China news and analysis

12 May 2021
To stand out from the highly competitive digital world, brands are now using drone displays to create memorable marketing campaigns in China. Hyundai’s Genesis brand used 3,281 drones to create its logo The show lit up Shanghai’s skyline on 29 March to mark the brand’s arrival in China. That number of drones sets a new Guinness World Record for “The Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airb...
11 May 2021
The company has rolled out a new set of measures to benefit merchants and sellers on its online marketplaces, Tmall and Taobao, after record anti-trust fine .      Offering services free or at lower costs, supported by technological improvements Alibaba Group Chairman and CEO Daniel Zhang said that ongoing technological improvements and upgrades have enabled the company to expand its por...
04 May 2021
CEO of Alibaba’s Freshippo grocery retail chain, Hou Yi, has announced expansion plans to open 10 more Freshippo X Stores in 2021. The first store is profitable within two months of the store opening The first X Store, Alibaba’s membership-only wholesale store, opened in October last year in Shanghai. Hou Yi revealed that the store is making profit by end of 2020, merely two months from t...
27 April 2021
The retailer announced that its first store in Huizhou, Guangdong province, will officially open on 28 April. This is Sam's 32nd store in China. Using “single product driven model” to achieve best prices for members The store carries 4,000 SKUs from different parts of the world, selected to suit Chinese consumers’ preferences and taste. Sam’s “single product driven model” is implemented ...
20 April 2021
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19 April 2021
A.S. Watson’s Group COO and CEO of A.S. Watson (Asia and Europe), Malina Ngai, has spoken at the industry event Beauty Tech Live this week.  She has explained how O+O (Offline plus Online) has become the new retail standard in health and beauty. O+O customers spend three times more than exclusive instore shoppers Malina Ngai describes O+O as “how customers shop today. The customer journey ...
14 April 2021
China has imposed a record fine of CNY18.2 bn (US$2.8 bn) on Alibaba, one of the country’s largest online retailers, after an investigation found the ecommerce giant violated China’s anti-monopoly law. A slap on the wrist: painful but bearable On Monday 12 April, Alibaba accepted a CNY18.2 bn (US$2.8 bn) fine from China’s competition watchdog, the State Administration for Market Regulation ...
01 April 2021
China’s two ecommerce giants, Alibaba and Tencent, are collaborating for the first time, which will see Alibaba’s bargain online shopping platform Taobao Deals offered as a mini-program on Tencent’s multipurpose super app WeChat A move prompted by the China’s anti-trust regulators The collaboration means that users of Taobao Deals can now pay via WeChat Pay. Alibaba has long barred the u...
31 March 2021
Pinduoduo, China’s latest tech behemoth, has become the world’s largest ecommerce platform by user numbers, surpassing Alibaba. It has set its next goal to be " the world’s largest agriculture and grocery platform ". Here is what you need to know about the company. Pinduoduo surpasses Alibaba and JD.com in user numbers The Nasdaq-listed company said it had 788.4 million annual active buye...
24 March 2021
JD.com announced on 22 March that it is investing US$800m in Dada Neux, the mother company of on-demand grocery delivery platform JD Daojia and on-demand delivery platform Dada Now. JD.com will effectively take control of delivery platform Dada Once the deal goes through, JD.com will own 51% of Dada. JD merged its online-to-offline unit, JD Daojia, with Dada in 2016. Dada-JD Daojia then ...