Illustrative image (Source: blog.paycorp.co.za) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s e-commerce market is predicted to boom in the near future, given that 53 percent of the population uses the internet and nearly 54 million people use smartphones. Statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s E-Commerce and Information Technology Agency showed 70 percent of purchases via social media were made on Facebook this year, up slightly from 2017. Facebook was more regularly visited by shoppers, with 77 percent of online shoppers using it for purchases, compared to 5 percent on Zalo. Among more than 1,000 respondents to a survey by CBRE Vietnam, a quarter currently or previously sold products online. Some 66 percent used Facebook for sales, 49 percent used Shopee and 26 percent used Lazada. According to experts, trade volume via e-commerce reached 4.07 billion USD in 2015, hit 5.1 billion USD in 2016 and 6.2 billion USD in 2017. The figure is forecast to surge … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s e-commerce forecast to boom
The International Tourism Fair was held in HCMC last September by the tourism ministry and the city. Originally meant to attract visitors to the country, the fair, over the last 14 years, has instead become a place for foreign tourism agencies to find outbound Vietnamese tourists. At Japan and South Korea's tourism booths, guests get to try on traditional costumes. The Japanese booth was the biggest one this year. It and those of Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea dazzled with their modern design and eye-catching images that drew visitors like a magnet. The Cambodian booth had an idol of a four-sided god and a full-sized replica of a temple, and entertained visitors with non-stop music and dance performances. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism's (VNAT) booth on the other hand barely distinguished itself from last year with the agency thinking large photos of tourist attractions would suffice. Meagre tourism promotion budget At many meetings, VNAT leaders said the … [Read more...] about Vietnam tourism hamstrung by lack of funds for marketing
Viet Nam News We had a chat with RooM to find out more about their business, thoughts on stock photography and where the future might take us. RooM the Agency is one of the notable companies contributing to Focused Collection stock photo service. Could you tell us more about RooM the Agency, the essence of this project, the early beginnings and where you are now? In such a crowded marketplace, how do you position and differentiate yourself? What are some features or services that are unique to your agency? How many photographers actively contribute to your platform? How do you find and choose them? Could you tell us more about your photographers? Do they work full time as professionals or do you also have enthusiasts? Do you have a strict photo selection process? Is the technically perfect shot more important than an atmospheric one? What made you decide to start a mobile image collection? Does mobile photography sell well on your platform and what is the target … [Read more...] about ROOM THE AGENCY: Is free stock photography the future?
Illustrative image (Source: blog.paycorp.co.za) Hanoi (VNA) – E-commerce and online shopping are forecast to become a key trend in the world, accounting for 25 percent of the global retail revenue, experts said, suggesting Vietnam promptly complete infrastructure system to boost the growth of trade. According to the Vietnam E-Commerce and Digital Economy Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, a person spends an average of nearly 25 hours online every week, or over 3 hours per day. At the same time, nearly one third of Internet users conduct online shopping with expenditure of about 160 USD per person each year. It is estimated that in 2020, as many as 30 percent of the Vietnamese population will involve in online shopping with spending of 350 USD each per year. The most popular goods of online deals are garments, footwear (64 percent); books, music, stationeries (51 percent); cosmetics and personal caring products (40 percent), information technology and … [Read more...] about Complete infrastructure system crucial for e-commerce growth: experts
Sex toys, infidelity and penis size are generally hush hush topics in conservative Cambodia, but not on a taboo-busting video blog called "A Dose of Cath" that unabashedly wrestles with the risqué, drawing both applause and abuse in the patriarchal country. Hosted on Facebook, the show by a 23-year-old Cambodian woman tackles the finer points of sex education, women's health and gender imbalances in a country where the #MeToo movement has barely registered. A recent episode on a well-known 19th-century Cambodian poem that used to be taught in schools and advises women not to laugh too loudly gained nearly 350,000 views. The videos feature Catherine Harry, the pen name of the self-described feminist who featured in Forbes' 2018 "30 under 30" list of outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs in Asia. Having ditched her birth name more than 10 years ago, Cath is following in the footsteps of other Cambodian writers and media personalities turning to blogs and social media to make a name … [Read more...] about Sex, gender and social change: Cambodian blogger tackles taboos