Region’s first e-shopping mall launches in UAE

DED-endorsed covers 40 retailers, 150 brands

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Region’s first e-shopping mall launches in UAE said the platform was ideal for SMB retailers as well as international chains.
By  Stephen McBride Published  March 4, 2013, billed as "the region's first e-shopping mall", was launched today, as a means to expanding the reach of Dubai's retail industry to an online audience.

Endorsed by the Department of Economic Development (DED), the virtual retail platform offers products and services from a wide range of UAE retailers, giving shoppers the ability to explore all the available choices in one location.

With DED accredited retailers across the computers & electronics; fashion; furniture, home & garden; health & beauty and sport categories, the website is also hailed as an enabler for the retail sector.

"Retail drives a large percentage of Dubai's economic growth. According to the latest figures announced by the Department of Economic Development, it accounted for nearly 12% of Dubai's GDP over the last ten years," said Mohammed Sharaf, chairman, Tejuri.

"By taking the offerings of our malls and retail spaces online, we are taking consumer engagement to an advanced, global level and opening up a new avenue not just for established retailers but also for small and middle-sized local business looking to break into the retail arena."

According to a December 2011 report by e-retail community group IMRG,  Internet usage within the region grew by 1500% in the previous decade. With one of the highest global per-capita Internet penetration levels, the GCC's online spending potential is quickly emerging as one of the highest in the world.  In 2012, $3.2bn was spent by online shoppers in the GCC, underscoring the rising potential for retail on a virtual platform.

" is a natural extension of Dubai's world-class retail industry," said Ayaz Maqbool, managing director, Tejuri.

"People flock to our malls as we offer a large selection of products in a variety of brands and Tejuri allows consumers to tap into the same products and services, with the click of a button. By offering such variety in choice, we are able to replicate and enhance the mall experience, providing consumers with a shopping experience that is convenient and secure.

"In parallel, retailers are attracted by the considerably lower capital investment and wide customer base compared with a bricks-and-mortar mall. eCommerce provides an ideal solution for brands looking to expand beyond their traditional customer base."

The website, created following extensive research into the current purchasing behavior of the regional market and its growth potential, aligns retailer sales targets with consumer needs, according to Tejuri.  Brands that register on the site are provided with a Web store in an online mall environment with operations, customer service and delivery supported by Tejuri. "The online shopping mall also uses a safe and trusted eCommerce platform and provides brands the opportunity to showcase their entire inventory, enabling smarter shopping opportunities for the consumer," said Tejuri.

The company also provides 24-hour customer service for shoppers and technical support for retailers, as well as transit insurance, delivery services and an online payment gateway. Tejuri said it is fully supported by Dubai's Department of Economic Development and all Tejuri retailers are DED registered and comply with the Consumer Code of Rights issued by the Ministry of Economy.

The company said it currently has signed up over 40 international and local retailers that represent over 150 brands. These include Sharaf DG, Reebok, Marina Exotic Home Interiors, Jumbo, Eros, THEFACESHOP , Al Jaber Opticals, National Stores,  Grand Optics, Springfield, Triumph, Sanrio, Al Motahajiba and Al Thawb Al Watani, as well as locally based businesses such as Sew It and Bulino.

2175 days ago

the prices of most items are somewhat expensive compared to the market. i rather buy from other online shops...

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