SingTel announced it will offer Shopify’s eCommerce solution in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India. According to the Press Release, the solution is an easy and affordable for individuals and SMEs to set up online shops within minutes and accept secure credit card payments for goods and services.
Here is how it works.
SingTel makes setting up online stores across the region a breeze with Shopify
Secure payments in local currencies, deliveries and 24/7 support
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.”
“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.”
For more information, please visit www.shopify.com.sg.
SingTel is Asia’s leading communications group with operations and investments around the world. Serving both the corporate and consumer markets, it is committed to bringing the best global communications solutions to customers in the Asia Pacific and beyond.
With significant operations in Singapore and Australia (through wholly-owned subsidiary SingTel Optus), the Group provides a comprehensive portfolio of services that includes voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms, as well as infocomm technology and pay TV.
The Group has presence in Asia and Africa with 468 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.
SingTel employs more than 21,000 people worldwide and had a turnover of S$18.18 billion (US$14.63 billion) and net profit after tax of S$3.51 billion (US$2.82 billion) for the year ended 31 March 2013. More information can be found at www.singtel.com.
Shopify is an ecommerce platform that allows individuals and businesses to create awesome online stores.
Shopify currently hosts over 50,000 active online retailers, including: Amnesty International, General Electric, Tesla Motors, LMFAO, Foo Fighters, Encyclopedia Britannica, Tata Group, Evisu Jeans, DODOcase, Penny Arcade, CrossFit, GitHub, Evernote, and Epic Meal Time.
Shopify was founded in 2006 by two snowboarding enthusiasts who wanted to create a better way to sell their snowboards online.