Shopee continues to witness more Malaysians pivoting or starting their businesses online as it saw sellers more than double in the past year.
This shows the increasing involvement of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the digital economy following consumers’ growing reliance on e-commerce and digital payments.
Many Malaysian sellers have also been able to fast track their e-commerce growth with Shopee. In fact, 80 local sellers, who joined the online shopping platform in 2021, achieved more than RM1 million in sales in just their first year on the platform.
Some of these seller’s hail from areas outside of state capitals and main cities such as Hutan Melintang, Perak; Kulim, Kedah; and Bera, Pahang, selling mobile and accessories, home and living, and health and beauty products, among others.
For Liow Chee Kah, 33, who runs the Woohuu Store with his wife on the Shopee, hit the RM1 million mark within the first seven months of joining the e-commerce platform.
“Even though my products’ price range is fairly low, it is not impossible to achieve this amount of sales. When we started out, we utilised Shopee Ads and joined Shopee’s campaigns as well as Shocking Sale.
“This proved to be effective in increasing exposure to my store and attracting more followers. Now, as we continue with our low pricing strategy, customers are coming back for repeat purchases,” he said.
Liow works in a factory that produces furniture in Bera, Pahang where the business was impacted during the Movement Control Order (MCO). He then decided to start the online business on Shopee with his wife to support their household income.
“As we wrap up 2021, we see another year of Malaysians adapting to the pandemic, and it is now more important than ever for businesses to go online to capture more online-first customers.” said Chief Operating Officer at Shopee, Terence Pang.
“This year, we saw more local traders and sellers either taking their first step online or continuing their journey with us. Our sellers’ achievements are also a testament of e-commerce’s ability to create inclusive and sustainable livelihoods amidst a challenging business landscape.
“We are glad and humbled to be part of their success stories, and we continue to strive to help more local MSMEs to benefit from technology and have access to the digital economy,” he shared.
Shopee celebrates by introducing more campaigns regionally and locally to help more sellers make their mark online. Under the #ShopeeSapotLokal initiative in Malaysia, Shopee is hosting the ‘Seller of the Month’ contest where sellers are to share their journey as a Shopee seller on social media.
The winning seller, chosen by an internal jury and votes from their users, will receive a Shopee Live stream feature, store vouchers, Shopee ads credits and exclusive merchandise.
Additionally, Shopee’s double digit campaigns such as the ongoing 12.12 Birthday Sale serve to celebrate the achievements of sellers whilst gathering the support of Malaysians towards their stores through attractive offerings.
The most joyful year-end celebration, happening till 12 December, is treating Malaysians to Free Shipping Vouchers with no minimum spend as well as 12 million vouchers.
One lucky shopper will walk away with a new car by playing Spin & Win Hyundai Kona, fully sponsored by AIG Malaysia Insurance Bhd. On top of this, Malaysians topping up their ShopeePay mobile wallets from now till 11 December can look forward to winning up to 12,121 Shopee Coins every day.
The e-commerce platform via #ShopeeGivesBack is teaming up with 12 non-government organisations (NGO) and social enterprises including Budimas Charitable Foundation, Hopes Malaysia Welfare Association, Islamic Aid Malaysia and the MyKasih Foundation on a donation drive.
It is also joining forces with Mydin, Nestlé, RB Home, Thong Guan Trading and Unilever to offer users the option to donate essential bundle packs between RM30 and RM100. Proceeds from the donations, as well as bundle packs will go to providing necessities such as clean water, food and other basic amenities to rural and underprivileged communities in Malaysia.
“Every 12.12, Shopee comes together with our users – shoppers, sellers and local communities, to celebrate the milestones and achievements over the past year.
This year, we would like to show our appreciation to everyone for letting us be part of their daily lives through the various elements, entities, and efforts on Shopee. We look forward to celebrating the year-end with all Malaysians as we bring cheer to one another this holiday season,” Pang added.