SingTel makes setting up online stores across the region a breeze with Shopify
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Singapore 19 June 2013 – Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) today announced it will offer Shopify’s highly successful eCommerce solution in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India. Available from S$17 per month, the solution is an easy and affordable way for individuals and SMEs to set up beautiful online shops within minutes and accept secure credit card payments for goods and services.
Starting an online store used to be an expensive and complex experience that requires web programming and design knowledge. With Shopify's web-based solution, digital storefronts can be set up and ready for business with a few mouse clicks. Merchants can customise their online storefronts, keep track of orders and manage customer data via a web browser. They can also enjoy the convenience of managing their business while on-the-move via Shopify’s smartphone app.
SingTel is working with payment providers in each country to enable transactions in local currencies by September. Merchants will be able to streamline their order fulfillment process and enjoy attractive shipping rates in the coming months. They will also be able to enjoy local hotline technical support 24/7.
To help merchants with their online marketing efforts and enhance the functionality of their storefronts, SingTel will offer a range of optional services such as search engine marketing, social network integration, inventory management and email marketing capabilities.
Mr Loo Cheng Chuan, SingTel Group Digital Life’s Head (LocalL!fe), said: "SingTel is excited by the tremendous growth opportunities in the eCommerce market. By 2015, 35% of internet users in the Asia Pacific region will make purchases online, and 30% of these transactions will be performed on a mobile device (1).”
"Shopify is an affordable and fuss-free solution to help entrepreneurs in emerging markets to expand their reach in Asia and beyond. With more than 468 million mobile customers in 25 countries, SingTel is uniquely positioned to enable entrepreneurs to seize opportunities, not just in Singapore, but also in the region,” he said.
"We’re really excited to announce this partnership with SingTel,” said Mr Harley Finkelstein, Shopify’s Chief Platform Officer. "We built Shopify to allow anyone with a product or a service to easily create beautiful and highly scalable online stores, at an affordable price. SingTel is the ideal partner for us, as we’re both focused on helping small businesses succeed in today’s global economy. Together, we can help millions of small businesses and individuals build profitable online shops.”