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Sri Lanka’s very first e-commerce fulfillment center


Kapruka being the pioneer in e-commerce in Sri Lanka for the last decade is keen to invest in building a fulfilment center specifically designed for e-commerce. In this 30,000SQ+ center we plan to have special racks and simple robotic systems to facilitate the storage, packing and shipping for 100nds of high end brands in Sri Lanka who wants to use Kapruka as it’s e-commerce partner.

In addition to local market, Kapruka also plans to use this center to pack and ship products to and for the USA market. Globally recognized brands such as Dhilma, Dankoutuwa, Spa Ceylon, etc. will be sold on via Kapruka. The fulfilment of these cross border e-commerce packages will be handled though this center.

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Sri Lanka’s E-com Icon Dulith Herath Honoured with ‘Asia Pacific Retail Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award

Sri Lanka’s E-com Icon Dulith Herath Honoured with ‘Asia Pacific Retail Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award

Enterprise Asia recognises Herath’s work and exemplary practices in the local online retail sector with a prestigious regional award to celebrate outstanding entrepreneurship.

As Sri Lanka struggles to continue the economic boom of its immediate post-conflict years, the country is beginning to realize that the state and the big industries alone cannot pull the weight of this growing economy. With this, new recognition is being directed towards entrepreneurs who drive new business ideas, link in new markets with local talent and make significant contribution to the economy through their own work. In fact, the government is even preparing to release its first innovation and start-up policy echoing this keen interest to recognize entrepreneurship in the island. It is in this exciting economic environment that the recent recognition for Sri Lanka’s e-com pioneer Dulith Herath came. The award presented by Enterprise Asia celebrated Herath’s enormous influence upon the local online retail sector by starting Sri Lanka’s first e-com site The award also credited his recent work to reinvent the e-com sector through projects like ‘Grasshoppers’ that provide convenient last mile delivery solutions that are essential for pushing the growth of online retail. This marks the second time that Herath was awarded by Enterprise Asia within the last four years, signifying the continuity of his entrepreneurial excellence.

Enterprise Asia is the Asian continent’s leading non-governmental organization for entrepreneurship. It strives to create global economic equality, by encouraging entrepreneurship in Asia as a mean to drive sustainable and progressive socio economic development. Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards have conducted its regional award programmer annually since 2007 to discover and celebrate distinguished entrepreneurs in the region. The award is a highly competitive one and includes on-site reviews and judges’ visits to business locations to grasp unbiased realities of each entrepreneur’s work. Unlike most awards, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award looks to recognize the uniqueness of the businesses instead of the sheer size or volume of work which effectively encourages entrepreneurship and start-ups to strive towards award-winning excellence. For these reasons, the award has become a highly respected and coveted one in the business realm.

Enterprise Asia recognized three key aspects in Dulith Herath’s work with his most recent Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award—successfully benchmarking against best practices, continuing past and current efforts in entrepreneurship and winning public attention that reciprocates the influence of his work. Herath’s first brainchild was the pioneer in Sri Lanka’s e-commerce sector, introducing the convenience of online retail and its exponential opportunities for business, to the island. The immensely successful grew with the wave of digital commerce in the past decade and went on to diversify itself to handle all aspects of online retail from logistics to sourcing high-quality products and content. Herath conceptualised’s most recent major undertaking with ‘Grasshoppers’ last-mile delivery system, in a way that encourages entrepreneurship among other Sri Lankans from across the island, pushing forward the principles of a collaborative economy in a big way. This initiative to share and create opportunities to encourage entrepreneurship among others while setting exemplary practices and thinking as an entrepreneur himself, were particularly admired by Enterprise Asia, and was among the major reasons to recognize Herath’s work for the second time through the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award in 2018.

Over the years, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award has gathered a membership of powerful alumni of over 1200 top business founders and entrepreneurs from the region. This network of business powerhouses now form a strong voice for entrepreneurs, inspiring the younger generations and aspiring young businessmen and women to strive towards greater innovation, fair practices and out-of-the-box thinking. For Sri Lanka, a local business leader being recognized by an international award of this calibre marks the beginnings of a healthy start-up and entrepreneurship culture complete with inspiring icons and personalities at the helm: a very necessary dynamic for the economic growth that Sri Lanka is aiming for in the next five years.


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Father’s day in Sri Lanka.

Father, who does everything expecting nothing but happiness for the children.

Children are everything to a father. Father’s love is limitless and incomparable to anything in the world. Father’s love is the most purest and precious.

Father’s Day is commemorated worldwide as the special day to recognize the contributions and sacrifices that fathers make to the lives of their children.

Whilst countries across the world celebrate Father’s Day on a variety of dates, Sri Lanka celebrates Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June every year, along with the US.

So this year, on the 17th of June, show your dads how much you appreciate what they do for you and how much you love them.

Father’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re looking for a grand gesture to honor your hero, your role model, and your source of strength login to

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Right now, we use 20-25% of revenue on a daily basis because we can’t accept debit cards and customers can’t pay with bank accounts. I see great potential in JustPay to fill this said. In any e-commerce business, payment methods play a crucial part. Even though cash on delivery is the most popular option in developing countries such as Sri Lanka, direct bank payment should at least be the next best option. Credit card and other mature options come later, and at a higher price to online businesses like Kapruka.


Over 30% of e-commerce checkout journeys do not get past the payment page. This is an industry norm in the region. It’s due to payment barriers. This is why we also promote cash on delivery to secure these orders.



Yes, of course! In fact, I was going after LankaClear personally, encouraging them to build this solution for the sake of the e-commerce industry.


Kapruka has always been a technology company more than an e-commerce retailer. We are also keen to integrate this to Grasshoppers – a sister company of Kapruka – which connects with over 450 small e-commerce websites in Sri Lanka. I believe the Kapruka-JustPay partnership will have a large and rapid impact on Sri Lanka’s e-com-memo ecosystem.



Cash will recede from the e-commerce space very fast. COD or ‘cash on delivery’ is something we want to change to ‘card on delivery‘, where the delivery reps [grasshoppers] will carry a mobile that also accepts cards or QR of JustPay partners at the customer’s doorstep.

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“New Year Nakath 2018”

Sinhala and Tamil New Year ( Aluth Awurudda ), a most awaiting and one of the most important festival celebrated by not only Sinhalese people, but by most of the Sri Lankans.

It is generally celebrated on 13th April or 14th April and traditionally begins at the sighting of the new moon.

According to Sinhalese astrology, New Year begins when the sun moves from Meena Rashiya (the house of Pisces) to Mesha Rashiya (the house of Aries). It also marks the end of the harvest season and of spring.

By celebrating, people believe that they have engaged in a new beginning to their lives, they hope with the new beginning they will achieve prosperity, success and happiness to their lives, their families and to the country.

Celebrating is not like throwing a party at the house, invite everyone and have fun. It is much more important and precious, ritual/ custom that every Sinhalese obeys most and give importance in their lives.

For this have to be ready to follow valuable Traditional Sri Lankan Rituals which inherited from ancient ancestors which is transferred from family to family, generation to generation.



  • The new moon can be seen on Sunday the 18th of March and on Friday the 20th of April

“It is believed that by looking at the Moon for the last year and pay the gratitude for the past year. Also when all other rituals are over the last ritual is to look at the new moon that rise up and welcome the moon to the new year”



  • Bathing for old year falls on Thursday the 12th of April

“This ritual is followed to symbolize that people are ready to be blessed and worthy and fresh to receive the blessings given to their lives in New Year”



  • New Year will dawn at 8.13 am on Saturday the 14th of April

“This is the auspicious time that sun moves from Meena Rashiya to Mesha Rashiya. That is the exact precious moment considered as the dawn of the New Year”



  • Punya Kalaya begins on Saturday the 14th of April at 1.49 am and ends on Saturday the 14th of April at 2.37PM

“This time period is reserved to follow up all the religious customs and let the people know and feel the importance of the religion to their lives and how much meaning that could added to life”



  • Preparing meals for the New Year should begin at 10.40 am on Saturday the 14th of April.

“It is believed that this is the first meal to cook from the harvest collected from the paddy fields and make the wishes, that they will be offered prosperity throughout the year.”



  • The tradition of trading and consuming the first meal of the New Year is to be done at 11.53 am on Saturday the 14th of April

“At the table, kiribath, bananas, sweets like aggala, kavum, thalaguli, aasmi, kokis, aluwa and many other delicacies become the centrepiece. Families sit around the table and share the kiribath, as the head of the family offers it to all members. By following this custom people get to realize how important is the “FAMILY”. “



  • Anointing the head with oil is set for Monday the 16th of April at 10.16 am

“Anointing the holy oil purifies one’s mind as well as the body; families conduct this ceremony at their homes or go to temples where the priest anoints oil on the devotees’ heads and bless them. The patriarch of the family or the chief of the temple stands upon leaves, roots and flowers and anoints the oil while chanting shloka or gatha. During this ritual one is blessed from head to toe. “



  • Leaving for work in the New Year is set for 6.03am on Thursday the 19th of April


Posted by Lankan Fire in Review Articles’s Best TV Commercials on E-Commerce

There are a multitude of different advertising channels a business can practice to market the business, product, or service.

Awareness is the key factor for an e-commerce business to grow bigger. However building the appropriate awareness is not an easy task.

Always it’s a belief and the purpose of Kapruka, a commercial is to convey an impression to audience and build awareness.

Kapruka commercials deliver the precise notion of the business and create the impression on the viewer. The best out of the best commercials of, on E-commerce.

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Kapruka – White Paper 2017

Dulith Herath

Founder and Chairman of [Sri Lanka’s Largest E-commerce Organization] Serial Entrepreneur, Eisenhower Fellow

Major Innovations

  • Dulith introduced e-commerce to Sri Lanka early in the year 2002 by launching Kapruka is today’s Sri Lanka’s market leader in e-commerce with over 70% market share selling 15,000+ products and 300+ different brands. Generating over 1.5 billion LKR annually as of 2017
  • Dulith developed island wide delivery service for e-commerce packages
  • Dulith innovated the “Global Price Checker” that lets people in developing countries order products via global e-commerce giants such as Amazon, EBay, Alibaba
  • Dulith innovated “Grasshopers” – an e-commerce fulfilment service for up-coming e-commerce companies and SMEs that want’s packages delivered island wide or globally

Business Track Record which is the main platform for all of Dulith’s innovations is a 100% debt free company which was built from ground up from its very own profits. He has never raised funds or borrowed to grow. It’s a one of a kind e-commerce company which is generating a strong cash flow with 37% average net profit and 52% gross profit. “Kapruka Global Shop” became the 2nd cash largest cash generator with its lean and unique “zero-inventory” business model. Business Excellence(Gold), National Chamber of Exports(Gold), SLIMM Online brand of the year (Gold) and many other national awards were given to for the excellent financial performance it showcases

Social Contribution

Kapruka is playing a key role in Sri Lanka for creating the “Movement” of e-commerce industry. This industry as a whole helps SMEs and traditional businesses to not be left behind the wave of e-commerce happening globally. E-commerce as a whole is helping to reduce traffic and time people waste visiting shops and malls.

Kapruka’s “grasshoppers” initiative is focused doing “INCLUSIVE E-COMMERCE” for Sri Lanka. It empowers everyone to do e-commerce by giving them the necessary tools such as delivery service, payment platforms to join the wave of e-commerce. In essence it helps grassroots level businesses to do trade online. Grasshoppers innovation was recognized by United Nations as a strong tool for all developing countries and also got the Eisenhower fellowship recognition for Dulith Herath in 2017

Future Vision

Dulith wants to see Sri Lanka as the founding country for “Kapruka Grasshoppers” which is a highly scalable project into all developing countries. When an e-commerce delivery happens in Ethiopia, Dulith wants to see a few cents coming to Sri Lanka as the hosting country of Grasshoppers. Just like when we take an Uber taxi today in Sri Lanka few cents go to USA as it’s hosting country.

Dulith want’s Sri Lanka to be an ‘Inclusive E-commerce’ country where we don’t allow a single giant such as Amazon to rule the entire e-commerce market of the country. When inclusive e-commerce is in place, all small, medium, large retailers will have their very own e-commerce arm which will not allow a monopoly in E-commerce in a country.

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Great Article on Sri Lanka’s Online Top Players

Dulith Herath Colombo

In last few years, e commerce in the South Asian region has grown at a phenomenal rate. The e-commerce boom is resulting in a sudden explosion of interest in the sector. In addition to the numerous local e-commerce sites, many bricks and mortar companies are jumping on the bandwagon as well. A majority of such traditional brick and mortar companies have not even had a company website until now, and e-commerce will truly be their first taste of what the world of Internet and e-commerce can offer. In this article, we would be analyzing the leading e-commerce companies in Sri Lanka that are having a huge impact in shaping the retail business on the internet.

E-commerce sri lanka

Read Full Article at The Drum

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“Online phone shopping in Sri Lanka”

Online phone shopping in Sri Lanka may not be very popular, but there are many advantages to doing it. Whenever you need a new phone, instead of taking hours off from work and then walking or taking a bus or a taxi to a place that sells phones, you can do all of this from the comfort of your home.

There are many advantages to online shopping for phones in Sri Lanka, as opposed to buying phones from regular shops and here are some of them:

1.Less time spent looking for a phone

One of the greatest things about online phone shopping in Sri Lanka is that you can do the research and order the phone from home, while sipping coffee and enjoying the comfort of your bed. Usually, when you are looking for a new phone, you first have to study the market, to see which new models were launched recently and how much they cost and so on.

This means that you have to wait until you get a day off from work or go search for a new phone after you finish working for the day. Either way, purchasing a phone takes days, especially if you live away from the city and you need a whole day to browse for a new model.

Online phone shopping in Sri Lanka allows you to stop worrying about having to take days off from work in order to go look for a phone. has all the newest models, the newest colors and the cheapest phones on the market and you don’t have to travel a huge distance to take a look at them. Everything is done online, you only need a tablet, a phone, or any kind of device that is connected to the internet, and you can check out their products.

2.Easier to order

If you found the phone you were looking for, now all you have to do is order it. This does not mean that you have to go out and purchase it. You can use the same device you used to browse the website to order the phone. No more going out to buy the phone, no more worrying about having cash and risking being mugged on the street. Now all you have to do is send your information through a special order form on the website and you will get the phone in no time!

Your credit card is safe because the payment processing software comes has enhanced security measures so nobody will be able to steal your card information. It takes five minutes to complete the information and your phone will be on its way!

3.Variety in products

    If you are looking for a specific phone, such as a Samsung or an LG, it would take you days to find it in traditional stores. You would have to take a bus or drive towards all the electronic stores, visit all of them and inquire about that model and so on. Not only does that cost a lot of money (transport or gas), it also wastes a lot of your time and you may even come to the conclusion that that particular model is too expensive or that you don’t like it anymore.


On you can find a variety of smartphones from Samsung to LGs and more. All you have to do is browse through it or use the search bar and you will see the model you are looking for in no time.

At the same time, each phone on the website comes with lots of details about the specifications and with information about the technical side of it. You can learn about a phone’s camera, battery and other functions from its page on the website. You can even compare these details with those of another phone and decide for yourself which one is better and everything is at your fingertips!


Online phone shopping in Sri Lanka has never been easier with the help of You have all the information you need at your fingertips, you no longer have to travel to find the phone you have always dreamed of and once you decide which phone will be the one, all you have to do is order it and you will have it in no time! Online phone shopping in Sri Lanka truly makes your life easier.

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Online Shopping For Children Toys

With the online retail industry rapidly becoming the fastest growing sector in Sri Lanka, it is important to find out the increased inclination of customers and the reasons behind the trend of online shopping. In this article, we find out the latest trends in online shopping for children’s toys in Sri Lanka, where more and more customers are seen inclined towards safer and better quality toys and games.


According to the latest statistics, around 2.5 million users in Sri Lanka regularly access the internet from their mobile phones. The convenience that it offers with the simple click of a few buttons is what makes today’s e-commerce industry most attractive to millennials and internet users at large.

Although the majority of online purchases are electronic items, online shopping for children’s toys is growing fast. Kapruka, one of Sri Lanka’s largest online ecommerce stores offers a variety of toys and games for children, including electronic toys, dolls, games and video games. The availability of good quality toys available at affordable rates has led to an increase in the demand for toys and games throughout the year and across the country.

Toys and games ignite a child’s imagination and inspire them to think and create. Therefore, consumers looking for good quality educational and electronic toys, soft toys, sport items and games at great prices, regularly turn to e-commerce stores that offer them a convenient and stress-free shopping experience.

Online toy stores in Sri Lanka offer a wide range of educational toys that are not readily available at brick and mortar toy stores. Whether customers are looking for birthday presents or toys for newborns or toddlers, they can easily find better quality toys online and at the right price.


Children love dressing up as pilots, teachers, lawyers or doctors. No matter what profession your child is interested in, you can find all the accessories you need to introduce your child to their favorite profession. Sri Lanka’s largest ecommerce site, Kapruka, has a wide variety of educational toys, electronic toys, soft toys, games and sports items.


The ecommerce industry in Sri Lanka has greatly benefited from this rapid technological innovation within online shopping platforms. Not only that, the steady growth in online sales has also breathed new life into physical toy stores across the country by selling their products online. In addition to that, consumers are not spending more on online purchases, including toys and games. The ecommerce industry in Sri Lanka is relentlessly striving to be provide it’s customers more convenient and smooth shopping experience online.


More and more retails stores across the country are investing in digital technologies and trying their best to enhance in-store experience making it a convenient one-stop-shopping experience for their customers. Due to this, consumers are not able to purchase their favorite products online using their mobile phones.

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