Asia E-Commerce Conference 2011

Local e-commerce industry seems to be heating up lately. After the just concluded e-commerce fair, we have another event coming up in October...

Bring on the Asia E-Commerce Conference!

Date: 4-5th October 2011
Venue: The Gardens Hotel & Residences Kuala Lumpur E-Commerce Fair - Photos

The first ever e-commerce fair in Malaysia had just been concluded last Sunday. Here are some photos and short updates especially for those who didn't manage to attend.

Interview with Wei Kwok Seing, Co-founder & Director of

Before we start, here are some facts & figures of
- Incorporated since: 1998 by 2 founders
- Total employees now: 30+
- No of registered members: 800,000
- No of registered sellers: 10,000 (around 2,000 sign up for online stores)
- Monthly visitors: 3 million
- Monthly transaction: RM 8 - 10 million

Q: How did Lelong get started?

A: I joined Cyber Village as a Web Business Manager under Tony Pua in 1997, selling shopping cart solution and you know, it's not easy to do so in 1997!

Then, I started (you can call it a predecessor of Lelong), a platform for people to easily browse price list for computer hardware, and trade second hand goods. Techie people are used to newsgroup during that time, so I invited a lot of people from there to use

MyDeal hits RM 2 mil revenue / month

Here's a press release from MyDEAL, key figures highlighted in yellow. retains its number 1 spot as one of the most visited websites

After only one year of its inception, MyDEAL Sdn Bhd is proud to announce that it still reigns as the number one online group buying company in Malaysia. According to an internet research website,, MyDEAL has joined in the top 60 websites with most traffic in Malaysia, and emerged as the most visited website compared to other online group buying companies in the country.

Its co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jan Croeni started this e-commerce company with 5 staff in early 2010, and now it’s almost 100 strong. MyDEAL has also recorded another milestone by generating almost RM 2mil in revenue/ month, a formidable feat for any medium-sized Malaysian e-commerce company.

Will Group Buying, Deal Sites Stay Hot?

I have participated in group buying or deal sites as both a consumer and a merchant. Here's my experience and observations from both perspective.


Have you been subscribing to a bunch of deal sites? Probably you have unsubscribed from some of those, as it started to look like familiar, boring marketing / advertising messages bombarded during the pre-group buying era.

Bought some of the deals but never / forgotten to redeem it, sounds familiar? You then slowly realize that those were impulse buying, unnecessary spending - buying things that you don't really need it.

Why Should You Participate in E-commerce Fair?

If you are in e-commerce industry, you simply can't miss this event! will be organizing the first ever e-commerce fair in Malaysia this August at Mid Valley Exhibition Center.


If you are an online entrepreneur, start-up or business owner, get a 2m x 2m booth from only RM 1,500 for the 3-days event! It's even cheaper if you are a Store member, only from RM 900!

As for corporate exhibitors, rates start from RM 3,500 (early bird discount) for a 3m x 3m booth. This will be suitable for e-commerce solution, e-payment, hosting providers etc. Check out the floor plan to reserve your preferred location.

The Success Story of

Every time when I visit, the Malaysia no.1 online camera store, I can't help to think why it still need a landing page like this?

Nevertheless, it's one of the rare e-commerce success stories locally and ever rarer for the founder to unveil some of his recipe to success.

Dr Koh Kho King, the founder of is featured in Sin Chew Cyberworld today and I think it's a worthy article to be translated and summarized here for those who miss it.

Interview with Joel Neoh, CEO of Groupon Malaysia

Q: You were actively involved in social advertising business, namely YouthAsia ( all this while. What makes you shifted your attention to e-commerce - group buying business?

A: Youth Asia started in belief of using the internet to bring the collective power of young people together. We actually started with -- where we used internet tools to bring together 88,000 young Malaysians on-ground to organize + participate in a fully by youth for youth festival, which turned out to be the largest ever youth fest ever. Then we started (now known as to gather their collective voices to represent them through research + social media platforms. So it was a natural progression for us to explore something related to e-commerce. When we saw the Groupon model (during its infancy -- first 9 months) we thought WOW -- from The Point to Groupon -- collecting people together to get discounts - that sounded like something we would love to do! Its almost in our DNA to replicate it in Malaysia.

Online Grocery in Malaysia

Visit my new blog for more updates & insights on e-commerce in Malaysia: ecommerce.milo

Shopping for grocery online seems unthinkable a few years back but some players have emerged in Malaysia since last year.

If you still think that nobody will buy groceries online, try to think of those in the offices, factories and expats. It is pretty convenient for corporates to restock their pantry and utilities.
Other than its huge catalog and challenges in product sourcing and distribution, online grocer also faces its own set of challenges if compared to an ordinary online store:

- The need of accepting payment via cash on delivery.
- The need of shipping fresh or frozen food. (Heck, we are not Taiwan, ok?)
- The need of offering multiple delivery slots in a day.

Due to the reasons above, online grocers can't rely on third party service provider but instead they gotta build their own fulfillment team. That explains why their coverage is limited to certain population densed areas.

Sales and Promotions Aggregator in Malaysia – EverydayOnSales

I do heard that sometimes people are buying The Star partly to read advertisements.

If you are one of them, flipping newspapers and magazines and scanning advertisements, perhaps you are a shopaholic (just admit it) worried of missing an important sale.

You can't blame yourself though as price hike is happening right now, can't agree more on this, right?

Worry no more! Now you wouldn't miss out a single sale even if you don't buy newspaper.

Head over to, a site dedicated to warehouse sales, special promotion, great deals, great discount & many other sales information.

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