lkman.lk, a cost-effective classified service, a first in Sri Lanka
Ikman.lk, a cost-effective classified service for the first time in
Sri Lanka, would provide a classified service for mobile users. It would
also provide the community a local site where individuals and
medium-sized enterprises could place themselves on the online market and
buy, sell and use second hand goods within the country. “We will not
only serve the desktop, laptop users, but also mobile users. We will
have two mobile sites, one for the smart phone users and the other for
feature phone users, so that all mobile users could reap the benefits of
this service,” The Chief Executive Officer of ikman.lk told ‘The Daily
This site is free for all users, however, the company will earn their
income through providing faster services for its users. Hammar says that
he was confident that with the Sri Lankan economy growing at this fast
pace, they would be able to cover up their expenses within a short time.
“It will definitely take more than an year. However, as we plan on
giving the users the option of publishing their adds faster than the
four hours given to all users,” he said.
The Ikman.lk website would allows users to seamlessly upload ads onto
the site and have them displayed within four hours. The ads will go
through a stringent approval process, making sure that they follow the
terms and conditions to ensure the products and services sold are
legitimate and as genuine as possible.
“Users are simply required to submit a valid email address and in
three easy steps, the ad can be uploaded onto the site. Ikman.lk is also
available in Sinhala and Tamil,” Hammar said.
He also said that Sri Lanka was the most likely choice within South
Asia to establish a company of the sought. “We have come to the
understanding that internet users in Sri Lanka, are vastly increasing
from the current 2.5 million, while 12% of the country’s population use
internet regularly in other countries in South Asia the count falls
bellow 10%,” he said.
Ikman.lk will serve as a risk free classified site for both buyers
and users, as it will provide the buyer the specific location of the
seller and will provide the platform to meet, see and buy the goods.
“This site will allow transactions of all types from basic everyday
items to pets and more and the transaction of the goods will be done in
the same way as it is done in news papers. However, it would guarantee
the safety of the transaction,” Hammar said. The company has also
launched similar Internet products in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
While expert programmers in Sweden are involved in the development
process of Ikman.lk, the page is managed and maintained by local
representatives in Sri Lanka, to ensure that the end-consumer receives a
100% localized experience. “As the country continues to grow and
develop, Ikman.lk will grow parallel to it. The use of Internet is
introduced at school level and is widely used in most homes and mobile
phone users. We witnessed an opportunity to introduce something
different, interesting and beyond traditional classified advertising, to
the local market. We are optimistic about the Sri Lankan market and we
want to be a part of the growth that the country is experiencing,”