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GS1 Hong Kong holds seventeenth annual summit

GS1 Hong Kong holds seventeenth annual summitGS1 Hong Kong held its seventeenth annual summit this week to explore the theme of business transformation for customer centricity with a focus on the supply chain.

The GS1 Hong Kong Summit 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre was inaugurated by guest of honor Joseph Lai, the HKSAR government’s permanent secretary for transport and housing. 

Officiating guests included legislative councillors Frankie Yick and Charles Mok as well as GS1 Hong Kong CEO Anna Lin and vice chairman Kelvin Leung. 

In his opening remarks, Lai said that as a global center for trade, finance, business and communications, Hong Kong is poised to play a central part in the new era of the supply chain.

“The shipping of goods plays a big part in e-commerce. Our strategic location, world-class infrastructure and superb connectivity are our trump cards. From air to road to sea, we provide shippers and suppliers with reliable transportation,” he said. 

Leung added that the retail landscape is now fully omni-channel and commerce is now about everything from a smartphone to a store to a website.

“Mobility and data are becoming an integral part of every shopping experience. The winning companies will be the ones which possess the ability to combine physical and digital shopping experiences for customers.” 

At the event GS1 Hong Kong also published the results of research commissioned by the company from KPMG into shopping trends in Hong Kong and mainland China.

The research found that Alibaba's e-commerce platforms are the most popular for purchasing products and services among consumers in both Hong Kong and mainland China, and Alibaba's Singles Day festival is the top online sales event in both markets.