E-tailing summit debuts in Hong Kong
THE Asian E-tailing (Electronic retailing) Summit debuted yesterday in Hong Kong, offering a one-stop platform for business professionals and online retail experts to examine the latest sourcing trends and market intelligence.
A joint ceremony was held for the one-day summit and the SmartBiz Expo, both organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
Speaking at the ceremony, Bernard Chan, Hong Kong’s under-secretary for commerce and economic development, said that organizing the two SME-focused events is timely given the business potential that will be unleashed by the Belt and Road Initiative.
Chan also highlighted Hong Kong’s unique trading and logistics role, which is strengthened by the free flow of capital, goods and information, unparalleled trading and global supply-chain management services as well as its world-class logistics and telecommunications infrastructure.
HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong said that the changing economic landscape and the evolving digital era pose challenges as well as offer business opportunities, especially for SMEs.
“To help enterprises capture new opportunities, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council is pleased to launch the HKTDC SmartBiz Expo and the Asian E-tailing Summit to provide timely insights, inspiration, and a platform for action and interaction,” Fong said.
Focusing on Asia, the summit sessions centered on three themes: digital consumption, cross-border e-commerce and social commerce, and omni-channel strategies, while examining the challenges and opportunities presented by e-tailing.