SANTIAGO, Chile, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 23, at the APEC CBET Workshop in Santiago, Chile, experts from leading B2B cross-border e-commerce firm DHgate.com, global communications giant Tencent, international payment service provider UnionPay, and successful e-commerce entrepreneurs introduced 300 Chilean MSMEs (micro-small-and-medium sized enterprises) to the cross-border e-commerce industry ecosystem and value chain, in order to provide Chilean MSMEs with a better understanding of the opportunities and disruptive impact of cross-border e-commerce, and new technologies in the areas of internet financing, payments, and social commerce they can leverage to run and grow their businesses.
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During the workshop, the industry experts explained the roles of marketing, payments, customer service, trust and safety, logistics, internet finance, and all other components of the industry ecosystem in cross-border e-commerce. The APEC CBET Chile workshop not only included speakers from DHgate.com, Tencent, and UnionPay, but also local leaders such as the Executive Director of the Chile Pacific Foundation Loreto Leyton, the Director of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce George Lever, the Chief of Staff for the Trade Minister of Chile Nicolas Shubert.
Vice President of Tencent Qidian Wang Xiangyu discussed social commerce, which is the use of social channels to facilitate commerce and transactions, and the way it is changing the way international and domestic business communications alike are realized. Mr. Xiangyu explained to the audience, "Digitalization has accelerated globalization and has already changed the way we communicate, most people already use mobile, Tencent has expertise in this area and would like to help all of you to improve efficiency and grow your network." DHgate and Tencent Qidian are currently co-developing a next generation social commerce app together.
The head of Union Pay Chile, Chen Jianpeng explained the new financial services available that are specifically designed for MSMEs to utilize for cross-border e-commerce business. He explained how MSMEs should take advantage of the availability of short-term financing in order to scale up their digital trade businesses, "UnionPay is seeking to help MSMEs with our many new and innovative internet finance service products, and worldwide online payment methods. These alternative payment and financing methods are becoming more and more popular, and this trend is reshaping people's lives and the way we run businesses."
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Successful DHgate.com seller and General Manager of BabyOnline, Ms. Shen Min, explained how her life has been changed thanks to DHgate.com, which allowed her to start a small business when she was only in her 20's, and then scale it up in size until she became a top seller, without having to sacrifice time with her children. In just four years of development, her company's annual sales are over 1.4 million US dollars, her business covers over 200 markets, has its own factory, and needs only 70 employees to operate. 60% of her orders come from the United States, Canada, and Australia.
The APEC CBET program is a worldwide recognized cross-border e-commerce capacity building program for MSMEs supported by DHgate.com, and has been endorsed by APEC since 2013. APEC CBET seeks to provide MSMEs with the necessary training they need to go global, and have trained thousands of MSMEs throughout the APEC region. Workshops have been increasing in frequency since an official report was released by the USC Marshall School of Business funded by APEC that stated 73% of APEC economies indicated that cross-border e-commerce will be the next disruptive force on their economies. APEC CBET was recently featured in a policy paper to economic leaders at the G20 Hangzhou in September as a potential solution for empowering global MSMEs to access global markets.
DHgate.com is the first to market and the biggest B2B transactional cross-border 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.