The E-Commerce MENA Summit was hosted in Dubai from the 27th until the 30th of January.
The summit focused on the travel, recruitment, restaurants, retail, promotions and mobile sectors. It also shed light on the e-shopping industry in the UAE; e-retail in Europe; fighting cyber crime and cloud computing among many exciting subjects.
The conference was organized by the International Quality & Productivity Center.
What started as an idea in a phone conversation less than 2 months ago is now a living breathing online nationwide clothing catalogue. Raghunter, a search engine for fashion items available in stores across Lebanon, might be well on its way to become Lebanon's prime online shopping guide.
After thorough research, founders Serene Abbas & Narina Najm, previously account managers at JWT, came to a couple of conclusions regarding the fashion retail industry. Firstly, retailers ‘know that they need to be online’ but shun the expenses required to move onto the web; and secondly, trust is still a local issue, ‘shoppers are willing to order from New York but are not 100% ready to shop online locally."
Wallety is an Egyptian secure online payment service.
The founders state on the company blog that their “dream is to go global and become the prime destination for ecommerce in Egypt and the Middle East.”
Wallety, which is owned by Cloud Lock International, was conceived with the aim to grow electronic shopping and trade in Egypt by offering worrisome customers an alternative payment method through Wallety’s network of merchants, alleviating the risks of fraudulent behavior associated with disclosing credit information on the web.
PayPal is currently looking to strengthen its presence in the Middle East and North Africa region. The global online payment service, who is following in the footsteps of other major internet heavy weights in the region by opening local offices in Dubai in the next few months, has just announced a partnership with Aramex to support its Shop and Ship service.
With their powers combined, MENA netizens will have a secure way to purchase goods online from abroad and a reliable shipping route for delivery. Firstly, PayPal will allow cross border payment in places where local credit cards are not accepted. Aramex's Shop and Ship service on the other hand offers users remote mail boxes in the U.S., U.K., and China, from which the goods are later sent home.
Trustious is a web and mobile platform that allows people, on one hand, to discover interesting products and services according to their interests and, on the other hand, helps them with commercial decision making processes. The service combines element of social media, local search, location based services, recommendation systems and user review sites.
Trustious blends several functions as Cofounder Omar Salama explained to me. Primarily, Trustious helps helps people discover interesting products and services based on their interests, preferences and trust connections. The system will analyse your preferences (rating history), those of your trust network as well as those of the community at large to facilitate the purchase decision process by finding what’s best for you.