MICRO enterprises in Selangor are urged to use technology in expanding their business online to survive the Covid-19 pandemic.
This includes retailers and other small companies which faced a lot of hurdles, including financial difficulties, ever since the movement control order (MCO) was first implemented in March.
“I hope the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which faced challenges in the MCO can adopt technologies and go online as soon as possible.
“SMEs have to embrace digitalisation in order to cope with office closures, restricted movement and supply interruption.
“The Selangor government encourages all retailers to go online, ” said Selangor investment, industry and commerce, and small medium enterprises committee chairman Datuk Teng Chang Khim after launching the 5th Selangor Smart City and Digital Economy Convention.
“To kick-start this transition, we have sponsored RM1mil worth of discount vouchers for shoppers to make purchases online in support of the micro businesses, ” he added.
The virtual convention was held in conjunction with the annual Selangor International Business Summit.
Teng said RM1mil discount vouchers were given out during the E-Bazaar Ramadan programme which saw about 6,400 SMEs going online.
Before the start of the programme, about 2,000 SMEs were already adopting technology soon after the MCO started.
To make this possible, the state collaborated with existing online shopping platforms that helped boost sales.
“Sales generated directly from the programme amounted to RM11.7mil.
“The response was overwhelming and we are happy as the total business generated, including shoppers who did not use the discount vouchers, was RM341mil, ” said Teng.
He added that the figures showed there was huge potential in online business and that all businesses should make full use of it.
Thanks to the success of this programme, the state will soon launch another programme called Selangor E-Bazaar, scheduled to go online with the 11.11 (Nov 11) online shopping festival in collaboration with popular online shopping sites.
“I will not reveal much information about this as Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari will be announcing it soon, ” said Teng, adding that the aim was to get 10,000 SMEs to register.
Apart from this, Selangor also launched other initiatives to support SMEs. For example, Produtk is a free three-month workforce digitalisation programme that enables companies to conduct their business operations safely.
The programme comes with built-in features such as GPS monitoring, work scheduling, temperature report, contact tracing, analytics and attendance recording.
Teng said the second round of conditional MCO should serve as a reminder to SMEs to learn how to better equip themselves digitally.