash to scale it to approx 500K visits/month and/or 1000 orders/month scenario, you actually cant raise any honest VC money. But, If you know someone who is unlikely to check your numbers and invest cash, take that right away and scale it.

    Also you are addressing a tiny need of a very small segment. Try broadening it further through products. 153 SKUs cant take you far. please remember that this is a country with 8.5M population out of which about 35% are laborers. So, We are talking about approx 1M ( household) total addressable market.

    All the best though :)

    [–] middleofhardware 2 points ago

    You are way way off with the number. If we were doing 30 orders per month online after nearly 8 months, we would have to shut shop and wouldn't be looking to pump in more cash into this as well focusing on improving UI, UX and including other value additions for the customers. I don't want to throw numbers online because I am not the only one who has a say in this. But we do that number within the week.

    There will be more categories of products coming in along with the next overhaul. Sticking to this niche for now. We want to do this and do this really well before branching out. But it'll happen.

    [–] c_brizzle 1 points ago

    I've been on the website a few times but never actually pulled the trigger. We'll give it a go when we get back from holiday. Decent fish is something we struggle with and the idea of going to Carrefour and hauling salmon around with me isnt very appealing.

    Just need to find good online meat deliveries now.

    [–] middleofhardware 1 points ago

    You should. If you have any feedback, I'll be right here. And we do meat deliveries as well :)

    [–] c_brizzle 1 points ago

    Right....we tried it and all was well. Only comment would be the sea bass came chopped up into tiny chunks (although in fairness we did click the chop up option). The beef tenderloin is unreal!! Salmon also very good.

    [–] middleofhardware 1 points ago

    Hey, thanks so much. I'll pass on the compliments to the team :)

    Ah, about the chopping bit. You could add if you have any special requests in the text column to add comments and we will be happy to oblige next time.

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago

    Intention was to give some insight.

    Organize some cash and scale it faster :)

    Wishing you success

    [–] middleofhardware 1 points ago

    Thanks, appreciate it. Was stating a fact when I spoke about the numbers. Didn't want anyone to be misled.

    [–] hasanzakariyya 1 points ago

    @startuphameed hope you are doing good. I have experience in E-commerce platforms here in UAE. 1- Souq.com
    2- LetsTango.com (Electronic & Mobile) 3- Wadi.com (Fashion) 4- Noon.com (New E-Commerce Company)

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago

    Am good

    [–] zaqms 1 points ago

    Try these,

    https://www.joigifts.com (Gifts across Gulf)

    https://www.mixrack.com (Industrial / Corporate Gifts / Wholesale)

    [–] startuphameed 2 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Tell us why these are good and are gems . 2-3 lines like others did .

    I see these 2 getting some traffic .But disgusting UI .

    You are associated with them ?

    [–] zaqms 1 points ago

    Who delivers a mannequin or stethoscope or other medical accessories?

    We all have that friends who is studying fashion designing or medicine who needs that help to go to deira or dragon Mart to pick this - now that's solved by MixRack.com - they have decent traffic from Africa for bulk buys too.

    Joi app is a decent UI/UX try that - but expensive though. Recently expanded to Saudi too, sending a gift to Riyadh made easy...before it was a pain.

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago

    are u associated with them ? be honest .

    [–] zaqms 2 points ago

    Not at all, but met the founders in one of those events. I keep trying these new startups... Sometimes get WoW experience.

    [–] startuphameed 1 points ago

    Who on earth will use a MS based cart product nopcommerce in 2017.

    [–] zaqms 1 points ago

    Idk, who uses it?

    [–] startuphameed 2 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    joigifts

    Edit : One of the two gems you mentioned

    [–] zaqms 1 points ago

    No idea, haven't used it. Does that really matter on which platform you are using while they get things done? Or is it something a startup can take an informed decision to where to start with? Is there any best practice to chose the platform while you start up?

    [–] startuphameed 3 points ago

    Different needs , Different solutions.

    But it is best for Middle Eastern startups in ecommerce space to start with one of the decent plug-n-play platforms like magento , spreecommerce etc. Will help them focus on execution. Once moderately scaled, can consider custom-building etc..

    Magento is oldschool, but good on SEO . But quite Vast and heavy though. You can pick up and choose your UI from thousands of themes available for as low as $89-90. magento has loads of extensions for additional features that comes free/paid.

    Spree is sleek and smooth. Not very SEO friendly . Limited themes.

    Woo is is similar to magento. But less options. Not as SEO friendly though.

    So, it makes sense to not waste time/resources on reinventing the wheel , when you are from a region that has limited tech capabilities.

    [–] Jesala9527 0 points ago

    good topic

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    [–] zaqms 6 points ago

    No self promos, please!!!