LIMA, Peru, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the APEC CBET eLearning platform was launched by Diane Wang APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) SME (small-and-medium sized enterprises) working group co-chair and also founder and CEO of DHgate.com. The APEC CBET eLearning platform offers free English language online courses for learning how to start a cross-border e-commerce based business. CBET stands for Cross-Border E-commerce Training and is the e-commerce capacity building program that has been endorsed by APEC since 2013, and seeks to provide small-and-medium sized enterprises with the necessary training they need to go global. APEC CBET holds training workshops throughout the APEC region and has educated thousands of SMEs since its inception.
The APEC CBET eLearning platform was a collaborative project between ABAC and Wenzhou-Kean University. The platform was designed for small businesses and individuals to obtain the most professional, practical, and localized cross-border e-commerce knowledge, skills, and entrepreneurial guidance. The website features 2 course modules designed by industry experts that award students with electronic certificates upon successful completion: Introduction to Cross-Border E-commerce, and Trust and Safety in Cross-Border E-commerce.
Introduction to Cross-Border E-commerce teaches students a basic understanding of the entire cross-border e-commerce industry ecosystem, featuring units that teach e-commerce industry trends; customer service; marketing; localization; payments; logistics; returns, refunds, and exchanges; internet finance; trust and safety; and future trends. Trust and Safety in Cross-Border E-commerce teaches students how cross-border e-commerce platforms work with buyers and sellers to provide a safe and ethical operating environment for conducting international trade digitally, this course offers units detailing risk management, automated mechanisms, manual mechanisms, 3rd party mechanisms, and intellectual property protection.
In recent years, G20 and APEC leaders have reached a consensus that cross-border e-commerce is one of the best ways to empower local SMEs to reach global markets, after a study from the USC Marshall School of Business funded by APEC titled: Driving Economic Growth Through Cross-Border E-Commerce in APEC: Empowering MSMEs and Eliminating Barriers, revealed that 74% of APEC economies have indicated that cross-border e-commerce will be the key disruptive force on their economy over the next 3 years. The conclusions from this study are overwhelming, proving that 60-80% of e-commerce exporters survive their first year in business compared with a 30-50% survival rate for traditional businesses and 30-40 different economies are reached on average by e-commerce export firms, compared with traditional exporters who reach an average of 3-4 economies. This report specifically endorses APEC CBET for training SMEs to use cross-border e-commerce.
DHgate.com is the first to market and the biggest transactional cross-border B2B e-commerce marketplace in China, aiming to provide global buyers with quality products at competitive prices. Founded in 2004, DHgate.com has approximately 10 million global buyers from 230 countries and regions, with 1.4 million global sellers offering 40 million products. DHgate.com's business enables buyers to directly access global manufacturers of the world's top brands with rich product selections. DHgate.com is an all-in-one platform with integrated services for international logistics, cross-border payments, internet financing, etc. DHgate.com's US, UK, Spain, and UAE product distribution warehouses allow for 24 hour delivery and convenient product returns & refunds, bringing great convenience to buyers at http://www.dhgate.com.
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