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[Infographic] Global Trade Set To Grow More in 2013: Alibaba

The world is already very well connected, but we’re set to become even more global than before come 2013.

According to a survey by online B2B commerce platform Alibaba of 399 global business professionals who attended a recent trade show in Hong Kong late October, four out of five of those interviewed said they already find buyers or supplies via e-commerce, and an overwhelming majority (71%) has increased their international trade in 2012 over previous years.

While many of the survey participants (59%) concede that 2013 is likely to be a challenging year, they are also looking at new markets (48%), invest in online marketing or PR tools (32%), as well as improve customer service experience (29%) to stay competitive in potentially turbulent times.

Here’s an infographic that outlines those numbers:


Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.

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