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VOA慢速英语2012 Economics Report - E-Commerce Challenges Traditional Stores

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Economics1 Report - E-Commerce Challenges Traditional Stores

经济报道 - 电子商务挑战传统商店

From VOA Learning English, this is the Economics Report in Special English.


Americans are buying more products and services than ever before through the Internet. And experts say the popularity2 of online sales is likely to spread to other countries.


Online sales now represent as much as one-tenth of all retail3 sales in the United States. This has led traditional stores to seek new ways to keep their customers loyal.


Lynne Shaner used the Internet to buy everything she needed for her wedding and holiday gifts for her husband and step-daughter. Other than food, 90 percent of her purchases were made on her home computer.

Lynne Shaner使用互联网购买了婚礼所需的一切东西,以及给丈夫和继女的节日礼物。除食品外,她90%的交易都是在家里电脑上完成的。

“I find that, by being able to go online and choose the things that I need to choose, and have them delivered to me right at my doorstep, I eliminate all the driving, all the crowds, all the noise of that, and I usually get a better selection4.”


There are a lot of people like her. Experts say American online shopping hit records in both November and December. Fifty-seven percent of Americans have bought something electronically.


Store owners worry that this growing amount of online sales will hurt their business. Cornell University marketing5 professor Ed McLaughlin says they should be worried. He spoke6 to VOA by Skype.

商店老板担心网上销售日益增长会损害他们的生意。康奈尔大学营销学教授埃德·麦克劳克林(Ed McLaughlin)表示,这些老板们应该为此担忧。他通过Skype接受了美国之音采访。

“Anything that can move online, will. And it’s just a matter of time.”


Professor McLaughlin says traditional stores can keep their customers by selling goods like clothing, which buyers may want to see and try on before purchasing. He says the stores could also offer things that are difficult to ship. He also says some stores can please customers by offering to set up or repair electronic products.


Bill Martin is the founder7 of ShopperTrak. His business helps stores learn about their customers. He told VOA by Skype that traditional stores offer a social experience that some people enjoy.

比尔·马丁(Bill Martin)是ShopperTrak公司的创始人。该公司帮助商店了解其客户。他通过Skype对美国之音表示,传统商店提供了部分人喜欢的一种社会经历。

“There is still a lot of emotion in the buying decision, you know, that takes place. Oftentimes, you know, you need that last sense of ‘Boy, this is exactly what I want’ -- that feeling before you’re ready to part with money, and you can’t always get that on-line. It’s a rather cold process.”


Bill Martin says traditional stores can provide goods to buyers more-quickly than online stores. And some retailers8 are using websites to persuade people to visit their stores.


While e-commerce worries some business owners, the only worry for delivery services like FedEx and UPS is keeping up with the number of packages. UPS Manager Dana Kline says her company is very busy at this time of year. UPS is so busy that it has filled 55,000 temporary worker positions during the holiday season.

反过来电子商务也担忧一些企业主,这种唯一对FedEx和UPS这类快递服务的担心也随着包裹数量一路增长。UPS经理达纳·克莱恩(Dana Kline)表示,她们公司每年这个时间都很忙。UPS是如此之忙,以至于它们在节日期间补充了55000个临时工职位。


1 economics grzxZ     
  • He is studying economics,which subject is very important.他正在学习经济学,该学科是很重要的。
  • One can't separate politics from economics.不能把政治与经济割裂开来。
2 popularity bO4xU     
  • The story had an extensive popularity among American readers.这本小说在美国读者中赢得广泛的声望。
  • Our product enjoys popularity throughout the world.我们的产品饮誉全球。
3 retail VWoxC     
  • In this shop they retail tobacco and sweets.这家铺子零售香烟和糖果。
  • These shoes retail at 10 yuan a pair.这些鞋子零卖10元一双。
4 selection EZ3xX     
  • We left the selection of the team to the captain.我们把挑选队员的工作交给了队长。
  • The shop has a fine selection of cheeses.那家商店有各种精美乳酪可供选购。
5 marketing Boez7e     
  • They are developing marketing network.他们正在发展销售网络。
  • He often goes marketing.他经常去市场做生意。
6 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
7 Founder wigxF     
  • He was extolled as the founder of their Florentine school.他被称颂为佛罗伦萨画派的鼻祖。
  • According to the old tradition,Romulus was the founder of Rome.按照古老的传说,罗穆卢斯是古罗马的建国者。
8 retailers 08ff8df43efeef1abfd3410ef6661c95     
零售商,零售店( retailer的名词复数 )
  • High street retailers reported a marked increase in sales before Christmas. 商业街的零售商报告说圣诞节前销售量显著提高。
  • Retailers have a statutory duty to provide goods suitable for their purpose. 零售商有为他们提供符合要求的货品的法定义务。
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