These days almost everybody buys at least
some stuff online. But now, data show most online shopping isn’t
even done on a computer but on mobile devices. Some of the biggest gains in Korea have been
seen in food delivery. People in other countries too are using their
mobiles to buy Korean products. Hong Yoo has this report. Mobile shopping is now the most actively form
of online shopping. Purchases made using the internet and mobile
devices such as smartphones and tablet PCs represented 61.8% of all online shopping for
the second quarter of 2018. That is the highest number ever since the
government has begun collecting data of online shopping since January, 2003. According to Statistics Korea, money used
on online shopping increased by 21. 5 percent compared to the same quarter of
last year. And within that increase, money used in mobile
shopping increased by 32.9 percent. Mobile food delivery alone made more than
800 million dollars, due to the rapid growth of mobile food delivery services by 88 percent
compared to last year’s second quarter. The increase was also reflected in the increase
of foreign buyers using Korean online shopping platforms. Chinese customers once again took the lead
among foreign buyers, with Japan and the ASEAN bloc taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Items that foreigners were more interested
in buying were cosmetics, apparels and electric devices. Hong Yoo, Arirang News.