Kaohsiung, June 10 (CNA) Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan iscooperating with an online shopping platform to help businessespromote local produce and food online, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu saidThursday.
The city government said 25 local businesses selling fruit,sweet and snacks have set up online shops with help fromthe Kaohsiung office of Japan's biggest online shopping platform,Rakuten. The businesses also enjoy good dealsfrom the Internet platform in terms of online shop fees, accordingto the officials.
Chen said a portal has been set up to link to the shops and sheexpressed hope that this will help local businesses reach a widerrange of customers. She added that she has been trying to work withRakuten since making a 2008 visit to the company in Japan.
The platform will allow businesses to sell online, take ordersvia the telephone and through convenience stores in Taiwan, and usethe site's Japan connection to tap into the Japanese market.
The mayor said her administration has been promoting localproduce by setting up dedicated display areas in 10 stores of thehypermarket chain Carrefour, and by holding a farmer's market everymonth in the city. She said the year-end merger of Kaohsiung city andcounty will further benefit local producers.
(By Chang Che-fon and Kay Liu)