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New Opportunities for Caribbean Exporters
By Avonelle Christian
Caribbean Supplies Inc. was formed to implement its founder’s vision of creating a technological powerhouse for goods and services from the Caribbean, which would open markets and increase exports from these developing nations, thus allowing their economies to be less dependent on the seasonal tourism and declining agricultural industries.
The company’s primary intent is to create a world-class content and e-commerce website which showcases Caribbean products and services to an international market.
Emerging from the creation of this website, will be a technological e-commerce platform for providing small manufacturers and producers, a complete end-to-end solution for managing and marketing their products via the internet.
In addition to selling Caribbean products, the website features a wealth of educational information about most of the Caribbean islands, along with in-depth information about the products available on the site.
This strategy is intended to lure potential customers to the site in hope that they would purchase products and obtain positive insights of the Caribbean region. A future phase of the project will allow international retail and wholesale businesses the ability to purchase products directly from manufacturers.
CaribbeanSupplies.com provides one-stop shopping for top-quality gifts, arts, crafts, distinctive Caribbean clothing items, books, music, jewelry, gourmet foods, sporting goods, flowers, gifts, home and beauty supplies, all with Caribbean uniqueness.
The site also serves as an educational powerhouse for information on Caribbean history, culture, geography, art and events. The website, focusing on a niche market for a large variety of Caribbean products, combined with valuable educational information about the Caribbean, is the first of its kind on the internet.
Caribbean Supplies Inc was created and registered in the Commonwealth of Dominica on August 15, 2001. The company currently employs eight people in the Commonwealth of Dominica, most of whom are working in the information technology area for the first time.
That number is expected to grow significantly in the future. We have established points of contact on various islands of the Caribbean, and expect our sales personnel staff to be appropriately distributed as we expand. The company is supported by a staff of six engineers in the US. The company made a conscious decision to hire employees in the Caribbean who displayed a high potential for success, even if they required an initial period of training.
We have minimized the risk associated with this strategy, by supplementing the engineering effort with highly talented, experienced personnel in the US.
The product offering of this company encompasses a number of industry sectors.
The successful launch of this website will have the greatest impact on the export sector of developing countries within the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. As the site evolves, it will support several other sectors in the Caribbean, including tourism, information technology, travel, manufacturing.
The company is wholly-owned by US-based Advanced Software Concepts, Inc (ASCI). ASCI’s management and employees have strong ties to the Caribbean, and understand the market for which its services are being provided. Because ASCI’s owner is a native of Dominica, employees of ASCI strongly appreciate the Caribbean culture and are fully committed to contributing to the economic growth of the region via the use of technology. ASCI is certified as a minority and woman-owned business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It provides the engineering support and technological innovation for the platform on which caribbeansupplies.com operates.
In order to implement its vision, Caribbean Supplies has also formed partnerships with the Association of Eastern Caribbean Exporters, AECE, and the Dominica Export Import Agency.
We also work in collaboration with Lenox Honeychurch at the University of the West Indies, Dominica Center.