rachithaw@kapruka

Dulith Herath’s take on entrepreneurship

Every successful entrepreneur has a unique story detailing their success. In the case of Dulith Herath, it took him 14 years of 18-hour days to finally end up with his company being valued at 100 million USD. Mind you, throughout these 14 years, the growth was purely organic. No investors and no borrowings. Needless to say, we were most intrigued about his input on the topic of entrepreneurship.

Where did your drive to become an entrepreneur come from?

I think it goes back to my childhood. Even in school, my idea of role play was to be a leader. I recall how I would distribute ID tags to my friends, and they would assume the role of my employees. My strengths always seemed to lean more towards getting my classmates together so we could learn in groups.

 Is there a story behind the Kapruka name?

Literally translated from Sinhala to English, the word describes a wishing tree. Additionally, I wanted a name that easily rolls off the tongue, one that you cannot misspell. The name also does not limit me to one particular industry, it has even given me the freedom to trade services.

“I am also lobbying for entrepreneurship to be taught in schools. If we can learn about history, I don’t see why entrepreneurship is not part of the curriculum.”

Can you recall some defining moments in your career?

The first would have to be my initial orders that ranged from around 2 to 3 a week. Then I remember making my first million dollars. Eventually that turned into 10 million dollars and we kept growing. After Kapruka reached its peak, I appointed a new CEO to take lead of the business so that I could spend time on developing new ventures.

What other ventures are you currently occupied with?

One is called the Global Shop; this allows people to order from Amazon and Ebay with relative ease. Then have Grasshoppers. This is a business that facilitates the deliveries of other ecommerce websites and social media sellers in Sri Lanka. Java Lounge is also another one of my ventures in the local 3 café space.

 Do you think entrepreneurs have an abundance of opportunities in Sri Lanka?

In most developed companies, their economies are driven by it startups, for instance, Japan was completely developed by thousands of entrepreneurs. Sri Lanka on the other hand is a blank sheet, ready to be painted by all the unique ideas that entrepreneurs bring to the table. Having said, I believe that there are plenty of opportunities in Sri Lanka.

 In your view, what role should the government play in supporting entrepreneurs?

Governments do not need to intervene with the establishment of entrepreneurs. Personally, I prefer if they left me alone to do what I want to do. If you really want to establish yourself, you wouldn’t wait for the government to come and support you.

Do you believe that there are social issues which hinder the establishment of entrepreneurs?

For the most part, Sri Lanka is rural. In other words, there are so many rough gems around that need to be polished so that their ideas can be brought out into the light. What these individuals lack is the necessary soft skills. I believe that this is where the government should come in, help these individuals in developing their people, presentation and communication skills. I am also lobbying for entrepreneurship to be taught in schools. If we can learn about history, I don’t see why entrepreneurship is not part of the curriculum.

What are some instances in which a venture can fail?

If you think about it, setting up your own business is like jumping off a mountain and figuring out how to fly on the way down. If you crash, it is most likely because a pilot project was not conducted; it is important to remember to take baby steps. Even though this is the opposite of what most people say, you need to know when to give up as well. What I mean by this is, if you know that a venture is failing, have the courage. to give it up and start over with a fresh idea.

Do you have plans to expand internationally?

Kapruka is very stable at the moment so I do not have plans of taking it to other countries. However, Kapruka has led to the development of Grasshoppers, the wheels of ecommerce. The challenge isn’t to deliver a product to Rajagiriya, rather, it lies in delivering something to a rural village in Ratnapura. My next goal is to take the Grasshoppers network to other developing countries where rural deliveries are difficult to do.

 What would you want the next generation of entrepreneurs to know?

Improve your soft skills. A lot of young entrepreneurs have great ideas. but they cannot look eye to eye with a person. This is because they are too shy about being vocal regarding their ideas. Vulnerable people like this are at risk of falling into the hands of the wrong investor who may take them for granted. You might know how to walk the walk. but you must how to talk the talk as well.

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Kapruka Ladies Day Out 2019

 

This is an awesome day spent with fun and laughter. Kapruka Ladies are born to enjoy their moments irrespective of their seniority or positions. That’s why they create space for themselves to enjoy in cheerful ways and they never forget to add some essence of adventure and excitement which make them exceptionally unique.

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Naughty cake for a Hen’s Parties in Sri Lanka

Top 5 reasons why you should celebrate Hen Parties.

 

1) because it is the trend now – Earlier Hen parties were popular in western countries and gradually this trend expanded to eastern countries like Sri Lanka, India etc. New trends are always fun because they have a curious amusement hidden.

 
2) because it is the best celebration before marriage (or may be in your whole life) – Hopefully you will be married only once in your lifetime 😉 So you definitely should celebrate your carefree life which has less commitments. You will never get that feeling after.

 
3) because it is always joyous to have some wicked humor in a celebration – What we enjoy differs with our age. Youth is a very interesting group which has a curious and a creative mind. The most funny jokes may surely have some mischievous sense of humor which is hilarious.

 
4) because life is too short to be serious – life is not always a competition because it is sometimes a celebration. Once you start enjoying your special moments in life you will realise how beautiful the life is.

 
5) because Kapruka suggests you the best ways to enjoy your life – we as Kapruka, always try to make your life convenient and fun. We show you how life should be enjoyed and we always give priority to your interests.

 

Looking for some mischievous cakes to add a little bit of unexpected fun and surprise?  You can always make your occasions overflow with some wicked humor. This is specially introduced naughty cakes from Kapruka.com for Hen parties and bachelorette parties.

Naughty cakes…

Greedy Lover

 

Naughty Girl

 

Passionate Lust

 

Baby Stripper

 

The Fantasy

 

Dark Lady

 

 

 

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Birthday Gifts to Sri Lanka

ඔබ ලෝකයේ කොහේ කොතන සිටියත් ඔබගේ ආදරනීයන් ඔබ සමීපයේ සිටින විට දැනෙන හැගීම ඔවුන් සමීපව නොසිටින විට ඔබට තදින්ම දැනෙන්නට ඇත.දුර කිලෝමීටර් වලින් මැන්නට සාමාන්යයෙන් අපිට දුර කියන සංකල්පය වැඩිපුරම දැනෙන්නේ අපිට අවශ් දෙයක් කරගැනීමට ගතවෙන කාලය අනුවයි. තම ආදරනීයන්ගේ විශේෂ අවස්ථාවන් හීදි ඔවුන්ගේ ලගින් සිටීමට ඔබට හැකියාවක්  නොතිබුනත් ඔවුන් සමග නිරන්තරයෙන් සම්බන්දතාවය පවත්වාගෙන යාමට තව දුරටත් දුර කියන සංකල්පය බාදවක් නොවනු ඇත.පවතින සම්බන්දතා අලුත් කරගැනීමටත් , අලුත් සබඳතා ඇති කරගැනීමටත් Kapruka.com හරහා දැන් එතෙර මෙතෙර සිටින ඔබ සැමට අවස්ථාව  ඇත. තම හිතවතෙකුගේ හෝ ආදරනීයන්ගේ උපන්දිනයකදී ඔබ බොහෝවිට දුරකථන ඇමතුමකින් පමනක් සුබපතනු ඇත.නමුත් දුරකථන ඇමතුමකට සීමා නොවී ඔවුන්ගේ හදවතට දැනෙන විදියකට එම සුබපැතුම එක් කලොත්? එය ඔවුන්ගේ මුවගට සිනහවක් සේම කදුලකුත් එක්කරනු නොඅනුමානයි.

Kapruka Birthday Gifts

ඔබගේ ආදරනීයන්ගේ උපන්දියකදී වචනයකින් පමනක් සුබපැතුම් එක්කරීමටයි ඔබ පෙලබී සිටින්නේ.නමුත් ආදරනීය සුබපැතීමකට නම් Birthday Gift එකක් සමගම සුබපැතුම් එක්කරන්නේනම් එය ආදරනීය මතකයක්. ලංකාවෙ සිටින ඔබගෙ ආදරනීයන්ගේ උපන්දිනයේදී ඔබට ඔවුන් සමීපයේ සිට එය සැමරීමට නොහැකි වුවත් Kapruka.com හරහා ඔබට සුබපැතුම් එක් කරමින් ඔවුන් සතුටු කිරීමට අවස්ථාව ඇත. Kapruka Birthday Gifts අති විශාල ප්රමානයක එකතුවක්  Kapruka.com website එක හරහා ඔබට තෝරා ගැනීමේ අවස්ථාව ඇත.එහිදී  ලංකාවේ ඕනෑම අස්සක් මුල්ලක් නෑරම පවතින Delivery service එක නිසා නියමිත දිනට හෝ පාරිභෝගිකයන්ගේ අබිරුචිය පරිදි Gift delivery සිදුකර ගැනීමේ අවස්ථාව පාරිභෝගිකයන් හට ඇත.

Cheese Cakes for Home Delivery in Sri Lanka

උසස් ප්රමිතියකින් හා නවතම මෝස්තර වලට Cheese Cake නිශ්පාදනය කර ඇති අතර.විවිධ රසයන්ගෙන් එම නිශ්පාදන කාන්ඩ ගතකර ඇත. පාරිභෝගිකයන් වන ඔබට Kapruka.com Website එක හරහා තමන්ගේ අබිරුචිය පරිදි Birthday Cakes ලෙස Cheese Cake ඇනවුම් කිරීමේ හැකියාව ඇත.එහීදී Birthday Greeting එකතු කිරීම සදහා   අවස්ථාවක් ඇත. උසස් අමුද්රව්යයන් යොදාගනිමින් පලපුරුදු සූපවේදීන් අතින් නිමවන මෙම Cheese Cake අතිශයින්ම මේ සදහා ඇල්මක් දක්වන්නන් සදහා කදිම උපන්දින ත්යාගයකි.

                                                 

Flower Bouquets for Online Delivery in Sri Lanka

ඔබගේ ආදරනීයන්ගේ උපන්දිනයට Flower Shop හරහා ඉතාමත් අලනංකාර මල් කලඹක් තෑගිකිරීමින් ඔවුන් සතුටු කිරීමට සදහා දැන් ඔබට අවස්ථාව ඇත.දක්ශ හා නිර්මානශීලි මල් සකස් කිරීමේ කන්ඩායමක් විසින් Flower Buquet නිර්මාණය කිරීමේ කාර්යයේ නිරත වන අතර පාරිභෝගිකයනගේ සිත් ගන්නා අකාරයට එම මල් නිර්මාණ විවිධ මල් ව්ශේශ යොදාගනිමින් සිදු කරනු ලබයි.උපන්දින ඔහු හෝ ඇය පුදුම කිරීමට එය කදිම ත්යාගයකි.

Flower Bouquets

 

Fresh Red Roses

 

Toys for kids at kapruka

කුඩා දරුවන් නිරන්තරයෙන් සෙල්ලම් භාන්ඩ සමග කාලය ගත කිරීමට කැමත්තක් දක්වන අතර ඔවුන්ගේ උපන්දින ත්යාගය ලෙස සෙල්ලම් භාන්ඩයක් ලැබුනහොත් ඔවුන් එයින් වඩාත් සතුටට පත්වනු ඇත. එලෙස ලබාදෙන සෙල්ලම්  භාන්ඩ දරුවන්ගේ ක්රියාශීලී වර්ධනයට උපකාරවන අතර දරුවනගේ මානසික හා කායික වර්ධනය සදහාද ව්ක්රාකාරව පිටුවහලක්. Kapruka.com හි Toys වයස් පරතරයකින් තොරව ඔනෑම කෙනෙකුට මිලදී ගැනීමට හැකිවන සේ විවිධ අංශ යටතේ කාන්ඩ ගත කර ඇත.එහිදී Birthday Gift එකක් ලෙස ඔනෑම වයස් සීමාවක කෙනෙකුට එය ලබා දීමේ හැකියාව ඇත.

 

 

Sarees and drapes online at kapruka

කාන්තා පාර්ශවය නිරන්තරයෙන් ලස්සනට හැද පැලදීමට ඇල්මක් දක්වයි.එහි දී Sarees වලට හිමි වන්නේ ප්රදාන ස්ථානයක්.උපන්දින ත්යාගයක් ලෙස Saree එකක් ලැබෙන්නේ නම් කාන්තාවන් අතිශයින් සතුටු වනු ඇත. බොහෝ   අවස්ථාවන් වලදී වැඩි වේලාවක් ගත වන නිසාත් තෝරාගැනීමේ ගැටලුවලට මුහුනපාන්නට සිදුවන නිසාත් Saree ත්යාගයක් ලෙස ලබාදීමට බොහෝ දෙනා මැලි කමක් දක්වයි.නමුත් kapruka.com හරහා දැන් නවීන විලාසිතා වලින් හා විවිධ මෝස්තර වලින් Saree ඉතා පහසුවෙන් තෝරාගෙන තම ආදරනීයන්නට තෑගි කීරීමට එතෙර සිටින ඔබට හැකියාව ඇත.

 

මේ ආකාරයට Kapruka.com හරහා එතෙර සිට මෙතෙරට තම ආදරනීයන්ගේ උපන්දියට ආදරනීය සුබපැතුමත් සමගම ආදරනීය ත්යාගයක් යවමින් ඔවුන්ගේ විශේශ දවස ඔබ ලග නැති අඩුව ඔවුන්ට නොදැනෙන්න මතකයන්ගෙන් පිරුනු උපන්දියක් කිරීමට Kapruka.com හරහා ඉතා උසස් තත්වයෙන් යුතු,වටිනා උපන්දින     ත්යාග මිලදී ගැනීමට හැකියාව ඇත.ලංකාව පුරා විහිදී ඇති සෑම දිස්ත්රික්කයක් සදහාම දවසේ ඔනෑම වෙලාවක       Kapruka Birthday Gifts බෙදාහැරීමේ පහසුකම නිසා ඕනෑම රටක සිටින කෙනෙකු හට Kapruka.com website එක හරහා ඕනෑම ත්යාගයක් ලංකාවේ ඔනෑම ස්ථානයක් සදහා අවම මුදලකින් අදාල දිනයේදී deliver කිරීමේ හැකියාව ඇත.

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How to send gifts to Sri Lanka online

Sending Gifts To Sri Lanka

Hurray! There is an amazing and juicy gifting service open to all Sri Lankan’s all over the world. Have you thought of having a delivery service that can deliver gifts to your loved ones here in Sri Lanka without you having to go through any stress at all? Well, it could have been your thoughts since forever, but it is now a reality. Kapruka.com  has made it easy to reach out to your loved ones in Sri Lanka with amazing gifts.

For many people, they get angry and sad about getting fewer gifts or no gifts at all from their loved ones outside Sri Lanka. Well, it might not be their fault. It’s only because they are yet to find out about Kapruka.com. With us, you do not even need to be around your friends and family before you can show affection and love to them. You can easily order your gift item from our website while we deliver them to wherever and whoever you want in Sri Lanka.

Gifts are the greatest token of affection you can use to celebrate your loved ones. It’s a valid substance you can use to make them feel loved and appreciated for being a part of your life. You need to be there for them with your gift either to motivate or appreciate them. Kapruka services have over 50 categories of beautiful and special gifts to bless, motivate, and appreciate your loved ones. Birthday presents including flowers and cakes are also part of the items you can order to gift your loved ones. We are all about showing you how easily you can get gifts delivered to your loved ones in Sri Lanka.

Why You Should Send Gifts To Your Loved ones

We all have people in our lives, whether parents, wife, sister, brother, friend, fiancee, etc that we hold dearly. Sending gifts to these people is just a simple and big way to show them that you value them being in your life. The following are reasons why you need to get Kapruka services to send gifts to your loved ones in Sri Lanka:

  • They Are Special, Make Them Feel It

Everyone in your life is special, you may not say it often, but need to show them that you feel they are special.  Your Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Uncle, Aunt, Lover, Friends, and Boss are all special. Gifting them is a way to show them that they have a place in your heart. It makes them feel special and help them know that you are thinking about them. This excellent way of showing affection will only make your relationship stronger. Let the people in your life feel special by sending gifts to them through Kapruka.com

  • It’s My Birthday, What Are You Waiting For

Regardless of age, everyone loves to receive gifts on their birthday. Show your loved ones some love by coming through for them on their birthday. Kapruka services can help you with delivering the cake, cookies, chocolate, flowers, and other amazing presents on our website. Selecting a perfect gift for the celebrant won’t stress you out as we’ve got nice and special gifts that the celebrant will treasure.

  • Gift Is A Token Of Appreciation

How about sending some gifts to your little cousin for topping the class. You can send gifts to encourage, motivate, and reward your loved ones for their achievement. This simple but great act can earn you the award of the best relative of the year. Every time they see your gift, they will want to do more.

  • To Build Stronger Ties

If you want to crest your name in the heart of your loved ones, then you need to cultivate the act of sending them gifts. Maybe in one of your conversations, your niece talked about what she aspires to be, you can gift her with school supplies that will help her study better to achieve her goals. Little things like this go a long way to strengthen our relationships with people around us.

Gift Items You Can Find At Kapruka.com

Kapruka.com is a versatile e-market where you can find just everything you may want to gift to your loved one. Diverse items are available here, all you have to do is make your selection and order without stress. The categories of gift items at Kapruka.com include the following but not limited to Cakes and Bakery, Food and Restaurants, Hampers and Fruit Baskets, Global Shop and Cross Border, Chocolates and Greetings, Jewellery, Electronics, Toys and Kids, Gift Vouchers, Top Searched Products, Speciality Gifts and Services, Clothing and Fashion, Gift for Events, etc.

There’s virtually everything you want here, all kinds of items that anyone would easily fall in love with. Amazingly, you do not need to stress about getting it across to them as we run a delivery service that ensures that these gift items get delivered at the right time. Whether you are in Sri Lanka or outside Sri Lanka, we are dedicated to delivering whatever gift item you order to your place of choice.

Why You Should Send Your Gifts Through Kapruka Services

  • You should send your gift through us as we offer local and professional gift and delivery services across Sri Lanka. Our services at Kapruka.com is strictly professional. We run a personal service, so we only work with friendly and professional staff to give you the best experience working with us.
  • Our online shop holds diverse items that leave you with a whole lot of things that are much different from the regular things you will find around. Our items are special and will save you from sending a boring gift to Sri Lanka.
  • The quality of our items is exceptional. Kapruka is a credible online store with high-quality items. We only stock the best because our utmost priority is to serve you with the best. Our shop allows Sri Lankans to send high-quality gift items to their loved ones.
  • A lot of people are already testifying to how smooth our delivery is. Everyone deserves to experience it! When you shop for gifts from Kapruka.com, the gifts for delivered directly to who you want to give the item to in Sri Lanka. Also, if you want the delivery to be a surprise, we are up for it!
  • We at Kapruka.com offer our services at better prices. We do not hike the price of items as we want every Sri Lankan to enjoy the great services we have brought. You are getting your pay’s worth for every service we carry out for you.

About Kapruka.com

Kapruka.com is an e-market and gift shop developed to help Sri Lankans all around the world order and get gifts delivered to their loved ones in Sri Lanka. We have been making our customers happy for 15 years and we do not hope to stop. We have a responsive website and a team of professional and experienced staff who are dedicated to making every customer happy with our services. We bridge the gap between you and your loved ones in Sri Lanka by helping you to put a smile on their faces with special gifts and treats.

Sending gifts to your loved ones in Sri Lanka just got easy and better with Kapruka.com.

 

 

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Kapruka Fruit and Vegetable Gift Baskets

Look no further, you have found us, your ultimate destination for gift giving.  Looking for a perfect gift can be frustrating and exhausting.  You aren’t looking for just a gift, but to give that special someone the “wow” experience that they deserve.  But where do you look first?  Luckily, we have you covered with the perfect gift: Fruit and vegetable gift baskets.

 

Fresh fruit baskets  are a splendid way to show your affection and they are fantastic gifts for a multitude of occasions including, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, valentines, and even just to say thank you.  And to make the gift giving even better, fruit basket deliveries can be lighter on your wallet, easy to send, and even more special for the recipient when they receive your custom heartfelt note.

Kapruka offers fruit basket gifts unlike any other. These baskets come in many different packages to that you can set the tone of your perfect gift.  If you are looking to send a romantic gift to a significant other, we have fruit baskets that include oranges, apples, juicy grapes and are topped off with a bottle of red grape wine to dial up the romance.  As for a thank you or care package gift, our basket featuring freshly picked fruit and savory snacks works fabulously. Treat that person to a munchable gift that they can enjoy at home or on the go.

Kapruka’s fruit and vegetable gift baskets are also a great choice for a foodie.  If you know someone that like to cook or try new exotic foods, we might have just the gift.  Our medium vegetable box gift offers a wide variety of fresh vegetables from top selling farmer’s markets in Sri Lanka.  This is a delicious way to offer that foodie of yours the chance to try new foods and recipes.

You are guaranteed to find the fruit gift basket of your dreams here at Kapruka.  With us, you can leave your worries of imperfection behind as we promise to deliver your special someone with the gift that makes them feel as special as you know they are.

 

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Social Media Ban: Did they push it too far?

On that Day…

As news broke on Easter Sunday of the multiple blasts in Sri Lanka officials adopted a Social Media ban for the second time in the recent past as means of avoiding the spread of disinformation. In view of the sense of panic which could have heightened with false information that started spreading on unverified blasts and alleged attempts of bombings, the ban itself served its specified purpose of managing information through official and verified channels i.e main stream media.  And the topic of the relentless spread of online misinformation and what to do about it was a hot topic at the recent TED conference in Vancouver, where a series of speakers described the internet as being “broken” with fake news leading to sometimes fatal real-world consequences. But there is also serious and valid concerns rising on the government making snap decisions with Facebook, Whatsapp, Youtube, Viber and Instagram being among the platforms temporarily shut down and opened up again only 9 long days after.

GOSL did the right thing BUT…

While completely respecting the concern for national security and prevention of misinformation, a more holistic view is required on these arbitrary bans that have overarching implications. A comprehensive ban of social media channels as done in China is one extreme but at the very least a consistent one. The stops and starts approach that Sri Lankan seems to adopt, and this is by no means confined to its social media policy, creates far reaching implications than the mere cosmetic estimation on national security. In a digital age thousands of businesses have begun to depend on Facebook and Instagram to drive their commercial intentions. Majority of the small businesses in Sri Lanka depend solely on the online channel and have come to a dead stop over the past few days. While many may argue that all trade and commerce suffered in the aftermath of the bombings and digital commerce is no exception, the direct ban on the very infrastructure of operating this segment of business results in deep scars and may even mean a death knell to some.

Deep Scars to Sri Lankan Online Entrepreneurs…

Leaving aside the sheer loss of confidence, already millions worth of ads that have been sold have not been delivered to the predicted traffic. The virtual stop of 9 days also means that the viability of social media channels going forward needs to be rebuilt from scratch. Other markets can also easily take our lead of pulling the plug intermittently which complete breaks the commercial eco-system. So with the negative precedence set to other markets, Companies like Facebook can even consider excluding Sri Lanka indefinitely. Whatsapp alone is a major informal hub of business transaction. From Hotel/ Travel bookings for smaller outfits to free-lance services from a range of professionals to the international connectivity the platform is a major conduit to Sri Lanka’s business space. The overnight drop of traffic on Youtube alone is causing havoc with earnings of Youtubers plummeting to zero. The sudden abnormal traffic trends that would emerge on Google analytics means it would degrade traffic quality and the ad payouts to Sri Lankan channel content.  Trending lists freeze as the Sri Lankan view patterns become abnormal and CPM for Sri Lanka will reduce further discouraging content creators. Countries such as Norway enjoys 55$ CPMs while India is at 5.5$.

 

In the new world, policy makers and regulators need to wake up and smell the coffee that gone are the days that governments and mainstream media could control information flows. For better or for worse, that power is now decentralized. The extent of benefit derived from a social media ban in controlling a larger failure of the political and security apparatus is unknown and can only be surmised. But the value of social media in countering myths, misconceptions and prejudices cannot be underestimated. Sri Lanka now needs to move to a new phase in its digital transformation to optimize these tools towards enlightened engagement. Bans won’t take us there. Dialogue with professionals and users who understand the animal is the first step on the road to meaningful and consistent digital democracy.

 

Dulith Herath

Founder / Chairman – Kapruka.com

Co-Founder / Chairman – Grasshoppers

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E-commerce Delivery in Sri Lanka…..!!!

At present, when it comes to online shopping a new generation of customers who value convenience, time and cost saving over other means, has embraced the Sri Lankan e-commerce culture with such priority. Globally, e-commerce is one of the fastest growing industries; however, in Sri Lanka it is at the primary stages of its adaptation to this new wave of innovative culture. Hence, every day is a new learning experience to the Sri Lankan e-commerce industry, with the use of new trends and best practices. This would eventually allow fully utilizing and reaching the full potential of e-commerce in Sri Lanka.

The rapid advancements in information technology (IT), has allowed the Sri Lankan e-commerce delivery services to grow into a competitive arena. One of the factors that had contributed to this remarkable progress is the country’s high penetration in mobile phones. According to census and statistics, every citizen in Sri Lanka owns at least one or two mobiles and the amount of smart phones available in the country has surpassed the national population levels. This has created a platform for citizens where, it has allowed them to gain an exposure to the e-commerce industry in both locally and internationally.

Furthermore, the Sri Lankan e-commerce delivery services now provide items related to medicine, household, clothing and kids (Clothes, toys etc.), construction, machineries etc. and services related to travel, education, hospitals etc. This has become a competitive medium of trade as, it tends to avoid the intermediary and so forth hence, it has proven to be more cost effective and efficient when compared with other means.

This has enabled Sri Lankans to seek more services via e-commerce means as, it is one of the high cost-effective means compared to other physical delivery services. In addition, they offer variety of discounts while providing a high quality range of services and goods.

Last Mile Delivery…

One of the biggest challenges that many local e-commerce sites face is the issue of ‘on-time product delivery’ in rural areas due to the lack of service in last mile delivery.

The “last mile” of e-commerce fulfillment, the processes and systems involved in making sure final delivery is efficient – is getting plenty of attention these days. New models that are introduced for managing the “last mile “such as,         “click and collect” locations and added cost pressures in the form of tougher dimensional pricings from parcel carriers are forcing closer scrutiny for the last-mile processes.

Many reputable Sri Lankan e-commerce delivery services tend to sustain in providing fast-paced solutions to its customers. As a result, they use ways such as,  ‘a fix date delivery’, ‘collect at your local store’, ‘Next day delivery’, ‘same day delivery’, ‘two hour delivery’ etc. to ensure that the customer experiences a better service. However, the most popular solution provided is the ‘fix-date delivery service’ as, this gives a better closure to the customers on their product deliverables and also due to the fact that many Sri Lankan e-commerce delivery services aren’t capable of providing fast-paced courier services such as ‘Same Day Delivery’. This is mainly due to the lack of resources such as, warehousing, stocks, raw materials, skilled labor, vehicles, updated logistics etc.

Grasshoppers…

 

Grass hoppers is yet another venture from the Sri Lankan entrepreneur and E-Commerce Guru Mr. Dulith Herath.

As a serial entrepreneur himself, nothing gives his to joy as much as seeing and helping someone else to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams. Achieving Dreams together is his concept for this. Grasshoppers success stories are not only about how successful their E – commerce deliveries are, but also about empowerment and giving wings to entrepreneurial dreams of many Sri Lankans united under one flag across the country. They continue to disrupt the conventional notions of e-commerce delivery in Sri Lanka. Grasshoppers concept keeps evolving and they are looking at using the coastal shape of Sri Lanka to actualize “Middle Mile” delivery from hub to hub.

Impotence part of  in here is The “Last Mile” to deliver to the end customer will be completed by a Grasshopper! (Entrepreneurs who are join with grasshoppers) Grasshoppers not only underpinning local entrepreneurs, they are creating jobs by providing more people with the opportunity to Be Their Own Boss by joining the Grasshopper delivery chain.

It is Kapruka.com’s unique delivery fulfillment arm with the promise of offering the cheapest and the quickest service in door-to-door delivery in Sri Lanka. At Grasshoppers  intend to revitalize the courier network in Sri Lanka and to be the chosen partner for various leading brands, local industrial experts and rising local and global businesses. Each delivery is a mission for them to build a long-term trusted relationship with their stakeholders. This encouraged them to create innovative systems and time definite delivery schedules.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tour with Kapruka Traval Desk Under Your Fingertips…!!!

Why do we travel…?

 

 We all travel for different reasons, some people travel for business, others for pleasure. The reasons people travel might be different from one person to the next. Can you imagine what is life without traveling? Is it possible? Whatever your reason is, traveling is a part of people’s life. We all travel. The reason behind that is up to you

  • Some people travel to make friends
  • Some people travel to get close to their loved ones.
  • Some people love to travel alone.
  • Some people love to travel for adventure.
  • Some people travel to learn

So, whatever your reason for embarking on a trip in sri lanka, take a moment to consider why you are going & How you are going. What are you looking for on your travels? plan a trip with Professional Driver, have a think – travel with a purpose, and some understanding about what you want to achieve. Travel with passion.

Why do you Rent a Vehicle with Professional Driver?

  • Freedom of movement
  • Money saving
  • Comfort
  • Affordability
  • Low cost travelling
  • Safety

This is why people choosing vehicle rental services for their travel needs.

Common Issues that Customer has being faced in renting a car…

When renting a vehicle, the customer faces a plethora of challenges. Owing to this, customers seem unhappy about the service of car rental reservations. Usually, the root of these problems extend from communication mishaps. Many of the problems that occur stem from incorrect information with regard to pick up and drop off locations being swapped between the vehicle rental company and the customer. Another issue that customers face is the lack of adequate service in terms of cleanliness and quality standards of the car.

For instance, a huge concern is the fact that the drivers lack sufficient knowledge about road rules and regulations. Furthermore, the drivers are not friendly and accommodating which happens to be another problem. For Sri Lanka to be in par with its other counterparts in terms of booking vehicles online, it is essential that these problems need to be minimized.

Experience the Best During Your Journey…

“Kapruka Traval Desk” is the newest E -Commerce product that has been launched to the global market by Kapruka.com in recent.

 

Kapruka “TRAVEL DESK ”  Reserve your car Today and avoid the hassle of finding a reliable rental car in Sri Lanka… https://www.kapruka.com/carRentals/rental_cars_sri_lanka.jsp

Kapruka Traval Desk is Not just another customary vehicle rental service for your everyday travel demands. This service is facilitated with an online vehicle rental reservation system which open doors for any domestic or non domestic customers to choose whichever luxurious type of vehicle to discover any beautiful destination in sri lanka.

What makes unique this service from today’s common apps and other vehicle rental services in the market that “Kapruka TRAVEL DESK” is occupied with well trained , experienced, trustworthy, and mannered travel guidance in their service

Travel desk website provides you various options which concerns your budget and the types of vehicles followed by any payment method of cash or visa/master through online. Apart from the above services specially now you can enjoy choosing ;

 

  • Airport pickup/drop off,
  • Rental fleet
  • Day packages services as well.

About Travel Desk Packages

We design the best tour package that suits the client’s needs and wants, especially their budget. We handpick the best tour destinations, the best hospitality, the best transportation, and everything “the best” to meet your requirements.

 

Where to rent a car? The choice is yours, and one of the best car rental reservation  providers is Kapruka Travel Desk..

 

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PUSHING GROCERY OFF THE EDGE TO TAKE THE E-COMMERCE PLUNGE IN SRI LANKA

Online Grocery shopping is the trickiest e-commerce nut to crack and many large supermarket chain have only made a half-hearted attempt to do so. Customers too have been slow to adopt online grocery buying. A study by Morgan Stanley recently showed 84% of shoppers still prefer to choose their grocery items personally and this has remained unchanged since 2016.

One the one side Grocery in Sri Lanka is largely MRP driven and extremely price sensitive hence margins can be deemed too slim for the additional logistics of home delivery. On the other side the grocery customer does not have an incentive to shop online unless the inventory provides choice and thereby a meaningful basket size to take the online plunge. The challenges surrounding the delivery of fresh is another major psychological constraint. In a market where going to the Sunday pola is still the things to do, the idea of relying on the online channel for freshness seems unrealistic.

I absolutely love to crack these hardest nuts and going into the 2nd phase of Kapruka’s engagement with Sri Lanka’s leading supermarket it’s important to look in the eye of these large players and tell them exactly how to make online grocery a winner.

 

Online Must Be About Choice

One obvious advantage is choice. At the store your space is limited to your shelf and the number of brands and SKU’s on shelf is limited by the masterfile. Online grocery should be about offering that choice and more to the customer.

Local Store Feeding a Region Works

Logistics is the other make or break game that can be made the advantage in online channel. Most go for the very traditional fulfillment model which is the inventory model. It simply means you have a certain inventory that is dedicated in your warehouse ready to be shipped on demand. But this requires a lot of holding costs and opportunity costs become huge. The hyperlocal modal on the other hand is the model for scalability and most new entrants in the field opt for this. Going hyperlocal means plugging the last mile logistics to the local store with each of them feeding their region.

No Frills No Fat Channel

So, in this 2nd phase with Cargills Food City, https://www.kapruka.com/shops/specialGifts/spotlights.jsp?t=foodcity Kapruka is navigating with the giant to go hyperlocal- and with that to relook at some of the cost structures that get in the way of seeing the potential of online grocery.

The beauty of E-commerce is that it is a completely different beast to traditional brick and mortar retailing. It carries none of the frills or the fat layers of your store that’s plugged with innumerable front-end costs from shelf space, to sales staff, to electricity that squeeze margins. It is essentially a high margin model that can simply take-off on the already sunk costs of physical stores and warehouses.

Online Grocery is without doubt an economically challenging space. But increasingly with the willingness to innovate coupled with scalability some large players like Whole Foods partnering Amazon and Walmart going it alone are cracking this nut.

So, while the store experience is here to stay for Grocery, agility and willingness to change can make e-commerce a plunge worth taking. Backed by Kapruka and its Grasshoppers infrastructure that is transforming the last-mile delivery in Sri Lanka it really time to decide to take that leap or simply watch from the edge.

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