Online Retailers

Baidu searches for growth in deal with online grocer

Search giant Baidu is pushing further into the world of mainland e-commerce with a deal with Yihaodian. Photo: Bloomberg

Baidu, the mainland's biggest internet search service provider, is set to work with a local online retailer backed by American supermarket giant Wal-Mart to tap the country's fast-growing e-commerce sector.

Thursday, 21 March, 2013, 5:20am

Alibaba writ claims four Hong Kong companies stole its names

Jack Ma, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Alibaba. Photo: Xinhua

Alibaba, which runs the popular online shipping site Taobao, is suing Officeplus Company for using the Chinese characters for Taobao in its company name.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:36am

Online retailer hopes to change how the world perceives 'Made in China'

Kettle Lamp by Jonas' Design.

There's just a small note of irony in the tag line for new Shanghai-based e-tailer Bundshop.com, which proudly states: "Made in China is dead, designed in China killed it".

23 Jan 2013 - 4:42am

PayPal service helps China's online vendors boost sales to new markets

Chinese online vendors are doing brisk trade in new emerging markets through the PayPal payment service. Photo: Bloomberg

Online merchants in China are spearheading increased shipments to new emerging markets, as more vendors use PayPal's global e-commerce payments service.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:59am

China's eBay merchants post sharp growth on overseas demand

Business is booming for eBay traders in Shanghai and other mainland cities. Most plan to expand to meet overseas demand. Photo: Bloomberg

Defying the lingering economic malaise, online sellers from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan are ringing up brisk sales outside their home markets through eBay's international e-commerce platform.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:20am

Internet shopping pioneer eBay returns to mainland

There has been a 40 per cent year-on-year increase in goods bought by Chinese consumers navigating eBay.com in English. Photo: Bloomberg

Global internet shopping and auctions giant eBay is making a comeback on the mainland through a new partnership with Xiu.com a leading online apparel merchant.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:53am

Taobao, 7-Eleven offer new payment scheme for Hong Kong's online shoppers

7-Eleven has teamed up with Taobao Marketplace and Tmall.com to provide a new payment tool for Hong Kong consumers. Photo: David Wong

The Alibaba Group's internet retail subsidiaries, Taobao Marketplace and Tmall.com have teamed up with convenience store giant 7-Eleven to deliver a more efficient payment tool for Hong Kong consumers to shop online.

8 Nov 2012 - 4:28am

US luxury retailers go online to tap Chinese market

Karen Katz sees a big opportunity in China.Photo: Bloomberg

As Neiman Marcus Group prepares to start selling its wares in China, the United States luxury retailer is not opening stores. It is setting up shop on the web.

Neiman Marcus, Macy's and Milly, the women's clothier, are all tiptoeing into China - striking partnerships with local web entrepreneurs because opening stores there is expensive and complicated.

19 Sep 2012 - 6:19pm

Retailer ePro's decision to go overseas may pay off amid price wars in China

Sales derived from ePRO's website contribute up to 90 per cent of the business-to-consumer retailer's revenue. Photo: Thomas Yau

While most retailers' eyes are fixed on the lure of the mainland's huge consumer market, electronic commerce trader ePRO is looking abroad - particularly to the emerging markets of Brazil and Russia.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:18am

Use censors to fight mainland cyber crime

Cyber criminals have a reputation for being a step ahead of the law, but on the mainland, they are sprinting. The latest internet shopping fraud figures show that almost one-third of the estimated 194 million consumers in the year to June had been tricked by fraudulent websites, losing 30 billion yuan (HK$36.7 billion).

24 Aug 2012 - 2:06am

Prada to the people

Beyond Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, the mainland is a luxury-label wasteland. You cannot find high-end malls or boutiques that sell the branded goods sought by mainland shoppers, which is why so many come to Hong Kong.

Enter Shangpin.com. The luxury goods web retailer brings the brands to the hinterland. Consumers order online and wait for delivery.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

E-stores unlock a wider world

Shopping for homeware is akin to buying clothes. Would you commit without seeing the item in person, feeling its finish and judging 'in the flesh' whether it will be the right fit, either for your figure or your living room?

People are doing both. Shopping online for household kit is the retail story of our time, and it's far bigger than home-delivered groceries.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

In a cultural war against their oppressors, women have rewritten the ABC of desire

Hong Kong women, take note: a new sexual revolution is under way. That is, if The New York Times is to be believed. Headlined 'For the A-Cup Crowd, Minimal Assets Are a Plus', the paper claims more American women are becoming proud members of the small-chested crowd. AAA- to A-cup sizes are in, padding is out and silicon is a no-no.

4 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Shoppers turn to net for quick fix

As the retail sector looks for new ways to make the customer experience more rewarding and optimise efficiencies, consumers in Asia are increasingly using online shopping and one-click convenience to check the availability and choice of merchandise.

18 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Technological toy aids learning

A new personal computer designed to recognise the abilities of children aged between three and 12 will be launched in Hong Kong next year.

The product was jointly developed by Iceland-based technology firm MIND, which focuses on cutting-edge products for children, and Spanish retailer Imaginarium, which specialises in products for young people and families.

18 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

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