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HCMC reports boom in online shopping

Update: January, 23/2016 - 10:55
The city has 92,910 commercial websites of which 80,000 carry out e-commerce. Of the latter, 23 per cent have applications for mobile phones. — Photo itcnews
HCM CITY  (VNS) — Online trading grew rapidly in HCM City last year, contributing a third of all e-commerce revenue in the country.

According to the municipal Department of Industry and Trade, the city has 92,910 commercial websites of which 80,000 carry on e-commerce. Of the latter, 23 per cent have applications for mobile phones.

Some of the most popular city-based shopping websites include Thegioididong, Lazada, Tiki, and 5 giay.

Shopping online has become very popular among Vietnamese, with the ratio of consumers who "know" about shopping online is 55 per cent, Tran Vinh Nhung, deputy director of the department, said.

To promote e-commerce, last year his department launched several programmes to support enterprises and organised several training programmes, he said.

Recently it presented the 2015 HCMC E-commerce Award to 10 outstanding businesses based on their efficiency.

They were Thegioididong Joint Stock Company, Saigon Tourist, Nguyen Kim electronics shopping centre, Tiki Corporation, Recess Company, Ltd, Zanado Corporation, DKT Technology, HotDeal, Lazada and CareerLink.

Nhung added that developing e-commerce is an essential trend in the digital era, and the new business model needs to be enabled to develop.

The department has launched an online shopping week from January 18 to 24 to inform consumers about sale promotions announced by companies in the city. — VNS

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