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Youth enjoy online shopping

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:35 am

Vietnamese teenagers have started a new trend of purchasing items online from websites.

The surface of website Vietnamese teenagers  start a new trend of purchasing items online from websites

Websites like,, and have now become very popular with students.

Although this concept has just been introduced this September, the site has already attracted more than one million customers for consumer items like food, clothes and mobile phones.

Customers purchasing an item or a service during special hours can often enjoy a huge discount of more than 30 – 60 percent.

This selling strategy was created by a company called Groupon whose three co-founders were Andrew Mason, Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell.

Groupon, a deal-of-the-day website is growing fast with projected revenue of USD500 million for 2010. This group-buying giant has reportedly rejected Google’s massive USD6 billion acquisition offer and intends to stay independent.
The way Groupon works is that if a certain number of people sign up for an offer, then the deal becomes available for all; however, if a predetermined minimum number is not met then no one gets the deal that day. This reduces risk for retailers who can treat the coupons as quantity discounts as well as sales promotion tools.

Customers have an option to pay cash on delivery or through internet. Pham Quynh Mai living in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, felt happy and satisfied with the service as she was informed before the delivery was sent to her house.

However, the new shopping method comes with a few shortcomings. Le Minh Duy, a student of Foreign Trade University in Ho Chi Minh City purchased a coupon for practicing yoga but found that he had to visit offices in district 8 and district 2 several times to reclaim a coupon when the delivery failed. Besides some customers are showing concern at the quality of items they purchase online.

Despite the shortcomings, online shopping has been welcomed by Vietnamese, most of who are young customers. Mr. David Tran, chief operating officer of the website observed that young people chose products and services with quality and prestige in mind. Not withstanding, online shopping websites have been mushrooming in Vietnam.

Source: SGGP

Major fire at shopping center in Central Highlands city

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Thick, black smoke began pouring out of an artificial flower shop set in a Pleiku City shopping center in the central highlands province of Gia Lai, scaring hundreds of people, said police on July 4.

Two firefighters battle the blaze at a shopping center in Pleiku City on July 4. (Photo:SGGP)

At 5:10 pm on July 4, the major fire erupted in the Ngoc Doanh shop on Ngo Gia Tu street, the busiest area in the city.

Fortunately, it was raining as the fire blazed.

Three fire trucks and dozens of firefighters arrived on the scene to control the fire.

According to an investigation, a short circuit on the second floor of the shop caused of the fire.

In related news, in Ho Chi Minh City, fire blazed out of at a wasted materials establishment on Nguyen Thai Binh Street in Tan Binh District at 6:40 am on July 5.

The shop was full of the waste materials such as paper and plastic so the fire burnt out quickly.

Four fire trucks and 40 firefighters were sent to the scene, controlling the fire by 8 am. 

Source: SGGP

Vietnam to pitch itself as a shopping destination

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Vietnam to pitch itself as a shopping destination

QĐND – Sunday, April 18, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

The latest national tourism promotion campaign will have a strong focus on shopping in order to entice more spending by local and foreign tourists, officials say.

This year’s “Vietnam -Your Destination” campaign plans to offer more shopping tour options to visitors, establishing more shopping centers at tourism sites, said Vu The Binh, head of the Travel Department under the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

Thailand and Malaysia have succeeded in developing shopping tourism with big sales programs, making great contributions to on-site exports and enabling reduced tour prices as sellers pay commissions to travel agents.

Up to 51 percent of spending by visitors to Thailand is on shopping, while the percentage in Vietnam is only 10-14 percent, Binh said.

To develop shopping-based tourism in the country, the VNAT will launch the “Impressive Vietnam Grand Sale 2010” program in the three major cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang in August and September, he added.

Under the program, visitors will be offered discounts of 10-50 percent when shopping at some tourism sites in the cities. They will also get VAT (value-added-tax) refunds, discount cards and/or shopping coupons at some supermarkets, souvenir shops, hotels, and tourism sites.

Some lottery programs will also be held at shopping centers for tourists, while shopping streets, handicraft streets and food streets will be set up in the three cities.

The VNAT will work with the departments of industry and trade in the cities to make lists of the program’s participants and products in order to produce promotional leaflets.

Do Xuan Ha, deputy head of the Trade Promotion Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said shopping brochures with contact details of shops offering discounts will be distributed among visitors soon.

Since it is being implemented for the first time this year, the program selects only prestigious trade centers and big shops for participation. Participants who sell fake or low quality products will be heavily fined, Ha said.

However, deputy head of the VNAT, Nguyen Quang Phuong, admitted that Vietnamese goods are not attractive and diversified enough for visitors. “The problem originates from the production stage. We are trying to deal with it, but it needs more time.”

Nguyen Cong Hoan, vice director of the travel agent Hanoi Redtour, said: “We should attract visitors not only with low-priced tours, but take measures to encourage them to spend as much money as possible in our country,” he said. He noted that Vietnamese tourists spend just $250-300 to buy a tour to Thailand, but splurge an additional $500-700 on buying products and services in the neighboring country.

Source: TN

Source: QDND