7 Top Selling Products on Taobao.com

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Taobao is the biggest eCommerce website in China, together with Tmall, it accounts for around 80% of the market. What sets Taobao apart from other established eCommerce websites is that it’s a C2C (consumer to consumer) website and was started years before Tmall and its competitors.

People all over China buy from Taobao thanks to its competitive prices, wide assortment of products, and fulfillment capabilities. Many foreigners ask what products that are in great demand on Taobao, that’s why I’ve written this article where I list some of the most popular products on Taobao. First, let’s check what some of the differences are between Tmall and Taobao.com.

What are the differences between Taobao and Tmall?

First of all, Tmall is more premium than Taobao and mainly cater to consumers in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities. In fact, its name originates from the term “Taobao Mall” and you’ll find more branded and foreign products on the website. Taobao, on the other hand, has a wide selection of less exclusive products that are produced in China.

Taobao is known for being more price sensitive than Tmall, a reason why it’s popular in the smaller cities. Worth mentioning is that not everyone can sell on Taobao as you need to have a Chinese company before you can start selling on the website. That’s not the case with Tmall as foreigners are allowed to open stores and sell on its cross-border website, Tmall Global.

1. Clothing Products

Just by visiting Taobao.com, you’ll notice that there’s an ocean of clothing products like shoes, bags, pants, sweaters, you name it. Even if the website is more price-sensitive compared to Tmall, you’ll find everything from cheap Chinese products to Gucci bags. Don’t be surprised if you find a dress priced as low as USD 5 or a scarf for USD 2. Continue reading 7 Top Selling Products on Taobao.com

6 Top Selling Products on JD.com

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JD.com is one of the biggest eCommerce platforms in China that has grown at a rate of more than 30% a year. Not surprisingly, increasingly more foreign companies see JD as one of the best options to reach the growing Chinese online consumer market.

Before you start selling in China, it’s important that you know what products that are in demand on the different eCommerce websites. Previously, I wrote an article where I list some of the top-selling products on Tmall.

Today, we’ll have a look at some of the top-selling products on JD, Tmall’s main competitor. Let’s get right into it.

1. Electronics & Home Appliances

JD attracts plenty of Chinese buyers who look for electronic merchandise, gadgets, and home appliances. The company does its utmost to grab market shares in these markets and acquired 46% of the big home appliance retail chain Five Star in 2019, valued at USD 190 million.

It’s not strange why JD is so strong in this market as it’s the preferred option among many men who are young and middle-aged, with a high purchasing power. Continue reading 6 Top Selling Products on JD.com

Working with Food Distributors in China: By ADN Imports

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Do you plan to sell food products in China and want to find local distributors?

In this article, Anthony Johnson from ADN Imports explains what food products that are in demand, how you can find distributors, the process when working with distributors, about packaging and labeling requirements, and more.

Let’s get started and review some of the most popular food products in China.

What kind of food products are in demand in China?

China’s huge population means many niche markets can do well if you find the right routes, most likely through eCommerce platforms. Continue reading Working with Food Distributors in China: By ADN Imports

Finding Distributors in China: The Ultimate Guide

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Working with distributors is preferred among foreign companies who wish to enter the Chinese market with low upfront costs. Selling on eCommerce platforms like Tmall Global is expensive and the entry requirements high.

Yet, finding a Chinese distributor is not the easiest task on hand and you must do thorough research beforehand.

In this article, I explain what the benefits and disadvantages are when hiring distributors, how you can find distributors, what to consider when selecting distributors, and more.

What are the benefits of working with distributors?

Foreigners who have little experience in the Chinese market often rely on either eCommerce Partners or distributors. These companies can help you with the imports, storage, shipping, sales, and sometimes also marketing. Continue reading Finding Distributors in China: The Ultimate Guide

Hong Kong Fulfillment when Selling Cross-Border to China: by ZhenHub

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Hong Kong fulfillment is one of the most popular option when overseas companies sell products cross-border into mainland China.

Not only can fulfillment centers help you reduce shipping lead times, they’re often efficient and offer competitive shipping rates.

In this article, Vince Poon from ZhenHub explains how it works when shipping cross-border from Hong Kong to China. It’s an established fulfillment center with warehouses in almost a dozen countries.

Vincent, please introduce yourself and your work at ZhenHub in Hong Kong.

I’m the CEO of ZhenHub, a single dashboard terminal that helps you fulfill and ship your goods globally.

Here, you can get quotes, execute your shipments, communicate with your shipper and manage your inventory all in a single location.

Our terminal allows easy communication and our customers to automate their fulfillment and shipping. We also provide business intelligence and analytics around costs, delivery times and easy view of all documentation required for each shipment.

Before ZhenHub, my background was in the legal field and consulting. I saw a lot of issues within the supply chain, for example:

  • No visibility of pricing
  • No visibility over where shipments are located
  • Slow communication

After working with eCommerce companies, dropshippers and different brands for the last 8 years, I realized these problems meant the survival or growth of a successful eCommerce business.

This all flows down to how well your business is serving its customers.

Continue reading Hong Kong Fulfillment when Selling Cross-Border to China: by ZhenHub

7 Top Selling Products on Tmall: A Complete Guide

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Tmall is the biggest eCommerce marketplace in China where you can find practically any kinds of products.

Its cross-border version, Tmall Global, is also highly popular for brands that want to ship products directly from overseas or bonded warehouses within China.

Foreign companies often ask what products are in demand on different Chinese marketplaces. Therefore, I’ve written this article where I list some of the most popular products among Chinese buyers on Tmall.

1. Fashion & Clothing

Tmall and Tmall Global are two of the most popular options for foreign brands that sell fashion products and clothes online in China.

By comparison, one of its biggest competitors, Jingdong (JD), focuses more on consumer electronics and kitchen appliances. Kaola, on the other hand, is bigger for food products, beverages, and supplements.

Nowadays, you can find various big multinational brands on Tmall including Fendi, Burberry, Nike, Adidas, and the list goes on.

Medium-sized brands also set up shops here now as Chinese millennials drive the eCommerce market and look for unique products.

The fashion market is sensitive and competitive

The fashion industry is highly sensitive and big foreign brands have left Tmall with losses and results that didn’t meet expectations.

Continue reading 7 Top Selling Products on Tmall: A Complete Guide

How to Fulfill & Ship Products with Shopee: A Complete Guide

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Shopee has become one of the biggest E-Commerce marketplaces in Southeast Asia. Nowadays, it can also be found in countries like Korea and Taiwan.

Thus, Shopee operates in Asian countries where Lazada currently doesn’t have a presence.

Increasingly more cross-border sellers wonder how they can start selling on Shopee. Often, they ask how they can fulfill and ship orders to clients in so many countries.

In this article, you’ll learn the following:

  • What shipping options are available for Shopee sellers?
  • 3rd party fulfillment centers
  • Fulfilled By Shopee (FBS)
  • How can sellers offer free shipping on Shopee?
  • How can customers track orders?
  • How do sellers manage returns and failed deliveries?

What shipping options are available for Shopee sellers?

Shopee doesn’t have a mature logistics infrastructure for global cross-border sellers. At least not in comparison to Lazada and major Chinese E-Commerce platforms, like Tmall Global and JD Worldwide.

Its services are mainly to serve sellers in China, at least at the moment.

This is not strange as most of the products sold online in Southeast Asia are in the lower price range, manufactured in- and sold from sellers in China.

Continue reading How to Fulfill & Ship Products with Shopee: A Complete Guide

Top 5 E-Commerce Websites in Asia: A Complete Guide

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Cross-border E-Commerce is set to grow immensely in Asia in the coming decade.

At the same time as China has become the world’s biggest E-Commerce market, neighbouring countries like Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines grow at impressive rates.

With increased prosperity, mobile usage and internet penetration, Asia will continue to be the most interesting E-Commerce market in the world. And that’s for a long time to come.

But, Asia is diverse and many don’t know in which country, or on which platforms they should sell.

In this article, I’ve listed some of the most popular and interesting E-Commerce marketplaces for cross-border sellers in Asia.

1. Tmall Global (China)

China’s E-Commerce market is not only the biggest, but one of the most developed in the World.

With a population of 1.4 billion and a surging middle class, it’s become three times bigger than the US E-Commerce market.

Here, Tmall Global (天猫国际) is undoubtedly one of the most popular cross-border E-Commerce websites.

Continue reading Top 5 E-Commerce Websites in Asia: A Complete Guide

How to Sell on Tokopedia: The Ultimate Guide

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Indonesia’s E-Commerce market will be one of the best performers in Asia in the coming decade.

With a low internet and mobile penetration, a quickly growing middle class and a huge population, there’s still plenty of room for expansion.

Strangely, many foreign companies haven’t even heard of its biggest E-Commerce giant – Tokopedia.

Today, I’ll tell you what Tokopedia is all about, if it’s open to foreign companies and how the future of Indonesia’s E-Commerce market looks like.

In this article, you’ll learn the following:

Continue reading How to Sell on Tokopedia: The Ultimate Guide

How to Sell on Shopee: A Complete Guide for Cross-Border Sellers

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The Southeast Asian E-Commerce market has transformed completely in the past years and will continue to grow in the coming decade. Previously, Lazada used to dominate most of the E-Commerce markets, but we’ve seen more contenders popping up over the years.

One of the biggest and fastest growing marketplaces is undoubtedly Shopee. Selling here is comparably easy and there are a number of benefits that follow.

Therefore, I’ve written this article where you’ll learn the following:

  • What is Shopee?
  • Shopee market share
  • In which countries is Shopee available?
  • Why should I sell on Shopee?
  • Cash on delivery (COD) and other payment options
  • Shopee seller fees
  • Order fulfillment options

Continue reading How to Sell on Shopee: A Complete Guide for Cross-Border Sellers