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Dongxing named top 100 county for online shopping

(chinadaily.com.cn) 2015-05-15

Dongxing ranked 27th in the list of "2014 Top 100 Chinese Online Business Counties" published by Ali Research Institute on May 11, according to Dongxing E-Commerce Association.

This was Dongxing's second time to win the honor after the first in 2013. The county-level city in Fangchenggang retained its position as the leading county in Guangxi for online business. All the indexes of Dongxing were higher than those of the only other competitor from Guangxi, Pingxiang.

According to the analytical data, the prosperity of online commerce is closely related to local small businesses, entrepreneurs and consumers.

With location and policy advantages, Dongxing's online business in fields such as ASEAN specialty foods, mahogany furniture, agilawood and local agricultural products is growing rapidly.

With a total population of 140,000, Dongxing has 13,000 people working in online businesses. A total of 17 express enterprises provide services in the city. In 2014, online business reached 700 million yuan ($112.84 million) of total transactions, amounting to 8.4 percent of the city's GDP.

Meanwhile, rural e-commerce has become active in recent years. Many villagers start business by selling specialty foods on WeChat or Taobao.

According to Liang Yinghua, president of Dongxing E-commerce Association, 2.41 million online commerce sales were achieved in 2014 and over 800,000 deals were made in the first four months of this year.

By Feng Lu and edited by Andrew Ancheta

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