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E-commerce pioneer launches Ezminutes.com

SCIESKA ADDERLEY
Guardian Business Reporter
scieska@nasguard.com

Published: Apr 10, 2012

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An old favorite in the Bahamian marketplace has been given a modern spin.

Ezminutes.com, a business recently launched by Nekia Brice, is tapping into the lesser-known e-commerce sector. And so far, the approach appears to be working. To date,  more than 10,000 phone cards have been sold online as a result of Ezminutes.com.

Brice told Guardian Business that Ezminutes.com allows anyone from anywhere in the world to instantly purchase a phone card, using any internet-enabled device.

She said the company has already begun to lead the way in The Bahamas’ e-commerce industry.

“We are at the dawn of the internet age here, in order for businesses to be able to compete in the future they would need to incorporate internet technology or be left with no business at all,” according to Brice.

“With The Bahamas being an offshore jurisdiction for financial services, it is prime for an e-commerce boom in the near future. We want businesses to know that yes it is possible to obtain a Bahamian merchant account for accepting credit cards online. Once setup, the funds are cleared in a local bank account.

“Ezminutes.com is a Bahamian online small business which operates solely through e-commerce. We have proven it is possible and we hope to inspire others.”

She pointed out that Ezminutes.com is optimized for easy navigation and few clicks from any mobile device, tablet or computer. Customers receive the pins on the website instantly once a purchase is complete. Purchases can be made using any visa or master, debit or credit card.

Brice revealed to Guardian Business due to the company’s local success, plans are underway to expand to other countries. She hopes to launch a similar service in the UK by the end of 2012.

Once completed, customers will also be able to purchase UK top up vouchers for all major mobile providers, including T-Mobile, Vodafone, 02, Orange and Three.

Brice said this service will primarily target customers in the UK and anyone outside of the UK who wishes to keep their UK prepaid mobile number active.

Ezminutes.com is a product of Websoft E-Business Solutions, which provides consulting and development of online businesses in The Bahamas and throughout the world.

Brice’s success comes as manager of e-commerce at MWF Group Bahamas, Damien Forsythe, recently told Guardian Business that the country is still missing out on a golden opportunity to cash in on the e-commerce sector.

Forsythe encouraged banks to provide more merchant services, as it would not only help local businesses grow but also help the overall economy by embracing this sector.

“I don’t know if they are aware of the potential of those types of services,” he said.

“They have really held back local businesses that want to sell online domestically and internationally. I think the banks are not thinking about it and have not been forced to think about it,” he shared.

Bank of The Bahamas announced in February that it plans to launch a formal e-commerce program in the coming months.

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