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Harizon Ramli

One-stop online center for fitness With emphasis on contactless exercise, a new normal has emerged in online fitness training. The Artisans Haven opens its virtual doors to its first one-stop fitness center that will focus on exercise, diet and nutrition. To be run by American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified coach Harizon Ramli, this center […]

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Toko Tjantik

Toko Tjantik sees good sales of fashion masks Professional by day, Liony Tanuwijaya spends her after hours attending to her newly-opened Toko Tjantik. Launched only in September, the online fashion store based in Jakarta has received encouraging response, especially for handmade, customized, or one-of-a-kind products. “Our fashion masks have received a lot of attention; we cannot […]

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The Linc

Looking to revive activities at The Linc With a vaccine against Covid-19 expected soon, trendy retail mall The Linc, that supports community-related projects, is drawing up plans for people to converge and have activities again. “As the mall comes alive again, we will create back lots of community-driven projects. “There will be a lot of […]

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Camei

Concern over shortage of massage therapists Business at Camei Foot Reflexology may be down at the moment on fears over Covid-19, but the shortage of massage therapists is a concerning issue as the company prepares for better times. With news of a possible vaccine coming out as early as next year, the company wants to […]

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Tassiny

Tassiny banks on festive sales Around year end, for the past 20 years, Tassiny that sells school uniforms, bags and related items, had enjoyed brisk sales as parents especially in the Ampang area, would be shopping for the new school term. But this time round, there are no parents and little feet of children running […]

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SF Floormart

Pushing ahead to sell more floor tiles Within the constraints of the Conditional Movement Control Order, SF Floormart & Hardware is eyeing small projects to sustain the company through the hard times. It currently has a two-month project for the supply and installation of 4mm (thickness) of stone polymer composite (SPC) flooring to 133 residential […]

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Asian Esteem

Pick-up in exports of wooden frames As the coronavirus is, so far, brought under control in certain countries, picture frame maker Asian Esteem Industrial is seeing a pick-up in its exports to Australia and Singapore. “In September alone, there was a 20% increase in exports to these countries,’’ said founder B.K. Ng. Demand is expected […]

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Lovebyerna

Enticed by the intricacy of batik It was on a recent trip to Indonesia where Erna and Shariff of LovebyErna Empire saw first hand the intricate art of making batik and decided to start a batik-inspired fashion line. “We actually witnessed the traditional way of producing batik, and that was the turning point for us,’’ […]

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Seng Hup

Seng Hup’s lights of hope Light symbolizes hope. At Seng Hup Lighting, this message shines brightly through the variety of lights ranging from modern, classical to vintage. While the larger chandeliers are popular among owners of high end bungalows, the smaller range of chandeliers and lights are sought after by the young generation of condo […]

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Grafiti Angel

Thriving on a bright outlook “Shine bright like a diamond,’’ goes the lyric of a song. For Bludiamond founder Lilian Lo, it is not only the diamonds that are sparkling; everyday for her is a day of smiles. “I’m happy to be in this line; people look for me on joyous occasions. So you see […]

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HareNet

A line of business born out of Mother’s Love She was shopping for baby products for her three young children when it suddenly occurred to HareNet Marketing co-founder Ammie Chong that these could be a line of business too. “Seeing myself buying and discovering new baby products for my children inspired me to venture into the baby […]

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Corvan

Online sales strategies intensified by MCO Sales had dropped 98% at the start of the Movement Control Order (MCO) period for smart home appliances company Corvan Asia, but it fought back and doubled up on its online marketing. The result was a ‘drastic’ jump, of more than 30% in its online sales, which picked up […]

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Candle Pit Stop

Challenges in online selling of scented candles The whole shopping dynamics for scented candles has changed, post the Movement Control Order (MCO) period. No longer can they just be displayed on shelves where customers can touch, smell and feel them, it is now all about getting a ‘total scentsorial experience’ online. How is that possible? […]

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Enclode

Starting a smart clothing line in Malaysia Arising from Covid-19, the concept of safety in clothing may go beyond what is usually applied in personal protective equipment used in hospitals and the workplace. Coming up with its range of eco-friendly, anti-bacterial and anti-odour clothing, textile engineering driven brand Enclode, looks set to change the apparel […]

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e-gift

High demand for e-gift vouchers during MCO The demand for e-vouchers from DCR E-Gift Vouchers had shot up during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, benefitting  organisations that could offer these e-vouchers. “Those organisations that offered the e-vouchers had twin advantages in this pandemic; orders just kept coming in and DCR could fulfil them without delay, […]

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Bling Bling Paradise

Proving the critics wrong When Sharen Ting of Bling Bling Paradise, which is well-known for its handcrafted phone covers, started her business 11 years ago, very few thought she could make money from these products. But she stuck to her belief and vision that one day, she will make it and prove them wrong. Over the […]

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Sweet House Bakery

Enjoying the challenge of finding new tastes When she made her first honey cheese cake three years ago, Jescar Yu of Sweet House Bakery felt very happy and excited. That feeling has now turned into a sense of challenge to find new tastes for her cakes, and to make the perfect cake. “I just want to bake […]

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Marshall

Building on gadgets he likes Gadget lover Alfred Khoo of Maudire, must like the product first before he develops it for sale. Instead of first assessing the market for the product, he starts from his own liking for it. “When we like the gadget, we will have the passion to build the product well,’’ said […]

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Papeleria

A business blooms from passion for fine paper stationery While helping her husband’s business which involves printing books for global markets, Foong Yin wanted to create their own special product, which they can claim to be their own brand, proudly made in Malaysia. Her venture started with designer friends coming over to help with the […]

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DCR

Moving onto the next digital challenge During the Movement Control (MCO) period, it was not only online shopping that saw an increase but also online redemptions. The trend of working from home, communicating through online Zoom calls and feeling ‘bored with nothing to do,’ had penetrated Malaysian lifestyle. This has presented a good opportunity for […]