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Bangladesh's First B2B Marketplace for Small Retailers Chowkbazar.com Launches

Despite the huge growth in internet penetration in Bangladesh over the past decades, approximately 4 to 5 million small retailers (dokandar) holds more than 98% of all Bangladesh retail  and trade market, which directly connect 180+ million population of Bangladesh.In the decades-old traditional systems, every week, these retailers buy 35% of their shop essentials: talking to 50-60  different single branded salespeople for placing orders. For the rest of the 65 % of their shop essentials: they need to close their shop and invest time in traveling to the wholesale market, negotiate, buy, and then manage logistics to bring products to their shops. Otherwise, they need to buy from the brokers, who provide them this service, with an undisclosed premium of   20-50%.chowkbazar.com, an online wholesale marketplace for small retailers, launches in Dhaka with an ambition to solve these problems for small retailers. Small retailers can buy all of their business goods from chowkbazar.com without leaving their shops. Likewise traditional wholesale market, a small shop owner can search for his desired products, price, quantity with different brands and sellers, even he can find the prices of a single product offered by many different sellers, which ultimately give him a scope to buy the best product with least possible wholesale price in Bangladesh. Normally the majority of the small shop owners aren’t tech-savvy. To make them comfortable with the online buying phenomenon as well as placing orders on regular basis, chowkbazar.com has route-wise dedicated sales executives who visit the small retailers weekly to check their stocks and help them place orders. Once you place an order, it is then forwarded to the sellers, Chowkbazar’s delivery person then picks up the package from sellers and delivers it to the small shop owners. From placing an order to delivery, the whole process takes 6-48 hours.   The most important benefit the small retailers getting from chowkbazar.com is that: they can directly purchase the products from the manufacturers, importers, which eliminate the middleman i.e dealer, distributor, brokers, etc. and can save 5-50% of their procurement cost. To avail, chowkbazar.com charges a delivery fee of 0-10 taka (depending on products) per kilogram as a delivery cost, which is the current main revenue stream of chowkbazar.com. Currently, chowkbazar.com is available only in Dhaka and covers mobile phone, mobile accessories, electrical, lighting, hand tools and a number of verticals. The company, however, gradually plans to get into medicine and grocery as well as expand its services across the country.

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Signal app 1.6 crore downloads in 7 days

WhatsApp is about to change its privacy policy. To use the updated version of the app from February 8, everyone has to click on the 'agree and accept' option. Otherwise this app will become unusable. And using this updated version the user information may be shared with other platforms of the organization. Ever since knowing this, people have been leaving WhatsApp and turning to Signal App. The Signal app has been downloaded 1.7 crore times in the last one week. “We are planning to hire more Indians for the betterment of our customers,” said the head of the Signaling App’s Controlling Foundation."We've seen unprecedented growth over the last few days," said Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp and founder of Signal Apps, before being sold to Facebook. However, he has not yet made any information public. “Last week we recorded a lot of growth,” he said. Due to the record increase in the number of users, we are preparing for large-scale recruitment.Brian said Signal is working to improve its video and group chat features. According to Sensor Tower, 16 million users have downloaded the Signals app in the last seven days. Which is 72 times more than the previous week. At this time, 1.07 crore users have downloaded WhatsApp, which is 16 percent less than the previous week.Seeing their growing popularity, Signal is going to bring more than one new feature in their app. The matter has been reported on the official Twitter handle on behalf of the company. That being said, they are going to bring multiple new features including chat wallpapers, animated stickers. Signal profile is also being brought along. iOS users are also being offered the facility to view media auto download settings and profile pictures across the screen. These features are already available for Android users.WhatsApp recently announced that user information can be shared with any of its affiliates, even Facebook. In addition, the app will be able to track the user's location data at all times. Since then, people have started leaving this app and leaning towards Telegram and Signal. Tesla CEO Elon Mask also advised people to leave WhatsApp and use the signal. Meanwhile, with so many people suddenly starting to use this app, the company is seeing the face of profit on one side as well as the pressure on the other side. Because the app needs to bring a lot of updates as per the needs of the users. Signals have the same features as WhatsApp. However, there is no chat back-up option. In this case, no one else can be easily added to the group without proper consent. Besides, there was a limit to add people to video calls. This limit has recently been increased by five to eight people.

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Facebook Messenger Problems Worldwide

Popular social media Facebook Messenger has caused a temporary error worldwide. Users are not able to exchange information through smartphones and desktops.This error has been noticed in use in Bangladesh since some time on Thursday (December 10) at around 2 pm.It was not possible to exchange information on Messenger until this report was written. Exactly what caused the problem is not yet known.At first, the internet seemed to be a problem, but after a long time, users started posting about it through other means of communication. That's when the problem came to the fore.

Online Income

Make money online from Youtube and Facebook

Some content creators in Bangladesh are earning lakhs of BDT a month from YouTube and Facebook. Many young people in Bangladesh are now professionally creating content for YouTube and Facebook. These videos are being watched countless times.Rasheduzzaman Rakib is a popular YouTuber in Bangladesh. The number of subscribers to his RNA channel on YouTube in three years is around seven lakh. He made funny videos on various topics of the film.And Mashroor Inan, also known as Keto Bhai, has got around two and a half lakh subscribers in one year. Here's how to make money from YouTube and Facebook:Creating a channel: In case of YouTube, you have to create a channel first. Channels can be created by logging into YouTube using Gmail.You need to create your own page on Facebook, where your content will be displayed.You must be at least 18 years of age or older to do this.Content sorting and creation:YouTuber Rasheduzzaman Rakib says that when choosing content, one should consider that it is something exceptional, different. Because now countless people are creating content on YouTube and Facebook, there is a lot of competition.People may not be interested unless there is something exceptional. '' You have to upload content regularly, you have to be consistent. The target should be to upload at least one video per week. " For this, such as educational pages, various information about technology, funny videos, videos about games, children's toys, food and drink, book or movie reviews, etc. can be created.The videos have to be clear, the sound can be heard well, the editing work has to be good. Along with the title, the use of various words must be right. However, YouTube or Facebook, whatever medium the content is created for, cannot be copyrighted by anyone else.

Tips & Tricks

Gmail accounts that will be closed in 2021

In 2021, users are facing several new rules of Google. These include taking advantage of free photos on Google Photos, and even shutting down inactive accounts.Under the new policy, all accounts that have been inactive for more than two years will be completely deleted. This rule is going to be effective from June 1 next year.However, before this rule comes into force, Google will send a warning to every account holder via e-mail.Google recently announced that users will no longer be able to use Google Photos for free. Account holders who have not used Gmail, Google Drive, Documents, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Jamboard Files for more than two years will have their accounts deleted.However, inactive account holders have been assured by the tech giant to deliver all important information about their accounts to trusted contacts. If the user's account is inactive for a period of 3 to 18 months.However, users have nothing to worry about. All you can do now is connect to your mobile, laptop or desktop net and log in to Gmail regularly. If possible, delete unnecessary media and files. This will create space in your account. And it will be active regularly. As a result, the account can be saved from being deleted.

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How to apply for a freelancer ID in Bangladesh

The government will provide a known card or freelancing ID card for freelancers. According to the government's Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, the freelancing card can be used as proof of employment, earnings or skills. This card will make things easier for freelancers such as banking or visa application, home or office rent and even children's school admission. About 6 lakh freelancers of the country will get the opportunity to get identity cards.On Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Freelancer ID. Virtually attended the main event held at the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) auditorium in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar via video conference from his official residence Ganobhaban.Speaking on the occasion, the State Minister for Information Technology said, "Although many people know about freelancing, freelancers have been having problems with their identity for so long." This problem is going to be solved through the familiar card issued by the Bangladesh government. He requested the Prime Minister to bring PayPal service to the country demanding freelancers.Freelancing is said to be about that ID card, a web portal has been created for issuing freelancer ID card, from which freelancers can collect ID card after completing the registration. This will help the freelancers to get social loans as well as bank loans. To get a freelancer ID card, you need to register through the website. You have to register on the site and give information. Detailed information can be found in the 'Learn More' section. You can click on the 'Apply Now' section to apply.

Video News

PayPal XOOM Connectivity Launch Speech of Mr Sajeeb Wazed

Honorable ICT Affairs Adviser to the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Mr Sajeeb Wazed addressing at the "PayPal+Xoom Connectivity Launch in Bangladesh & Freelancers' Conference Inauguration Ceremony...

PayPal XOOM Connectivity Launch

Honorable State Minister for ICT Division, Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak addressing at the "PayPal+Xoom Connectivity Launch in Bangladesh & Freelancers' Conference Inauguration Ceremony"


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