The state-run e-commerce platform of Bangladesh ekShop has witnessed sharp rise in its daily orders during the last three days as the government imposed second countrywide lockdown to prevent COVID-19.
“The ekShop has received around 6,000 orders daily this time which is almost twice the regular number,” Rezwanul Haque Jami, the team leader of the rural e-commerce project, told the Daily Sun.Meanwhile, the Ecommerce Association of Bangladesh (E-Cab) observed the National E-commerce Day on Wednesday to inspire people about online shopping during the pandemic.
On the occasion of the day, a webinar titled “Ecommerce for Living” was held. E-Cab President Shomi Kaiser presided over the webinar.
The government launched ekShop in October 2019 under Aspire to Innovate (A2i) programme under the ICT Division to boost the e-commerce companies in the country.
Rezwanul Haque Jami said the platform covers the cottage, micro, small and medium enterprise (CMSME) sector through 9,000 micro merchants across the country.
The number of micro merchants will be 1 lakh by the end of this year, according to him.
Meanwhile, the Ecommerce Association of Bangladesh (E-Cab) observed the National E-commerce Day on Wednesday to inspire people about online shopping during the pandemic.“At the policy level, the government has directed the people to shop online using the e-commerce platform to prevent spread of the virus,” said Abdul Wahed Tomal, general secretary of E-Cab. “We are working together with the Ministry of Commerce to empower the entrepreneurs in the sector,” he added.
There are 1500 e-commerce shops active in the country and more platforms on social media like Facebook.
Around 150,000 shipments take place through e-commerce platforms per day in Bangladesh, according to an official data.
E-Cab secretary said the people should go for e-commerce companies that are affiliated with the country’s trade body to avoid fraudulence. Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) estimated around 166 percent growth in e-commerce business in 2020 and the market of e-commerce that thrives during the pandemic is expected to reach $3 billion by 2023.