Meanwhile the Department of Industrial Promotion has introduced five apps for use on mobile phones and tablets to encourage businesses to use online communication channels. Free, these are Money Flow, Billing Flow, Stock Flow, Business Evaluation and DIP Business Plan.The department says some 550,000 SMEs – 20 per cent of the over 2.8 million SMEs in Thailand – make use of technology and online tools. It expects the new apps will be used by more than 100,000 SMEs.
The Department of Business Development has invited businesses to list themselves in its DBD Register and thus be certified as a credible e-commerce business. It says that so far in excess of 30,000 businesses are certified.The commerce ministry recently staged the ‘Thailand e-Commerce Day 2017’ at which businesses wanting to expand their distribution channels could check out various e-commerce solutions on show. Held in Bangkok this brought together over 100 e-commerce companies and e-commerce platform providers along with payment solutions, curator services and packaging and storage companies.
Businesses in Thailand are also being urged to install an electronic data capture or EDC machine. The government, under the national e-payment plan, wants to see all sectors switch from cash-based payments to electronic transactions.Earlier in the year an announcement was made encouraging businesses which receive payments from customers to install at least one EDC machine as another payment option available to the public. The machine’s cost and installation fee would be waived and a business would be eligible for tax privileges.
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