In the ever-changing and dynamic technological world, people are increasingly becoming connected everywhere through the internet and mobile applications. All industries are moving towards giving their customers everything that they need on a touch or swipe. Moved by the desire to have construction clientele purchase and buy at ease in their homes, a local tech Company, Conhub Connect has developed a construction centred application.
This innovation will give buyers and sellers a trade and information centre which will enable all to buy and sell online without much sweat. We contacted the app developer and founder of the company, Terence Johane and he explains as follows:
“Conhub is a trade and market centre for those in the construction sector. We intend to give all sectorial clients a one stop shop where they can build or renovate anything just by a click.”
As we are in a changing world where tech is the spice of life to all in sundry this innovation seems very much timely. As the old adage goes ‘necessity is the mother of inventions,’ Terence a former finance and admin manager at one of Zimbabwe’s largest construction firms explains how torrid it was to find goods in a market that is so divided and yet serving a large clientele. “Generally the construction sector is behind in terms of technological acceptance, while efforts are usually made to put systems in companies because the work is manual and physical, many think it is needless to be wary of technology. But you have to be in the mind of a customer, and see how rough it is for them to access your service as and when it’s needed.”
He narrates that customers/ buyers walk around, searching for a contractor, as many are not digitized, or they walk in search of genuine building materials, with many sometimes being defrauded because of lack of knowledge. ‘’When buying anything, quality matters, especially in construction/building for example a house or road, if the Bitumen is fake the result will be easily destructible infrastructure and the damage done is for a lifetime. When you will be trying to build a home for your children that will last them for ages but you buy prematurely moulded bricks you will not be going anywhere.” Now Conhub covers all these glitches, all your materials suppliers are on one platform, civil/any contractors are bundled into this seamless technology even the tenders are downloadable on this platform. Further to this artisans, builders and journeyman can list their technical skills for easy identification by employers. With a hearty smile, the man narrates also how difficult it is for construction companies purchasing departments to put up all papers just for one tender. “It’s a hustle for many companies, but I tell you this application and web portal will give them a smoothened service as it addresses all the glitches in tender application.”
The Application, which is available on Google Playstore and App Store has seven modules that cover the construction and real estate sector. Firstly you would see the Machinery and equipment section, which offers contractors: individuals or corporate an opportunity to see, browse and hire any type of machinery from those listed. The Material Supplies section has all building materials supplies in one place, your duty is to browse, select and pay and the delivery is done, just as easy! The other modules are tendering and personnel management, plus the real estate section which seeks to provide synergies for our diaspora to build and monitor progress virtually. All that’s left is for anyone to download the application or visit the website www.conhubconnect.co.zw for more! Follow us on Twitter @ConhubConnect Facebook: Conhub Connect.