Thursday, December 19, 2019

Cross-border shopping to benefit from seasonal Ecommerce spike according to PayPal

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, bringing with it an ecommerce frenzy. The spike in online purchases during this time of the year also offers a unique opportunity for Filipino retailers: cross border shopping.

“There is a definitely a real opportunity for Filipino entrepreneurs to connect with global consumers. Chinese consumers are particularly promising, given the Philippines' improved bilateral relations with the world’s second largest economy,” said Nagesh Devata, General Manager for Cross Border Trade, Asia Pacific, PayPal.

According to PayPal’s Cross-Border Consumer Research in 2018, there is a healthy appetite for ecommerce in the Asia Pacific region, with 48 percent of consumers shopping cross-border.[1]Last year, PayPal reported a record-breaking USD 1 billion+ in mobile payment volume for the first time ever on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.[2]

For many traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, embracing an omni-channel strategy that includes ecommerce has paved the way for more sales opportunities, especially during this time of year.

“The festive season, stretching from the end of November with Black Friday through to February with Chinese New Year, typically marks a critical time for small retailers to maximize their business opportunities and boost sales,” said Devata. “For some, these months can generate the profits needed to cover operations for the year.”

The world has become much smaller as digital commerce platforms like PayPal enable merchants and consumers from all over the world do business with one other, to take advantage of opportunities by connecting them with global consumers, allowing SMEs and micro enterprises more opportunities to thrive.

With many holiday purchases now being done online and global consumers opting to shop cross-border, PayPal shares three tips on how retailers can prepare their businesses for seasonal success:

1.      Plan for mobile– Mobile devices have become the preferred platform for shopping due to their convenience. While majority of cross-border purchases in 2018 were still made via desktop, laptop or notebook, the percentage of purchases on mobile is growing. In fact, 32 percent of all cross-border purchases in Asia Pacific was done on mobile.[3]

2.      Check your website security– Research by HubSpot has found that 82 percent of online users avoid sites flagged as ‘not secure’ by their browser. This makes it essential for businesses to strengthen their website security and ensure that their ecommerce pages are compliant with the local laws of their target markets.[4]

3.      Offer more payment optionsAccording to PayPal, many consumers will cancel transactions if their preferred or trusted form of payment is unavailable. The 2018 cross-border study shows that two-thirds of online shoppers will only use a payment option or brand they recognize when making a purchase.[5]

By knowing how to effectively use online and digital channels to sell, small retailers and SMEs can make the most out of the festive season and stay ahead of the competition.

[1]PayPalCross-Border Consumer Research 2018 Report
[3] PayPalCross-Border Consumer Research 2018 Report
[4] Research (2017), SSL matters to consumers,
[5]PayPalCross-Border Consumer Research 2018 Report

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Over ₱1 Million Worth of Giveaways on Shopee Live 12.12

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, invites everyone to catch its 12.12 Grand Christmas Show starring Jose Mari Chan on December 12. Viewers can tune in to the 15-hour stream on Shopee Live starting at 9AM for a chance to win over ₱1 million worth of giveaways including an iPhone 11, JBL Bar 2.1, Xiaomi Electric Scooter, and more.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing, Shopee Philippines, said, “As Christmas draws closer, we are excited to enhance the Shopee Live experience to engage and entertain our Flipino users. Shoppers can look forward to another fun and interactive show where they can win Shopee coins, vouchers, and product giveaways. We invite everyone to make the most of our deals and promotions as we close 2019 with our final sale of the year.” 

Consumers can look forward to special appearance by Shopee brand ambassador, Jose Mari Chan at the 12.12 Grand Christmas Show. Viewers will be treated to a live performance by Jose Mari Chan in real-time as he performs his iconic Christmas songs. He will also be unboxing a special Shopee Balikbayan Box with over ₱100,000 worth of products. One lucky viewer will stand a chance to win the entire box of giveaways.

Key highlights of Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale on December 12

On December 12, Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale promises a full day of exciting promotions. Key highlights include:

     All-day sitewide free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend
     50% off deals: Score amazing deals across categories where consumers can get an iPhone 11, Nintendo Switch, and Avision 50” TV at 50% off.
     Hourly Flash Deals: Users can look forward to an upsized session of flash deals to score their favorite products for as low as ₱9.
     Shopee Shake: There will be 8 sessions of Shopee Shake with exciting prizes including an iPhone 11, McDonald’s Shake Shake Fries, and Shopee coins from a pool of 2 million.
     Shopee Catch: Shopee Catch players can win from a pool of over ₱1 million worth of coins and vouchers.
     ₱1 Game: Users can look forward to amazing prizes in Shopee’s ₱1 Game including an iPhone 11 Pro Max, Xiaomi Mi 9T, and Samsung Galaxy A70.
     Up to 90% off from leading brands and more: Pampers, Pantene, Safeguard, Olay, Enfagrow, Unilever, Maybelline, Nestle, INSPI, and more will be giving exclusive discounts up to 90% off. Electronic brands including Vivo, Tigernu, Globe, and Huawei, as well as lifestyle brands like SM Store and Bosch will also be offering special discounts to Shopee users.

Find out more about Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale at

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