23 Apr '18, 5am

Durian and other "luxury" food will be in high demand.

Chinese consumers ordered 80,000 durians the minute a new online promotion went live as part of a Chinese-Thai initiative to help sell the Southeast Asian country’s local products via the internet. In a deal struck Thursday by Chinese and Thai officials, the two governments will work with e-commerce giant Alibaba Group to drive the development of Thailand’s digital economy. Under the agreement agencies of the Thai government and business units of Alibaba will work together in a number of areas, including e-commerce, digital logistics, tourism and training. The 80,000 Monthong durians, weighing a combined 200,000 kilograms, were snapped up by Chinese consumers on Alibaba’s Tmall platform within 60 seconds of them going online, after the Hangzhou-based e-commerce operator closed a 3 billion yuan (US$478 million), three-year deal on durian sales with Thailand government, acco...

Full article: http://www.scmp.com/tech/china-tech/article/2142567/chine...

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