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Save with these 3 Steps when you shop online in Phuket
Living on an island has its perks but also its disadvantages. Yes we may very well have unlimited access to the sun, sea and pretty people everywhere but what happens when we need to shop for necessities? Unlike Bangkok, shopping malls are scarce in Phuket, with only a few big malls around. Because of this, most people have turned to online shopping. With the constant advancement in technology, shopping online is becoming much easier and accessible. It’s so easy and convenient that most people would rather shop within the comforts of their own home rather than brave the hellish traffic just to get to a mall. When it comes to spending money, we naturally look for ways to spend lesser. Ever came across those shopping coupons at the supermarket and feel overly excited to use them? Well, many e-commerce stores have those coupons too in the form of codes. In the West there is RetailMeNot, a marketplace which connects retailers with millions of shoppers by using coupons. In Thailand, we have ShopCoupons, the equivalent of RetailMeNot. With the help of ShopCoupons, we won’t need to scout for discount codes and deals because they already have it all! Here are the only 3 steps you need to help you save more: Step 1: Let’s use Zalora as an example. Start by typing shopcoupons.co/th into your search bar. Once the website pops up, search for the online store of your choice. You will be led to the store’s page on-site where you’ll be able to find tons of voucher codes and promotions listed down for you. You won’t have to worry about not being able to find codes and deals for your favorite store as ShopCoupons is prominent in Thailand and a reliable source which also features other big e-commerce stores in Thailand such as Lazada, Konvy, Central and more.   Step 2: Pick the code or deal which tickles your fancy. For example, if you were to be interested in the 8% OFF code, just click on “get code”. The good thing about ShopCoupons is that you would never have to worry about random ads following you everywhere while you’re trying to navigate across the site so you’ll be able to browse for the discount code or deal of your choice in absolute peace. Also, ShopCoupons is completely free to use. You don’t even need to sign up if you don’t want to. Just pick the code of your choice and we’ll tell you what to do next! Step 3: Finally, the moment you click on “get code”, a pop up window will appear – don’t close it because it isn’t an ad! Copy the code shown on this pop up window and use it upon checkout at Lazada’s checkout page. You will then see an adjustment in the total amount payable which means your promo code is working just fine! If you shop at a certain online store often, we recommend making that store a “favorite” and subscribing to their newsletter. You’ll be the first to know once the freshest codes are out! But wait, what if you can’t read Thai? No worries, most of the codes and promos in ShopCoupons are in simple Thai and can be easily translated via Google Translate. Although the savings may seem little, little does go a long way and you’ll eventually be able to see the total amount you’ve saved in the long run. Smart shoppers strike while the iron is hot and they don’t let any opportunity to save their hard-earned money slip. Be a smart shopper and happy online shopping!

Five E-commerce Business Models Destined to Rule Thailand in 2017
2016 predicted Thailand’s e-commerce boom and it has been forecasted that in 2017, internet users in Thailand will make up 50 percent of the population compared to last year’s 43 percent. Once plagued by a shaky foundation of uncertain payment settlement systems and a faltering mobile infrastructure, it seems Thailand has overcome that hurdle and in 2016 became Southeast Asia’s fastest growing e-commerce market. With a retail market that is expected to reach 3.21 billion by 2020 - according to Euromonitor International, Thailand is without a doubt carving its niche within the world of e-commerce. Fueled further by the launch of 4G services, it seems a path has been paved for numerous online retailers to up their game and offer greater formats of product distribution to an internet-savvy pool of consumers. Here are five types of e-commerce business models that are currently taking Thailand by storm. Meal Delivery Sites With the clean eating craze going strong - particularly in cities - healthy food delivery websites are becoming an increasingly popular business model. Offering healthy alternatives that run from organic to vegan to low-calorie and non-processed foods, the success of these websites can be attributed to the fact that they offer to take away the hassle thought to encompass healthy eating, aka grocery shopping etc. By eliminating these factors, the popularity of meal delivery sites can only grow exponentially. Online Deal Platforms Capitalising on the Thais’ love for a great deals, the humble coupon is back and stronger than ever. With online deal platforms such as Saleduck offering coupons and deals from powerhouse retail websites like Lazada and Expedia, consumers are able to find money-saving deals on everything from electronics to groceries to first-class airline tickets going for up to 80% off. To set themselves apart from competition, deal and couponing platforms often work closely with their partners to release exclusive codes to provide even greater savings to their customer base and the fact that most of these codes can be accessed without a fee is the icing on the cake. Social Media Shopping In 2016, PWC’s Total Retail survey noted that 51 percent of online shoppers in Thailand shopped directly through social media platforms such as Facebook and LINE citing interactivity as a strong motivator. Whilst price and convenience play a significant role, the driving force behind social media shopping can be linked to the stream of human connectivity that takes its form in reviews, comments and feedback that comes via social media. 53 percent of social media consumers said that customer reviews are what influences their buying decision.  C2C Mobile Shopping Following in the same vein as social media shopping, C2C is also cited as one of the next big things to emerge in Thailand’s e-commerce ecosystem. The person to person interaction is an element that serves as the heartbeat of successful C2C platforms such as Pantipmarket and Tarad.com. Over 50% of online transactions being performed via mobile phone in Thailand, this is expected to further push consumer-to-consumer shopping further into the limelight.  Digital Content Websites From mobile gaming to SVOD, Thailand’s digital revolution has certainly altered the ways in which people consume content. With over 10 different paid platforms for Thais to choose from including iflix and Doonee, Thailand’s affinity for mobile internet use plays a role in how we choose to consume content via digital platforms. In the world of gaming alone, major telecom operators in Thailand have announced strategies in acquiring digital content and games in an effort to meet the rise in demand. 


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