Builder.ai claims SMBs can build, operate and scale their own no code apps within three months – at a fraction of the cost of a custom built app.
No-code software development platform Builder.ai launches The Studio Store -a new range of pre-packaged apps beginning with e-commerce and delivery, that is designed to bring businesses online faster and at a fraction of the cost of building from scratch.
As COVID-19 heavily impacts SMBs, Builder.ai claims it will help all SMBs build their e-commerce or local delivery app within The Studio Store and provide the first three months of live service for free.
According to Builder.ai CEO Sachin Dev Duggal, The Studio Store is part of its larger mission to make the process of building a digital future more accessible, cost effective and efficient for those who don’t code.
“Businesses need to adapt to survive. Customers now expect to communicate with businesses via digital channels – whether it’s through an app or a website. However, while businesses recognize this, a lack of skills, coding or technical knowledge has traditionally been a barrier. We make it as easy and as affordable as possible for businesses to amplify their digital presence,” says Duggal.
Duggal says the first apps will serve the specific needs of businesses across e-commerce and delivery – such as flower shops, grocery stores and clothiers – and can be delivered to a customer in less than eight weeks. Retailers can showcase their goods with a scrollable carousel and offer a wide range of secure payment methods.
According to Duggal, the app includes features that will handle the soup to nuts of most e-commerce experiences, the aftercare to keep the app working and the cloud needed to run the app and scale the business. The delivery app makes online distribution smooth and simple with features including payment integration, in-app notifications and FedEx integration.
Duggal says The Studio Store can also serve as a stepping-stone as customers can add features from Builder Studio to make their app more customized over time.
“We are seeing a disruption across all industries globally by COVID-19, and the way many of us interact with our customers overnight has stopped, changed or morphed. Among those most vulnerable are the smaller businesses without an online presence that depend on their customers to walk through their doors. Although there is a lot of uncertainty right now, SMBs are presented with an opportunity to rethink how they do business. Having a thoughtful digital presence for businesses will be critical, which is why we are offering this assistance to all SMBs so that they can use this time to leapfrog ahead,” says Duggal.
Duggal says Builder.ai plans to expand its offerings within The Studio Store to help improve the wider challenges that businesses face across all industries.
The Studio Store apps are currently offered to English speaking customers across the world. The Studio Store is priced at USD 500 per month and Builder.ai does not take any cut of sales or transaction fees (other than those charged directly by a payment gateway).
Builder.ai requires a one-month deposit at the beginning of the engagement. Unlike other SaaS providers, the customer gets a copy of the code after 24 months. To learn more about The Studio Store, please click here.
(Ed. Builder.ai is a global brand with headquarters in London, supported by offices in New Delhi, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Dubai. Customers include the BBC, NBC Universal and Virgin Unite. Builder.ai was created with the belief that everyone should be able to build their ideas without needing to code.)