Touchstone Partners invests in B2B distribution platform Quqo

Published Tue, Dec 20th 2022 07:46 AM GMT+0
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Ho Chi Minh City, December 20, 2022 — Touchstone Partners today announced that it is investing USD 1 million in a seed round in Quqo, an asset-light B2B distribution platform that connects buyers, suppliers, and end-consumers in the FMCG sector. The investment will enable Quqo to grow its team together with its customer base and expand its distribution network across Vietnam.

Quqo is an online platform that aims to unlock the full potential of Vietnamese tap hoa (mom-and-pop store) owners, FMCG suppliers and distributor partners via a wide offering of digital products and services. Their user-friendly B2B marketplace and SaaS tool enables store owners to browse for the best product offers in the market through a simplified and accelerated procurement process.

Unlike other products in the FMCG supply chain space, rather than displacing suppliers and distributors altogether, Quqo works as an asset-light third party that connects suppliers and buyers, easing logistics friction through digitalization and on-demand ordering support. Through an ecosystem of digital solutions centered around effective distribution, the company focuses on providing mom-and-pop store owners (M&Ps), allied suppliers (FMCGs), and end-consumers with an improved 360-degree retail experience via the traditional channel.

Quqo entered the Vietnamese market in 2020 and since then has on-boarded over 40 distributors, supporting over 5,000 stores across Ho Chi Minh City, and has grown 11X times in GMV since the start of 2022. The team plans to expand its reach to Da Nang, Ha Noi, and other major cities of Vietnam in 2023.

Jaime Roldan, a tech entrepreneur with 15 years of experience and previous successful exits, CEO and co-founder of Quqo, shared: "Our team is excited to support the fast-changing digitalization process of Vietnam’s traditional retail supply chain, currently made up of over 1.4 million stores. We noticed that currently, distribution in Vietnam’s FMCG sector comes with different levels from manufacturers to retailers, and is overly complex and manual. Our platform connects suppliers and buyers through digitalization. At Quqo, we believe in customer-centricity, and we strive to build strong and lasting relationships with our mom-and-pop store owners in Vietnam, helping them get greater reach and options to purchase their supply needs online at competitive prices.”

Bobby Liu, Director of EiR at Touchstone Partners, commented: “Quqo has the elements we typically look for in startups: experienced founders, solutions that are addressing market needs, products that are scalable, and play into the accelerating digitalization trend. The tap hoa and local pharmacy are ubiquitous in neighborhoods in cities and towns across Vietnam, and Quqo’s solution gives these small locally owned businesses an easy-to-use tool to connect them with a network of suppliers and efficiently purchase and manage inventory. Tools like Quqo’s are critical for these small businesses to compete effectively against bigger chain stores and continue to be important cornerstones in their local communities.”

► Read more about Quqo here