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The 10 Biggest eCommerce Trends Set To Dominate in 2023
THE 10 BIGGEST ECOMMERCE TRENDS SET TO DOMINATE IN 2023

The eCommerce industry has a sizable market share in the Vietnamese economy and has shown impressive growth over the past two years due to the effects of the worldwide pandemic and social isolation.

After a year of society adjusting to the “new normal”, customers have started to buy at traditional stores again but the established trend of eCommerce consumption and the push from the wave of global digital transformation have encouraged businesses to change in order to suit the way the digital economy works.

Therefore, recognizing and anticipating the eCommerce trend of 2023 is extremely necessary for businesses’ New Year’s Marketing strategies to be implemented effectively and successfully.

Below is a list of 10 eCommerce trends that are forecast to “storm” the market in the next year.

Omnichannel

Omnichannel is an omnichannel sales model that helps businesses reach customers through many channels such as eCommerce websites, social networks, eCommerce platforms, chain stores, and distribution agents but operating in just one management system. 

Additionally, there is a second type of sales model called “Multi-channel” that differs from Omnichannel in that it allows for discrete marketing content, unlinked data, and independent channel operation.

When purchasing across numerous channels, continuous and seamless updates result in a heterogeneous and seamless customer experience.

The 10 Biggest eCommerce Trends Set To Dominate in 2023
The difference between Omnichannel and Multichannel

Due to the lifting of social distance restrictions, consumers are beginning to return to in-store buying after two years of online shopping.

However, that doesn’t mean that eCommerce’s growth momentum is stagnant; on the contrary, it keeps exploding.

Businesses there make use of the current rise in popularity of online shopping to encourage the use of Omnichannel to improve the varied and efficient shopping experience.

As researchers have noted:

  • An estimated 56% of customers use smartphones to look up products while in a retail store.
  • Nearly 75% of users use many different channels such as websites, social networks, and physical stores to shop.
  • Around 73% of eCommerce consumers say they take an Omnichannel approach throughout the experience journey. For example, after shopping at a store, shoppers continue to follow the brand’s website, social networking sites, and eCommerce platforms.

As a result, 2023 will still be recognized as a strong year for omnichannel in eCommerce.

Mobile Commerce

Mobile Commerce or mCommerce is a business model that allows companies and individuals to deliver goods and services directly to consumers through handheld wireless devices such as smartphones and tablets.

According to Bankmycell, the number of smartphone users worldwide in 2022 is 6.648 billion, equivalent to 83.07% of the world population owning a smartphone.

Moreover, it is predicted that this number will increase to 7,516 billion by 2026. In addition, the percentage of global users participating in online shopping in 2022 accounts for 58.4%.

In Vietnam alone, interesting figures are listed in the Vietnam eCommerce White Book in 2022:

  • 88% of people’s means of accessing the Internet are mobile phones, while this rate will only reach 57% in 2021.
  • The percentage of Internet users participating in online shopping is 74.8%.
  • 91% of the electronic means commonly used to order online are mobile phones.
  • Among online shopping channels, 47% of users make purchases through mobile shopping applications.
The 10 Biggest eCommerce Trends Set To Dominate in 2023
Source: White book of Vietnamese eCommerce 2022

In upcoming years, the percentage of global people and Vietnamese people as well who own mobile devices and use them for online shopping is high and predicted to increase significantly. 

Social Commerce

Social commerce refers to the method through which companies advertise and sell goods and services online using social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Youtube, Zalo, etc. In other words, this type of business combines eCommerce and social media.

The impact of social networks has grown significantly in recent years. Over 59% of the world’s population uses social media, it is not surprising that this percentage will continue to rise. 

While in the past businesses used social media to raise brand awareness and draw in new customers, today eCommerce businesses boost sales by offering goods and services to clients online via social media.

As a result, it’s incredibly handy for customers to interact, exchange information, and search and shop online all in one location.

According to Statista, global social commerce sales will reach $992 billion in 2022 and are projected to reach nearly $3 trillion by 2026.

The 10 Biggest eCommerce Trends Set To Dominate in 2023
The global social commerce sales in 2026 are expected to reach 3000 trillion USD.

Thanks to the development of social networks, social commerce has had a strong acceleration and has become a magnet for brands to come to approach and analyze a large number of potential customers, and achieve marketing and sales goals.

As a result, failing to prioritize social commerce in enterprises’ marketing strategies in 2023 is probably to lead to a significant loss of competitive advantages in the eCommerce market.

Headless Commerce

Today, businesses have a lot of choices to build an eCommerce website, but basically, the structure of a website will include the following main parts:

  • Frontend: Everything the user sees and interacts with when accessing the website including the interface, content, and functions,… is received from the backend.
  • Backend: All the active parts of the website or app that are not visible to the user such as the database system, design tools, management tools, and custom functions.

For websites using a traditional structure, the frontend and backend will be operated on the same platform and from there will be closely connected with each other. Therefore, any changes on the website will be edited in two parts at the same time. However, with Headless Commerce, the backend and frontend will be decoupled from each other and operate independently on two separate systems.

The benefits of deploying Headless Commerce:

  • Increase customization
  • Increase Scalability
  • Increase the page load speed
  • Seamless integration
  • Multi-channel sales support
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The benefits of deploying headless commerce

By using the Headless structure, Nike has become a brand with a much larger market share than Adidas – a formidable competitor of Nike.

Moreover, Nike’s website recorded more than 60 million pageviews in just 1 month. In addition, the proportion of direct purchases without intermediaries also increased significantly.

From Nike’s Case Study, one of the practical alternatives for companies looking to encourage eCommerce sales growth is Headless Commerce.

Shoppertainment

Shoppertainment is a form of shopping combined with entertainment that is used as a marketing strategy to encourage customer engagement with brands and consequently increase shopping demand. Moreover, it is used and takes over most of the online commerce in the era of digital transformation, when eCommerce is positioned at the forefront of contemporary business trends.

Some common practices of Shoppertainment trends:

  • Live selling
  • Shoppable video
  • Gamification

These three practices all focus on entertainment and interaction. Then, the emotional element is aroused, leading to a series of unwise and unplanned shopping decisions. From a business perspective, this is beneficial for brands. TikTok‘s recent research proves it:

  • In Southeast Asia, 82% of consumers purchase goods from companies they hardly ever use.
  • 55% of consumers have made unplanned purchases.
  • After watching videos on TikTok, 89% of consumers made unplanned purchases.
  • Half of TikTok users confess to finding new brands or products while using the app.
  • One in three customers desires to purchase and is satisfied with it.
  • One in three customers wants to add fun and entertainment to shopping.
The 10 Biggest eCommerce Trends Set To Dominate in 2023
Source: TikTok

The growth of the Shoppertainment trend in recent years demonstrates the extreme demand for social interaction and connection following the period of Covid’s life.

Shoppertainment is the solution that businesses seek. This is a way to make the most of the customer’s biggest weakness – emotions.

When feelings of euphoria and joy are elicited during the shopping process, customers engage more, and purchase more unplanned products, conversion rates are higher, and sales follow.

AI Technology

Artificial intelligence now has a significant impact on eCommerce businesses in providing solutions to optimize the online shopping experience of customers. 

The following statistics demonstrate the incredible influence of AI on the eCommerce market and businesses operating in this field:

  • The AI-powered eCommerce market is estimated to reach 16.8 billion USD by 2030 (InsightAce Analytics).
  • In the retail eCommerce market, the value of AI is predicted to increase from $1.7 million in 2021 to $36.4 million in 2030 (Precedence Research).
  • 78% of brands have used AI for eCommerce websites (Oracle) 
  • Chatbot’s market value is predicted to reach 3.99 billion USD by 2030 (Grandview Research).
  • It is predicted that eCommerce transactions made through Chatbots will reach 112 billion USD in 2023 (Business Solution).
  • The cost of using AI Chatbots for customer care is 30% lower than hiring personnel to do this (Business Solution).
  • 79% of eCommerce business owners admit that combining AI with marketing and sales helps increase the company’s revenue (McKinsey).
  • 54% of businesses in France think that AI is good for analyzing eCommerce data (Statista).
  • 70% of eCommerce business leaders in Europe and North America think that AI technology can help optimize customer experience personalization (Statista).
  • 37% of users who click on an AI-driven eCommerce recommendation on their first visit to a website, return the next day (Investp).
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The impact of AI on eCommerce

Currently, there are two applications of AI technology that are commonly used in eCommerce:

Chatbots

For eCommerce businesses, Chatbots will be like salespeople who can interact directly with customers 24/7. This helps businesses narrow the distance in terms of geography and time zones, helping the sales and customer services process to take place effectively without interruption.

Personalized Advertising Campaigns

By collecting customer data, AI can create tailored content and recommendations for each specific customer. To improve marketing campaigns and personalize the customer experience, AI can also predict purchasing behavior based on a user’s browsing and search history, when the data is legally available.

VR/AR Technology

VR (Virtual Reality) is a modern technology that brings users into a simulated but still very realistic space with only 3D glasses (virtual reality glasses). The virtual world that the user sees is actually set up and controlled by a highly configurable computer system.

AR (Augmented Reality) is a new technology enhanced from VR technology. This technology has the potential to erase the boundary between the real world and the virtual 3D model. That is, users will experience virtual models in real space through smartphones or computers.

With a clear plan and the appropriate approach, Lazada has been in front of the augmented reality trend for a number of years and developed a certain competitive advantage in luring both consumers and sellers.

The 10 Biggest eCommerce Trends Set To Dominate in 2023
Lazada leverage AR technology to enhance user’s experience.

In particular, the VTO (Virtual Try On) function on Lazada includes a wealth of features to assist customers in freely selecting and trying goods like eyeshadow, eyeliner, foundation, and cushions whenever and wherever they like.

Since its launch, LazMall brand partners in the cosmetics sector have experienced tremendous success with the VTO function, which has helped to boost conversion rates by 3.1x and average order values by up to 11%.

KOL/KOC 

The rapid growth of social networks and eCommerce has given marketing efforts a fresh and original breeze thanks to KOL/KOC. Although KOL and KOC have long existed in some form, they have truly taken off in recent years.

KOL – Key opinion leader, also known as an “influencer”, is an individual or organization with expert product knowledge and influence in their field or industry.

KOC – Key Opinion Consumers are “the most influential consumers in the market”. Their job is to test products and services and make comments and reviews.

KOL will suit mid- to high-end brands, while KOC will suit mid-range brands. If KOL is used to select brand ambassadors, holiday season ambassadors, or product launch campaigns, KOC is used to boost sales in a short time or direct customers to websites or eCommerce platforms.

The 10 Biggest eCommerce Trends Set To Dominate in 2023
The difference between KOL and KOC

Some famous KOLs in Vietnam: Helly Tong, Giang Oi, Dino Vu, Co em Trendy, Chau Bui, Khanh Vy, Khoai Lang Thang,…

Some famous KOCs in Vietnam: Ha Linh, Call Me Duy, 1m88, Ong Giao Review, Chau Muoi, Hoang Viet, Pu Met 7,…

BOPIS

BOPIS – Buy Online Pick-up In Store is one of the shopping trends that promise to explode in 2023. Customers won’t have to be concerned about shipping costs, extended delivery times, or the risk of receiving unexpected goods when using BOPIS.

Businesses all around the world are pushing up their BOPIS implementation to meet customer expectations when merging online buying with in-person pickup. This is the ideal approach to boost store visits and close the gap between the offline and online buying experiences.

According to GlobeNewswire, the global BOPIS market is projected to reach $703 billion by 2027 with an estimated CARG of 19.3% between 2021-2027.

In addition, the following BOPIS trend statistics can help businesses consider implementing in 2023:

  • In the last 6 months of 2022, 67% of US consumers use BOPIS.
  • 49% of BOPIS consumers admit to buying more products while in store to pick up their items.
  • 65% of customers choose BOPIS to avoid shipping costs.
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Source: Invespcro

The BOPIS model also aids businesses in cutting expenses, expediting deliveries, boosting demand for retail goods, and lowering the risk of product returns.

UGC

User Generated Content, also known as UGC, includes text, photos, video and reviews. Because people are becoming less and less engaged in the brand’s message over the past ten years, UGC has grown in importance.

According to a recent Salesforce survey, 53% of Millennials think user-generated content (UGC) influences their shopping decisions, and 92% of consumers prefer content created by friends and family over that created by brands. The reason for the above numbers is trust.

Therefore, user-generated content (UGC), such as photos, videos, and customer evaluations, is trustworthy social proof and aids in the development of a company’s reputation.

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Source: Salesforce

In a nutshell, businesses must quickly adapt to evolving eCommerce and digital technology trends in order to avoid falling behind and being driven out of the market. By reading 10 eCommerce trends that stated and analyzed above, businesses will have an overview to be ready for the new journey.

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Wine eCommerce Shines Brilliantly In The Digital Era
WINE ECOMMERCE SHINES BRILLIANTLY IN THE DIGITAL ERA

Over time, the Covid-19 pandemic has greatly damaged the world economy, with significant consequences for investors and business owners across a wide range of sectors, including the wine sector.

Sales of alcoholic beverages have decreased dramatically as a result of the closure of hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs as well as the postponement of big events and festivals.

Despite the global economic issues, eCommerce must be considered among the industries that perform very well. Some companies across multiple areas have enthusiastically embraced eCommerce to weather the downturn.

Also, wine firms follow that wave of change, making eCommerce shine in the new era – the era of digital transformation. 

Why 2023 is the perfect year to deploy wine eCommerce?

Wine eCommerce growth statistic

  • Wine eCommerce sales reached $6 billion in 2021, an increase of 131% compared to 2020. In the two years 2021-2022, online wine sales increased by 4%, while in 2020 they only increased by 2%.
  •  The online revenue of the wine market reached more than 261 billion USD in 2022 and is expected to grow at 10.51% annually from 2022 to 2025.
  • According to IWSR, the global wine eCommerce market value will reach $42 billion by 2024.
  • An estimated 1.6% of the total liquor market revenue in 2023 will be generated from online sales.
  • The average annual growth rate of wine eCommerce in the US is around 20%.
Wine eCommerce Shines Brilliantly In The Digital Era
In recent years, wine eCommerce has achieved amazing success.

Key drivers of wine eCommerce growth

Global Pandemic

In the midst of the global pandemic-related crises, the wine business, like many others, saw a breakthrough in the speed of online purchasing.

When the pandemic breakout occurred, 44% of American consumers placed their first-ever online wine and liquor orders.

The year 2020 saw a 42% increase in wine eCommerce as a result. Online wine sales increased from just $1 billion in 2018 to $6 billion by 2021.

Young wine consumer

In the US, according to Avalara, Millennials and the legal drinking age population are steadily increasing.

By 2023, the Millennial generation is estimated to account for nearly 45% of the LDA (Legal Drinking Age) population under the age of 80. By 2030, this number is projected to be 54%.

Wine eCommerce Shines Brilliantly In The Digital Era
The significant increase in the number of young generation consumers is one of the important growth drivers for wine eCommerce in the future.

In Vietnam, Millennials (25–38 years old) and Gen Z (18–24 years old), often known as MillennialZ, currently make up 47% of the population or about 45 million people who are of drinking age. The population structure of the MillennialZ generation is expected to keep growing.

The primary factors influencing the growth of the eCommerce sector as well as the digital economy of Vietnam will also be the young people’s awareness of and keeping up with new trends in digital technology compared to previous generations.

Case study

iShop Changi Wines

The Duty Free Shop Group (DFS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) collaborated on the iShop Changi Wines eCommerce online project, which offers world-renowned and premium wines and spirits with exclusive discounts to visitors to Changi Airport, particularly those who are CAG members.

The iShop Changi Wines website is cutting-edge and exquisitely styled, showcasing the distinctive qualities of the wine industry as well as the aesthetics from page layout, color, font text, logo, and banner, all of which are guaranteed to optimize the purchasing experience while also, and this is crucial, emphasizing the identity and brand-development elements for both CAG and DFS.

Due to the fact that this is a project of well-known companies, the iShop Changi Wines website has consistently received a lot of traffic, averaging approximately 592 thousand views each month since its introduction.

Therefore, to combat the unexpected surge in traffic and orders during the busiest shopping seasons of the year, the eCommerce system must be continually enhanced and optimized.

Wine eCommerce Shines Brilliantly In The Digital Era
Two giants, CAG and DFS, have successfully cooperated in developing an online store for wine.

The fact that major corporations CAG and DFS both started and developed successful wine eCommerce websites shows the enormous potential of this industry now and in the future.

Previously, the business scope of wine businesses was quite limited, but now that limit has been broken thanks to the dominance of the Internet and the rise of eCommerce.

Moreover, the government’s assistance in lowering legal restrictions has given wine producers the assurance to confidently market their goods to a significant number of potential buyers in several nations across the world.

The Warehouse

The Warehouse, established in 2001, is renowned as a top supplier of wines and spirits in Vietnam, offering more than 16 different varieties of wine from numerous nations.

In addition, along with Annam Gourmet Market, Yves Rocher, and Flormar, this is another well-known retail brand of the Nam Group. Before being formally put on the market, products at The Warehouse are consistently inspected and carefully chosen to fulfill quality criteria.

The company has so far increased the reach of its distribution network across the nation, including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Quang Ninh, and Phu Quoc.

The Warehouse achieved its objective of serving the wine market with B2B and B2C business models by utilizing the Magento platform.

This implies that the business will broaden the retail channel to include private customers in addition to distributing wines to restaurants, hotels, resorts, pubs, and lounges.

A series of symbols, logos, and banners created especially to fit the characteristics of the wine industry are combined with Bordeaux red to create a website interface that is focused on UI/UX perfection.

Wine eCommerce Shines Brilliantly In The Digital Era
The Warehouse is one of the wine companies that successfully used Magento to create an eCommerce website.

The Warehouse is flexible, secure, and has quick ordering, payment, and delivery options. Therefore, customers can place orders through phone, mobile app, or eCommerce website.

Customers can then pick up their purchases from the store or, in major cities like HCM, Hanoi, and Da Nang, the company will deliver them quickly within 2 to 3 hours. In other places, conventional courier delivery takes 2 to 5 days.

The Warehouse has been successful in raising brand recognition, expanding its customer base, and increasing both offline and online sales as a result of the timely growth of its business model and digital transformation

Trentham Estate

Long-standing Australian company Trentham Estate Winery, founded in 1988, focuses on the manufacture and distribution of wine.

After many years in business, the company is well regarded for its creativity in the wine-making process, which resulted in a variety of wines with different delicious flavors. Also, the brand has received hundreds of medals, titles, and other industry awards.

In the beginning, the business created and ran a WordPress website system for branding purposes.

Trentham Estate, however, has been forced to increase its company scale by making a substantial investment in an entire eCommerce website system due to the growth of eCommerce and the increasingly varied purchasing needs of potential clients.

Wine eCommerce Shines Brilliantly In The Digital Era
Trentham Estate quickly develops an eCommerce website system to catch up with market trends.

In the beginning, the business created and ran a WordPress website system for branding purposes. Trentham Estate, however, has been forced to increase its company scale by making a substantial investment in an entire eCommerce website system due to the growth of eCommerce and the increasingly varied purchasing needs of potential clients.

That is what led to the creation of the website trenthamestate.com.au, which has a modern interface while still accurately capturing the distinctive features of the wine industry.

Similar to The Warehouse, Trentham Estate likewise creates an eCommerce website based on the Magento platform with a variety of features that satisfies eCommerce requirements and wine industry specifics.

Therefore, businesses can access and serve a wide range of large customer files not only in Australia and internationally thanks to effective marketing and branding strategies, towards a sustainable business model along with the changes of the digital age. 

​​It would be hard to believe that an industry as sensitive as wine could be traded online so easily and efficiently. In that efficiency and convenience, there is a great contribution of the trend of eCommerce and the comprehensive National Digital Transformation program that is committed to supporting by the Government. This is an extremely appropriate time for wine businesses to confidently deploy eCommerce because of the support from the Government and the push from the market.

However, planning to implementation are two completely different categories. Businesses are required to have a practical strategy and technical assistance from highly skilled firms to hasten the success journey and help advance the National Digital Transformation goal. 

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SHOPPERTAINMENT IS TIPPED TO BE THE FUTURE OF ECOMMERCE

The Covid-19 pandemic not only encourages the tremendous growth of eCommerce but also helps shift consumers’ priorities from in-store to online buying. However, instead of just buying, consumers frequently prefer to seek out novel, inspiring experiences.

Therefore, every company should strive to implement the approach of shopping combined with entertainment (Shoppertainment) in order to improve marketing effectiveness and boost sales.

What is Shoppertainment?

Shoppertainment is a combination of two elements “shopper/shopping” and “entertainment”.

Shoppertainment is described as “the provision of recreational or leisure facilities within or next to a retail store or shopping center, as part of a marketing strategy, which is designed to attract customers and stimulate purchasing” in the Oxford Dictionary (1990).

Shoppertainment Is Tipped To Be The Future Of eCommerce
What is Shoppertainment?

Many companies, notably IKEA, the biggest furniture retailer in the world, have used shoppertainment with success in the past. IKEA launched a campaign in 2019 called “IKEA nightclub – Tonight is to sleep” for 100 lucky individuals.

During this campaign, customers can partake in activities like manicures, massages, snacks, and tea instead of cocktails before spending the night in rooms with IKEA furniture that is soon to be released.

The brand has had remarkable sales success thanks to the campaign’s resonance in North America.

The shoppertainment trend, however, is no longer just restricted to stores or other physical locations thanks to the growth of eCommerce and digital marketing but has instead gained popularity and taken over online shopping activities.

In comparison to the prior definition, shoppertainment has been enlarged and changed. Shoppertainment is a trend that combines online shopping with entertainment, allowing buyers to engage with merchants in addition to purchasing products as usual.

In Vietnam and in the Asia-Pacific region, certain forms of entertainment-infused shopping are very common. Examples include live streaming, shoppable videos, and gamification.

What role does shoppertainment play in eCommerce?

According to the Vietnam eCommerce White Paper 2022, the size of the retail eCommerce market in Vietnam will increase from $11.8 billion in 2020 to $13.7 billion in 2021 and is estimated to reach 16.4 billion USD in 2022.

Meanwhile, the percentage of consumers shopping online on eCommerce websites is 78% in 2021, up 4% over the same period last year.

Because of the urgency, lack of options, and social isolation, the effects of the epidemic have actually contributed to a change in consumption tendencies from in-person purchases to online purchases.

Since that time, it has seen the quick decline of the conventional commerce model and the rise of eCommerce. By 2026, Statista projects that eCommerce sales will total $8.1 trillion.

Additionally, it is not surprising that consumers like shoppertainment. Although this combination is not novel, it promises to set the consumption trend in the years to come as eCommerce takes center stage.

The demand for online shopping will be higher there, and expectations for the best shopping experience—including both online shopping and fascinating experiences will also be higher.

Retail businesses around the world have seen a significant rise in sales during the outbreak by combining online shopping with live streams, entertainment videos, and video games to create real-time digital interactions with customers.

For instance, Taobao Live, which Alibaba introduced in 2016, saw a 150% surge in sales in 2020 when the epidemic first appeared in China.

“Shoppertainment is now a basic expectation. You really have to leverage engaging tools so the shopper gets to learn about the product, its superiority, and has fun along the way,” notes Alex Vogler, senior director and head of marketing, eBusiness, Procter & Gamble (P&G) Asia, Middle East, and Africa. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant negative impact on the human psyche, causing issues including depression and anxiety. On the other hand, a portion of the populace said that the social connections they were unable to have prior to the epidemic significantly improved their psychological well-being.

People need to connect with the community and others like them more than just for amusement. Brands have therefore concentrated on improving the consumer experience by transforming personal experiences into shared ones that bring communities together.

As an example, consider the hashtag #TikTokMadeMeBuyIt. Through the TikTok platform, users can easily and amusingly share their shopping experiences, resulting in videos going viral and receiving more than 4.5 billion views.

Shoppertainment will result in emotional and impulsive purchasing decisions since it emphasizes entertainment and connection. According to a recent TikTok research:

  • In Southeast Asia, 82% of consumers purchase goods from companies they hardly ever use.
  • 55% of consumers have made unplanned purchases.
  • After watching videos on TikTok, 89% of consumers made unplanned purchases.
  • Half of TikTok users confess to finding new brands or products while using the app.
  • One in three customers desires to purchase and is satisfied with it.
  • One in three customers wants to add fun and entertainment to shopping.
Shoppertainment Is Tipped To Be The Future Of eCommerce
TikTok study on recent shopping behavior by consumers

The studies mentioned above demonstrated the enormous influence that social networks and online shopping trends have on consumer decisions.

Because of this, Vietnamese retail companies have prioritized shoppertainment in their marketing plans.

Customers demand a more social and engaging online shopping experience, as well as the ability to connect and converse with one another while buying, which is the reason for any of this.

Best Shoppertainment practices

Live Selling

In recent years, both buyers and sellers in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) area have grown accustomed to live selling. Live selling is less common in the US and Europe than it is in APAC, but businesses there are nonetheless keeping an eye on this trend.

For instance, AliExpress initially introduced the live selling feature in France in May 2020, and since then, more than 3,000 live programs have been launched, with the involvement of more than 100 vendors.

Shoppertainment Is Tipped To Be The Future Of eCommerce
Live selling is one of Shoppertainment’s most prominent practices

The combination of sales, interaction, and entertainment makes this one of the top social selling strategies. Customers can interact with vendors directly, view actual product photos, and make decisions by pushing their shopping emotions.

Plus, the engaging social interactions that take place throughout live streaming help retailers make an impact on customers, resulting in a high return rate.

Due to the growth of the Shoppertainment trend and the effectiveness of live streaming in generating sales through social networks, eCommerce marketplaces have started to put more of an emphasis on investing in producing engaging entertainment material for users on their apps, particularly through live streaming.

The customer buying experience is improved by several well-known live stream channels, like TaobaoLive, LazLive, Shopee Live, TikiLive, etc.

These companies have the resources to develop this feature for themselves, but lower-budgeted companies can still try the live-selling concept by integrating Facebook or YouTube live stream with an eCommerce website.

Shoppable Video

Live-streaming videos will be effectively replaced by shoppable videos. One of the joys of using this type of video is that companies may produce videos in their own distinctive styles that quickly introduce customers to their products, explain how they operate, and demonstrate how to use them. These videos can be attached to an eCommerce website. Users can always click the product link in this kind of short video to find out extra details or to make a purchase. The short-form video has overtaken popular platforms like TikTok, Instagram Reels, and Youtube Shorts as the go-to method for branding, cultivating customer trust, and influencing purchasing decisions.

83% of people, according to Nielsen study, prefer watching videos of advertisements to GIFs or text. Short-form videos have gained popularity as a result of global digital transformation and consumer preference, and many brands now opt to use those as part of their video marketing strategies due to their useful advantages, which include the following:

  • Simplify the customer journey
  • Increase customer engagement
  • Improve the conversion rates
  • Get a boost in sales
  • Create brand loyalty
  • Build a better customer experience
Shoppertainment Is Tipped To Be The Future Of eCommerce
Shoppable Video will be an effective alternative to Live Selling

Gamification

Gamification or Gamification  Marketing is the skillful incorporation of a video game’s mechanics into promotional operations in a unique and impressive method to meet marketing objectives.

Gamification’s primary advantage, similar to live selling, is engagement, which keeps people on the site, drives conversions, and boosts sales.

Users are actually more likely to return for more shopping if a business can convince them that engaging with it is an interesting experience rather than a transaction.

A study by Bazaar Voice demonstrates the impact of gamification on businesses’ marketing strategies as follows:

  • 70% of shoppers want gaming elements incorporated into online shopping.
  • But only 42% of shoppers enjoy gaming in-store.
Shoppertainment Is Tipped To Be The Future Of eCommerce
Gamification piques users’ interest

For instance, take Bajaj Finserv’s Indian financial company’s Gamification Marketing campaign. The game was created by this firm to encourage people to use its travel loan services.

Users will complete tasks and respond to questions about their preferred travel destinations. Customers adored the campaign, and it immediately trended on Twitter with more than 75 million impressions.

Thus demonstrating Bajaj Finserv’s efforts to develop engaging experiences and provide them to customers in line with its marketing strategy. Brands attract more potential customers, enjoy the better engagement, and increase conversions as a result of the viral impact.

Shoppertainment has been around for a while, but it wasn’t until Covid-19’s effect that this trend truly took off. Businesses should take advantage of this trend to improve the online shopping experience for customers and increase sales in the era of eCommerce.

Due to the growing demands of customers for a better shopping experience and the ongoing changes in the market, achieving this goal is difficult and labor-intensive. As a result, companies must work with expert agencies to plan the proper eCommerce deployment from the start.

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3 Key Factors for National Digital Transformation Success
3 KEY FACTORS MAKE NATIONAL DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION SUCCESSFUL

When the Prime Minister approved the “National Digital Transformation Program to 2025, with a vision to 2030,” national digital transformation became formally a goal shared by the entire Vietnamese people in 2020.

Since then, localities, ministries, branches, and even the government have all gradually incorporated the term “Digital Transformation” and applications of digital technology into their everyday activities.

Thus, we all realize the significance and impact of the digital transformation trend. What essential elements, nevertheless, determine the National Digital Transformation Program’s success or failure?

Overview

What is Digital Transformation?

The process of using digital technology to completely alter each person’s lifestyle, each company’s business model, and each nation’s government operations in order to create new values and prospects for future development is referred to as transformation, also known as digital transformation.

Today, all businesses, big and small, have to decide whether to embrace innovation or risk lagging behind, becoming ineffective, and going out of business.
Furthermore, digital transformation involves- not just comprehending and utilizing technology but, more importantly, reinventing the complete business strategy as well as the vision and development priorities of the nation in relation to the global development trend.

3 Key Factors For National Digital Transformation Success
What is Digital Transformation?

According to data from Mordor Intelligence, the digital transformation age is shining in practically “every nook” of the global economy, confirming that this is not a “soon to fade” trend but rather a new and sustainable development orientation following the pandemic crisis.

  • The estimated value of the global market for digital transformation is $998.99 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach $2744.68 billion by 2026. The compound annual growth is 17.42%.
  • Global spending on digital transformation is expected to reach $1.6 trillion by the end of 2022 and surpass $3.4 trillion by 2026.
  • Over 90% of global businesses, both large and small, are adopting digital initiatives.
  • 97% of business executives say the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred digital transformation efforts.
  • 95% of startups have a digital business plan compared to 87% of traditional, established companies.
  • According to statistics, currently, only 13% of jobs do not require digital skills, and 33% are jobs that require proficiency and advanced digital skills.

In Vietnam alone, the government has established a National Digital Transformation Program for 2025, with a vision to 2030, with particular targets to shorten the distance with other countries around the world, including:

  • 80% of online public services at level 4 are performed on mobile devices.
  • 90% of work records at ministerial and provincial levels are online while 80 percent of work records at the district level and 60 percent of work records at the commune level are processed online.
  • All national databases including those for population, land, business registration, finance, and insurance are online and connected, with shared data on a government reporting information system.
  • 50% of banking operations by customers are to be fully online.
  • 50% of the population has a digital checking account.
  • 70% of customer transactions are made through digital channels.
  • 50% of decisions on lending, small and consumer loans of individual customers made digitally and are automated.
  • The digital economy accounts for 20% of GDP.
  • The rate of the digital economy in each industry, and each field accounts for at least 10%, and labor productivity increases by at least 7%.
  • Vietnam is among the top 50 leading countries in information technology, the top 30 countries in innovation, and the top 50 countries on the competitiveness index.
  • Fiber optic network infrastructure covers 80% of households and 100% of communes.
  • Universalize 4G/5G mobile networks and use smartphones in remote areas.
  • The percentage of the population with electronic payment accounts is over 50%

Why is Digital Transformation important?

The fact that the goals are stated in great detail in the national digital transformation program with a focus on 2030 demonstrates how seriously the Vietnamese government takes the significance of digital transformation for the prosperous growth of the nation.

Think about the global Industrial Revolution 4.0 wave that is currently in motion. With the aid of connection provided by the Internet of Things (IoT), real-time data access, and the introduction of cyber-physical systems, the Industrial Revolution 4.0, also known as Industry 4.0, primarily focuses on advancing modern digital technology to an entirely new level.

Every Government, organization, corporation, and individual throughout the world must transform its business model, and the manner of working from non-digital to digital operation, in order to keep up with this current technology and immerse itself in the Industry 4.0 wave. The name of this procedure is “digital transformation”.

Vietnam, despite having a minor economy compared to other countries, is a crucial part of the massive Industrial Revolution 4.0 that is currently underway. Vietnam must therefore undergo a digital transformation in order to compete.

3 Key Factors For National Digital Transformation Success
Why is Digital Transformation important?

The goal will be challenging to accomplish if just businesses execute digital transformation because the capital and costs are quite high; therefore, businesses require assistance from the government budget and outside finance.

On the other hand, even with a massive budget, it can be challenging for businesses to implement effective digital transformation if the government does not go digital, but continues to run in the old manner, handles administrative procedures slowly, lacks direction, and supports businesses clearly and methodically.

​​Furthermore, without the support of the people, the National Digital Transformation process to catch up with the global Industry 4.0 wave will be impossible. However, the public needs the government to inform, direct, and inspire digital transformation.

Also, businesses must create useful digital transformation strategies that both before and after implementation considerably raise people’s quality of life.

Vietnam must structure three main areas of digital transformation: the government, businesses, and people, or in other words, the digital government, digital economy, and digital society, if national digital transformation is the outcome it seeks to achieve in order to gradually join the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

These three crucial overlapping and interdependent relationships make up the National Digital Transformation.

The current state of Vietnam’s National Digital Transformation 

Throughout the earlier years, Vinasa reports that in 2019, 40.6% of organizations and businesses confirmed that they have resources available for digital transformation and that 23.6% of them are putting it into practice. However, 30.7% of them are uncertain of what to do despite doing some research, and 38% are unsure of where to begin.

​​Due to the Prime Minister’s approval of the “National Digital Transformation Program to 2025, with a vision to 2030” and the abrupt change brought on by the impact of the global pandemic, Digital Transformation is now regarded as the process’ starting year. This makes it a top priority to maintain Vietnam’s economy.

The government and Vietnamese enterprises have been able to promote awareness of the importance and urgency of digital transformation in order to help the country overcome the obstacle thanks to the economic crisis brought on by the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak.

According to the UN, Vietnam’s digital government statistics are better than the average for the area. Vietnam specifically saw a rise of 2 places in 2020, moving up to rank 86th out of 193 UN member states globally and 6th out of 11 Southeast Asian nations.

The establishment of the National Digital Transformation Committee and the decision to appoint October 10 of each year as National Digital Transformation Day in accordance with the National Digital Transformation policy for a better life for the people are two additional significant events that will forever be remembered in Vietnam in the years 2021 and 2022.

As a result, leaders and people are more conscious of the significance, function, and advantages of digital transformation, and there are coordinated actions throughout the entire system, from the government to the general populace.

According to data from the Ministry of Information and Communications, the databases that Vietnam has built up to the second quarter of 2022 include:

  • Citizen data: Approximately 78 million data including birth registration, marriage registration, death registration,…
  • Social insurance data: Over 17 million records.
  • Vaccination data: Over 133 million records.
  • Data of officials and employees: Over 570,000 records.
  • Citizen ID card with the chip: Nearly 72 million records.
3 Key Factors For National Digital Transformation Success
The current state of Vietnam’s National Digital Transformation

Additionally, the percentage of qualified online public services offered to individuals and enterprises has surpassed 97.3%; the percentage of these services that produce dossiers has gotten to 67.8% and the percentage of administrative procedures handled online has gotten to 43.2%.

Moreover, the economic sector has seen some very good improvements as a result of digital transformation. The Ministry of Information and Communications predicts that by the first quarter of 2022, the value of Vietnam’s digital economy will be 53 billion USD and that there would be 500 more newly founded digital technology businesses than there were at the same point in 2021.

The number of monthly users on Vietnamese mobile digital platforms climbed by more than 100 million compared to the same period in 2021, and the percentage of the digital economy in GDP increased to 10.41% in the first half of the year from 9.6% in the end of 2021.

3 key factors make National Digital Transformation successful

Based on specific analysis and data on the situation of National Digital Transformation in Vietnam, it is clear that there are 3 main pillars that lay the foundation for the success of the National Digital Transformation process: Digital Government, Digital Economy, and Digital Society.

3 Key Factors For National Digital Transformation Success
Digital government, digital economy, and digital society are the three factors that determine the success or failure of the national digital transformation.

Digital Government

In order to increase operational efficiency and develop new operating models and alter the way services are offered using digital technology and data, a government must transition all of its operations to a digital environment. This allows enterprises to take part in the service delivery process. In other words, this is how the government is becoming digital.

Vietnamese citizens have been instructed in the past to finish the registration processes necessary to access the Citizen Identity Card with a chip, which is gradually replacing the previous ID card. This serves as one illustration of how well the digital government is progressing in Vietnam.

The process of processing dossiers and issuing ID Cards in the early stages is not really effective because the National Database on Civil is still under construction and staff training on how to use digital technology and digitize paper data on the data system is still limited. However, the procedure for issuing chip-based ID cards in addition to the cost is public and transparent.

As a result, when people arrive at the location where the chip-based ID card is made, processing will go more quickly if their information is already in the National Database; otherwise, they will need to provide more birth certificates and household registration information and will have to wait a long time for staff to check, enter data, and complete related procedures.

After that, the chip-based ID card will be sent to the registered address by post, but for the above reason, this process also takes quite a while.

The Public Service Portal of the Ministry of Public Security, however, is currently supported by the government and simply requires people to visit the location to capture pictures and fingerprints.

This demonstrates the government’s prompt responsiveness in streamlining business procedures while also saving time for both citizens and employees. This is evidence of the Government’s ongoing attempts to modernize itself digitally.

In addition, on the CCCD chip, more than 14 information fields of citizens are stored: (1) CCCD number; (2) Full name, other names; (3) Date of birth, month, and year; (4) Gender; (5) Nationality; (6) Ethnicity; (7) Religion; (8) Hometown; (9) Place of permanent residence registration; (10) Identification characteristics; (11) Date of issue; (12) Expiration date;

(13) Full name of parent, spouse; (14) issued 9-digit ID card number; (15) Portrait photos; (16) Features of fingerprint extraction and selection of two index fingers; backup for iris images, and other information.

3 Key Factors For National Digital Transformation Success
Digital Government

Moreover, a chip-based ID card can replace important papers such as Identity Cards, Health Insurance (HI), Social Insurance (Social Insurance), Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, and Household Registration Books….

It is clear that switching from conventional ID cards to chip-based ID cards has several advantages for both the general public and the government. People’s personal information is highly secure, preventing the creation of fake documents.

Also, ID cards with chips make paperwork and transactions straightforward because many pieces of crucial information are combined onto a single card, saving time and preventing the scenario where someone forgets to bring the necessary paperwork and causing the processing of documents to be interrupted.

The government made a wise choice by implementing chip-based ID cards.

The government can save, control, and check information about a specific individual quickly and efficiently with the use of chip-based ID cards and the National Database, helping to effectively control the situation of local security and order as well as national security.

Also, this helps free up labor for government employees who deal with people, handle paperwork, and maintain correctness, speed, and synchronization.

Digital Economy

The second factor that makes the success of the National Digital Transformation process is the Digital Economy.

Digital Economy is an economy that maintains and develops constantly based on modern digital technology. The digital economy is also known as the Internet Economy, the New Economy, or the Web Economy. This particular economy is made up of electronic transactions over the internet. 

According to the definition from the Vietnam Private Economic Forum, the digital economy is all economic activities based on digital platforms. Digital economy development is the use of digital technology and data to create a new model of cooperation and business, in line with the development trend of modern technology.

3 Key Factors For National Digital Transformation Success
Digital Economy

Therefore, everyone would immediately think of eCommerce when discussing the digital economy or the most prominent business model of the trend of digital transformation, and the strong push that this industry provides for high-volume industries catches the trend of digital transformation.

Few people anticipate that the conventional market model, which has become ingrained in Vietnamese culture, would soon be replaced by the market model 4.0, which accepts cashless payments. In several of Hai Phong’s traditional markets, this novel method of buying and selling was introduced for the first time, to the delight of the locals.

The Viettel Money application of Viettel Military Telecom Group, a pioneer in the digital transformation of market 4.0 models in 63 provinces/cities, enables all small businesses and individuals to purchase and sell things at the market by scanning QR codes or transferring money via phone number.

Moreover, cashless payment makes it easier for customers to shop at the market without worrying about issues like carrying change or budgeting extra cash for purchases. Also, many shopkeepers in the market are afraid of this issue pretty much.

Previously, if customers paid in cash with a denomination that was too big, shopkeepers would have to run everywhere to change money, causing time-consuming for both parties and other customers waiting to be served, the issue is now solved with just one smartphone.

Following the success of Hai Phong’s 4.0 market model, many other localities have also implemented this model and received positive feedback signals from the people such as Da Nang, Quang Ninh, Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, etc.

The market 4.0 model has spread to every nook and cranny of the nation’s small trading places, including farmers’ markets, grocery stores, sidewalk shops, amusement parks, parking lots, and more.

The digital transformation trend has quickly extended to places where it was previously impossible, helping to advance the digital economy and achieve the objective of a comprehensive national digital transformation.

Digital Society

Finally, the term “digital society” refers to all human activities in a broad sense. Digital technology, which is based on the exponential growth of information and data, is the primary driver behind digital society.

It transforms all facets of social structure, from the government and business to the individual. In a limited sense, “digital society” refers to both digital citizenship and digital culture.

From this perspective, the three pillars of a digital nation are the digital society, the digital government, and the digital economy.

3 Key Factors For National Digital Transformation Success
Digital Society

Teachers, parents, and students all adore the eLearning model, which is developing into a popular teaching and learning trend, especially in light of the recent pandemic and widespread implementation of social distancing policies.

Students can access lessons at any time, studying at home, using simply an electronic device with an Internet connection. As a result, teachings can be discussed and interacted with by professors and students without them having to actually meet.

This model also supports student doing teamwork well because it is not time- or space-constrained, saving on travel expenses in addition to using many other helpful resources.

However, for eLearning to really replace traditional teaching and learning methods, it takes a lot of effort from both the Government, the school system, and the student’s parents.

In fact, eLearning is only a small part of the digital society effort besides many other important aspects of society that need to be digitally transformed to make life more convenient for people.

National Digital Transformation has become one of Vietnam’s top goals and this is also a rare project that has received special attention from the highest levels of leadership and international support. Since then, Vietnam has had a full foundation to hope to realize the goal of becoming a digital country from now to 2030.

The development of a digital society, economy, and government, in particular, is a necessary and sufficient condition for a successful national digital transformation.

In fact, every citizen, from intellectuals to regular citizens, is gradually demonstrating a certain understanding in their own way about the digital transformation and awareness that the country is in a transition period to match the general development trend of the times.

This is in addition to the efforts of businesses and the support from the government. 

Especially for businesses, digital transformation is an imperative remedy to withstands to withstand the tsunami of eradication brought on by the pandemic’s rapid shift in new business patterns.

Following Covid-19, business digital transformation flowed slowly, gently, and steadily, assisting the economy’s continued rotation.

The first step of the digital transformation journey for businesses is to start implementing eCommerce.

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Cosmetics eCommerce Is Experiencing Unprecedented Growth
COSMETICS ECOMMERCE IS EXPERIENCING UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH

Consumer demand for beauty and health care is rising as the quality of life gradually improves. The fact that so many individuals are involved in commerce has also contributed to the cosmetics industry’s reputation as one of the most important sectors in the modern economy.

Additionally, the rapid growth of eCommerce following the pandemic is gradually emerging as a successful business strategy and a crucial step in the digital transformation of every industry, including the cosmetics industry.

The market size for cosmetics sold online is estimated by CommonThread to be $483 billion in 2020 and expand to $511 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.75%. The market size is anticipated to surpass 716 billion USD by 2025 and reach 784.6 billion USD by 2027.

Cosmetics eCommerce Is Experiencing Unprecedented Growth
Global cosmetic eCommerce market size

How do cosmetics firms benefit from eCommerce?

Keep up rapidly with the market shift

In the past pandemic years, the global economy has witnessed a sudden decline in sales in many industries, including the cosmetics industry.

People are compelled to reduce their social interactions while social distancing mechanisms are in effect.

At this time, people’s psychology will be more concerned with keeping an eye on and caring for themselves. Due to the unpredictable changes of the pandemic, there has been a sharp rise in the need for skincare, hair care, and body care products to enhance spiritual life.

Cosmetics eCommerce Is Experiencing Unprecedented Growth
Deploying eCommerce helps cosmetics businesses keep up with the market shift

Due to restrictions on leaving the house, online shopping at the time had become not only a need but also an urgent method of purchasing in place of in-person purchases. That serves as a springboard for eCommerce to take off and spur significant growth in other industries like fashion, grocery, wine, and even cosmetics.

These two elements highlight the enormous potential of this “cake,” assisting several cosmetic companies in realizing and swiftly implementing eCommerce for both sustainable development and market revolution.

Scale up the business

Using eCommerce as a solution will allow the cosmetics industry to shift from offline to online (O2O) business models rather than allowing their businesses to “get lost” in the crisis of the global pandemic.

Additionally, if businesses still do not have a competent eCommerce website to introduce and sell products to customers who love to shop online ​​in the age of digital transformation, they will quickly lose many potential customers to rivals.

Cosmetics eCommerce Is Experiencing Unprecedented Growth
Scale up the business by developing cosmetics eCommerce

This is especially true for a highly competitive industry like cosmetics, but several firms, including Hasaki, LixiBox, Watsons, Guardian, etc., have embraced the trend early and are now the market leaders in cosmetic eCommerce.

Furthermore, early eCommerce development will also provide benefits that will make marketing efforts more successful, broadening the economic opportunities for businesses.

Enhance customer’s shopping experience

​​Businesses must consider customers’ purchasing experiences when launching eCommerce websites, and not just for the cosmetic industry.

Thanks to the use of contemporary technologies, which are quite popular in the cosmetics industry, the purchasing procedure will be swift, and effective, and bring customers satisfaction when they choose to buy cosmetics online.

For example, a 360-degree intuitive vision, virtual reality (VR), or augmented reality (AR) technology (AR).

Cosmetics eCommerce Is Experiencing Unprecedented Growth
Building an eCommerce website to enhance customer’s online shopping experience

eCommerce enables businesses to quickly and effortlessly tailor the experience for customers by gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing the consumption behavior of each target group. Typically, this is done with the capabilities listed below: Products have seen, similar product recommendations, etc.
eCommerce provides clients with a seamless experience in addition to an intuitive one across a variety of channels, including social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, Zalo, etc.), eCommerce platforms (Shopee, Lazada, Tiki, Sendo, etc.), eCommerce websites, mobile apps, etc.

Best cosmetics eCommerce sites that really stand out

Kylie Cosmetics

One of the most successful cosmetic brands that has a significant global media impact is Kylie Cosmetics. When it comes to Kylie Cosmetics, it’s tough not to give Kylie Jenner credit.

She’s the youngest female millionaire in the US and has been hailed as a business genius by prominent publications like Forbes due to her success in the saturated cosmetics industry.

​​When Kylie Cosmetics was founded in 2015, it generated an astonishing $ 420 million in revenue in its first 18 months. It is predicted that by 2022, net sales will have reached $ 1 billion.

The sensible business strategy, in addition to the founder’s reputation, focuses on utilizing the “gold mine” of eCommerce and launching social media marketing campaigns, which are the factors that contribute to that respectable revenue block.

As a result, the company used Shopify, a platform that specializes in creating websites for the top online retailers in North America, to develop its eCommerce website.

With pink and white as its primary colors, the website’s design is incredibly clean and uncomplicated. The layout of the website centers on showcasing the company’s products.

Also, this is a part of Kylie Cosmetics’ business strategy, which includes releasing collections of cosmetic products like lipsticks, eyeshadow, and eyebrow pencils with limited design and manufacturing to appeal to customers’ FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

It is not surprising that Kylie’s new collections or cosmetics Cosmetics are continually “sold out” every time it is published because this is thought to be a very intelligent strategy of Kylie Cosmetics, completely different from other well-known cosmetic firms.

Cosmetics eCommerce Is Experiencing Unprecedented Growth
Kylie Cosmetics’ eCommerce website

The business also utilizes social media platforms that are hugely popular in the US, like Instagram, Youtube, and Snapchat, to create content to market brands and products and engage with a huge audience across three platforms before driving traffic to the eCommerce website and generating conversions.

The company’s inventiveness and innovation are also on display in offline events that draw customers to free product samples. Here, the company wins over even customers who have reservations about the product’s quality, which greatly increases sales.

Since Kylie Cosmetics established its first traditional cosmetic retail store in 2018, customers may now purchase cosmetics from this cult brand at Ulta Beauty locations around the US.

Indeed, Kylie Cosmetics started off quite shrewdly and went on to tremendous success by keeping up with market changes by building an online business model at first, that is, selling through an eCommerce website and relying primarily on social media for promotion.

Guardian

Since entering the Vietnamese market in 2011, Guardian has grown to be a very well-known and recognizable brand among consumers of cosmetics. This brand is a part of the Dairy Farm Group, a company that manufactures and distributes health and beauty products in Asia.

Since its start, Guardian has made ongoing improvements to encourage millions of followers to lead healthy lifestyles and offer a trustworthy, high-quality purchasing experience at the finest rates and services.

With a system of more than 100 outlets “encompassing everywhere,” this retail chain is delighted to be a place to shop for cosmetics “for everyone” who can “purchase everything” and simply select appropriate items.

A clever business strategy and significant investment in successful marketing efforts are the only explanations needed to understand Guardian’s success.

When first entering the Vietnamese market, Guardian specifically pushed to quickly expand its business chain, focusing on cities with high purchasing power, with 80% of stores located in Ho Chi Minh City, the rest in Hanoi and some other major cities such as Da Nang, Can Tho, Bien Hoa, and Vung Tau.

Because at the time, online channels were not really well-known and powerful enough for this business to keep an eye on.

As a result, the company successfully raises the level of brand recognition with extensive coverage from the Guardian orange white wave, taking into account the characteristics of the cosmetics and beauty care industry, which require customers to have a direct point of contact, learn from, and test.
By 2019, the company began its journey toward digital transformation by combining offline and online (O2O) business models in parallel, and simultaneously, deploying Omnichannel.

Cosmetics eCommerce Is Experiencing Unprecedented Growth
Guardian’s eCommerce website

It is even more critical for Guardian to immediately implement potential sales channels like marketplaces, applications, fast delivery services like GrabMart, and eCommerce website operate side by side with a chain of 105 retail outlets in strategic locations due to the pandemic’s dual effects, which include changing market trends and altering consumer buying habits.

The orange and white colors and quick page loads make the Guardian website’s design stunning. Additionally, Guardian offers enticing incentives in the shipping policy, such as free fast delivery within 4 hours with orders from 349,000 VND, to encourage online shoppers.

The company’s unique product catalog, which is prominently shown on Guardian’s eCommerce website and features items like shampoos, shower gels, and hand sanitizers, is another standout.

The foundation for helping Guardian dominate the cosmetic retail market and leave a lasting impact on customers is a deliberate investment in developing a multi-channel ecosystem.

Hasaki

​​Modernity and growth come with invisible pressures that have an impact on everyone’s life as people struggle to keep up with the “standards” of the times.

However, that does not result in a drop in the demand for beauty and self-care, on the contrary, it is always rising, with a diversity of sufficient options to match customer expectations.

Vietnamese women are among the most beautiful in Asia, but, due to the responsibilities of work pressure and family, they occasionally neglect to care for and love themselves.

Because of this, Hasaki Beauty & Clinic was established with the desire to become a reliable beauty and spiritual care destination for Vietnamese women.

The Hasaki store system, which was introduced in 2016 and now has 76 locations across 29 Vietnamese provinces and cities, has steadily established itself as one of the top retail chains for real cosmetics. Hasaki is dedicated to offering real cosmetics at discounted pricing, living up to its motto of “True Quality – True Value”.

Along with system expansion, Hasaki also works on creating an eCommerce website with features appropriate for the cosmetics industry and always enhancing and upgrading the system to provide customers with the greatest online shopping experience.

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Hasaki’s eCommerce website

The Magento platform was used to build the website, and the interface is attractive with green serving as the primary color tone for the entire eCommerce website and app system. Customers can check current promotions and conveniently look up order details when accessing the Hasaki website.

Additionally, the “handbook” section at Hasaki has a wealth of knowledge on cosmetics and skin care tips that each customer may learn and arm themselves with before making a purchase decision. Since then, the process of beauty restoration is safe and effective.

Similar to Guardian, Hasaki encourages people to order online with NowFree 2h and take advantage of free shipping rules.

As a result, Hasaki will provide free delivery to customers within two hours of receiving orders of 90,000 VND in 29 provinces and cities where the company has locations, including on Saturday and Sunday. Customers will benefit from free national shipping on orders that are at least 249,000 VND.

Therefore, Hasaki has sparked a “green craze” among many beauty fans and is now gradually competing with the country’s top cosmetics brands thanks to its quick recognition of market trends and broad perspective with an efficient marketing mix strategy.

It is clear that the growth of the furniture market has been hastened by the speed at which eCommerce is developing.

Today, numerous local and international cosmetics companies participate in and offer the greatest shopping experiences to customers through the effective implementation of an eCommerce website, including Kylie Cosmetics (USA), Guardian, and Hasaki (Vietnam).

From there, companies may quickly connect with a wider pool of Internet users and generate conversions through efficient marketing strategies.

However, business leaders need to carefully and comprehensively take into account the growing customer expectations and rapidly shifting market trends, not to mention specifically describe a systematic and precise business strategy for taking the most advantageous actions in the short and long term.

Completing that difficult task will take a lot of time and resources. As a result, many cosmetics companies opt for a more straightforward approach to the issue, enlisting the assistance of a highly qualified and dependable unit.

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10 biggest cosmetics ecommerce websites in vietnam
10 BIGGEST COSMETICS ECOMMERCE WEBSITE IN VIETNAM

Exporting and trading internationally has become challenging due to the Covid-19 epidemic. In order to increase sales and find online customers, numerous companies in several industries, including the cosmetics industry, have used eCommerce.

Additionally, to support eCommerce activities and achieve the objective of growth and scalability, cosmetic retailers shift from traditional business practices to keep up with the general development trend of the global economy.

In Vietnam alone, a handful of cosmetic firms in Vietnam have demonstrated extraordinary flexibility and agility in reacting to market adjustments “despite” the complicated changes brought on by the global pandemic.

The following brands have gained the trust of and made a lasting impression on cosmetic customers by creating professional and insightful eCommerce websites.

Hasaki

Hasaki, a company founded in April 2016 to provide full health and beauty care for Vietnamese people, has developed secure and quick online shopping experiences with a choice of high-quality cosmetic items from many of the world’s leading brands in today’s market.

Hasaki’s eCommerce website was invested in and methodically developed from the start with the open-source platform – Magento – in order to deliver clients satisfaction in terms of comfort and efficiency when purchasing online.

More than 7 million visitors per month of traffic at a very high level demonstrate the wisdom of Hasaki’s eCommerce investment. This company’s expansion of its distribution network increased market penetration, and identification and diversification of the target customer were all made possible by sensible strategy.

10 Biggest Cosmetics eCommerce Websites in Vietnam
Hasaki’s eCommerce website

The Gioi Skin Food

The Gioi Skin Food is another well-known eCommerce site with over 2 million monthly visitors that focuses on selling cosmetics. This business worked with Haravan to create an effective eCommerce website with an easy-to-use interface.

The Gioi Skin Food has up now employed eCommerce in addition to the conventional retail shop method, which has been incredibly successful. This would enable the business to catch up with the online-to-offline (O2O) trend and raise brand awareness and revenue.

10 Biggest Cosmetics eCommerce Websites in Vietnam
The Gioi Skin Food’s eCommerce website

Watsons Vietnam

The Watsons Group, Asia’s top retail organization for health and beauty products, owns the Watsons Vietnam brand. The company desires to provide Vietnamese customers with the finest shopping experience possible while also bringing them high-quality products that are appropriate for their needs.

Notably, Watsons adopted the O2O business model right away after entering the Vietnamese market. With the goal of dominating the market, Watsons Vietnam invests in developing an eCommerce website with SAP Commerce Cloud in addition to the store system dispersed throughout the neighbourhoods of Ho Chi Minh City.

Additionally, the user-friendly and aesthetically designed interface contributes to the website’s amazing monthly visitation of more than 1 million.

10 Biggest Cosmetics eCommerce Websites in Vietnam
Watsons Vietnam’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://www.watsons.vn/
  • eCommerce platform: SAP Commerce Cloud
  • Traffic: 1.267M/month
  • Ranking: 2,715 (Vietnam); 129,769 (Global)

The Gioi Son Moi

The Gioi Son Moi is one of the places where people go to get lipstick that is well-known and reputable because of the guaranteed product quality and the courteousness of the staff. Every day, new products are added to the site, ensuring that there is always enough supply of well-known companies’ lipstick lines in the right hues at competitive rates.

The Gioi Son Moi also swiftly launched an eCommerce website to join the common playground of the cosmetic retail sector, in addition to two physical locations in HCMC that are constantly being renovated, extending the amount of shopping space. As a result, the website is built on the Haravan platform and has a straightforward interface that is nonetheless opulent and complex.

Also, the extremely high monthly traffic volume (more than 1 million) also demonstrates the company’s successful business strategy in the context of the market’s innovation trend.

10 Biggest Cosmetics eCommerce Websites in Vietnam
The Gioi Son Moi’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://thegioisonmoi.com/
  • eCommerce platform: Haravan
  • Traffic: 1.103M/month
  • Ranking: 3,582 (Vietnam); 156,691 (Global)

Bo Shop

Beauty lovers in HCMC can’t help but be aware of Bo Shop, a company that provides a broad range of high-quality cosmetics, from skincare to makeup, at rates that are specifically stated to fulfil customers’ demands for all types of beauty care.

The company quickly creates an eCommerce website using WooCommerce to keep up with contemporary business trends in order to become the top cosmetic retail brand in Vietnam.

10 Biggest Cosmetics eCommerce Websites in Vietnam
Bo Shop’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://www.boshop.vn/
  • eCommerce platform: WooCommerce
  • Traffic: 1.020M/month
  • Ranking: 5,030 (Vietnam); 234,462 (Global)

Guardian

For many years, Vietnamese consumers of cosmetics have been familiar with the name Guardian. This is a brand from the Dairy Farm Group that manufactures and distributes well-known health and beauty care goods all over Asia. In Vietnam, where Guardian first opened in 2011, the company now has more than 100 outlets.

In 2019, the business started its transformational path and parallel fusion of offline and internet business models. In order to create an omnichannel sales network (Omnichannel), Guardian focuses on building eCommerce websites with Shopify in addition to deploying potential sales channels like eCommerce platforms, apps, and fast delivery channels via GrabMart.

This gives customers more affordable, quick, and convenient home shopping options. After only a short period of time in operation, the Guardian website has attracted close to 1 million visitors each month.

Guardian has risen to the top of the industry and evolved into the biggest and most prominent retail chain for health and beauty products in existence today thanks to a significant investment in developing a multi-channel ecosystem.

10 Biggest Cosmetics eCommerce Websites in Vietnam
Guardian’s eCommerce website

Lam Thao Cosmetics

Since Lam Thao Cosmetics’ formal opening in 2017, young people have come to love it as one of their favourite cosmetic shops. Lam Thao Cosmetics is continually upgrading its product line with the most affordable rates in an effort to give customers more options with the trendiest goods and improve their experience.

Along with offering high-quality goods, Lam Thao also runs an eCommerce site on the Haravan platform to enhance clients’ offline and online purchasing experiences. The success of eCommerce implementation has also helped Lam Thao Cosmetics reach a significant number of online prospects, boosting both sales and brand recognition.

10 Biggest Cosmetics eCommerce Websites in Vietnam
Lam Thao Cosmetics’s eCommerce website

Nuty Cosmetics

For those who love cosmetics, Nuty Cosmetics is regarded as a cosmetics heaven. After operating and growing for more than ten years amid market ups and downs, the business is still a renowned source for real beauty products from well-known manufacturers in the US, Germany, France, Japan, and Korea.

The WooCommerce platform was used to create Nuty Cosmetics’ website, which has an easy-to-use interface and exceptional features that may satisfy clients when they shop online. Additionally, Nuty Cosmetics’ website offers thorough information about each product, along with clearly stated costs.

Because of this, despite the fact that there are only roughly 200,000 visitors per month on the site currently, Nuty Cosmetics has the potential to become a major player in the cosmetics industry with the correct efforts and attitude.

10 Biggest Cosmetics eCommerce Websites in Vietnam
Nuty Cosmetics’ eCommerce website
  • Website: https://nuty.vn/
  • eCommerce platform: WooCommerce
  • Traffic: 229,347/month
  • Ranking: 7,505 (Vietnam); 352,535 (Global)

AB Beauty World

In the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak that was raging in 2020, AB Beauty World (ABBW) was founded with the goal of being the top family-friendly cosmetics retailer in Vietnam. The brand has not given up despite the fact that this birth appears to have occurred at the wrong time.

In fact, AB Beauty World has grown and expanded with approximately 20 branches spread throughout the city’s districts in just two years since opening the first store in HCMC, concentrating on growing eCommerce, thanks to the timely redirection.

The WooCommerce-powered cosmetics website for AB Beauty World features an interface and capabilities tailored to the sector. The website has already seen more than 150,000 visitors in the short time since it launched, which is nonetheless viewed favourably for a newcomer to the fight for digital transformation.

10 Biggest Cosmetics eCommerce Websites in Vietnam
AB Beauty World’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://abbeautyworld.com/
  • eCommerce platform: WooCommerce
  • Traffic: 157,602/month
  • Ranking: 3,538 (Vietnam); 169,419 (Global)

Beauty Garden

Beauty Garden is one of the top retail and distribution brands for real cosmetics today. Since its establishment in 2014, the company has effectively extended its retail network to be present in numerous provinces and major and minor towns throughout the nation, including Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Dong Nai, and Can Tho.

In addition, Beauty Garden concentrates on developing eCommerce websites in the context of economic integration. As a result, the company’s website is expertly and systematically constructed using WooCommerce, the most popular eCommerce development platform worldwide, and is ideal for the cosmetics business.

The eCommerce implementation of Beauty Garden is seen as a sensible move since the development potential of this area is extremely great and at that time, the company had many advantages to build a business model, even though the number of users is still modest with more than 100,000/month.

10 Biggest Cosmetics eCommerce Websites in Vietnam
Beauty Garden’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://beautygarden.vn/ 
  • eCommerce platform: WooCommerce
  • Traffic: 127,439/month
  • Ranking: 6,029 (Vietnam); 284,460 (Global)

All things considered, the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak has impacted and altered consumer shopping behaviours for a variety of goods. Shopping for cosmetics, in particular, has seen a significant change from physical to online formats.

The information above is a summary and evaluation of SECOMM for 10 eCommerce sites with a good reputation and the capacity to meet customers’ demands when making a decision to purchase cosmetics.

These companies demonstrate their efforts to create the technological infrastructure needed to enhance the online shopping experience as well as their well-founded optimism regarding the market’s growth potential and dominance in Vietnam.

With many years of experience in successfully implementing e-commerce for many customers in many countries, SECOMM specializes in providing consulting services with comprehensive and professional e-commerce implementation solutions.

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top 10 incredible winery ecommerce websites in vietnam 2022
TOP 10 INCREDIBLE WINERY ECOMMERCE WEBSITE IN VIETNAM 2022

Many businesses have promoted winery eCommerce in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been described as a “nightmare” for many economic sectors but appears to be “luck” for eCommerce.

According to Rabobank, eCommerce sales in the wine industry will reach USD 6 billion in 2021, up 4% from the same period in 2020. As said by Forbes, the percentage of online wine orders increased significantly compared to previous years before the pandemic.

Recognizing the potential of this field, many wineries in Vietnam have begun to develop eCommerce websites in order to quickly establish a market position.

Nam An Market

Nam An Market is a retail chain of healthy food stores that Nam An International Investment Co., Ltd. invested in in 2012. Its eCommerce website, which receives over 100,000 visits per month, was built successfully on the Haravan platform.

Aside from fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish, alcoholic beverages, particularly wines, are popular on Nam An’s website. Furthermore, the online shopping experience focuses on safety, convenience, speed, reasonable prices, and various appealing incentives.

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Nam An Market’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://namanmarket.com/
  • eCommerce platform: Haravan 
  • Traffic: 101.3K/month 
  • Ranking: 9,079 (Vietnam); 404,452 (Worldwide)

Winemart

Winemart was founded in 2015 to provide consumers with the best services and products possible. Currently, Winemart operates in two main areas:

  • Premium wine brand distribution
  • Design and package Tet gifts for businesses and customers as needed.

Winemart’s eCommerce website receives over 60,000 visits and is regarded as one of Vietnam’s most prestigious online wine suppliers.

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Winemart’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://winemart.vn/
  • eCommerce platform: WooCommerce 
  • Traffic: 66.4K/month
  • Ranking: 17,459 (Vietnam); 730,667 (Worldwide)

Sieu Thi Ruou Ngoai

Sieu Thi Ruou Ngoai is not only an eCommerce website that sells imported foreign wine but also a knowledge system about culture, history, and how to choose, preserve, and enjoy wines from around the world, allowing people who are passionate about or want to learn about wine culture to share and improve their understanding.

Sieu Thi Ruou Ngoai now has its own eCommerce website system, which receives over 50,000 visits per month and is highly regarded by customers for both product quality and online shopping experience.

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Sieu Thi Ruou Ngoai’s eCommerce website

Ruou Vang Cao Minh

Cao Minh was founded and developed by CEO Thanh Dung, a wine enthusiast who is passionate about learning about wine culture. After many years of research, learning, and improving service quality, Cao Minh has fully converged all the factors to become Vietnam’s leading wine supplier.

Cao Minh’s website is written in PHP and includes all the necessary features and an easy-to-use interface. Cao Minh Wine has become a household name among customers who prioritize online wine shopping.

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Ruou Vang Cao Minh’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://ruouvangcaominh.vn/
  • eCommerce platform: PHP language 
  • Traffic: 45.9K/month
  • Ranking: 22,324 (Vietnam); 982,166 (Worldwide)

Kho Ruou

Kho Ruou, also known as Kho Ruou Co., Ltd., is Vietnam’s leading importer and distributor of foreign wines and spirits, with over 3000 products of wine, spirits, beer, Japanese sake, and genuine high-end accessories.

Kho Ruou pursues an eCommerce business model by investing in developing a website using the WooCommerce platform. As a result, the company can easily reach a large number of potential customers both online and offline.

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Kho Ruou’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://khoruou.com/
  • eCommerce platform: WooCommerce 
  • Traffic: 32.9K/month 
  • Ranking: 52,372 (Vietnam); 2,140,674 (Worldwide)

Ruou Tot

When eCommerce is a new trend widely praised by the Covid-19 pandemic. To keep up with that trend, Wine Tot built an eCommerce website with WooCommerce, which helped to increase brand coverage and reach a large number of potential customers on the Internet.

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Ruou Tot’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://ruoutot.net/
  • eCommerce platform: WooCommerce 
  • Traffic: 36.3K/month 
  • Ranking: 21,489 (Vietnam); 943,255 (Worldwide)

Ruou Nhap Khau

Ruou Nhap Khau is a wine eCommerce website operated by Ham Ruou Vietnam Co., Ltd, one of Vietnam’s leading import and distribution businesses.

Ruou Nhap Khau creates an e-commerce website with the PHP programming language. With an easy-to-use interface and good product quality and service, the company has gradually gained customer trust for its imported wine product lines ranging from popular to high-end.

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Ruou Nhap Khau’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://ruounhapkhau.com/
  • eCommerce platform: PHP language
  • Traffic: 28.3K/month
  • Ranking: 31,246 (Vietnam); 1,334,043 (Worldwide)

Sanh Vang

Sanh Vang is a wine distribution brand founded in 2015 by Saigon Hoang Kim Investment and Trading Company Limited. Sanh Vang has expanded its branch network to many provinces, including Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Bien Hoa (Dong Nai), and Buon Ma Thuot.

Furthermore, Sanh Vang’s eCommerce website receives over 25,000 visits per month, and the brand receives many positive reviews from customers due to its wine quality, competitive price, available stock, and variety.

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Sanh Vang’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://sanhvang.com/
  • eCommerce platform: WooCommerce 
  • Traffic: 25.4K/month 
  • Ranking: 545,398 (Vietnam); 1,735,237 (Worldwide)

Winecellar

Winecellar, founded in 2007, is one of Vietnam’s largest wine companies, specializing in high-quality wine, beer, whiskey, food, mineral water, tea, and ceramic products. Winecellar, like Kho Ruou and Sanh Vang, uses the WooCommerce platform to implement eCommerce.

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Winecellar’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://winecellar.vn/
  • eCommerce platform: WooCommerce
  • Traffic: 21K/month 
  • Ranking: 48,961 (Vietnam); 2,063,194 (Worldwide)

The Warehouse

The Warehouse is a wine and spirits distributor in the Vietnamese market, as well as one of An Nam Group’s retail brands.

With a long-term and sustainable eCommerce business in mind, this brand has decided to invest in developing its own eCommerce website on the open-source Magento platform and continuously upgrading this system to provide a better eCommerce experience for customers.

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The Warehouse’s eCommerce website
  • Website: https://warehouse-asia.com/
  • eCommerce platform: Magento
  • Traffic: 5K/month 
  • Ranking: 78,311 (Vietnam); 3,571,809 (Worldwide)

In general, Vietnamese wine brands are reaping numerous market successes after successfully developing their own eCommerce websites. However, the wine eCommerce business necessitates careful consideration of tactics to take the most effective steps not only in the short term but also in the long term.

Furthermore, wineries need to find a support unit or build a highly qualified in-house team to help them to achieve a common goal.

With many years of experience implementing eCommerce in many countries, SECOMM provides free consulting services with professional eCommerce solutions.

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Top 5 prominent eCommerce super apps in Vietnamese market
TOP 5 PROMINENT ECOMMERCE SUPER APPS IN VIETNAMESE MARKET

According to the latest of Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 2022, the eCommerce industry’s revenue is estimated at 13.7 billion USD, increase 16% compared to 2020 and accounting for 6.5% of the total retail revenue of Vietnam. Due to e-Commerce SEA, Vietnam’s eCommerce will grow by an average of 25% per year from 2022 – 2025, possibly reaching 35 billion USD in 2025. 

The impact of the Covid-19 epidemic and social distancing orders, as well as changes in consumer behaviour, are driving the growth of this industry.

Thanks to super apps, such as Shopee, Lazada, Tiki, MoMo, and Zalo, it’s easier to deploy mini apps, creating a premise for inexperienced brands to build eCommerce systems to enter this billion-dollar market.

Shopee

Shopee is the most popular eCommerce market in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. Shopee was founded in 2015 to provide people with an easy, safe, and quick online buying experience.

Top 5 prominent eCommerce super apps in Vietnamese market-Shopee
Top 5 prominent eCommerce super apps in Vietnamese market – Shopee

 

Shopee is gradually becoming an eCommerce super app, not only offering online shopping services but also owning various mini-apps such as Shopee Food, Shopee Mart, Shopee Wallet, insurance services from banks, booking flights, hotels and so on.

  • Head office: Singapore
  • Countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Finland and Spain
  • Rating: 4.3 stars out of 1.62M reviews (CH Play), 4.4 stars out of 1M reviews (App Store)

Lazada

Lazada, founded in 2012, is one of Southeast Asia’s biggest eCommerce marketplaces. This brand has always been a pioneer in fostering regional development via commerce and technology, intending to service 300 million consumers across Southeast Asia by 2030.

Top 5 prominent eCommerce super apps in Vietnamese market-Lazada
Top 5 prominent eCommerce super apps in Vietnamese market – Lazada

Like Shopee, Lazada has many mini apps and utilities for its own e-commerce business strategies, such as eM wallet, card and eVoucher recharge, online shopping, etc.

  • Head office: Singapore
  • Countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
  • Rating: 4.7 stars out of 19.5M reviews (CH Play), 4.7 stars out of 1.8M reviews (App Store)

Tiki

Tiki is one of Vietnam’s most successful eCommerce marketplaces. Tiki was founded in March 2010 as an online English book-selling site. Since then, Tiki has evolved into an eCommerce super app, focusing on delivering hundreds of thousands of goods from a variety of product categories.

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Top 5 prominent eCommerce super apps in Vietnamese market – Tiki

Tiki has been a pioneering marketplace in applying digital currency to business concepts, as proven by the launch of Astra, to boost up eCommerce. At the same time, Tiki refined its ecosystem by creating a series of extensions with mini apps from brands in various industries, including finance, gaming, food, shopping, health, insurance, entertainment, lifestyle, tourism, and community.

  • Head office: Singapore
  • Countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
  • Rating: 4.2 stars out of 242K reviews (CH Play), 4.8 stars out of 368.7K reviews (App Store)

MoMo

MoMo is an e-wallet created by Online Mobile Services Joint Stock Company (M Service) that allows users to make mobile payments and transactions. Through partnerships with more than 90% of Vietnam’s banks and 10,000 local businesses, the company dominates more than 80% of the market for digital payments. As of 2022, MoMo e-wallet has more than 31 million users.

Top 5 prominent eCommerce super apps in Vietnamese market-Momo
Top 5 prominent eCommerce super apps in Vietnamese market – Momo

Since 2022, MoMo has developed a mini app technology, formally identifying itself as a super-payment app, helping small and medium companies to “climb on the shoulders of giants,” and construct an ecosystem for MoMo. In particular, utilities from businesses such as online shopping, restaurants, transportation services, tourism and hotels, investing and banking, medical services and so on.

  • Head office: Vietnam
  • Countries: Vietnam
  • Rating: 3.2 stars out of 401K reviews (CH Play), 4.4 stars out of 201.3K reviews (App Store)

Zalo

Zalo was formally launched in December 2012, with the essence of a cross-platform instant messaging software built by the Vietnamese startup VNG. Zalo is a blend of Zing (a VNG-created social network) and alo (a phrase used to pick up a phone in Vietnam). Zalo has progressed to become a multi-functional, multi-platform social networking super app.

Top 5 prominent eCommerce super apps in Vietnamese market-Zalo
Top 5 prominent eCommerce super apps in Vietnamese market – Zalo

Like MoMo, Zalo created a new brand named Zalo Mini App to help other brands reach 65 million regular users on Zalo, and make diversity for this messaging platform. Since then, Zalo has also supported other services, primarily through partnerships with brands in finance, eCommerce, entertainment, games, restaurants and hotels.

  • Head office: Vietnam
  • Countries: USA, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Germany, Myanmar and Singapore
  • Rating: 3.9 stars out of 2.03M reviews (CH Play), 3.0 stars out of 62.6K reviews (App Store)

As can be seen, the future of Vietnam’s eCommerce industry will continue to rely on these “giants,” thus businesses should incorporate eCommerce super apps into their business models as soon as possible to reap the full advantages of these applications. However, companies should not rely on these apps for long periods of time since it will result in a loss of customer data, income from commission per order, and so on.

With more than 8 years of experience in consulting and deploying eCommerce systems, SECOMM understands the challenges businesses face in implementing eCommerce business effectively. 

So we provide a free eCommerce consultation to help businesses catch on to this industry!

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How eCommerce massively boosts the furniture market in 2022?
HOW ECOMMERCE MASSIVELY BOOSTS THE FURNITURE MARKET IN 2022?

The desire for home furnishings and design among consumers has significantly increased as life gets better and better. The majority of consumers still prefer to choose and purchase products in physical stores and showrooms, but online furniture shopping is an increasing tendency. Additionally, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on consumer purchasing habits has changed how people purchase, which has greatly aided the development of the furniture eCommerce market.

The enormous potential of eCommerce for furniture

BusinessWire estimates that the size of the furniture eCommerce market in 2021 was valued at USD 27.74 billion and that it would increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.4% from 2022 to 2030 to reach USD 40.74 billion.

Recent findings made by Maddyness include the following intriguing details:

  • The value of the worldwide furniture eCommerce market exceeds $200 billion.
  • Online sales account for more than 90% of the growth of the furniture industry.
  • According to estimates, 8 out of every 10 consumers who purchase furniture have made an internet purchase at least once.
  • One in three consumers prefers to buy furniture online.
How eCommerce massively boosts the furniture market in 2022?
The potential of furniture eCommerce

The advantages of eCommerce implementation for the furniture business

How eCommerce massively boosts the furniture market in 2022?
The advantages of eCommerce implementation for the furniture

Catching up with market changes

The furniture sector has experienced a significant decrease in sales over the past few pandemic years, along with many other industries.

People are compelled to reduce their social interactions during the social withdrawal period. They now spend more time working, living, entertaining, and teaching at home. In light of the unpredictable changes of the pandemic, the necessity to clean and renovate the dwelling has therefore substantially increased.

Due to limits on leaving the house, online shopping at the time had become not only a need but also an urgent method of purchasing in place of in-person purchases. That serves as the springboard that gives eCommerce its spectacular development and propels it into other industries like fashion, grocery, wine, and even furniture.

These two elements highlight the “cake’s” enormous potential and aid many furniture companies in realizing and swiftly implementing eCommerce for market revolution and sustainable development.

Expand the business scope

Due to the Internet’s rapid expansion and the burgeoning online shopping trend, which is gradually replacing traditional offline shopping, the adoption of eCommerce will benefit furniture manufacturers by providing a new sales channel and attracting a big number of potential clients (at stores, and showrooms).

eCommerce implementation will also help to broaden the market for businesses by improving the circumstances for marketing campaigns to be more successful.

Enhance customers’ online shopping experience

When firms use technology to improve customer experience in eCommerce, furniture shopping will happen more quickly.

In the digital age, for instance, visual experiences from VR/AR technology, 3D product visualization, and 360-degree photography are very popular, gradually replacing in-store shopping while still being fully informed and realistic visualization of products, thereby increasing customer satisfaction during online shopping.

eCommerce enables businesses to quickly and effortlessly tailor the experience for customers by gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing the consumption behavior of each target group. Typically, this is done with the capabilities listed below: Products have seen, similar product recommendations, etc.

eCommerce provides clients with a seamless experience in addition to an intuitive one across a variety of channels, including social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, Zalo, etc.), eCommerce platforms (Shopee, Lazada, Tiki, Sendo, etc.), eCommerce websites, mobile apps, etc.

The interesting story of big guys

IKEA – The iconic furniture retailer, enters eCommerce to boost online sales

How eCommerce massively boosts the furniture market in 2022?
IKEA, a well-known furniture retailer, joins eCommerce to increase online sales.

IKEA, or Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd, is the world’s largest furniture retail enterprise and specializes in delivering minimalist-styled assembled furniture, household appliances, and accessories.

IKEA was established in 1943 in Sweden by Ingvar Kamprad, who started his business at the age of 17. IKEA swiftly gained global dominance with 392 locations across 48 nations.

With the goal of offering furniture with a lovely style and wide application while keeping the price low so that as many people as possible can purchase the goods. The majority of the departments, from marketing and sales to supply chain and warehouse, share this goal.

Everybody works together to keep IKEA’s “vital” competitive edge intact so that the company can publish catalogs with thousands of products offered at long-term stable prices.

Despite being the largest furniture retailer in the world, IKEA has lagged behind eCommerce trends, according to the Financial Times. This well-known retailer started “renovating” its sales technique only when it encountered numerous internet rivals. 

The biggest barrier that makes it difficult for IKEA to adjust its previously successful business model is the maze-like arrangement of store layouts to create an engaging experience of sightseeing, interior shopping, or requiring customers to drive to the store and assemble the components to make their own furniture.

But IKEA has unimaginably succeeded in launching an e-commerce website by fusing cutting-edge technology with a well-organized marketing plan. In particular, IKEA specifically uses VR/AR technology, which is seen as a new eCommerce trend and is favored by many firms, to improve users’ online purchasing experiences.

IKEA thereby covers the sales void left by the prior on-site furniture business model, but the gap won’t truly be felt until the Covid-19 pandemic and social separation restrictions are in place.

From this point, IKEA expands its consumer base both online and offline, and sales are progressively encouraged to increase significantly.

Additionally, IKEA’s eCommerce website incorporates Instagram posts of photographs of IKEA furniture goods that consumers customize, share, and tag with the hashtag #IKEA.

How eCommerce massively boosts the furniture market in 2022?
The IKEA website incorporates Instagram’s hashtag functionality to closely connect with current consumers and attract new ones.

This not only helps this brand connect closely with Instagram users, increase its reputation and strengthen the loyalty of existing customers but above all, quick access to a large diverse customer base from the Internet in general and Instagram in particular thanks to the popularity and influence of this social network on young consumers.

Nha Xinh – The veteran warrior in furniture eCommerce

How eCommerce massively boosts the furniture market in 2022?
Nha Xinh warrior persists with the eCommerce war

Established in 1999, Nha Xinh is a well-known furniture brand in Vietnam. It has two sizable showrooms, one each in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

As a manufacturer and supplier of living room, bedroom, dining room, and kitchen furniture with an Asian design aesthetic that favors coziness, friendliness, and simplicity above sophistication and luxury, Nha Xinh is a specialist in this field.

Nha Xinh’s website belonged to the “long-lived” row in the Vietnamese eCommerce village when it was created and launched in 2007, a period in which Vietnam was still getting used to utilizing the Internet to progressively integrate with the rest of the world.

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Nha Xinh’s eCommerce website

Nha Xinh’s eCommerce website has survived many years of market ups and downs while maintaining its inherent simplicity, intimacy, and sophistication.

Product categories are arranged clearly and harmoniously in each room to make it easy for customers to search, choose products that suit their needs, and get a sense of the room’s overall layout.

Customers can choose from a variety of options because the room’s layout is available with furniture and includes a detailed price. If they prefer, they can even select a combination of the interior and decor of the room without having to spend a lot of time figuring out how to combine each item because Nha Xinh already did it.

Additionally, Nha Xinh’s website has a unique section called “360-degree store” that uses 360-degree technology to let customers view the company’s interior products from a distance in an accurate manner from every nook and cranny of the room and every angle of the product, along with comprehensive information and price lists for each item.

Additionally, Nha Xinh’s “Inspiration Corner” catalog offers a wealth of thoughts and ideas to assist clients in designing their dream living space. Nha Xinh gives home design recommendations in a variety of styles, from elegant, and gentle to strong and personable depending on the individual’s preferences.

Therefore, Nha Xinh is more than just an eCommerce site that sells furniture; it is also a handbook that provides customers with never-ending design ideas.

Noi That Hoa Phat – The giant is committed to winning the eCommerce race

How eCommerce massively boosts the furniture market in 2022?
Flexible and trendy strategy of the furniture giant

Hoa Phat Furniture was founded in 1995 and over the course of over three decades has made a positive impact on Vietnamese consumers’ perceptions of quality products and exquisite design while fulfilling a variety of needs for office furniture, home, household furniture, and medical furniture.

With a consistent growth rate of 20–25% each year, the brand is getting stronger and reaffirming its position as Vietnam’s top supplier and manufacturer of furniture.

When Hoa Phat Furniture changed its name to The One Furniture in the year 2022, it left a lasting impression on the industry. The brand name change is linked to adaptable changes in strategy. The company focuses on enhancing the stature, appearance, and image connected with the growth of the nation, helping to instill a variety of ideals into society.

Hoa Phat Furniture (now The One Furniture) invests extensively in technology infrastructure to streamline the production and supply process at the same time as it aspires to expand throughout the area and the world. One might say that The One Furniture has carried on the brand’s good core principles and improved upon them in order to better suit the current market trend.

One of Hoa Phat Furniture’s greatest successes to date is the effective use of 3D printing technology in production, which has helped the company create a number of new products like the Smart Safe; sofa and chair folding in the Italian style while also reducing production costs and speeding up prototyping and increasing product accuracy.

Hoa Phat Furniture concentrates on creating an eCommerce website to reach many potential clients that have a habit or preference for online buying, in addition to being adaptable and prompt with changes in strategy.

The firm creates websites using the WooCommerce framework, a well-known and dependable open-source platform used by many companies to implement eCommerce.

How eCommerce massively boosts the furniture market in 2022?
The One Furniture – a new, better version of the previous Hoa Phat Furniture.

Compared to the previous version of Hoa Phat Furniture, The One Furniture’s new website (noithattheone.com.vn) features a more simplified, gorgeous, and contemporary interface (noithathoaphat.com.vn).

Additionally, the business supports the growth of well-known social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and TikTok to broaden brand awareness, attract more customers, and enhance coverage.

Plus, the business offers a wide range of shipping and payment choices to accommodate the various needs of clients, making online buying at The One Furniture or Hoa Phat Furniture as convenient as it can be.

It is clear that the growth of the furniture market has been hastened by the speed at which eCommerce is developing.

Today, numerous local and international furniture companies participate in and offer the greatest shopping experiences to customers through the effective implementation of an eCommerce website, including IKEA (Sweden), Nha Xinh, and Hoa Phat Furniture (Vietnam).

From there, companies may quickly connect with a wider pool of Internet users and generate conversions through efficient marketing strategies.

However, business leaders need to carefully and comprehensively take into account the growing customer expectations and rapidly shifting market trends, not to mention specifically describe a systematic and precise business strategy for taking the most advantageous actions in the short and long term.

Completing that difficult task will take a lot of time and resources. As a result, many furniture companies opt for a more straightforward approach to the issue, enlisting the assistance of a highly qualified and dependable unit.

SECOMM has many years of expertise in effectively executing eCommerce for numerous customers in various countries. We specialize in offering free consultation services with qualified eCommerce implementation solutions.

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ECOMMERCE WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT: 10 FACTORS TO KEEP IN MIND

Creating an eCommerce website is a critical step in assisting businesses in spreading their brands and increasing their ability to reach potential customers on the Internet, thereby increasing revenue and profit. However, developing a business website is a complicated process with many aspects, particularly with eCommerce websites.

Businesses must consider everything from user experience to operational performance and many other aspects of the site. Here is a summary of the key factors of an eCommerce website that businesses and website developers should consider before getting started.

SEO and website performance optimization

According to Think with Google research, if a web page takes up to 5 seconds to load, the likelihood of a user exiting increases by 90%. As a result, businesses must prioritize optimization and ensure that their eCommerce website is always operational.

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Page load speed and bounce rate are closely related

Furthermore, businesses must pay attention to optimizing SEO so that the website has the highest possible ranking on search engines using specific techniques and strategies if they want to maximize revenue on their brand websites. One of them is the strategy of incorporating keywords into the eCommerce website’s content, as well as description, title, and image information.

When adding an “alt text” description to an image, many businesses forget that customers can find their website through image search. This is also a significant flaw that results in a significant loss of potential customers.

Furthermore, in the early stages of e-commerce website deployment, businesses should consider hiring SEO experts. They can launch the website with the necessary meta tags, organize the page structure and internal links, create content strategies, design recommendations for cross-device-friendly functionality, improve page load speed, and many other critical aspects.

Marketing strategy fulfillment

A good marketing strategy may benefit the first orders offline and online, particularly in eCommerce. Creating an early marketing strategy assists businesses in identifying the features that must be included in developing eCommerce systems.

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An excellent Marketing strategy is a springboard for the eCommerce website to achieve first success.

For example, when businesses want to add the option to share a promotion campaign to social networks or push notifications on mobile apps from an eCommerce website, it will be more effective if this is part of the Marketing strategy and is planned to be implemented during the development of the eCommerce website rather than proposed to be developed after the website has been launched.

Multi-devices compatible website

According to the World Bank, two-thirds of adults worldwide use digital payments, with this figure expected to rise from 35% in 2014 to 57% by 2021. Although users prefer to make purchases via mobile apps, businesses can still increase conversions if the eCommerce interface is easily adaptable to the mobile web.

For example, after releasing a more optimized responsive design, Walmart Canada successfully increased website conversions by 20% and improved mobile order growth by 98%.

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Reach customers around the world with a website that is compatible with all devices and browsers.

Furthermore, businesses must ensure that customers from all over the world can easily access and shop on their eCommerce website using any available browser.

As a result, businesses will conduct cross-browser testing using Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and other browsers to find and fix errors, ensuring customers have a great shopping experience on your website using any browser, any device, and anywhere. Businesses can hire a qualified third party to assist them, or they can conduct their own testing using a few available help tools.

Implement Omnichannel 

In the digital age, “Omnichannel” is becoming increasingly popular and is an essential communication strategy between businesses and their customers. Every business should adopt an omnichannel strategy to connect with customers, increase traffic, drive sales, and survive the changes of the times.

As a result, implementing Omnichannel enables businesses to synchronize all sales channels for easier data management and increased eCommerce business efficiency. At the same time, Omnichannel provides customers with a seamless experience, allowing businesses to sell omnichannel and increase conversion rates.

When implementing Omnichannel, businesses can use Omnichannel platforms and systems (ETP Group, NEF, GoSELL) or choose one system as the data center for the entire system, such as an eCommerce system (Magento), ERP (Odoo, SAP).

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Omnichannel selling is becoming popular and successfully applied by many businesses.

Omnichannel implementation process:

  • Step 1: Data collection: Customers, Sales (Sales), Marketing,…
  • Step 2: Analyze data to identify issues for improvement to implement Omnichannel effectively.
  • Step 3: Create customer journeys and align campaign messages across sales channels.
  • Step 4: Check, evaluate and optimize Omnichannel

Diversify the registration of user accounts

Most eCommerce websites require customers to create an account before making a purchase. This allows businesses to store the customer’s purchase history, delivery address for demographic analysis, purchase behavior assessment, sales analysis, and incentive to buy next time through Marketing campaigns.

Regular customers, in particular, will be willing to do this to reap the benefits of having an account on the website, such as quickly saving information for the next purchase or receiving notifications about upcoming big promotions. However, not all customers want to register for an account to purchase products.

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Collect data, and evaluate buying behavior, creating many effective Marketing campaigns by diversifying user account registrations.

Therefore, businesses must provide options for customers who want to buy goods without registering an account, such as requiring customers to log in with a social network account or fill out a small payment form with their name, email, phone number, and address to complete the purchase process.

The eCommerce website system will automatically create an account and submit guest email login information in both cases.

Add filtering and advanced search functions to the website.

Even on websites that do not sell anything, users frequently use the search bar. For businesses with eCommerce websites, the search bar must provide advanced search functionality.

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Advanced search and filtering functions make it easy for customers to find the desired product.

The image search feature, for example, allows users to upload a photo of a favorite item and have the eCommerce website’s search engine return products that are the same, nearly identical, or similar to the product the customers are looking for.

If users don’t know what to look for and need some suggestions, they should browse the website’s product categories. In these cases, the multi-layered product catalog function is extremely useful. In other cases, customers already have search objectives; a search bar with advanced support functions will also assist customers in finding the products they require with a few clicks.

Diversify payment methods and delivery costs

Because online shopping and payments are becoming incredibly popular, it is critical to provide the appropriate payment options when developing an eCommerce website. According to the Payment Methods Report 2019, many shoppers abandon shopping carts because of delivery costs (55%) and complicated checkout processes (26%).

As a result, depending on the product and market that the company is targeting, the company will select a payment method that is appropriate for customers, products, and regions. The most popular payment methods in North America, according to Hostgator, are PayPal, Amazon Pay, Google Pay, Apple Pay, Visa or MasterCard, and so on.

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Provide a variety of payment methods and delivery costs to make it easy for customers to consider

MoMo, Zalo Pay, Shopee Pay, Visa or MasterCard, and others will be particularly popular in the Vietnam market.

Furthermore, businesses should consider delivery costs because this is one of the primary reasons why customers abandon the purchasing process. Businesses can deploy flexible free shipping offers on special promotions, or if customers are required to pay shipping fees, the system should provide detailed information to avoid confusion and create a bad customer experience.

Integrate with the content management system 

A content management system (CMS) allows you to centrally store and manage your written, visual, and document content. Businesses can change or add information, and the changes will be reflected on the eCommerce website. CMS can also help staff respond more quickly to customer feedback.

Improve customer service 

Most Internet shoppers are Millennials, Gen Y, and Gen Z. These generations value personalization, such as personalized recommendations, recommendations, or solutions from the support team.

Many eCommerce businesses are trying to meet this, the customer care department will help buyers solve problems during the purchase, payment, delivery, returns, complaints, and so on.

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Improving customer service helps increase brand reputation.

Furthermore, businesses should add a contact section to their eCommerce website with a hotline number or email that can be easily clicked or linked to the Facebook Messenger application, Zalo, live chat for orders, and general support chat for those who prefer this method of communication.

Improve the eCommerce website’s safety and security

Businesses will be responsible for storing large amounts of user data and product information on an eCommerce website, so safety and security are the most important factors for any eCommerce website. Any negligence can put the company in danger of permanent data loss, and customer information can be stolen and sold.

Google and other search engines will flag an eCommerce website if it is deemed unsafe and has poor security, such as no SSL certificate and HTTPS protocol. This is considered a warning or recommendation for Internet users to be cautious about accessing websites that lack the above two components, as a result of which businesses will easily lose a large number of potential orders, causing marketing disruption and affecting the brand’s reputation.

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Earn customers’ trust thanks to the safety and high security of the eCommerce website.

Furthermore, businesses must register an eCommerce website with the Ministry of Industry and Trade at the eCommerce Management Portal to demonstrate the website’s transparency following Vietnamese Government Decree 52/2013 ND-CP.

The 10 essential factors listed above are those that businesses must consider when implementing eCommerce. In reality, even when businesses use WordPress, the Woocommerce plugin, or a SaaS platform like Shopify, it is not easy to create an eCommerce website with full features that work well to attract customers. If your business decides to hire a website development company, that company must be capable of creating a comprehensive eCommerce website in terms of both design and functionality.

With many years of experience implementing eCommerce in many countries, SECOMM provides free consulting services with professional eCommerce solutions.

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WOOCOMMERCE 2022: ITS BENEFITS AND DOWNSIDES TO CONSIDER

As eCommerce becomes a new trend that encourages a slew of brands to enter the market, selecting the right eCommerce platform to build a successful eCommerce website becomes critical. While Shopify is the most popular SaaS platform, Magento is the top choice in the open-source platform, and the WooCommerce plugin has won the trust of many brands due to its outstanding features and ease of use.

What is WooCommerce?

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What is WooCommerce?

WooCommerce is a free WordPress plugin that allows brands to set up an eCommerce website by adding eCommerce functionality to an existing WordPress site. This plugin can transform a regular WordPress website into an eCommerce website with all the necessary features and easy customization with just a few clicks.

The benefits of using WooCommerce 

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The benefits of using WooCommerce

It’s free to get started

Price is an essential factor to think about when selecting a platform for implementing eCommerce. Popular platforms on the market today have prices ranging from free to several thousand dollars per year, making it even more prominent and preferred by businesses because this plugin is entirely free to download and install.

As a result, any business can benefit from its features without committing to costly support contracts or software licenses.

The flexibility of the open-source platform 

It is an open-source plugin built on the WordPress CMS that gives users complete control and allows them to easily customize their eCommerce website to their specific needs. WooCommerce, in addition to being suitable for a variety of businesses serving different customer segments, also provides long-term scalability, giving businesses of all sizes more flexibility in deploying eCommerce.

Integration with WordPress

The seamless integration between WooCommerce and WordPress brings many benefits to this plugin because of the availability of the large WordPress community throughout the years. WooCommerce can take advantage of the platform’s massive ecosystem of plugins, themes, guides, and other unique features.

Yoast SEO, for example, has long been a well-liked plugin with numerous international translations, ease of use, and advanced SEO support. Since WooCommerce integrates with WordPress, Yoast SEO also integrates with WooCommerce.

Especially when a business has a website on the WordPress platform and needs to turn it into an eCommerce website, WooCommerce will make it easy and seamless, so users do not have to start over with a brand new platform.

Providing qualified-standard content management 

Content Marketing is the key to an effective eCommerce website. If businesses are looking for an eCommerce platform built on the world’s most popular content management system (CMS), WooCommerce can fulfill that expectation.

When the WooCommerce plugin is integrated into WordPress, many content management options, including Blogs, Landing Pages, Product Descriptions, Email Marketing, and SEO plugins (Yoast WooCommerce SEO), will help sellers optimize content for search.

Providing in-depth analytics

Integrated analytics is another advantage of the plugin because the more you learn about customers and how they interact with your eCommerce website, the more you can adjust to meet customer expectations. For example, businesses can use sales data to learn about customers, thereby establishing a customer persona to increase sales in the future.

Furthermore, it provides a comprehensive WooCommerce analyzer displayed in a clean and user-friendly interface. Businesses can then easily integrate WooCommerce with third-party analytics services such as Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, and others.

The downsides of using WooCommerce 

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The downsides of using WooCommerce

Technical maintenance support

When using this plugin, the user is responsible for keeping the eCommerce website up-to-date, accessible, and functional. In fact, there is some support from the hosting company and the WooCommerce community, but it does not allow users to simply call for technical assistance.

Plugins will notify users of security updates, but users must install and handle problems themselves. In fact, hosting companies will support this. Still, users need to have a bit of technical knowledge to facilitate the process of supporting related issues to avoid affecting the performance of the eCommerce website.

This disadvantage stems directly from the fact that businesses have complete control over the eCommerce website system’s source code and data. Maximum authority entails maximum accountability. Although businesses continue to receive support for WooCommerce issues, compared to other eCommerce platforms such as Shopify, BigCommerce, Magento, etc., WooCommerce still has many shortcomings in the technical maintenance support process.

Speed and Security 

With the constant increase in unauthorized access (Website Hacking), website speed and security are more critical than ever. Speed and security are significant advantages for SaaS platforms such as Shopify and BigCommerce. At that point, your eCommerce website is housed in the infrastructure of these platforms, and a team of technical experts will continuously monitor and resolve any issues that arise to keep the website running smoothly.

Similar to a technical maintenance situation, WooCommerce essentially leaves the user responsible for the speed and security of the website despite the wide range of 3rd party support options.

Although speed and security are not an issue for some new businesses deploying eCommerce websites, this is still a significant drawback of this plugin when businesses are responsible for many issues ranging from technical maintenance to website speed and security, especially if the eCommerce site is on the verge of rapidly growing from hundreds to thousands of hits.

Growth and Scalability  

Because it is a WordPress plugin, it will operate in accordance with WordPress functions. Meanwhile, WordPress functionality is not explicitly designed for eCommerce but rather is based on the flexibility of open-source code. This means that when a user exceeds a certain query threshold, the way WooCommerce works is broken.

For example, when a large number of shopping carts are added, or checkout occurs at the same time, or when too many users visit the website simultaneously, overload occurs, making the operation of the eCommerce website difficult. This is difficult because the WordPress system and the WooCommerce plugin are no longer compatible. 

If your eCommerce website is still small and growing, this is not a problem; problems can still be quickly resolved. However, as the size of your website expands and grows rapidly, this is a disadvantage in terms of both performance and cost that businesses must consider before proceeding.

In a nutshell, WooCommerce is a fantastic plugin that many businesses would love to choose when deploying an eCommerce website. However, besides the outstanding advantages, there are still certain downsides, so businesses must carefully consider and compare with other platforms before starting out. 

With many years of experience implementing eCommerce in many countries, SECOMM provides free consulting services with professional eCommerce solutions.

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IS THE MAGENTO ECOMMERCE PLATFORM APPROPRIATE FOR SMEs?

Platforms play a significant role in developing and operating an optimal eCommerce system. As a result, selecting an eCommerce platform should be done thoroughly and carefully to maximize the platform’s benefits and promote long-term business growth. Each business’s eCommerce model will have appropriate platform options depending on the development goals. However, most SMEs today face significant challenges in selecting a suitable eCommerce platform due to a variety of budget, time, and business characteristics.

The Magento eCommerce platform is the most fantastic platform for eCommerce systems among popular names such as Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, and so on. Magento has many distinct advantages, including high flexibility, a diverse ecosystem, and optimal security. However, are Magento’s outstanding features the best option for SMEs? So, what are the standout characteristics of the Magento eCommerce platform? Will they be appropriate for SMEs in the Vietnamese market?

These prominent advantages make the Magento eCommerce platform appropriate for SMEs.

A diverse ecosystem

Possessing all of the basic eCommerce system’s functions

The Magento eCommerce platform is designed to grow into a comprehensive eCommerce system.

  • Catalog Management: Develop and maintain all data, functions, and information about products, categories, attributes, pricing systems, inventory, images, and videos to keep operations running smoothly and maximize business performance.
  • Content Management: Create and optimize all CMS page content elements, host images, theme customization, and website design.
  • Sales Management: Establish and oversee the sales, order, payment, and shipping processes. Simultaneously, diversify customer information to provide the best possible customer experience.
  • Marketing Management: Optimize and implement SEO the promotion programs (promotions, up-selling, cross-selling, etc.) with support tools, are used to increase business sales.
  • Customer Management: Manage customer information entirely to improve marketing efficiency, the purchasing experience, and customer experience.
  • Inventory Management: Fill the supply chain quickly and effortlessly with inventory management tools that direct shipments to the appropriate warehouses.
  • Report: Make use of data effectively by delivering comprehensive and detailed reporting to improve and enhance business performance, including Sales & Marketing, Customer Reports, Product Reports, and Evaluation and Operational Performance Report
  • Analysis: Monitor and measure the eCommerce system performance with built-in tools like:

               + Integrate Google Analytics to track and report on traffic, audience, purchasing process, and purchasing behavior.

               + Integrate Facebook Pixels makes tracking ads performance and capturing website actions simple.

               + Integrate Google Tag Manager to quickly update website metrics and related tags to increase personalization and accomplish the proper goals for the subsequent Marketing campaigns.

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Magento has a complete eCommerce functional system.

Diverse extension systems with numerous advanced eCommerce functions

The Magento extension system has also been significantly developed to meet the eCommerce market’s rapid development and the specific requirements of each business. 

Thousands of advanced functions on themes, add-ons, products, Marketing, payment optimization solutions, shipping, and so on have been built with flexibility and high usability to deliver exceptional results when integrated into the system that meets all operational needs and ensures the long-term growth of businesses’ eCommerce.

Ability to integrate with other systems and services

Businesses can fully integrate third-party services, analytics tools, management software, and Omni-channel with the Magento eCommerce platform to support efficient and seamless eCommerce operations.

  • Payment: Simply connect to the Magento system to today’s most popular payment methods, such as card payment (ATM, VISA, Mastercard,…), eWallet (MOMO, ZaloPay,…), payment gateway (OnePay, VNPay, PayPal,…), or COD… helps to diversify the payment and purchasing experience
  • Shipping: Easily integrate couriers (Giao Hang Nhanh, Giao Hang Tiet Kiem, Viettel Post) and popular shipping tracking applications in the market to support handling and optimize delivery processes
  • Management and operation software: Integrating the Magento system with back-office management and operation software (ERP, CRM, POS, …) such as SAP, Salesforce, and Oracle.. to operate all resources and processes seamlessly in the enterprise.
  • Business Analytics Tool: Magento can also integrate with business intelligence (BI) tools such as Power BI, Tableau, Looker, and others to improve business efficiency and easily merge and exploit all data from the system. The Magento system, extensions, and third-party services enable quick, efficient, and data-driven analytics and reports to improve business strategy and drive growth.
  • OmniChannel: Consolidate all sales channels on the same Magento system to handle and control data and create seamless offline and online business processes. Furthermore, businesses can quickly develop and manage omnichannel marketing strategies to personalize customer experiences and optimize eCommerce.

Global technical support community

In addition to a fully functional feature system, the Magento eCommerce platform is supported by a diverse system of extensions and technologies from a global developer community, allowing all eCommerce requirements of SME businesses to be met quickly anytime, and anywhere. The Magento eCommerce platform has a large developer community worldwide, including many experienced professionals and Magento developers.

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The strong Magento community assists businesses in quickly solving problems and finding solutions that are compatible with existing systems.

Businesses will receive maximum support in solving problems arising from technical errors and consulting on building eCommerce solutions that fit the enterprise’s business model with a strong Magento eCommerce platform development community. 

An extensive technical support community is another example of the reliability and capacity to quickly resolve system errors and updates that Magento constantly brings to our eCommerce system.

Magento eCommerce Platform Flexibility

The Magento eCommerce platform’s flexibility is an exceptional advantage that allows the Magento eCommerce platform to operate any complex system. Given this benefit, Magento is an excellent choice for Vietnamese SMEs today. Moreover, businesses can easily change system functions, develop new features, or open new stores to meet their needs and respond to rapid market change.

Customizability

The Magento eCommerce platform possesses the advantages of open-source software with extensive customizability to help the system run smoothly. Enterprises can easily own and control the entire system source code and customize it to change parts to suit the eCommerce system’s general operating model.

Owing to this benefit, Magento is highly customizable for any size business and can meet the eCommerce needs of both small and large corporations.

Besides that, the customizability of open-source code enables developers to create more innovative and comprehensive solutions tailored to each business, field, and business model, creating highly specialized eCommerce functions that result in effective system performance.

Scalability

Multi-websites, Multi-stores

Magento allows businesses to scale from one website/store to many different websites/stores on the same system to meet the needs of business scale development. Businesses can access and manage all data from multiple websites/stores using a single Magento system.

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The Magento system enables multiple websites/stores to be extended and managed simultaneously.
Multi-languages, Multi-currencies

With Magento’s language conversion support, businesses can create an eCommerce system with customer-friendly content and language. Besides that, the Magento system enables businesses to quickly convert currencies, expand their markets in many countries, and assist customers in transacting conveniently and having the best shopping experience.

Security Capabilities

High security is another significant benefit that makes the Magento eCommerce platform the preferred choice for SMEs. Magento is a complete eCommerce system with security functions that ensure seamless eCommerce operation while minimizing potential data system and ecommerce transaction processing risks. As a result, system security is improved, website credibility is increased, and user interests are protected to the greatest extent possible.

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Security is a standout advantage of the Magento eCommerce platform.

Security scanning tool

Magento includes a periodic security scan tool to identify security issues or malware affecting the system and update patches and notifications, then propose security solutions to handle arising errors, thereby effectively improving and optimizing the website’s security.

Advanced passwords for the administrator account

The requirement to use advanced passwords should also be fully implemented to increase the level of security for administrative accounts. The administrator password must be at least seven characters long and include letters, numbers, and special symbols. Relating to further adjustments, the password complexity may be increased with lower case/case sensitivity, or re-login may be required after a certain length of the login session.

CAPTCHA security

CAPTCHA can protect the system for both administrators and website visitors. In addition, using CAPTCHA aids the system in preventing bot spam and malicious code from entering the system illegally.

2FA function- Two factors of security authentication

This function provides additional security for system user accounts. Accordingly, customers will have to authenticate with an additional OTP security code sent to the phone number provided during account registration after logging in with a password. This two-layer security operation effectively limits the threats of unauthorized access and account attacks while enhancing protection and maximum safety for system users.

Problems encountered when implementing eCommerce on the Magento eCommerce platform.

With significant advantages such as a fully functional feature system, flexibility, a diverse ecosystem, and optimal security, the Magento eCommerce platform is the best choice for SMEs looking to build a stable and sustainable eCommerce system. However, due to deployment costs, implementation time, and complex industry-specific issues, most SMEs are still hesitant to use Magento to build an eCommerce system.

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Most SMEs are still hesitant to use Magento due to deployment costs, implementation time, and complex industry-specific issues.

High implementation costs

Although Magento is highly regarded for its features and performance, the cost barrier prevents SMEs from selecting the Magento eCommerce platform to build their system. Furthermore, the expertise of the system developers is a significant factor that significantly increases the cost of Magento implementation. Therefore, a complete and efficient Magento eCommerce website is implemented by a professional team that is thoroughly knowledgeable about Magento to develop the proper comprehensive system from the beginning and provide appropriate solutions for the enterprise’s various needs in the long run.

A fully functional system built on the Magento eCommerce platform is estimated to cost between $10,000 and $100,000.

The long implementation timeline

A complete project on the Magento eCommerce platform typically takes 2-3 months to deploy, with some projects taking up to a year. Additionally, enterprises should constantly develop components of the eCommerce system. Furthermore, the functional system’s complexity necessitates time investment to build appropriate development solutions. 

When selecting an eCommerce deployment platform, SMEs should consider the time issue carefully. With the requirements of the eCommerce and digital transformation markets, the extended system implementation time slows down the digital transformation process, making it difficult for businesses to keep up with competitors or constantly update trends in the market.

The complexity of dedicated functions

When converting to eCommerce, the specific characteristics of each industry and field remain a complex problem for every SME. Because most Vietnamese SMEs lack the technical knowledge and expertise required to build particular functions that can satisfy one or more specialized processes and the complexity of the eCommerce system, industry specificity has become a significant obstacle. These specific functions necessitate a corresponding technological solution to ensure that the eCommerce system can operate effectively and sustainably after the transformation.

Simultaneously, to build a specific feature with high complexity for a Magento store, businesses may need to spend more money and time than usual to develop a suitable solution to the particular requirements of an eCommerce business.

With extensive experience developing many complex e-commerce systems on Magento, SECOMM understands the challenges that businesses face when selecting a platform and implementing E-commerce.

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WHAT IS MAGENTO? THE SUPERIOR PROS AND CONS OF MAGENTO

Along with the eCommerce market growth comes an increase in business demand for a separate eCommerce website system to maximize online business.

The platform’s role in developing and operating an effective eCommerce website system is enormous because choosing the right platform will help businesses save time in building a team, saving system development costs, reaching potential customers, boosting sales, and seizing long-term sustainable development opportunities.

Among today’s popular platforms such as Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, and others, Magento is widely regarded as the best platform for developing eCommerce websites, with over 186,000 websites in use worldwide.

What is Magento?

Magento is an open-source platform designed specifically for the eCommerce industry. In addition, Magento is the most challenging source code platform in the PHP programming language. As a result, Magento can handle a company’s specialized needs in a constantly changing and evolving market like eCommerce.

Many major brands and corporations, including HP, Asus, Puma, and Walmart, have used Magento platforms. In addition, some famous brands in Vietnam use Magento websites, including CellphoneS, Vua Nem, Kids Plaza, Mobile Viet, and so on.

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What is Magento? The superior pros and cons of Magento

Classification

Magento currently offers two versions: Magento Open Source and Magento Commerce.

Magento Open Source

Magento Open Source was initially called Magento Community Edition, a free version of Magento. This version provides a “framework” to build eCommerce websites flexibly, so it is very popular with many businesses.

Some websites use Magento Open Source in Vietnam, such as Canifa, Kids Plaza, Bach Long Mobile, etc.

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Some websites using the Magento Open Source platform: Canifa; Kids Plaza; Bach Long Mobile

Magento Commerce

Magento Commerce was previously known as Magento Enterprise Edition. This version is appropriate for significant businesses that require a website system with complex functions.

In addition, this edition provides an on-premises or a hosted solution as a service (Magento Commerce Cloud), which aids in website performance. The minimum fee for using this version is $24,000 per year.

The brands using Magento Commerce in Vietnam are CGV, Bibo Mart, Rohto, etc.

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CGV; BiBo Mart; Rohto are now using the Magento Commerce platform

The Pros

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The pros of the Magento platform

Functional systems from basic to advanced

Magento includes all of the features required for a complete eCommerce website, including category management, content management, sales management, marketing management, and customer management, as well as analysis and reporting. 

In addition, Magento owns many extensions with advanced features such as Headless Commerce, PWA (Progressive Web Apps), MSI (Multi-Source Inventory), ElasticSearch, etc to meet all eCommerce needs for businesses.

Furthermore, Magento has a global technical support community comprised of many experienced experts and professional development units to assist with meeting all business requirements.

Flexible customization capabilities

Magento possesses all the advantages of an open-source platform with flexible customization capabilities. Owning and controlling the entire source code, in particular, allows businesses to customize parts of the code in the system, easily update, or even develop new functions based on each business specificity.

High scalability

In addition to customizing, Magento also has very useful website scalability. Magento allows businesses to scale from one website to many websites, one store to many stores, but the management is still on the same system. Besides, Magento supports multi-language and currency conversion, helping businesses expand globally.

Superior security capabilities

Magento’s high security is also an outstanding advantage, with the ability to control the system regularly, propose security solutions, improve security for administrators, and prevent bots or unauthorized malware, among other things. As a result, this platform assists businesses in reducing potential risks associated with the data and transaction processes.

The Cons

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The cons of the Magento platform

High development cost

The cost of owning a Magento website is high due to its many outstanding benefits, such as the functional system, customizability, scalability, and good security. However, depending on the system’s complexity, a website built on the Magento platform costs between $10.000 and $100.000.

Take time to implement

A comprehensive Magento project requires implementation time ranging from 3 months to 1 year. A complete Magento project requires implementation time ranging from 3 months to 1 year. As a result, it slows down businesses’ digital transformation processes and makes it difficult for them to keep up with competitors’ development rates and market trends.

A team of qualified technicians is required

Businesses require a technical team with high expertise and experience with the Magento platform to build and operate an intensive eCommerce website system customized to the unique characteristics of each product and category.

As a whole, Magento is an eCommerce platform that is appropriate for all types of businesses, including startups, SMEs (small and medium enterprises), and large corporations. However, budget, time, and professional team issues have caused many SMEs businesses to be hesitant to use Magento to develop eCommerce websites. That is why Magento frequently be used in large corporations to build complex eCommerce systems.

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THE PATH TO CREATING COMPREHENSIVE EGROCERY WEBSITES

According to Statista, the size of the Vietnamese ecommerce market in 2021 was $13 billion and is expected to reach $39 billion in 2025, ranking second in Southeast Asia behind only Indonesia. The spectacular breakthrough of the grocery eCommerce industry has coincided with the explosion of the eCommerce market. As a result, online grocery shopping has become a part of 53 percent of consumers’ habits. 

Grocery companies should create their eCommerce website as soon as possible to jump into the bigger game and develop online grocery business activities to capitalize on the enormous potential of the eGrocery market and gradually transition to digital transformation.

SECOMM has outlined the journey to create a comprehensive eGrocery website for the Vietnamese market with over 7 years of experience in eCommerce.

The initial stage: Basic eGrocery website development 

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The basic process of developing the eGrocery websites

Setting goals for the development of the eGrocery website

The first step for grocery businesses is to set goals and prioritize those goals to plan the result of an appropriate eCommerce website for each stage.

Businesses can consider long-term goals such as brand positioning, exploitation of potential customers, and product online business capability.

Short-term goal activities such as revenue growth, customer monitoring and analysis, campaign effectiveness evaluation, and so on should prioritize by businesses. 

Furthermore, the user experience factor, which includes services such as payment, logistics, online customer care, and so on, is critical to increasing interaction, support, customer consultation, and problem resolution as quickly as possible.

In terms of duration, businesses can choose to deploy quickly to penetrate the eGrocery market or gradually adapt to the market at this stage. When deploying a grocery ecommerce website, the budget will be determined by each business’s strategy and financial potential.

Selecting a basic eGrocery website development platform

Two popular platforms assist businesses in developing eCommerce websites: SaaS (Software as a service) and Open Source. Here are some of the best Saas eCommerce platforms: Haravan, Shopify, and BigCommerce.

  • Pros: Rapidity, reasonable price, no IT experience requirement
  • Cons: Operating costs rise over time as a result of annual/monthly service license payments, platform developer reliance due to lack of ownership of source code and data, and limited functions such as the ability to integrate and expand the website system.
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Top 3 SaaS eCommerce Platforms: Haravan, Shopify, BigCommerce

Open Source eCommerce Platforms widely used in the Vietnamese market include WooCommerce, OpenCart, and Magento. 

  • Pros: The user owns the source code and data, has more interfaces and functions, and has better integration and extensibility than SaaS platforms.
  • Cons: It takes more time and cost to develop the website initially than SaaS platforms. Also, it requires an experienced IT team to handle its system.

Due to the significant differences between SaaS Platforms and Open Source Platforms, stage businesses prefer to use SaaS Platforms in the initial stages of basic eGrocery

Designing the interface of the eGrocery website

Businesses have to meet the following criteria when designing the website interface: UI/UX standardization, displaying the brand’s and the eGrocery industry’s characteristics, and product presentation synchronization to provide the best experience to customers.

There are three approaches to designing the interface: using available themes, customizing themes, or creating their own. Businesses frequently use the available themes in this stage to save the most money. Still, some companies with financial potential will choose the other two options for better branding.

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Bach Hoa Xanh’s website

Adding functions to the eGrocery website

When operating a grocery eCommerce system, businesses can prioritize the development of basic functions to meet the essential needs during this time.

Some basic functions required in eGrocery websites, such as:

  • Catalog Management: Manage all data, processes, categories, attributes, prices, inventory quantities, and images/videos to operate and optimize the efficiency of the online grocery store.
  • Store Management: Manage product inventory and each branch’s business activities and personnel.
  • Cart and Checkout: Manage the shopping cart and customers’ information when they check out.
  • Customer Management: Manage customer information to increase marketing efficiency, purchase experience, and customer satisfaction.
  • Marketing Management: Optimize SEO and implement marketing strategies with tools to increase business sales.
  • Sales Management: Create and manage sales, order, payment, and shipping processes.
  • Content Management: Create and optimize all content elements for CMS pages, image storage, customize themes, and design websites.
  • System Management: Delegate administrators to review the best methods for website security and maintenance
  • Analysis and Report: Help track and measure eCommerce system performance and develop future strategies.
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Quick purchase feature and wishlist on Organica’s website

Finalizing the legal procedures

According to Decree 52/2013/ND-CP of the Government, every individual or organization that owns a sales eCommerce website must notify or register with the Ministry of Industry and Trade on the eCommerce Operation Management Portal. 

Websites that exceed the time limit or fail to register/notify the competent management agency within the time frame specified will be administratively sanctioned by regulations.

The following stage: Advanced eGrocery website development

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The advanced process of developing the eGrocery website

Re-targeting

As the company grows and the market changes, the goals must be adjusted accordingly. This is also the time for leaders to rethink the business strategy’s target and money to invest in the grocery eCommerce website system. During this time, businesses frequently focus on the short and long-term goals of expanding the online grocery store system.

Long-term business goals can include expanding market segments, developing loyalty programs, forming consumer online shopping habits, etc.

Short-term goals for businesses can include capturing more new potential customers, increasing revenue, and supporting Ecommerce Marketing strategy.

Selecting platforms for conversion

When SaaS platforms are no longer effective enough to help businesses expand their online grocery store website systems, they have to turn to Open Source platforms like Magento, WooCommerce, and OpenCart to build advanced eGrocery websites.

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Top 3 Open Source eCommerce platforms: Woocommerce, OpenCart, Magento

In this stage, platform selection criteria include:

  • Professional website interface, UX / UI standardization, displaying the brand’s and the eGrocery industry’s characteristics.
  • Comprehensive functional system from basic; advanced to industry-specific
  • Flexible customization and extensibility, allowing businesses to integrate with a wide range of third-party utilities and support multiple websites, multi-language, and multi-currency.
  • High security, assisting businesses in avoiding network attacks, and assisting with data backup when needed 

Absolutely, businesses will face more challenges when switching platforms from SaaS to Open Source, such as changing costs, time to train personnel on open platforms, and data loss or errors during the conversion.

Selecting the development resources (In-house team or Project developer)

Businesses must choose the right resources to develop their website to build eCommerce website on an open source platform.  Typically, companies can create an in-house team or find a project developer. Regardless of the resource, professional knowledge and practical experience about the chosen platform are required.

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Selecting the development resources for the eGrocery website

Businesses should recruit and train IT and eCommerce personnel with expertise and experience in the chosen platform. Building the right team will take a lot of time and money. Still, it will help businesses manage resources better and actively edit or develop the website system according to the requirements.

Businesses should look for project developers based on the following criteria to collaborate with them: 

  • Ecommerce experience (the number of years of experience, the quantity and the quality of projects they have done, and the complexity of projects).
  • The professional team (solution consultants, IT personnel, customer service).
  • Good process (analyzing, proposing solutions, developing, testing, and maintaining).
  • Fast processing and support capabilities.
  • Warranty and maintenance commitments. 

This will help businesses learn expertise, gain experience, and develop a website in all aspects of the eGrocery industry. Still, companies and their partners must collaborate effectively to achieve a better result.

Re-designing the interface of the eGrocery website

Businesses can keep things the same while switching platforms. There is no need to change the current website interface. Many companies, however, will rebuild the website interface to match the new strategy and platform.

Similar to the previous stage, businesses have several options when designing the interface of a grocery eCommerce website: using available themes, customizing the themes, or creating their own. At this stage, however, businesses frequently choose to customize or design their own theme to reflect the characteristics of the eGrocery brand and industry.

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OpenCart’s website interface store

Converting platform

After selecting the appropriate conversion platform, the conversion should be carried out carefully to limit the risk of data loss or enterprise error. To avoid errors, the conversion is usually done as automatically as possible.

The platform conversion process includes steps to extract data from the old system and record it into the new system. After converting the platform, businesses need to double-check to ensure that the converted data is fully and correctly according to the plan.

Upgrading functional system

In addition to the basic functions, businesses should focus on developing a more complex system of functions, including advanced and industry-specific functions for the eGrocery industry.

Advanced functions include order tracking, abandoned cart, similar product recommendations, advanced product search, multilayer product catalog, and others that improve the consumer experience and speed up the shopping process.

Industry-specific functions aid in thoroughly resolving the challenges of implementing intensive departmental eCommerce, meeting the needs of customer segments and businesses such as fast delivery, delivery time selection, and so on.

Furthermore, businesses must constantly update and develop user-friendly functions to stay competitive in the market.

In addition to the basic functions, businesses should focus on developing a more complex system of functions, including advanced and in-depth functions for the eGrocery industry. Advanced functions include order tracking, abandoned cart, similar product recommendations, advanced product search, multilayer product catalog, and others that improve the consumer experience and speed up the shopping process. In-depth functions aid in thoroughly resolving the challenges of implementing intensive departmental eCommerce, meeting the needs of customer segments and businesses such as fast delivery, delivery time selection, and so on. Furthermore, businesses must constantly update and develop user-friendly functions to stay competitive in the market.
Magento’s advanced functions

Operating and maintaining the eGrocery website system

When putting the grocery eCommerce website system through testing, businesses must review and test the entire website and functionality in a specific time frame to ensure order processing speed, website stability, and so on. In addition, businesses must immediately contact the in-house team or the developer if issues arise to adjust and improve the website before going live.

After the grocery eCommerce website system has stabilized, businesses should focus on Ecommerce Marketing strategies (SEO, SEM, Email Marketing, Content Marketing, Social Marketing, and so on) or implement Omni-channel to grow their online eGrocery business.

For long-term sales growth, businesses should maintain, update, and upgrade their website system regularly, quickly adapting to changes in the eCommerce market in general and the grocery market in particular.

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The final step in developing comprehensive eGrocery websites is to operate and maintain the system.

In general, developing comprehensive eGrocery websites for the Vietnamese market is complex. It requires businesses to invest significant time and money in researching the best eCommerce strategy for each stage of business development.

Our company – SECOMM, has been partnering with many big enterprises such as An Nam Group (Vietnam), Jasnor (Australia), and Changi Airport Group (Singapore). As a result, we are aware of the challenges and worries firms face while developing an eCommerce website system.

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TOP 05 GROCERY ECOMMERCE WEBSITES IN VIETNAM

Grocery eCommerce is a trend in eCommerce that allows customers to buy goods online. This is regarded as the leading industry in the eCommerce market, particularly in Vietnam. According to an iPrice report, when people began staying at home to avoid the Covid-19 epidemic, traffic to websites specializing in the grocery business increased 45% faster than before. This trend remained stable after the social distancing was reduced, increasing by 10% at the end of the year. Online grocery is the only category that has seen consistent growth throughout the pandemic, with search demand continuing to rise.

There are some popular grocery eCommerce websites in Vietnam can be mentioned as:

Bach Hoa Xanh 

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Bach Hoa Xanh’s Website

Bach Hoa Xanh is one of the most popular grocery store chain owned by Mobile World Joint Stock Company that specializes in selling fresh food and necessities. Bach Hoa Xanh currently operates nearly 2,000 stores in the South, East, and South Central provinces. This is the most visited website in the top five most visited websites in the Vietnam market, behind only the top four eCommerce platforms today, namely Shopee, Lazada, Tiki, and Sendo (According to iPrice).

– Website: https://www.bachhoaxanh.com/ 

– Traffic: 1.1M/month

WinMart

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WinMart’s website

WinMart is a supermarket system and grocery store chain purchased by Masan Group from Vingroup. This brand was more commonly known as Vinmart at that time.

– Website: https://winmart.vn/

-Traffic: 209.5K/month

Organica

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Organica’s website

Organica is a natural and non-GMO certified organic food development and distribution system.

– Website: https://www.organica.vn/ 

– Traffic: 27.2K/month

Farmer’s Market

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Farmer’s Market’s website

Farmer’s Market is a fresh food chain store brand managed by LARIA Trading Co., Ltd. To provide a seamless shopping experience O2O (online to offline), the company has built an omni-channel retail system  serving over 4,000 customers daily.

– Website: https://farmersmarket.vn/ 

– Traffic: 17.5K/month

Annam Gourmet

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Annam Gourmet’s website

Annam Gourmet arose from the two Annam Group founders’ deep love of European cuisine. Annam Gourmet chain stores have been successfully operating in the Vietnamese market for over 20 years, offering high-quality imported product lines such as high-end food, wine, beverages, and cosmetics.

– Website: https://shop.annam-gourmet.com/ 

-Traffic: 8.7K/month

Grocery eCommerce Solutions

With a 200% annual growth rate, the future potential of grocery eCommerce in the Vietnamese market is undeniable (according to Statista). There are numerous opportunities in the eGrocery industry. Recently, many challenges have arisen, necessitating careful consideration of tactics by business managers in order to take the most effective steps.

The eGrocery businesses have opportunities and challenges, requiring business managers to consider tactics to take the most effective steps. Finding a partner is tricky and building an in-house team is tough. Businesses must incur significant opportunity costs and time to reach the goal.

Our company – SECOMM has been partnering with many big enterprises such as An Nam Group (Vietnam), Jasnor (Australia), and Changi Airport Group (Singapore). We are aware of the challenges and worries faced by firms while developing an e-commerce website system.

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