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The Selangor-Barcelona collaboration for Smart City & Future Commerce was concluded at the Top E-Commerce Merchant Awards on Saturday, 9 September, marking the end of the first element of the Selangor International Business Summit 2017, a 10-day event held at the Setia City Convention Centre from 7 – 17 September.

The Malaysia Top E-Commerce Merchant Awards is an annual competition organised by the Selangor Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (SITEC) with the support of Invest Selangor Bhd.

The hall fills up with hopeful contestants

Established as a way to honour and reward enterprising, creative, and innovative online merchants as well as a way to get the public acquainted with the faces behind their favourite brands, the awards saw their inaugural run in 2016, where over 70 merchants competed and more than 30,000 people voted for their favourite merchants.

In its second iteration this year, the competition saw the participation of over 100 Malaysian-owned online merchants with over 80,000 online votes — they competed with each other for the grand prize of RM 10,000 as part of the RM 25,000 prize pool.

The awards ceremony is the final leg of the competition, and was opened at 2:15PM by a wonderful ethnic Malay cultural performance. Officiated by YB Dato’ Teng Chang Khim, Senior Executive Councilor For Investment, Industry & Commerce, SMEs and Transportation, the welcome speech was delivered by the Chief Executive of the Selangor Information Technology & E-Commerce Council (SITEC), Mr. Yong Kai Ping, and was followed by a speech by Senior Councillor, Selangor State Exco, Standing Committee Chairman of Investment, Industry & Trade, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Transport, Dato’ Teng Chang Khim.

YB Dato’ Teng Chang Khim, Selangor Senior Executive Councilor, speaking at the ceremony

The esteemed Mr. Mi-Shun Chen, Deputy Director of the Department of Commerce, MOEA Taiwan delivered the proceeding speech on e-Commerce and trade, followed by merchant sharing sessions by Taiwanese and Malaysian merchants.

Mr. Mi-Shun Chen, Deputy Director of the Department of Commerce, MOEA Taiwan

The total prize pool of RM25,000 will be going to the top 10 finalists,  all of whom will go home with cash and the following prize set: a trophy, a certificate, an SDCC online marketing course and an e-Commerce & internet marketing workshop.

All participating companies were judged on four core areas, namely on their products, the quality of their service, their activity on social media, and the participant’s sales and transaction volumes. Judging was split between online voting and the competition’s panel of judges with a 50-50 split, with the panel of judges featuring e-Commerce players.

The 10th to 4th place finalists each went home with RM 1,000 cash each, on top of the prize set.

The second-runner up, Nexgan Sdn Bhd whose store name is ‘Sally’s Fashion’, received a prize set, as well as RM 3,000 in cash.

(L-R) Gan Chin Hock and Kay Gan, founders of Nexgan Sdn Bhd, with Yong Kai Ping, Chief Executive of SITEC

The first-runner up, Ideal Tech PC Sdn Bhd, went home with RM 5,000 in cash and a prize set as well.

Choo Chen Wei, managing director of Ideal Tech PC Sdn Bhd, with YBhg Dato’ Haji Hasan Azhari Haji Idris, CEO of Invest Selangor Bhd

The champion, Printcious Gifts Sdn Bhd, went home with a prize set and RM 10,000 in cash.

Printcious Gifts CTO Henry Tong and CEO Vincent Tong with YB Dato’ Teng Chang Khim, Selangor Senior Executive Councilor

For the exhaustive list of winners and company profiles, kindly refer to the attached Information Sheet.

Champion (RM 10,000): Printcious Gifts (M) Sdn Bhd

First Runner-Up (RM 5,000) : Ideal Tech PC Sdn Bhd

Second Runner-Up (RM 3,000): Nexgan Sdn Bhd (Sally Fashion)

Finalists in order of their results (RM 1,000 each):

Pixajoy Sdn Bhd

Sea Gamer Mall Sdn Bhd

Greenomic Commerce Sdn Bhd (Gundam.my)

Poplook Sdn Bhd

TG Concept International Sdn Bhd

ClickAsia Sdn Bhd

PTS Bookcafe Sdn Bhd

Source: Sitec News