Keep Calm and Buy a Handbag Ladies!! An Ode to all Sri Lankan Shopaholics

Buy Designer Quality Handbags in Sri Lanka.

A lady’s handbag is a passage to her soul. The design of the bag shows what kind of person she is, is she simple, classy, EXTRA, Gothic, chic,artistic, practical, trendy well i can seriously throw in a lot more adjectives but in simple terms by looking at the lady’s handbag we can get to know a lot about her therefore LADIES, make sure you get hold of the most suitable handbag.

But before lets get to know about the history of handbags, well firstly handbags have been a part of human life ever since humans had precious things to carry around, picture the stone age man carrying his stones around in a small bag well that is exactly how old handbags are with time this means of carrying important things around ended up becoming a status symbol to be precise this started during the Egyptian civilization where there little bags or “girdles” were decorated with precious jewels and fast forward to the 21st century Handbags have moved away from its practical usage into a fashion statement.

What is your prediction for the future of handbags? well i personally think that handbags must be functional and beautiful. Investing in an expensive and timeless piece is always worth it. Trust me.

Here are some essentials for your handbag collection;

Black and Functional

Ladies invest on a simple black handbag because it is extremely versatile and can be carried along with any look may it be a night out or to work.

Here are a few suggestions from our collection;

Vacation Bag

We live in an island so make sure to invest your hard earned money on a nice. BIG and colourful bag. Get hold of a bag that reminds you of sunshine, specially if you are heading towards the coastal area.

But if you are traveling towards the inner lands of Sri Lanka we suggest a simple white bag, it is classy and functional with a lady like hint.

“Spice it up” bag

We all need a slightly avantgard bag something a bit more extravagant suitable for a night out after work big enough to carry all the essentials perhaps a spare pair of flats because not all of us are superwomen to be walking around in heels for hours.

The fashion industry is constantly changing and yet handbags are such timeless items that will be in existence in different shapes, sizes and forms. Do you think it is essential to change your handbags to keep up with the trends or invest in a few handbags which can be used for different occasions? comment your opinions below.

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Grasshoppers – Cash on Delivery – Courier Service in SL goes global

Dulith Herath

Dulith Herath (Co Founder of Grasshoppers) representing Sri Lanka at Startup summit by SAARC.

Grasshoppers among world’s 40 best innovative digital solutions for World Summit Awards 2018

The Sri Lankan last-mile logistics groundbreaker—Grasshoppers—received an extraordinary global recognition with the WSA, as an outstanding example of digital innovation in e-commerce. Grasshoppers, which is a Kapruka and Avishkaar Frontier Fund merger, was co-founded by Dulith Herath (Sri Lankan tech innovator behind Kapruka.com) and Dr. Harsha Liyanage (creator of Sarvodaya Fusion promoting IT Education across Sri Lanka). Grasshoppers was first nominated for the WSAs by ICTA as a national choice, and went on to compete with nominations from over hundred countries before it got selected into the final round. Grasshoppers was then presented to the WSA Grand Jury in Accra, Ghana where the international jurors reviewed and discussed each shortlisted project to narrow down to the final forty WSA winners of 2018. Grasshoppers is now among the global finalists that include some of the most groundbreaking projects from around the world, outlining radical thinking converging digital innovation with social impact. This means that Grasshoppers will go on to present the unusual model of their business and how it utilises digital platforms in a completely new manner, at the WSA Global Congress with other finalists. This kind of recognition for a Lankan tech startup is quite rare, and signifies how the country is beginning to make stronger strides into the realm where clever use of technology is at the core of enterprise.

The World Summit Awards are a unique awards system linked to the UN World Summit Awards. It selects and promotes local digital innovation that renders a high impact onsocioeconomic development. The awards system brings together an ongoing  series of international events and activities with a global network of start-ups, social entrepreneurs, mentors, jurors, speakers, experts, government leaders, academia and civil society, carving out an international platform for extraordinary stories on how ICTs can have an impact on society. WSAs have been in place for fifteen years now, becoming a quality seal for digital content with societal impact in over hundred and eighty participating countries. WSA stands for the worldwide selection and promotion of digital innovation with a postitve impact on society & the encouragement of young entrepreneurship. The award system is highly diverse and democratic, and was initiated in 2003 in the framework of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS). It contributes to the UN sustainable development goals agenda, by recognising local digital content with an impact on society, demonstrating the richness and diversity of innovative applications.World Summit Awards are conducted by ICNM, an Austrian not-for-profit organisation based in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.

The awards system recognised Grasshoppers for several reasons such as cutting-edge digital innovation with a strong local relevance, content depth and user value from all UN member state. The venture was also recognised to contribute to the agenda of UN WSIS and UN sustainable development goals by showcasing creative use of digital innovation, fostering entrepreneurship and making platforms accessible at grassroot levels. The business model of Grasshoppers is one that allows local communities to be part of it, and reap the benefits of the company’s growth. The company has a proprietary technology stack that facilitates interactions within its logistics supply chain and provides features like traceability of goods through its network, to their clients. This has gained fantastic traction with different segments of customers including leading e-commerce players, corporates and MSMEs.

With the WSA recognition that Grasshoppers receives, the Lankan tech startup will be able to leverage WSA’s global network of emerging brands, mentors, entrepreneurs, jurors, governmental representatives, ICT experts and international organisations, connecting to new stakeholders, collaborators and possibly even clienteles. In addition to this, WSA network will connect Grasshoppers to over fifteen local, regional and global events, workshops and meetings every year, offering face to face platforms for a multi-level knowledge exchange to propel the venture further. Through WSAs, Grasshoppers will also receive global visibility through national experts network, media partners and strategic cooperation.

 

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For the Young at Heart Sri Lankans

Some super huggable soft toy options available in Sri Lanka

Is there a certain age limit for loving soft toys? if you have properly associated girls, you would know that even the most tight knit tomboyish girl, would also break a smile when she sees an adorably fluffy soft toy. Some might argue that it is a better gift than flowers, well it does last forever. There is a little girl in almost every girl refusing to grow up and this little girl will never stop loving soft toys and honestly there is no such thing as “ENOUGH TEDDIES”  to be frank “MORE IS BETTER”.

With Valentines around the corner, there might be some boyfriends or friends wondering what to get their significant other or potential match, getting a soft toy is always a safe bet, it does not disappoint, pair it with another gift and “Alas” you have the perfect bundle of joy anyone would like.

Depending on the personality of the girl, here are some fluffy gift options worth cuddling.

The “Fashionista”

Well she is indeed the best looking and most well dressed in the lot, she is envied by many girls because they want to be like her and she is the type of girl you are proud of because honestly she draws so much attention.The perfect teddy for your fashionista will be, Lilly  a fluffy yet outstanding teddy.

The “Playful” girl 

She is indeed the most famous and friendly girl and has every aspect of being the absolute perfect girl she is beautiful, attractive, charming, and has a good sense of humour. She is loved by anyone because everyone loves to have a hint of mischief in their lives.The perfect soft toy for this girl is, Mr Ted and we all know how Ted is.

The “Nerd”

Well she is the genius in the bunch who prioritizes studies over everything else, the best soft toy for this type of highly opinionated yet conservative girl would be  Venus the unicorn since she is a strong dreamer and is unique like a unicorn.

The “Motherly” girl

She is the perfect replica of your mother and is the perfect “wife” material girl as she is very mature and serious and has a tendency of looking out for the people around her like a mother hen, she would love to own Brownie Bear a big ball of fur waiting to be hugged.

The “Feminine” girl

She is the old fashioned typically “girly” person who LOVES teddies and Cute things, the perfect soft toy for her would be Cutie Pie Snuggle Bear because “Cutie Pie” has a demure nature unlike the other teddies.

The “Adventurous” girl

Well in simple words she is the Tomboy in the lot who is ready to do anything and she has a knack for challenging herself, she would love to  own the Bat Man Cuddly Toy since she tends to love more “Boyish” things.

The “Ambitious” girl

She is a born leader who prioritizes work over anything else, the best teddy for this type of girl is Snugly Bear well nothing is more “BOSS LADY” than this super cool teddy with the trollable heart.

The “Doubting” girl

She is forever doubting herself though she is amazingly talented. She tends to believe that she is a “Potato” and she would definitely love to own Peggy who is cute and cuddly.

Whatever the type of girl she is, make this Valentine a bit more cuddly and fluffy by gifting her a cute soft toy  on Kapruka.

If you have some more teddy bear suggestions for the special ladies out there do not forget to leave a comment below!

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Are you an Ethical eater residing in Sri Lanka?

A looking glass into ethical eating and Veganism in Sri Lanka

 

If you are reading this post veganism plays an integral part in your life or you are hoping to move away from the mostly ignorant habit of harming animals and embracing a more ethical food consuming habit. First of all it is important to know what being Vegan is and it is not the same thing as being a Vegetarian! A vegan is an individual who avoids to consume any form of animal product which includes milk and bees honey. It is truly a very drastic lifestyle change and you might be wondering whether our local Sri Lankan Cuisine actually accommodate and support this lifestyle.

Sri Lankan cuisine is known to be perfectly spiced with coconut milk or any form of coconut based product used in almost every dish, which is good news for vegans, Sri Lankan cuisine does not rely on animal based products to make the food extra tasty or better, even maldive fish or “Umbalakada” is not important because there are many more alternatives that can be used instead.

 

We Sri Lankans are proud of our food though we are a small and culturally diverse island, through time we have turned into the perfect culinary curry pot. The main ethnic groups are the Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamils and Moors of Arab descent. On top of this the Dutch and English colonial years have also left their influences. Altogether this has created an exciting variety of dishes that vary from region to region.

The best season for Vegans is the Mango and Jackfruit / “kos” season, we are blessed with some exotic fruits and vegetables that is not only delicious but really makes being a vegan enjoyable. So our message to all the Vegans out there is to embrace your lifestyle and enjoy some super tasty  Sri Lankan dishes.

Kapruka allows you to send some tasty homemade Sri Lankan dishes suitable for any lifestyle.
order on : Home Made

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Never forget to carry a piece of home when you go to work

“The Joy Maker”

The alarm clock rings and it is another day,

After my cup of tea, I am on my way,

Yes, it is December and everyone is on holiday,

But here I am leaving my family.


All I want to do is to make you proud,

Yes, I work night and day to make sure your delighted,

My job is to create happiness in every neighborhood,

Thank you for loving me even when I’m beyond.


Thank you for the motivation and the patience,

Thank you for tolerating the long hours and silence,

Yes, I might forget to eat, I might be living in somnolence,

The hours are drawing near and I will be back in your presence.


It was truly beautiful to see how our loved ones understood our sacrifice. All this is for our Kapruka,We are a family, One family unbroken, entwined with love and unconditional dedication. Hold on we will come home soon but today we choose to make someone else smile.

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What does it take for a MAINSTREAM E-COMMERCE PLAYER LIKE KAPRUKA TO BEAT BREAD AND BUTTER AD COMPANIES IN THEIR space?

Kapruka clinched the SLT ZERO ONE AWARD FOR DIGITAL EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING IN THE MOST COMPETITIVE RETAIL SECTOR, beating top Brand campaigns crafted by award winning agencies at possibly half the cost. But why did we win this title? It is a very simple fact, no agency or any organization can live, breathe, eat, sleep and dream your brand, no one understands the true meaning and value of your organization but yourself.

Kapruka is an organization dedicated to making people happy, it’s not just another organization, each day our employees walk in through the gates of Kapruka thinking of the different people they are going delight, our goal is to put a smile on the faces of our customers.This year’s Valentines Campaign was no different, our talented marketing team led by Suresh Eranda wanted a simple and creative campaign that was relevant for everyone, who has won and lost this incredible battle called “LOVE“. Kapruka is a relatable brand with a reputation for opening the eyes of our customers and allowing them to see the bigger picture, it’s often tear jerking where we address matters often left ignored, but that is our recipe for being so close to our ever growing customer base.

This campaign had many obstacles, but we as a company was able to pull off a record-breaking growth rate in Kapruka’s history and more importantly were able to receive many valuable feedback from customers, celebrities, and most stakeholders who are connected to our business. This was a great campaign for us as an organization and also set the tone in believing how much we can achieve through using digital media effectively.

Social media collaborators and content creators like Wasthi and FTT played a huge part in making our campaign so successful. Firstly, Kapruka repositioned the perception of a “Gift” by creating an impactful advert and aggressive marketing campaign together with FTT with the tag “හැම ආදර කතාවකම මතක හිටන තෑග්ගක් තියනවා” line depicting how every memory is bound to a gift encouraging our customers to purchase our product to create a unique memory this Valentines’.“Wasthi” moved away from their usual type of videos and created a video for Valentines’ called “නුරාවනි “, where product placement was used successfully as the bouquet used in this video resulted in being the highest selling item. “Nurawani” was #1 trending in YouTube and became viral in multiple social media platforms.

      

Kapruka was able to show that marriage does not mean it is the end of a love story, however many couples feel the affection and romance declining especially after having children. Kapruka created a marketing campaign that would rekindle this love that’s been hidden and forgotten by showing old memories and arousing lost memories of how a tiny gesture of love, ended up making a person extremely happy and how they should redo this or continue this habit.Kapruka produced a commercial which highlights how important to sustain a healthy marriage life through this occasion by gifting, which has no age barrier from the millennial to Gen X.

Kapruka was able to recognise that No one feels more upset, left-out and bitter during valentine’s than the loners, Kapruka included this segment as well. A social experiment was conducted where participants were asked questions about their first love and many people answered that their first love is their parents. Then Kapruka altered the common perception of Valentines only being for lovers into a day that celebrates love in general, love which is of many different forms which could be parental, friendship or a simple gesture of showing appreciation to a person who means a great deal to an individual.

Kapruka being proactive and tackling all the sudden market threats successfully was able to penetrate into the rural markets with most sales coming from the outskirts of the country even as far as Jaffna and the marketing campaign focusing on the parents created a tremendous social uproar as it was able to melt anybody’s heart.

THIS IS THE SECRET OF OUR SUCCESS!

 


 

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Is Halal Important in Sri Lanka?

Is Halal Important in Sri Lanka?

I always wondered what the word “Halal” means, it appears at the back of packaging and especially at restaurants.When i researched on the true meaning of “Halal” i was surprised that it meant ‘permissible’ in Arabic where as per Islamic principles, the term Halal takes a specific, well-defined meaning where individuals who choose to adhere to Islamic law are expected to be concerned with the permissibility, or Halal aspect, of any human activity they wish to indulge in. This was indeed news to me as i always believed that Halal was only related to food and the sourcing of meat and was not very conscious of its important in Sri Lanka.

Coming back to my initial question “Is Halal Important?” YES INDEED! It is very important here in Sri Lanka as well, because we are living in a multi ethnic, multi religious country where we respect each other or else we should respect each other. Owing this reason, it is very important to accommodate information and details regarding Halal Certification and Halal Compliance for our Muslim friends.

Kapruka has a unique service where food items from Halal Certified Sri Lankan restaurants can be ordered and sent to love ones or just enjoyed by yourself.We offer food from;

Eastern Wok

which is the 1st Halal Restaurant in Sri Lanka which was started in 1992. They offer an array of Eastern dishes ranging from noodles to sizzling lobsters with an average cost of around Rs 3000 for 2 people.
Order on Eastern Wok

Mango Tree

A Halal certified Indian restobar famous for its North Indian Cuisine.LKR 3000 for two peopel (approx.)
Order Mango Tree

Indian Summer

Indian Summer has something to appeal to any palate and anyone being Halal certified as well offering a wide range of Authentic North Indian dishes. LKR 3500 for two people (approx.)
Order on Indian Summer

Urban Kitchen

Urban Kitchen offers 233 choices inspired by Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian, Thai, European and Middle Eastern cuisines.LKR 3500 for two people (approx.)
Order on Urban Kitchen

Manhattan Fish Market

At the Manhattan Fish Market, our guests are served with lip-smacking American-style seafood.LKR 4500 for two people(approx.)
Order on Manhattan Fish Market
In conclusion it is important to be inclusive and we at Kapruka understand that perfectly. If you are feeling hungry or you want to surprise someone with a yummy meal, Kapruka got you covered.

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“Wingardium Leviosa”

“Wingardium Leviosa”

“Curiosity killed the cat” that’s the famous saying, however my curiosity helped me discover a really amazing table ornament, a levitating globe. The first thought that ran through my mind was “Will it actually levitate?”so i took a stroll down to stores and got hold of this ornament.

It looked normal, nicely packed, i removed all the packaging and plugged it in.Since this item uses an electromagnet the globe kept on annoyingly getting stuck to the base, after a few failed attempts, i figured out how to work the magic,it should be held in a certain way until your hand feels a unique pull where you feel that the globe is stable and it is floating then you let go and “WOW!” it honestly floats.

If you also like to own this unique ornament order on Magnetic Levitation Floating Globe

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Sri Lanka’s very first e-commerce fulfillment center

 

Synopsis
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 amazon.com and ebay.com for the USA market. Globally recognized brands such as Dhilma, Dankoutuwa, Spa Ceylon, etc. will be sold on Amazon.com 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 Kapruka.com. 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 Kapruka.com 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 Kapruka.com 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 Kapruka.com’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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