Softcell Technologies Global Pvt. Ltd., a systems integrator in India, has launched its Softcell.Store, a platform that enables startups, mid- and large-size enterprises to roll out employee purchase programs (EPP) for the benefit of their employees. Once an employee authenticates to the designated EPP store using a valid company email id, they can browse various categories of IT devices and select a device of their choice.
A well-implemented EPP is a win-win for the employer and the employee. Unlike the traditional method in which employers decide on which devices the employee should work on, EPP allows employees to select their own devices for work and makes them feel valued by their employer. EPP is an enabler and facilitator for employers to retain employees for a longer duration and helps in attracting good quality of new hires.
With more than 33 years of experience in systems integration, Softcell has a good understanding of networks, devices, hosting services (cloud) and IT Security. Softcell’s support and user training programs ensure employees get to know their devices well and use the device productively, securely and efficiently with proper maintenance throughout the device’s lifecycle.
The platform offers single-brand phones and laptops with an option to add categories such as tablets, wearables, accessories, etc. as per the requirement of corporate customers.
Softcell Managing Director Sunil Dalal explained, “Organizations today are allowing hybrid workplaces and work from anywhere. Today’s fast-paced business environment requires employees to always be on the move. It is therefore becoming a necessity for many organizations to provision more than one official device to employees. A well-thought-out EPP program supports organizations in balancing their CAPEX and OPEX allocation and extending the benefits of EPP to their employees.
“Softcell.Store is the result of over five years of experience and learning gathered from running EPP programs with leading corporates in India. Having sold and delivered over 20,000 devices to employees of our customers, we are now geared up to expand the EPP program nationally for the benefit of startups, mid- and large-size enterprises. We have always strived to ensure a good customer experience for buyers on our store and we will continue to do so,” Dalal said.
A unique proposition of Softcell.Store is the ability to incorporate a company sweetener and an admin login from which employee purchases can be administered. Studies and research by leading universities and consultants have shown that when companies partially fund or reimburse IT devices purchased by employees, it often leads to higher employee productivity as well as loyalty. Offering partial reimbursement to employees for purchasing devices can often be beneficial from a taxation perspective for the employer while being tax neutral from an employee standpoint.
Softcell.Store offers flexible-options for making payments on the store. In the vanilla offering, employers can park a partial amount in the form of company sweetener for each employee while the employee pays only the balance amount in the store. Alternatively, employers who do not offer partial reimbursement can still roll out EPP and allow employees to buy the device(s) of their choice by paying full amount upfront through a credit card/debit card and take the benefit of cash back, no Cost EMI and buyback offer, where available.
For more information about Softcell’s EPP and Softcell.Store visit https://www.softcell.com