By Tom O’ConnorPublished April 05, 2018 09:16:17Thailand will buy online-only books and dental supplies from online retailer gtc, the country’s main retailer, the state-run Thailand Daily reported.
Gtc has a monopoly on online retail sales in Thailand and it’s unclear if the purchase of online- only items would change that.
The online-exclusive titles include a collection of over 100,000 items, which the retailer is expected to sell for about 4,000 baht ($80), the report said.
Thailand has struggled to build a consumer base in its home market, where there are only about 50,000 online sellers.
Gtp, which is owned by the Thai government, also owns a major online shopping site, MyVisa, that allows people to buy products on a range of other platforms, including eBay, Amazon and Apple.
The bah t from the online purchases will be used for the purchase and maintenance of the site, the report added.
Gtc has been struggling to expand its presence in Thailand as online retailers have been shut down or taken down.
It also faces pressure from the government, which has cracked down on online gambling and has cracked up on counterfeit goods, according to the report.
Thai Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said in September that the country would expand its online sales to the U.S. and other countries.