The Government’s Consumption Voucher Scheme will open for registration from 4 July, and is expected to give a strong boost to many businesses that have been struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jessie Wong, Head, Budget and Tax Policy Unit, Financial Secretary's Office, explained the implementation details of the scheme including the registration procedure, disbursement dates as well as the validity periods at a Chamber webinar on 29 June.
The Government’s e-voucher scheme to boost consumer spending is expected to be launched this summer. At a webinar on 28 May, a panel of speakers looked at ways that members can make the most of this opportunity to attract customers and also to open up new sales channels.
Dora Kit, Manager, Digital Services, and Chloe Lam, Manager, Business Development, from GS1 Hong Kong introduced the latest trends in e-commerce and some useful anti-counterfeiting tools.
Digital marketing also plays an important role in e-commence. At the same webinar, Koey Lee, Senior Business Development Manager, Posify; Barry Yeung, Digital Media Manager, Mediaon Ltd; and Keith Ma, Account Director, Monster App (Mshop App) shared some online marketing tips as well as digitalization strategies to help members attract more sales.
The webinar was co-organized by the Chambers SME Committee and Retail & Tourism Committee, and GS1 Hong Kong.
Eligible citizens will receive HK$5,000 in electronic consumption vouchers this summer. Representatives from four selected operators -- Alipay HK, Octopus, Tap&Go, and WeChat Pay HK -- gave a presentation at a webinar on 25 May where they explained their services, including their special offers for SMEs. The speakers also demonstrated how businesses can set up an electronic payment system to attract consumers who want to spend their e-vouchers.
Representatives (from left to right) Ringo Lee, Business Development Director, AlipayHK; Nicholas Chan, Senior Manager, Partnership and Business Development, Financial Services, HKT; Andy Yip, Senior Marketing Manager, Commercial Group, HKT; Adrian Tam, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Octopus Holdings Ltd; Serin Ko, Associate Director of Strategic Partnership, WeChat Pay HK.
At a webinar on 30 March, Coen Van Niersen, Managing Director for Events, Entertainment & Hospitality from The Commons Project, shared their latest initiative – CommonPass, a digital health pass, which was developed in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and The Rockfeller Foundation. The electronic certificate system is designed to provide a neutral, secure and verifiable way for travelers to document their health status when crossing borders. The system was launched in the fourth quarter of 2020 and is designed to offer users access and control of their personal data. It is also scalable and can be adapted for such settings as concerts, bars, restaurants and cruises, among other use cases.
The market for alternative protein is going through a revolution as more and more consumers opt for plant-based meat, egg and dairy products. Today’s plant-based products are superior to their predecessors of yore in terms of taste, texture and nutritional value, and their popularity is also being driven by a growing awareness of sustainability and animal welfare.
At a Chamber webinar on 4 February, Nick Cooney, Founder and Managing Partner at Lever VC, provided an overview of the development of the plant-based protein market, which is projected to grow to US$140 billion by 2030. He also explained that a combination of factors including broad consumer interest and strong government support would propel China into becoming a sizeable market for alternative protein. He was joined by Nick Halla, SVP International at Impossible Foods, who shared the experience of his company in bringing plant-based meat products to market, and which are increasingly available to consumers in Asia including Hong Kong