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Shopify opens in Malaysia

Shopify, an e-commerce platform that allows individuals and businesses to create online stores, has arrived in Malaysia.

The launch of Shopify enables Malaysian entrepreneurs to set up an online store with ease and confidence, it says. With hundreds of store templates to choose from, business owners who sign up on the e-commerce platform can swiftly set up their stores and start accepting orders on the very same day.

“With Internet users in Malaysia expected to grow to 21 million in 2016, we see a rising trend in both e-commerce and m-commerce,” said Shopify’s head of business development Brennan Loh.

“Many business owners want to have an online store but are discouraged due to the lack of technical know-hows and perceived high costs of starting a store,” he said.

Loh says that the Shopify e-commerce platform comes with customisable, contemporary design templates, easy-to-integrate rich feature set and industry-leading security, to allow even a novice to launch a “visually spectacular, well-designed and user-friendly” online store in mere minutes, all for an affordable starting price of 46 ringgit (US$14.5) per month.

In Malaysia, Shopify has integrated with iPay88, Southeast Asia’s regional payment gateway provider, to process Internet payment in ringgit and other foreign currencies, either through cash or credit card.

The checkout process is simple and secure, due to a 128-bit SSL certificate, an encryption used by large banks around the world. Business owners also have the option of incorporating tax and shipping rates to the checkout process for added convenience.

At the same time, Shopify’s partnership with leading courier services in Malaysia enables business owners to seamlessly manage their online orders, while enjoying an automated fulfillment and delivery of customer purchases at attractive rates, without the need to develop a customised software.

To date, Shopify has helped more than 70,000 online retailers generate over USD$2 billion worth of sales globally and is rated the number one e-commerce solution for its “simplicity and ease of use” by store-owners and journalists alike.

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