| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
AMID the rapid growth of cube shops nationwide, one establishment aims to stand out and is now reputed as “Brunei’s 1st Online Cube Shop” that offers innovative and interactive platforms for the growing cube trend. Virtualkiub.com, a website developed by D5 Innovation, is an online platform for cube entrepreneurs to showcase their products.
In an interview, Annafi Hashim, Chief Technology Officer of D5 Innovation, said, “We began a month of development for Virtual Kiub starting from the new year and it went online on February 1, 2015. The website is currently only two weeks old but we have received much support from active vendors in Brunei Darussalam’s cube industry.
“Cube shops are currently blooming in Brunei Darussalam. This concept originated from Japan and now we see the potential for these types of shops in Brunei. With our skills in programming and experience in competitions such as iCentre’s Think Big, BICTA, APICTA, we created a different type of cube shop.”
Through this website, customers can choose from a variety of cube tenants, checkout with a login account or as a guest and pay by either BIBD virtual credit transfer on the BIBD mobile app, BIBD Bank Transfer, pay upon delivery or simply pay after they pick up items at the physical store. “We are currently in talks with BIBD to provide us with a gateway for customers who wish to pay with their debit or credit cards, but as of now we encourage our customers to use virtual credit transfer using the BIBD mobile app,” he said.
Other cube shops currently have a physical store and advertise their items through social media such as Facebook and Instagram.
The difference with Virtual Kiub is that buyers can be updated with an item’s stock inventory and the seller can check their sales in real time. “Physical cube shops have limitation in terms of space, while we can accommodate more items; the cubes are for displaying the items for walk-in customers,” he said.
The monthly fee for Virtual Kiub tenants is currently $30 for 30 items, $50 for between 30 and 50 items and $70 for between 50 and 100 items. The website also offers a service called Advertme which is a platform for advertising. Items of Virtual Kiub tenants are advertised for free on Advertme under the sell category.
The Refer-A-Tenant promotion is currently ongoing for existing tenants who will be entitled to a month of free rent for each new application. VirtualKiub is also holding its Tag & Win contest.