E-Commerce ‘Big Wheeling’ into Johor

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E-Commerce Academy MoU is inked. Sitting L-R: Mr David Foo, CEO of URCE, Michael Chang, Big Wheel Founder. Standing: L-R: Dato Meng Bin URCE Managing Director, Jimmy Puah Wee Tse, Chairman of the Johor International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee

URCE E-Commerce (M) Sdn Bhd, an Alibaba Channel Partner has teamed up with Johor’s own SME Community Builder, Big Wheel, to deliver courses in E-Commerce for the Southern region

The launch of the E-Commerce Academy was marked by the signing of a MoU between Big Wheel and URCE, witnessed by Jimmy Puah Wee Tse, Chairman of the Johor International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee of the Johor state government.

The Academy will conduct the e-commerce courses at Big Wheel Seedbank, which is located at Sunway Iskandar in a picturesque hilltop facility overlooking the mouth of the Pendas River and the Straits of Johor.

In addressing guests who attended the signing of the MoU, Puah said that the state government is pushing for SMEs to adopt e-commerce methodologies for better access to global markets.

“We are hoping that the adoption of e-commerce and the new economy will be the cornerstone of Johor’s economy.

Puah said he noted that URCE is a channel partner of Alibaba and the experience it brings with it is important for the development of e-commerce in Johor.
“Businesses and individuals here are already using e-commerce as can be seen online such as e-Bay, Amazon or in social media and such like, and with the setting up of this academy, e-commerce use by local businesses and individuals will be much improved,” he added.

In congratulating Big Wheel and URCE in establishing the Academy, Puah said, “I hope that the collaboration will place Johor Bahru closer to being the next Silicon Valley of Malaysia.”

Its founder Michael Chang represented Big Wheel while long-time Alibaba channel partner signed for URCE E-Commerce as its CEO.

“It is always our mission and vision to create value added programmes to ‘BIG WHEELers’ and local SMEs. In the digital era, we know about E-Commerce, we know about the advantage and importance of using the digital platform to develop our business. But, the challenge is, how do we expand our business overseas through these platforms; how can we transform from the conventional business model to the digital? And this is where the E-Commerce Academy comes in,” said Chang.

David Foo, CEO of URCE with over 13 years of e-commerce experience in China said that their mission is to help Malaysia’s local businesses to grow and expand onto the global stage through the e-commerce platform.

“We have brought with us a solid team of professionals who will help guide Malaysian businesses move into the world of e-commerce,” he said.

In conjunction with the collaboration, the first e-commerce course will be held on 27th February 2019 and themed ‘E-Commerce Era – King of Performance’.

The course will address issues on how to grab opportunities, formulate corporate strategies, and improve company performance.