In 2019, the overall development of cross-border e-commerce industry has been on a positive trend. The scale of cross-border e-commerce continues to expand, and competition within the industry continues to be fierce. Pinduoduo and other competitors have successively entered cross-border e-commerce and Alibaba has acquired Kaola, which has unleashed huge market demand. In this context, word of mouth and user trust have become key factors in the competition of cross-border e-commerce platforms. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, in the user survey with a total sample size of 1757, 74.1% of consumers said that when buying overseas goods, the most important thing is whether the goods are genuine, while 58.8% said brand awareness is very important. With the increase of residents' income and the improvement of their living standards, overseas online shopping users pay more and more attention to the value of the brand and start to pursue higher quality shopping experience. Users' requirements are improved and market supervision is tightened, prompting major e-commerce platforms to take various quality assurance measures, empower the supply chain with technology, strengthen the control of the whole process from procurement to supply, and actively maintain and build brand reputation.
In the context of consumption upgrading, users are increasingly pursuing consumption experience, and new consumer groups are more dependent on the guidance of key opinion leaders (KOL). Offline stores, overseas online shopping live broadcasting and social communication narrow the distance between users and products, make up for the shortcomings of traditional overseas online shopping from different perspectives, and comprehensively upgrade user consumption experience. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, 56.6 percent of consumers believe that online stores can provide a more comfortable shopping experience than online channels. Dual-channel integrated development can enhance users' trust and double channels drainage, which has become an inevitable trend in the development of cross-border e-commerce industry. In addition, nearly 60% of overseas online shopping users will buy relevant products after watching live broadcast on overseas online shopping. Overseas online shopping live delivery is more intuitive and vivid, and has a good conversion effect on user consumption at the present stage, which is expected to become one of the major marketing methods of cross-border e-commerce in the future.
With the improvement of logistics distribution efficiency, the change of people's consumption concept and the introduction of various favorable policies, cross-border e-commerce has entered a stage of rapid growth, and major cross-border e-commerce companies have gradually increased their new retail layout. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, China cross-border e-commerce transactions are expected to reach 12.7 trillion yuan in 2020. In addition, after Alibaba's wholly owned acquisition of Kaola, the pattern of cross-border e-commerce industry has been significantly changed, and Alibaba will occupy more than half of the market share in the cross-border e-commerce industry, further highlighting the advantages of the head platform. Most overseas online shopping users have a relatively optimistic attitude towards the acquisition. 60.9% of the users believe that the acquisition is conducive to the integration of industry resources, and more than 50% of the interviewed Kaola users implies that they will increase the use frequency of products after the acquisition of the platform.
The upgrading of national consumption and the increasing demands for product quality and product diversity have promoted the development of cross-border e-commerce market. At the same time, the promulgation of the E-commerce Law provides a normative development environment for the industry. Under the condition of increasing user demand and strengthening industry standardization, the scale of cross-border e-commerce transactions is expected to increase to 10.8 trillion yuan in 2019 and the cross border e-commerce has entered the 10 trillion yuan market. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, quality assurance during ”618“ is still the most concerned factor for cross-boder e-commerce users. Although”618“and other promotional activities have aroused consumers' concern about preferential discounts for abroad commodities, the quality of commodities is still the most concerned factor for users. 53.4% of the interviewed users chose cross-border e-commerce platform during the”618“ period for the concern of guarantee of authenticity. During the”618“period, while the online platform developed rapidly, the user's enthusiasm for offline shopping is also growing. During the ”618“period in 2019, 57.0% of interviewed users participated in promotional activities of cross-border e-commerce platforms, and the proportion of users participating in off-line promotional activities of the platforms reached 12.3%. Off-line shopping has the advantage of direct contact with commodities, which can enhance the trust of commodities and improve the user experience. 93.1% of the interviewed users were satisfied with the offline consumption experience during 618.
As the global economy keeps heating up, the retail industry is booming. In 2018, the amount of global retail sales reached 27.73 trillion dollars, of which the total amount of retail sales of consumer goods in China increased to 38.1 trillion yuan, and it is expected to exceed 40 trillion yuan in 2020. In the context of the development of various emerging technologies and the increasing demand for consumer experience, the retail industry has entered the stage of New Retailing. The double-channel retail shopping model, which emphasizes the deep integration of online and offline channels, has become a nonesuch of new retail shopping models. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, over 50% of consumers recognize the advantages of low price and shopping convenience for online channel, while the advantages of quality assurance and shopping experience enhancement are more recognized for offline channel. As the shopping characteristics differentiate for different channels, consumers are expecting the emergence of double-channel retail shopping platform with integrated channel advantages, and 68.2% of consumers imply that they are willing to try to shop in the double-channel retail shopping platform in the future. The online and offline shopping channels are different based on their respective advantages of channel attributes, but their advantages can complement each other accodingly. The online and offline integration is more suitable for the development of retail shopping channels in meeting consumer demand. However, consumers still have a bias in the perception of the double-channel retail shopping model, and the omni-channel interrelated has become the most urgent demand of consumers