Global e-commerce sales are forecast to increase by more than 20 percent this year Dont'a Hightower Jersey , surpassing $1.5 trillion.
Even more significant is the growth predicted in the Asia-Pacific region, which this year is set to topple the United States as the largest market in the world by sales revenue.
At this stage of market evolution, it is still unclear which countries and companies will benefit most from this massive market surge. The United States, with its array of world-famous e-commerce corporate brands such as Amazon Inc, eBay Inc, Facebook and Twitter James White Jersey , is considered by many to be likely to enjoy substantial gain. However, the global e-commerce market, which is still very much in its infancy, does not contain any dominant brands, despite the awareness and recognition levels enjoyed by those US companies.
This lack of strong e-commerce global brands, combined with the rise of the Asia-Pacific e-commerce market Tom Brady Jersey , paves the way for the international emergence and dominance of many of the lesser-known industry players.
Nowhere is the e-commerce market more rampant than on the Chinese mainland, where social media consumption, in particular, has contributed to an unrivaled frenzy of excitement and competition.
It is this intense competition, particularly across the mainland, that could propel one or more of the many industry players to international dominance over the coming years.
Three of the more likely Chinese e-commerce providers that could capitalize on the opportunity to go global are Alibaba Group Rob Gronkowski Jersey , VANCL and JD, all of which have been pursuing international market expansion strategies since 2010.
Fourteen years after its founding, Alibaba is the world's largest online business-to-business platform delivering e-commerce solutions for small businesses worldwide. However, younger industry players such as VANCL, China's biggest fashion e-retailer, and JD Jordan Richards Patriots Jersey , the second-largest business-to-consumer online retailer in China, are following fast in its footsteps.
Undoubtedly each of these players can congratulate themselves on their mainland success.
But what are their prospects as they aim to expand internationally?
Certainly, international growth opportunities are there for these and many more players, but far greater understanding of and investment in brand building is a prerequisite to any future global success.
Despite launching its international website in 2010, it was not until March this year that VANCL started to invest more resources in its global strategy.
VANCL is to be applauded for its relatively early move into overseas expansion and its palpable ambition to succeed. But far more attention should be paid to building the VANCL brand internationally. International brand awareness levels remain painfully poor.
JD also ventured overseas relatively early with the launch of its global website (in English) in October 2012 and should also be commended for doing so.
But JD has not invested much in building corporate brand awareness and image levels globally. Furthermore, JD remains committed to a strategy of low cost with minimal transfer of key personnel to international cities.
In contrast Malcom Brown Patriots Jersey , Alibaba, with its charismatic founder Jack Ma, has not shied away from international publicity-building activities. That is why Alibaba has positioned itself very much as the frontrunner in the race for global success between e-commerce players from emerging markets.
Alibaba is also well ahead in the race to float on the US stock market, which is likely to begin within the next few months. This will be an enormously positive source of international corporate brand awareness and image building.
The name "Alibaba" also provides an advantage internationally, with few around the world unaware of the folk character Ali Baba and the surrounding legend. The names VANCL and JD do not enjoy such a natural head-start in their quest for global recognition.
In 1916, Sharp got its start making belt buckles and sharpened pencils -- hence the name.
But a century later Joe Thuney Patriots Jersey , the Japanese firm, which ballooned into a global consumer electronics giant, found itself in dire straits, saddled with huge debts and mounting losses.
A restructuring plan failed to stop the bleeding and on Thursday Sharp agreed to be taken over by Taiwanese multinational Hon Hai Precision, the world's biggest electronics supplier better known as Foxconn.
The offer would be the first foreign takeover of a Japanese electronics giant, marking a blow to the once-mighty sector populated by other global brands including Sony and Panasonic.
The deal stumbled Friday as Foxconn's parent company said it would delay signing the pact to review new information it had received about Sharp Deatrich Wise Jr. Patriots Jersey , but analysts widely viewed a tie-up as all but done.
For years, Sharp -- whose name once graced the jerseys of Manchester United players -- had remained true to its humble pencil-and-belt-buckle roots.
But after the 1923 Tokyo earthquake, which left more than 100,000 dead, company founder Tokuji Hayakawa expanded his little firm by making radio equipment and other items that could be used in a similar emergency.
Hayakawa, who died in 1980 Antonio Garcia Patriots Jersey , lost his wife and two children in the quake.
After WWII, Sharp became the first Japanese firm to sell televisions. This tradition of innovation continued throughout the 1970s, with the mass production of liquid crystal display (LCD) screens for calculators -- which in the 1990s was adapted for computer screens and later for smartphones and tablets.
Sharp is a global leader in those small and medium sized screens, which are a key asset for Hon Hai.
The companies have worked together for years on large-sized screen technology, including for televisions, and jointly operate an LCD panel plant in Japan.
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