IO, Surabaya The Covid-19 pandemic has damaged various economic sectors on a national and local scale, including the fisheries sector, as witnessed in Tuban City, East Java. This was the background for the 2019 batch of students from the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, Surabaya, to initiate INEO, an online application-based platform for transactions between fishermen and fish sellers. In the 2021 Business Plan Competition held by Padang State University at the end of last month, INEO won second place.
Fadhila Rosyidatul ‘Arifah (Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering), Intan Mey Setyaningrum (Department of Engineering Physics), and Sri Irna Solihatun Ummah (Department of Mathematics) hope that the platform designed can help restore the economy of the Tuban community, including micro, small and medium businesses in the fisheries sector. “INEO can be a solution as well as a resilient means for the community and business actors to transact without direct contact,” said Fadhila, team leader, in a release received by the Independent Observer, Friday (4/6/2021).
INEO has a variety of features. Fadhila pointed out how the login, notification, home, cart, and account menu features are easily accessible, so that transactions between users and business actors can run well. “In addition to features that facilitate transactions, we also adjust the application design to be user-friendly. For example, the login menu for user account verification before logging into the application. After registering via e-mail and password, users can access INEO,” added the student, who was born in Nganjuk in 2001.
She explained how the notification feature is a reminder for users regarding purchase history to ongoing transaction processes. Users will be able to see whether their order has been delivered by viewing the delivery status. In the home feature, there are various kinds of business actors who offer their items for sale, accompanied by their identity or shop name. “Users just click on merchandise from the store they want and then make a payment,” she said.
Furthermore, users can pay attention to the cart feature where the merchandise to be purchased can be seen. After selecting the desired merchandise through the home feature, the merchandise will enter this cart feature, which means that this merchandise is currently being purchased. Users can make payments to proceed to the delivery stage.
The account feature contains data and information related to users such as user photos, user electronic money balances, vouchers, and coins. Vouchers and coins are prizes that can be obtained from completed purchases. “Vouchers in the form of coupons for purchase discounts and coins can be exchanged for a desired item,” she said.
This platform offers a lot of potential to boost the continuity of the seafood business. Fadhila hopes that INEO can help facilitate transactions, in addition to being a means to make it easier for business actors to seek additional income without having to have direct contact with consumers, considering that the pandemic is still ongoing. “Hopefully, in the future, INEO can have a broad impact while at the same time helping the realization of a fish-consumption program in Indonesia.” (est)