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[Project Summary]: Fuel Fiji February 2019

Over the course of February 2019, the Sustainable Fuel Consulting team in Fiji sought to finalise elements of PEV’s rocket stove business developed by previous teams. This meant focusing on developing autonomy to ensure business is continued sustainably until the July team arrives. The following document includes the progress made by the February team and advice for future teams actions in country.

The December and January teams were successful in finalising the scalable Buka Dragon design and initiating the process of obtaining a contract for its production. A multitude of suggested manufacturers from both Nadi and Suva were contacted and met with. The two most favourable companies included Jack’s of Fiji and J. Kevi Group both from Nadi Of these we received 2 new prototypes but it was determined that cost would be too great and no sustainable production of the Buka Dragon was validated. This led us to solidify an updated contract with Lincoln Refrigeration, the manufacturer of the Buka 4.0. Research should still be conducted into whether importing from larger overseas companies is viable for long-term scaling outside of Fiji. However, it is simpler to use local Fijian manufacturers with access to their own steel supply.

The January team validated Retailers as a channel to stock the Buka Stove. Advice was given to pursue independent sales agents to on sell the Buka Stove, therefore both were tested as revenue streams to the business. Both require optimisation as neither achieved their respective success point, yet there are definite future actions for both as channels and revenue streams. These were difficult to test with delays in forming a supply chain contract, advice for future actions for each are included on Crowdicity.

The Fuel Team in Fiji had an existing Facebook page entitled Project Buka that was used to connect with potential customers. This Facebook page was updated and an automatic messenger service was trialled with mixed success. The chatbot was developed to the point that it could receive orders and notify PEV through an email. It could even automate an invoice to be approved and sent to sales agents to be paid. It was challenging getting sales agents on board and connected to the service despite their enthusiasm towards the Buka Stoves. Further testing of the Facebook Messenger ChatBot is required with more focus given to the ordering/payment system for sales agents and light promotion for consumers.

edited on 25th February 2019, 21:02 by Harry O'Donnell

Haziq Ahmed 9 months ago

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