Online Shopping

Cyber Monday spending jumps 18pc from last year

The  Monday after Thanksgiving has been the biggest US online shopping day of the year since 2010. Photo: AP

Cyber Monday is still on top.

Retailers from Wal-Mart Stores to Amazon started rolling out “cyber” deals at the beginning of last month and kept them going. That led some to wonder if earlier sales would put a dent in Cyber Monday sales.

Wednesday, 4 December, 2013, 3:17pm

HK$12.6 billion in 6 hours: Chinese ‘Singles Day’ fuels world's largest shopping spree

A staff member responds to customers' online questions at the headquarters of a Tmall online shop in Guangzhou ahead of the "Singles' Day" shopping promotion. Photo: Xinhua

China’s biggest online trading platform Alibaba Group was set to smash its own record for e-commerce spending on Monday after its annual sales promotion generated more than a colossal 10 billion yuan (HK$12.6 billion) in online transactions in just six hours.

11 Nov 2013 - 3:31pm 1 comment

The great race for China's online fashion market

A MasterCard survey last year found that Chinese internet users shop online the most.

While the US has the largest and most established e-commerce market in the world, it's no secret that Asia and, specifically, China, is catching up fast.

17 Jun 2013 - 10:23am

Yahoo to peddle fresh farm produce from Japan via online supermarket

Yahoo e-commerce chief Jenny Li with some premium fruit.

The internet giant's Hong Kong subsidiary has partnered with the JA Miyazaki Agricultural Economic Federation, which bands together farm co-operatives in Japan's Miyazaki prefecture, and Yamato Transport, one of the country's largest door-to-door delivery service providers, to introduce Yahoo Supermart exclusively to the city.

6 Jun 2013 - 4:15am

Men twice as likely to be 'shopaholics', says Taobao report

The average Taobao-user in Hong Kong makes an average of 780 transactions in a year. Photo: Thomas Yau

Men are twice as likely as women to become "uncontrollable shopaholics", most shopping is done at night and Jiangsu, not Shanghai, is home to the country's most adventurous shoppers.

22 May 2013 - 2:23pm

Internet proves saviour for traditional bookshop

Desmond Wong says people want a quick and easy way to buy books without having to spend hours shopping around. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

When Desmond Wong Yik-bun came up empty-handed from a search of Hong Kong's bookstores, his quest to find the title he was after took him on the first steps towards a new business. On a trip to Taiwan, he not only found the book but discovered that the island has far more publishers than in his home city. And, crucially for Hong Kong, the island's publishers offer more books in traditional Chinese characters.

20 May 2013 - 4:24am

Net trades keep DHL profit in express lane

Shipments being checked at a facility run by DHL, which is posting double-digit growth from online retail activity. Photo: Dickson Lee

Joyce Chan, a seasoned online shopper in Hong Kong, spends up to six hours and between HK$8,000 and HK$18,000 each month shopping for handbags and apparel from Europe and the United States.

18 May 2013 - 3:41am

Online shoppers head into new waters for best deals

More mainlanders are shopping directly through overseas websites. Photo: Reuters

When Shenzhen mother Luo Qing wants to buy products for her one-year-old son her favoured option is haitao, or shopping directly from overseas websites. The 27-year-old online media editor spends about 4,000 yuan (HK$4,995) to 5,000 yuan every month buying products such as baby formula, rice powder, bibs, and silicone teething beads from big shopping portals such as Amazon, Drugstore, and eBay in the United States and others in Europe.

7 May 2013 - 4:22am

Big discounts are just a click away at Yahoo Outlet

Jenny Li says Yahoo plans to focus on apparel, electronics and household products for its new online outlet. Photo: Nora Tam

Internet giant Yahoo launched in Hong Kong yesterday Yahoo Outlet, an online shop selling discounted branded products ranging from apparel, electronic devices, stereo and hobby items to home decor and appliances.

19 Apr 2013 - 5:27am

Never was so much bureaucracy employed with so little effect

Where's the uniqueness?

The Sai Kung District Management Committee clearly has too much time on its hands. We see that it has established a working group comprising the Lands Department, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the police, the Transport Department and the Sai Kung District Office. It must surely be a matter of some weight within the community for these bodies to come together.

19 Apr 2013 - 4:05am 9 comments

Net regret: drunken text messages and internet shopping

A woman shops for wine on Amazon's Internet site. Photo: AFP

Remember the old days when you’d come home after having too many glasses of chardonnay and would indulge in a bout of “phone fingers” – otherwise known as drunken dialing? Back then, before everyone had a mobile phone, the sight of those enticing buttons could overwhelm even the most self controlled expatriate.

10 Apr 2013 - 12:54pm

Fashion and hi-tech score again

The love affair between the fashion and digital worlds has been in full bloom for some time now.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:41am

Pregnancy belly gains popularity among online shoppers

Shopping website Taobao sells silica gel bellies to women.

There are myriad reasons to fake a pregnancy and an unusual product that helps people do just that is rising in popularity on shopping websites - a silica-gel "belly".

24 Mar 2013 - 6:41am

Alizila crunched the numbers on China's online shoppers

Alizila crunched the numbers on China's online shoppers

Presently only 40 per cent of Chinese internet users have made an online purchase, but that number is set to grow fast.

28 Feb 2013 - 12:12pm

EBay sales get holiday boost from mobile push

EBay beat some estimates for fourth-quarter revenue.

EBay, operator of the world's largest online marketplace, reported fourth-quarter revenue that topped some analysts' estimates, helped by record holiday sales on the web and mobile devices.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:27am