Lamido Philippines officially launched its Android app this month, following a soft launch in July. Debuting on September 1 on Google Play, the app has already been downloaded about 5,000 to 10,000 times, with an average rating of 4.3 stars.
The app basically lets you buy and sell anywhere and anytime you want. There is a search option so you can just type in what you’re looking for. Or if you prefer to explore by yourself, you can also do that as the marketplace offers a wide range of products in different categories.
The Lamido Android app will also give you personalized notifications. In other words, if you’re more into fashion, the app will inform you of the best deals in the category and so on. And a wish list function allows you to save items.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can use the app’s instant messaging feature to communicate directly with merchants. You can also calculate how much to pay for shipping charges via the app, so you can personalize your shipping method to suit your needs. Payment options include bank transfer, cash on delivery or via Lamido SafePay.
If you would like to be sure of your purchase, the Lamido app also allows you to review seller ratings so you can choose the best option available. And when you’ve bought any product, you can easily leave a feedback via the app as well.
Positive Mobile Shopping Outlook for the Philippines
A survey conducted by MasterCard, and reported by Inquirer, showed mobile commerce is a key area of growth in the Philippines. From 74.6% in 2011, Filipinos with in-mobile internet access rose to 78.5% in 2013, with the percentage of mobile shoppers increasing from 11% in 2011 to 21.4% in 2013.
There are no new statistics for this year yet, but based on the report, the number of mobile shoppers could possibly increase, especially if more apps become available and if these apps can promise users convenience and ability to shop on the go. It would also help if users are assured of security in their online transactions, no hidden charges and if delivery times are met. The report also suggested minimizing fees, protection against unscrupulous websites and ease of transactions to improve shopping experience for Filipinos.
Aside from Lamido, Lazada, Zalora, OLX, and AyosDito also offer mobile shopping apps for its customers.
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