E-commerce narrows gaps between businesses

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019 07:02

Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Ben Tre Nguyen Huu Lap addresses the seminar “E-commerce-breakthrough solutions for businesses”, held in the southern province of Ben Tre on Tuesday. — Photo bentre.gov.vn

E-commerce allows small and medium enterprises to close the gap between them and large enterprises thanks to the equal and flexible competitiveness of the digital business environment.

The remark was made by Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Ben Tre Nguyen Huu Lap at the seminar titled ‘E-commerce-breakthrough solutions for businesses’, held in the southern province of Ben Tre on Tuesday.

The event, attended by provincial authorities and more than 300 enterprises in the Mekong Delta region, aimed to share and update information on the trend of e-commerce development in the country. It created favourable conditions for enterprises of all economic sectors to approach e-commerce solution providers, gradually exploit the benefits of e-commerce, boosting brand promotion and increasing business efficiency.

"Thanks to e-commerce, consumers can access an unlimited source of diversified brands and products," Lap told the seminar, co-organised by Ben Tre Department of Industry and Trade, the Viet Nam E-Commerce Association and the Department of E-Commerce and Digital Economy, under the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

However, at present, many businesses had not grasped and fully exploited the advantages of e-commerce but still focused on traditional sales channels, Lap said.

At the seminar, experts said that the development of science and technology and drastic changes in production methods, management, services and trade brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution required businesses to innovate thinking, build online business models with abundant supply systems to enter the market, meeting the requirements of distributors and importers.

Nguyen Ngoc Dung, Vice Chairman of Viet Nam E-Commerce Association (VECOM) said that in 2018, Viet Nam witnessed strong growth of e-commerce with an average rate of over 30 per cent. E-commerce sales posted over US$4 billion in 2015 and reached $7.8 billion in 2018. They are expected to touch $13 billion by 2020.

According to Deputy Director of the Department of Industry and Trade of Ben Tre Province Nguyen Van Niem, provincial leaders pay special attention and create favourable conditions for enterprises to develop e-commerce. Currently, the number of businesses applying e-commerce to business activities and trade is increasing.

Notably, since April, Ben Tre Department of Industry and Trade has co-operated with the Viet Nam E-Commerce Association and Lazada Group to implement the program "Online Day of Ben Tre Coconut Village". So far, 16 enterprises, co-operatives and coconut villages in Ben Tre are participating in the programme, selling 1,877 kinds of coconut products.

Niem said that at present, Ben Tre Department of Industry and Trade was planning to build an e-commerce platform to sell specialties of the province to help local businesses promote and sell goods.

In the future, the Department will continue to support local businesses in developing e-commerce such as organising training courses, co-ordinating with Lazada to promote local products, encourage businesses to participate in sales on lazada.vn, building free websites for businesses, develop an online brand set for key products of Ben Tre province, Niem said. — VNS

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