Powering Retail

E-HUBB - enabling retail empowerment in rural communities, powering over 200 businesses

Rural bottom of the pyramid (BoP) communities become more and more attractive for businesses and are becoming part of their growth strategy. They are the last undeveloped markets in this world offering huge potential for growth of business in these emerging nations.
BUT due to lack of infrastructure, business cannot set up in the last mile. Often there is no electricity from the grid and in order to set up shop in these locations, businesses have to invest in diesel generators. If there is grid, it is most of the time very unstable and frequent brown outs make it difficult to run operations without interruptions.
The E-HUBB is the ideal infrastructure solution for businesses in order to be able and develop their growth strategy in the last emerging markets of this world. Businesses are able to set up operations in a matter of days, get their systems connected and run their operations without interruptions due to blackouts. SOLARKIOSK has empowered over 200 retail shops, F&B shops, health facilities, schools and other types of businesses across Africa and Asia.

Solar powered fuel station retail infrastructure

As part of a greater partnership with SOLARKIOSK, Total uses three E-HUBBs as Bonjour shops in service stations that had no (convenience) shop presence. The E-HUBBs serve as temporary and permanent structures, implemented in less than one week by the SOLARKIOSK and required significantly less paperwork and permits than Total’s standard brick and motor Bonjour boutique.
The flexibility of the E-HUBB gives Total the ability to test the market for Bonjour products and services including their range of AWANGO solar products. The E-HUBB also allows Total the ability to offer new services, such as phone or battery charging, which are in great demand from motor bike drivers. Commuters stop to charge their phone and have a cold drink – driving traffic to the service station and greater visibility of Total’s range of solar products and solutions. Total can clearly demonstrate its commitment to renewable energy by selling products from a shop powered by renewable energy.