The Christmas holiday is a traditional shopping season for Argentines. During Christmas, most Argentines continue the custom of dressing up Christmas trees and giving gifts to their families. Chinese shops in Argentina provide a great convenience for local people to buy holiday items during Christmas. Chinese products with good quality and good price have become the first choice for many Argentines.
Although Argentina is far away from China, Chinese shops are very common in Argentina. Products from China in the shops are very popular among Argentine people. Most Chinese shops in Argentina continue to operate during the Christmas holidays, meeting the shopping needs of local people during the holiday season.
The 11th district of Buenos Aires is a well-known local commodity wholesale center. Argentine Chinese Huang Jing runs a large supermarket here, selling a complete range of Chinese goods such as accessories, stationery, toys, and cosmetics.
According to Huang Jing, there are currently more than 60 local employees in the store, who import a large amount of goods from China every year. This year, the sudden outbreak of the epidemic forced shops to be unable to operate normally for a long time, and the import and export process of goods was also affected.
He said that under the new normal of COVID-19 prevention and control, many people in Argentina are more inclined to contactless shopping. This year, stores are actively exploring online sales channels, optimizing electronic malls and increasing online publicity. During the epidemic, online sales have become the main source of income for stores. The store also launched online promotions during the Christmas period.
Antonia is a student, she often shop in Chinese shops. She said that Chinese shops offer a wide variety of Chinese products at reasonable prices, and they provide more choices for decorating rooms and giving gifts to relatives and friends during Christmas.
Leonardo, a staff member of Huang Jing’s shop, told reporters that Christmas trees, decorations, toys and cosmetics imported from China are particularly popular during the Christmas period. With the arrival of New Year’s Day and the summer holiday wave afterwards, the store is expected to usher in a new peak of sales.
There are Chinese shops in almost every lively neighborhood in downtown Buenos Aires, and more and more Chinese shops are slowly opening to various cities in Argentina.
Compared with large supermarket chains, most Chinese shops are located around residential areas and have longer business hours. The high-quality services such as door-to-door delivery and loan of environmentally friendly shopping bags provided in the store provide more convenience to local people. Huang Jing said that Chinese shops are attracting more and more Argentine people due to the advantages of neighboring living communities, diverse products and convenient delivery services.
Antonia told reporters that during the epidemic, many Chinese shops can place orders online or over the phone and provide door-to-door delivery services. This kind of contact-free shopping is “very reassuring”.
Gabriella, who often shops in the 11th district, likes Chinese goods very much. She said that China has a wide variety of goods and reasonable prices. The Christmas trees in her family are bought in Chinese shops every year. “The Chinese store is very welcoming and the service is very attentive.”