“The fast development of the Internet in China has provided a good environment for e-commerce development,” said Li Yongjian, a researcher with the National Academy of Economic Strategy under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
“I seldom go to physical stores now and I can buy nearly everything on various e-commerce platforms with my cellphone apps,” said Beijing resident Wang Hongyi. “Besides lower prices, it is really convenient.”
Working in a private company in Beijing, Wang usually orders vegetables, fruits and other daily necessities with her cellphone on her way back home from office. When she gets home, she will find the goods she ordered in a box in front of her apartment. “It really saves me a lot of time,” she said.
Wang is one of the many Internet users who has been benefiting from the Internet-based apps. According to CNNIC’S report, by June 2017, China’s online shopping app users reached 514.43 million, 480.42 million of whom used the apps with their mobile devices. While these apps make people’s lives more convenient, the large number of online shoppers has also, in return, greatly boosted the development of e-commerce.
When Jack Ma established his e-commerce platform Alibaba in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province in 1999, no one expected he would succeed as China’s brick-and-mortar retailing industry was booming at the time. The world famous retailing giants - Carrefour and Walmart - established their first supermarkets in China in 1995 and 1996 respectively. But today, Alibaba has become one of the biggest ecommerce platforms worldwide, with the transaction value reaching 3.7 trillion yuan ($566 billion) in 2016. On November 11, 2016, known as Tmall Global Shop-