Viet Nam's retail market is promising, but local businesses must strengthen operations in order to compete with international investors right in the home market. — VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY — Việt Nam’s retail market is promising, but local businesses must strengthen operations in order to compete with international investors right in the home market, experts said during a workshop in HCM City yesterday.
Nguyễn Anh Đức, the deputy general director of Sài Gòn Co-op, said the Vietnamese retail market has for long interested international investors, especially after the country joined the World Trade Organisation.
“The participation of international investors in the retail market has promoted the growth of Vietnamese enterprises,” he said.
However, Văn Đức Mười, the general director of fresh meat company Vissan, said that for a long time many local businesses believed they only needed to make high-quality products for customers to buy.
But they should also realise that distribution is one of the most important aspects for every business. “Sales will decide output and business activities,” he said.
Trương Phú Chiến, general director of the candy firm Bibica, said: “If a company wants to survive and develop, it must have its own retail channel.
“Besides supermarkets and convenience stores, Vietnamese enterprises should develop more retail channels like restaurants.”
Nguyễn Phú Hoà, the deputy director of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s import-export department, said: “The business community should think about setting up a retail system for the whole world, not only Việt Nam, with technology and new sale models.
“Vietnamese retail businesses like Sài Gòn Co-op should have applications for smartphones because today the whole world is in your hand with smartphones,” Hòa said.
Ten years ago, Việt Nam had 368 supermarket outlets, and now the number is 800.
The number is expected to reach 1,200–1,500 by 2020, along with 180 trade centres and 150 shopping malls, workshop participants were told. — VNS