Entrepreneur Starts Jamaica’s Answer to Amazon

Written by on February 19, 2018

JAMAICA’S leading information technology magnate Douglas Halsall still has a little way yet to complete his current fixation, which is to fully digitalise operations at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mona.

But he has already moved on to his next inclination, which is to start the Caribbean’s first major Internet retailer business, which he boasts will have virtually everything that giants in the business, like Amazon and Alibaba, now have. Except that it will be focusing on products from Jamaica and other Caribbean islands.

“The assault on the mall, like Amazon’s, will happen right here,” Halsall boasted, as he explained his latest passion in an interview at the head office of his company, Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS), Oxford Terrace, Kingston 5.

“I believe in George Bernard Shaw’s statement, that some men see things as they are and ask why. And I dream of things that never were and ask why not,” Halsall said in a burst of emotion that affirms his character of always thinking way outside the box.

“I am saying, let me make it happen. It’s going to happen. It must happen,” he emphasised.

Halsall plans to combine his company’s wealth of knowledge about computer systems and various digital gadgets, with the expertise that has become available to him through his partnerships in expanding the use of e-commerce technology with Indian and other e-commerce experts, to help Jamaica become the “poster child” for digital expansion in the Caribbean.

He had encontered a major obstacle, however, when he found that only about 14 per cent of Jamaicans use credit cards, which are necessary to access the Internet retail systems. However, Halsall did not make that hinder him.


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