Tokyo and Bangkok, November 30th - TARAD Dot Com Co., Ltd. (TARAD.com), which operates Thailand’s largest e-commerce site and Rakuten, Inc. (Rakuten), Japan’s leading Internet company, today launched an international internet shopping service to offer Thai people with a modern shopping experience without the need of flying to Japan. The international internet shopping enables TARAD customers to easily purchase Japanese products from “Rakuten Ichiba Japan”, Japan’s Internet shopping mall, by simply using the search engine at http://premium.tarad.com/event/jp.
Thailand currently imports products worth about 500 billion baht from Japan according to the report published in 2010 by the Thailand Ministry of Commerce. TARAD.com will manage the supply channel for Thai people who are interested in a wide assortment of products from Japan. Shoppers can see a wide array of goods with easy and quick search. People can begin shopping for fashions, cosmetics, home furniture, toys, etc.
Additionally, this service enables Thai people who like the products from Japan to buy Japanese products directly via TARAD Premium Mall website. By just searching on TARAD.com, users will see the stores and merchandise from “Rakuten Ichiba Japan” in Japan, showing the price already converted to Thai Baht currency. Also, the shipping cost is very reasonable, and some of the merchants will offer free shipping direct from Japan. The payment system is very easy and convenient as well. Shoppers can pay with major credit cards, such as VISA or MASTERCARD, and then just stay at home and wait for the arrival of their purchases.
This international internet shopping service officially linked to Japan is the first in Thailand. With the market potential of TARAD.com and “Rakuten Ichiba Japan”, TARAD.com aims at entering into the world of e-commerce market by exporting Thai products to shoppers worldwide in the near future. Rakuten aims to become the world’s No.1 Internet service company by making its trademark e-commerce services first launched in Japan available to e-commerce users around the world. To achieve this goal, Rakuten is currently concentrating on making full-fledged forays into overseas markets through its Rakuten Ichiba business, by working in close cooperation with other Rakuten’s global e-commerce platforms, “Rakuten Ichiba Taiwan”, “Lekutien” in China, “Buy.com” in the U.S., and “PriceMinister” in France, in addition to “TARAD.com.”
Rakuten, Inc. has approximately 64 million registered members in Japan and sales in 2009 totaled US$3.2 billion. Its core business “Rakuten Ichiba” is Japan’s largest Internet shopping mall and offers approximately 70 million products by about 35,000 merchants, some of whom have turnover of more than US$1 million per month. In addition to its Internet shopping mall, Rakuten, which has more than 10,000 employees, is engaged in other Internet businesses such as travel agency and financial services.