Photo - (From Left) Hoseok Kim, Chief Executive Officer, Celcom Planet; and Chan Kee Siak, Chief Executive Officer, Exabytes Network.
A new partnership between Malaysian web provider firm Exabytes Network [Exabytes] and Celcom Planet will value-add to local e-commerce merchants in an increasingly competitive sector.
During the signing of the memorandum of understanding with Celcom Planet, which is a joint venture between Celcom Axiata and Korean e-commerce marketplace provider SK Planet, Chan Kee Siak, Exabytes founder and chief executive officer, said the move will help their merchants to more effectively operate in Malaysia's growing e-commerce market.
"The e-commerce market today is fiercely competitive," said Chan. "Partnering with Celcom Planet will allow the e-commerce merchants registered on Easystore my (powered by Exabytes) to exploit more business opportunities presented in the digital economy by boarding onto an optimized e-commerce platform which is part of a global expansion."
Celcom Planet chief executive officer Hoseok Kim said that that the Malaysia's version of 11ST, which is named after SK Planet's 11 Street marketplace [serves more than 30 million consumers with gross merchandise value of US$5 billion], was set to launch in the second quarter of 2015 and will be co-hosted by the country's leading mobile telecommunications provider, Celcom Axiata.
He said Celcom Planet will also set up its 'Seller Zone' in Klang Valley to serve as a learning platform and support facility for merchants to gain knowledge and increase their e-commerce business. "With 11ST expertise and know-hows, Celcom Planet will bring to the local market tools and features that enable both existing e-commerce merchants as well as brick and mortar merchants to take their businesses to the next level."
"Through this partnership, we hope to onboard and develop online merchants and their businesses and as a result provide variety and significant benefits to the Malaysian consumers through our soon-to-be launched e-commerce marketplace," he added.
Exabytes' Chan said: "Exabytes is a strong propagator of e-commerce amongst the thousands of local SMBs. Part of the partnership is planned to allow Exabytes' e-commerce merchants to drive up the visibility of their brands to the public."
"This partnership with Celcom Planet will offer not only an additional commercial channel for merchandising but it also opens doors for our e-commerce merchants to further strengthen their online presences on an international scale," he said.
"Exabytes will also be working closely with Celcom Planet to drive more visitors to the upcoming e-commerce marketplace via special promotions by our e-commerce merchants. At the same time, Exabytes aims to get a few hundreds more merchants on board by end 2016," said Chan.
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