Online sales in Taiwan reach US$2.85 billion in Jan-July period

Online sales reached NT$90.4 billion (US$2.85 billion) in the first seven months of the year, according to new statistics provided by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Sales could reach a new high this year, thanks to the increasing number of 4G Internet users and moves by online business operators to launch shopping applications (apps) for mobile devices, the ministry predicted.

The MOEA statistics show that sales of non-store retailers (online stores shops and retailers taking mail orders) increased from NT$110.3 billion in 2011 to NT$146.7 billion in 2015, which represents average annual growth of 7.5 percent.

Meanwhile, sales growth has increased demand for e-commerce related skills, according to the Workforce Development Agency under the Ministry of Labor (MOL).

On the Taiwan Jobs talent-recruiting website run by the agency, an increasing number of companies have been looking to recruit experts in e-commerce marketing, planning and the design of computer programs for e-commerce platforms, the MOL said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel