Photo - Chan Kee Siak, CEO and Founder, Easy.my
A consortium of companies, including ecommerce platform Easy.my, will identify the top 25 winning case studies from 600 participating small and medium enterprises in the national initiative Digital Malaysia's eCommerce Reward Programme.
Exabytes' subsidiary Easy.my's chief executive officer and founder Chan Kee Siak said the top 25 small and medium enterprises [SMEs] will win RM50,000 [US$15,679] in cash rewards and sponsorship prizes from the industry's Internet providers and ecommerce bodies.
The Digital Malaysia reward programme has an application deadline of 31st August 2014 with final submission by 30th September 2014, said Chan.
"While many other Asian countries already have significant number of their local e-Commerce based organisations successfully listed on stock boards, Malaysia only has a sad handful - despite all of us acknowledging that e-Commerce is an extremely crucial enabler to accelerate the growth of the huge local SME market," he said.
"Malaysia is a nation of ingenious business entrepreneurs; however we rarely see case studies of local SMEs which have successfully adopted e-commerce to grow and develop their business," said Chan.
He said the 'eCommerce Reward Programme,' organised by Digital Malaysia-in partnership with Telekom Malaysia, supported and endorsed by the national regulator MCMC, Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK), SME Corp Malaysia, CyberSecurity Malaysia and MYNIC - would identify and train 600 eligible SMEs, and reward the Top 25 SMEs as successful Malaysian e-commerce case studies.
Training to set up online presence
"Easy.my will provide a series of training to guide the 600 participating SMEs to set up their online presence," said Chan. "SMEs can learn how to drive traffic to their sites and convert the expressed interest from their online customers into real sales revenue and increased sales volumes."
"Furthermore, an e-commerce transaction can't be considered as completed without the delivery of goods or products sold online," he said. "Apart from providing the e-commerce shopping cart feature and trainings, we also allow the programme's participants to use an affordable and easy-to-use logistic delivery solution platform to deliver their goods sold to customers-which is known as 'easyParcel' where all the merchants can select and engage the logistic service provider according to their preference, and arrange for pickup and delivery at a competitive rate."
"We encourage individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses to register themselves with Easy.my's workshops and trainings," said Chan. "Upon the completion of trainings with running business on e-Commerce platform, any interested party immediately and automatically becomes eligible to submit their success stories to participate in the eCommerce Reward Programme' by Digital Malaysia."
The 'e-Commerce Reward Programme' is open for all businesses registered under Companies commission of Malaysia (SSM). To be qualified for participation, applicants need to attend the e-Commerce trainings organised by the authorized 'Programme Enablers' such as Easy.my, then subscribe to its e-Commerce platform to conduct their Internet business before 31st August 2014.
The top 25 winners with most successful e-Commerce case studies will be announced in November 2014. The closing deadline for application submission in video format is 30th September 2014. For participation, please visit easystore.my/workshops
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