SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DHgate.com, a leading e-commerce marketplace focused on cross-border trade of Chinese goods, announces its 10th anniversary, celebrating having become the leading, online shopping gateway for emerging and popular Chinese brands that are otherwise difficult to source in American retail stores and sites. DHgate invites its customers and fans alike to take part in the celebration with DHgate's 10th Anniversary Sale—a site-wide promotion with vast discounts across popular products.
Bridging the best of Eastern manufacturing with Western e-commerce skill
China is considered the world's manufacturer. In the early days of e-commerce, sourcing Chinese merchandise brought along a substantial mark-up thanks to extensive middlemen across the supply chain. Even today, there is a great difficulty in buying brands not readily found outside of China for the international consumer as the leading Chinese manufacturers don't spend a large amount of money on brand marketing or the capability to create an online marketplace in which to sell their goods.
In 2004, with just ten employees in Beijing, China, DHgate's online debut changed that. DHgate provides direct, transactional access to China goods for small-to-medium enterprises and consumers – significantly reducing costs for a wide variety of products coming straight from leading manufacturers.
"DHgate was inspired by the Chinese city of Dunhuang, which was a major stop on the ancient Silk Road trading route connecting the east to the west," said ecommerce visionary and founder of DHgate Diane Wang. "It was my dream for DHgate to become the virtual gateway for global trade."
Now with 1,000 employees, DHgate has a global customer base with over 5.5 million buyers in more than 220 countries and regions, and 1.2 million Chinese sellers that use DHgate as their storefront. The U.S. is the top market for both sales and total customer base, with organic growth in the market accounting for 50 percent of total merchandise sales for the company.
"Our mission is to empower anyone to buy and sell globally," continues Ms. Wang. "With the increase of globalization, I believe cross border e-commerce will revolutionize international trading and help advance the global economy like never before. By going through DHgate, buyers can avoid high mark-ups that often come with sourcing goods domestically."
Top categories include cell phones and accessories, electronics, computers and networking, health and beauty, and fashion and bridal.
"Our business is to provide the best quality products we source from China," said Eric Siversen, CEO, Center Link Media. "They know how to make products that rival well-recognized global brands, but we would often find it difficult to find new brands without having to invest a lot of time and resources that go with researching, testing and setting up a new vendor relationship. With DHgate, Center Link Media gets the best guaranteed pricing and the assurance that new products are superior in every way."
Celebrating the decade of Innovation with top promotions and deals
DHgate celebrates ten years of bringing innovative products to buyers across the globe by offering one of the largest, site-wide deals and promotions in the history of the shopping site. From August 1-5, 2014, the site will be incorporating a red envelope giveaway where any online shopper who visits the site will receive a $10 coupon on orders over $50. Users can also win $100 or $1,000 vouchers across the site. A grand prize for one lucky winner will receive an all-expense paid roundtrip to China for two people.
Beginning August 5th and running through August 19th, shoppers will get a chance to find incredibly steep discounts on products across consumer electronics, mobile and tablets, fashion and accessories, home goods and automotive supplies. The site will have a dedicated section for top Chinese brands. DHgate will showcase a large selection of in-demand products for its now permanent Daily Deals section as well as offering a specialized deal page where every item is $10, including many items normally found for much higher prices in U.S. retail stores.
Founded in 2004, DHgate is the first-to-market, transactional e-commerce platform focused on cross-border trading China goods. More than 5.5 million enterprise and consumer buyers from more than 220 countries and regions source goods through DHgate, including consumer electronics, cell phones accessories, health and beauty, and fashion and bridal. DHgate is the second online retail company founded by Diane Wang - she previously sold joyo.com to Amazon in 2004, today known as Amazon China. The company is headquartered in Beijing and has teams and offices across the globe. Learn more at www.dhgate.com.
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