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Rakuten Viber teams with WHO on COVID-19 chatbot | Mobile Marketer
Rakuten Viber is collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO) on a chatbot to fight misinformation about COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. The service is available worldwide in English, Arabic and Russian, and Viber will soon add 20 more languages, according to an announcement shared with Mobile Marketer.
To find the chatbot, Viber users need to tap on the "Explore" tab, which shows a banner with the WHO insignia at the top of the screen. After tapping on the banner, a chat session opens to show a menu of sections including "Latest News," which has real-time updates from WHO's website.
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19 hours ago by dancall
What Will Business Look Like Post COVID-19? |
“Karaoke may never come back because of what it is,” Wang noted. “People exchanging a microphone they hold close to their mouth in a closed space – it is an excellent place to spread disease.” In fact, he added, it might be a while before consumers desire to be in large crowds for anything but very pressing reasons, with anxiety lingering from the last few weeks.

But, Wang noted, many things have also rapidly leveled up in the face of COVID-19, such as grocery delivery. The high-speed rail infrastructure present in China, combined with the eCommerce infrastructure built by players like Alibaba, have rapidly made online grocery delivery the fastest, cheapest and easiest option for Chinese consumers – and Wang expects that new commerce habit will stick. Plus, he noted, people’s home cooking skills have improved during the crisis.
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19 hours ago by dancall
The Growth of China's Pet Economy
Pet parents are becoming a new breed of power purchasers in China. The pet industry – which includes everything from food and general products to medical and grooming services – is expected to reach RMB472.3 billion ($66.8 billion) in China by 2023, up tenfold from 2013, according to market research firm Frost & Sullivan.

China’s pet economy is in its early stages, given there is still significant potential for higher pet ownership in the country. According to Frost & Sullivan, in 2018, 100 million families – or 22% of total households – in the country owned a pet, which is far below the U.S., where 67% of families are pet-owners.
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China Economy: Discounts Urging People To Shop |
Businesses are offering steep discounts to encourage people to spend as China starts to reopen for business following the coronavirus pandemic that put the country under quarantine, according to a Reuters report on Wednesday (March 25). 
The railway authority slashed some tickets 45 percent while provinces handed out entertainment and shopping vouchers.
Movie theaters are now back in business after going dark for nearly eight weeks. The 500 theaters made 30,000 yuan ($4,245) on Saturday, Reuters said, citing local press reports.
The discounts are intended to encourage people to leave the house as some businesses worry that the lockdown could have after-effects regarding spending.
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6 days ago by dancall
Phones, QR codes now indispensable in quarantined Beijing
Launched on February 12 by the Beijing government, with technical support from Tencent’s cloud computing unit, the WeChat-based mini-program has received over 50 million views as of March 1. The platform is also accessible through the Alipay and Baidu apps.

In addition to a check-in tool, Jingxin Xiangzhu can be used by residential compounds to track the health of residents who are going through the 14-day lockdown. Returnees have to report their body temperature and any potential symptoms related to the epidemic via the mini-program on a daily basis. After finishing the 14 days, the app sends users a certification in the form of a QR code, which can be used to get approval for leaving the compound.
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6 days ago by dancall
Tencent launches virtual credit card service Fenfu
The firm said to KrAsia that Fenfu, which targets those unable to get traditional credit cards, will become accessible to more users gradually.
“Fenfu is a brand-new quasi-installment consumer loan product, which, after being activated, allows users to borrow money anytime they want, and repay anytime they like, with interest being calculated by days,” Tencent said on Friday in a written statement.
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6 days ago by dancall
Nike sees China as a 'playbook' to tackling COVID-19 in the US | Retail Dive
While discussing results for the third quarter, Nike expressed optimism in the future, despite the coronavirus outbreak currently spreading across the globe. Just last week, the retailer reopened its first store in the Wuhan area of China, where the outbreak began, CEO John Donahoe said on a call with analysts. Stores in North America will reopen on a case-by-case basis, CFO Andy Campion said.

Nevertheless, operations in Greater China were "materially impacted" by COVID-19, with revenues down 4% on a currency neutral basis after 22 consecutive quarters of double-digit growth, according to a company press release. Overall gross margin and net income in the quarter were also hit by the coronavirus. Going forward, however, the company expects Q4 revenue in the Greater China region to be roughly flat.
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8 days ago by dancall
Gojek top execs to donate 25% of annual salary to drivers
Indonesian unicorn Gojek has created a US$6 million fund to support all drivers, merchants, and other partners across the region whose income has been affected amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Gojek Partner Support Fund has three sources. Gojek co-CEOs and senior management will donate 25% of their annual salary over the next 12 months, while the company’s annual salary increase budget will be redirected to the fund. Corporate partners will also donate, according to a statement.
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8 days ago by dancall
Studies: China maintains 5G leadership role |
China has cemented its position as a global 5G leader as a result of significant operator investment, and growing enthusiasm amongst consumers and enterprises, according to several new industry studies.
Mobile industry trade body the GSMA is publishing a series of reports as part of ‘GSMA China Week’, an annual programme of events focused on the development of mobile industry in China, which is happening online this year. Topics include current 5G trends and 5G’s role in recovering from the Covid-19 outbreak in China.
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15 days ago by dancall
Shanghai Fashion Week Goes Digital: What to Expect |
Shanghai Fashion Week on Wednesday unveiled the official schedule and lineup for its autumn-winter 2020 edition, in what will likely be the world’s first fashion-week event to livestream its entire roster of runway shows.

All showcases will be broadcast from March 24-30 via Tmall, Alibaba Group’s e-commerce platform. These include fashions from big-name international brands, such as Diane von Furstenberg, along with homegrown indie designers, like Chen Peng and Angel Chen.
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15 days ago by dancall
Apple Resumes Operation Of All China Locations |
After it was forced to shutter its retail locations in China because of the spread of COVID-19, Apple Inc. has reportedly put all of them back into operation. The closures were one of the main reasons the tech company cited for removing its March quarter sales outlook, Bloomberg reported.

Apple has been slowly reopening the locations, with 38 of the 42 shops open for business as of last week. According to the tech company’s website, as cited by the outlet, the remaining four locations will reopen on Friday (March 13). China is the third-largest market for the tech company.

The tech firm has also begun to make additional space in its retail locations and calling off some of its classes to stop the virus from spreading. It has also supported the idea of telecommuting for staff at multiple offices.
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15 days ago by dancall
Jack Ma Foundation publishes handbook, shares China’s experience in battling Covid-19
In 2003, he had to lead Alibaba – a fledgling business at the time – through the SARS outbreak. It emerged from the crisis stronger and more rooted in its mission and values, said close observers of the company.

“While most of us would have panicked, Jack stayed calm and rallied us to stick together to keep the company running,” Porter Erisman, who was then a vice president at Alibaba, told Tech in Asia. “He pointed out that it was important not only for Alibaba’s survival but also for the survival of all of the small and medium-sized businesses that depended on Alibaba.”
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15 days ago by dancall
How WeChat, TikTok, and Chinese consumers are disrupting and personalizing luxury
Factor 3: The China Consumer Network, not enterprises or government, is the big engine of digital China.
China is the first country to have more than 1 billion digitally-connected consumers that share a common language, a common culture, a common regulatory environment, and lots of supporting infrastructure. Digitally connected and hyper-active Chinese consumers are increasingly acting like a network with frequent interactions between individuals. Consumers interacting with other consumers can impact a business far more (and far faster) than a company can. And as the connections of a network increase at the square of the number of nodes (sort of), the China consumer network is particularly large and powerful. China may have four times as many consumers as the US, but its consumer network has 17 times more connections (theoretically).
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17 days ago by dancall
IKEA Opens Virtual Store on Tmall |
IKEA on Tuesday debuted a flagship store on Alibaba Group’s B2C online marketplace Tmall, marking the first time the world’s largest furniture retailer is selling its products on a third-party platform.

The virtual store, which is integrated with IKEA’s membership program, offers over 3,800 popular products and furnishing solutions. Though now only available to consumers in Shanghai and the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui, the store will gradually expand its coverage to other locations in China, the companies said.
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20 days ago by dancall
The super-app recipe (Infographic)
Super apps are all the rage in the Asian tech scene, with ride-hailing giants Grab and Gojek locked in a heated battle to conquer the region and the emergence of unique business-to-business super apps like Fave.

But what exactly is a super app? And what does it take to become one? Here’s a quick guide to the rising phenomenon.
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20 days ago by dancall
Freshippo Store Formats Cater to Different Consumer Needs
By adapting to local shopping habits and needs, Freshippo’s new store formats allow the chain to expand its digitally enabled grocery-shopping experience to more segments of consumers, all with the same mobile app.

For example, Freshippo Farmers’ Markets cater to more price-sensitive consumers living in residential neighborhoods on the outskirts of top-tier cities. Similar to a traditional farmers’ market, there are fresh produce sold in bulk and daily essentials, but the experience is also upgraded with digitally enriched features and 30-minute delivery services.
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27 days ago by dancall
Alibaba To Fund Online Shopping Festival |
As a means of stimulating depressed eCommerce volume, China’s Alibaba Group is launching an online shopping festival with 1 billion yuan ($144 million) in spending subsidies to offset the impact of the Coronavirus, the company announced on Thursday (March 5), Reuters reported.

The move comes as Alibaba grapples with a fall-off in consumer spending in China, which remains in a “state of semi-quarantine” as a result of the Coronavirus epidemic.

The online retail giant accounts for two-thirds of all goods bought and sold online in China.
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27 days ago by dancall
LEGO To Open 150 Stores In 2020, Focus On China |
As it reported formidable revenue for last year, LEGO said it will debut 150 new locations in 2020 — mainly in China. The toy company now has 570 locations globally, with the inclusion of 100 in the United States, The Wall Street Journal reported.
LEGO has been bringing new stores to fruition during a period when many other merchants have cut back. It owns flagship locations in places such as London, New York and Beijing, and it has franchisees for many of its smaller shops. The toy company, like Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc., has been contending with apps and video games for the attention of children.
Chief Executive Niels Christiansen said it’s premature to discern how the coronavirus would impact demand. While most of the retailer’s stores in China are open, some remain closed. The firm has reopened its Zhejiang Province factory, which is reportedly its only Chinese one that manufacturers items for most of Asia.
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27 days ago by dancall
Alibaba News Roundup: Culture on the Cloud and Medicine Deliveries |
Alibaba Health and Tmall Opens Channel for Critical Medicines
Alibaba Health and Tmall launched their Reliable Medicine-Sourcing initiative on Wednesday. As measures to contain the coronavirus continue to disrupt distribution channels in China, this new initiative is part of Alibaba Health’s ongoing efforts to ensure that crucial prescription drugs can still reach what is reported to be the 300 million patients suffering from chronic illnesses across the country. Aside from having access to online medical consultations, after a two-step review and approval process, patients can purchase needed prescription drugs from more than 50 domestic and international pharmaceutical companies through Tmall and have them delivered to their door in as little as 30 minutes. Alibaba Health also announced a special channel for the delivery of medication to patients with chronic conditions in Hubei Province earlier this week.
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4 weeks ago by dancall
Brands Turn to Livestreaming as China Returns to Work |
Taobao Live, Alibaba Group’s livestreaming platform, saw a sharp rise in brand activity this past month as merchants slowly resumed their operations and looked for ways to reach consumers in the midst of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

In early February, livestream sessions on the platform had increased by 110% compared to the same period last year, according to Taobao Live. Driving that growth was the surge of businesses using online tools to maintain sales and engagement with consumers while their physical stores remained shuttered and millions were confined to their homes to prevent further spread of the virus, officially known as Covid-19.
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4 weeks ago by dancall
Pepsi Buys Chinese Snack Seller For $705M |
Pepsi has purchased Be & Cheery, a Chinese company that sells online snacks, for a reported $705 million, according to a report Monday (Feb. 24) by CNN.

The move, if approved by Haoxiangni shareholders and China’s top market regulators, would make Pepsi “China’s leading consumer-centric food and beverage company.”

China’s snack market is very profitable and grew 400 percent from 2006 through 2016, according to a study in 2019 by China’s Ministry of Commerce. The market is predicted to be worth $427 billion this year.
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4 weeks ago by dancall
Owner ByteDance Aims To Grow Beyond TikTok |
As it aims to contend with tech companies around the world and capitalize on the velocity of TikTok, ByteDance Inc. is reportedly aiming to grow into eCommerce, games and other segments as well as rolling out new apps. The firm, which is based in China, is piloting music streaming in Indonesia and India, bought game developers and rolled out a financial services app, The Wall Street Journal reported.

It is not certain that the efforts of ByteDance will succeed per the report. A number of its products are aiming to go into sectors that have heavyweights already, with the inclusion of Spotify Technology SA and Ant Financial Services Group’s Alipay as well as Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat Pay. A video-based messaging app, Duoshan, that ByteDance made to go up against the WeChat messaging service was reportedly not successful following its launch.
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4 weeks ago by dancall
The world’s biggest online population is staying home and China’s internet can’t cope - Remote workers, online students and bored people overwhelm apps, games and streaming sites | Abacus
As schools across the nation close down to curb the spread of Covid-19, teachers and students are embracing online classes (including virtual PE lessons). When the spring semester kicked off last week, more than a million students and parents tuned in from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, state-run media Xinhua reported. Xuexitong said at 8am on Monday, more than 12 million users logged onto its platform all at the same time, overwhelming its servers. The service has since returned.
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5 weeks ago by dancall
Alibaba News Roundup: Tech Takes On the Outbreak |
Alibaba’s dedicated livestreaming platform enjoyed a surge in popularity this month as an increased number of businesses turned to online tools to connect with their consumers. Merchants across a wide variety of industries have tapped Taobao Live to promote their goods and services, from farm-fresh produce to luxury cars and even real estate. Brands such as Adidas and Xiaomi have used the platform to host livestreamed launches of new products, while companies including Volkswagen and Wyeth have set up training sessions through Taobao University to help employees get the most out of the online video platform.
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5 weeks ago by dancall
Alibaba Loans $3B To Coronavirus-Affected Firms |
Alibaba said on Monday (Feb. 17) that ㍐20 billion ($2.86 billion) is available in loans via its affiliate, Ant Financial’s MYBank, to help companies affected by the Coronavirus, Reuters reported, citing an announcement on Alibaba’s official Weibo account.

In addition, Alibaba is extending preferential terms to firms located in Hubei — the center of the outbreak — and setting aside ㍐10 billion in loans just for companies in that region. They will be offered a zero-interest rate on 90-day, one-year loans and a 20 percent discount on rates for the remaining nine months. All Chinese businesses are being offered ㍐10 billion in 20 percent discounted one-year loans. 

Chinese officials have been encouraging financial institutions to drop interest rates and offer loans to companies that have been affected by the outbreak.

The Chinese eCommerce giant is also dropping platform fees for Tmall merchants for the first six months of 2020. The company is also establishing two ㍐1 billion funds to assist restaurants, logistics and supply chain firms.
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5 weeks ago by dancall
Meet the Vietnamese developer behind Axie Infinity
Players control Axies, which are fantasy creatures based on axolotls, the Mexican walking fish with amazing regeneration capabilities. The game’s title is a reference to this quality as well as a description of how players can create countless types of Axies on the platform.

The axies live in an environment called the Terrarium, where a player can feed their team of Axies, clean them, or put them to bed. Like in CryptoKitties, players breed Axies and direct them to engage in battles. They can also visit a marketplace to buy and sell Axies.
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5 weeks ago by dancall
Here are the trends to look out for in SEA's vibrant ecommerce ecosystem in 2020
To brands, influencers and social marketing have steadily evolved from a peripheral nice-to-have into a must-have. While we believe it is still in its infancy, influencer marketing will likely undergo greater structuring in 2020. In turn, this will serve three key objectives.

First, structural changes will allow brands to engage more seamlessly with influencers. Influencer management tools such as Capssion not only allow companies to identify relevant influencers by market and segment, but they also deploy tailored campaigns and track their performance. In turn, this will allow businesses to tap into millions of fans across the region.
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5 weeks ago by dancall
All Your Favorite Brands, From BSTOEM to ZGGCD - The New York Times
Almost half of top Amazon sellers — those selling more than $1 million in the U.S. — are in China; about a third of Amazon’s Chinese sellers overall are estimated to be in Shenzhen. (This according to Marketplace Pulse, which tracks e-commerce marketplaces.)

Amazon shuttered its Chinese store,, in 2019, after it failed to crack a market dominated by domestic giants like JD and Alibaba.

But it has been much more successful in recruiting Chinese entrepreneurs to sell abroad, opening “cross-border e-commerce parks,” where sellers can get assistance with logistics, branding, and navigating Amazon’s platform. For the last five years, the company has also hosted summits for Chinese cross-border sellers. Last year’s conference, held in Shanghai, was attended by more than 10,000 sellers, many of whom see, in Amazon, an alternative to increasingly saturated domestic platforms like Taobao.
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6 weeks ago by dancall
Coronavirus Concerns Hit Retail Supply Chain |
The U.S. imports 21 percent of all its goods from China. If there is any interruption in supply from a lack of manpower or due to coronavirus contagion concerns, some retailers could be hurt more than others. With 98 percent of all video game hardware coming from China, for example, retailers such as Best Buy could get touched. However, caution is the watchword of the day. Even in China, the dreaded phrase “out of stock” has not yet been heard with frequency.
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6 weeks ago by dancall
Nike Teams With Geek+ For Same-Day Delivery |
Smart logistics provider Geek+ announced a same-day delivery partnership with Nike, which will provide advanced robotics solutions for the athletics company’s new distribution center in Japan, according to reports on Wednesday (Feb. 5).

The partnership will allow more than 200 robots to deploy from the Geek+ “goods-to-person P series line,” which will carry Nike’s products directly to warehouse workers. As a result, costs will be cut and picking efficiency will be increased, making day-to-day tasks easier for workers.

Labor shortages in the logistics industry have become a problem with the rapid growth of eCommerce. Warehouses, though still manually operated, are in need of more automation and robotics technology to accommodate the massive challenges and demands created by the prevalence of online platforms.
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6 weeks ago by dancall
Alibaba posts 58% gain in quarterly profit
“The [coronavirus] outbreak is having significant impact on China’s economy, and may potentially affect the global economy,” said Zhang in an earnings call with analysts on Thursday. “It will present near-term challenges to the development of Alibaba’s business across the board.”
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6 weeks ago by dancall
Blockchain platform launched in China to manage donations
Shanzong, which was launched on Monday, tracks what kind of donations are given (from money and masks to medical materials), how they have been matched to areas of need, and when they have been delivered, according to its maker.

Initiated by blockchain startup Hyperchain and China Xiong’an Group, the platform had recorded information on 500 donations as of Thursday morning. Existing donors include New Sunshine Charity Foundation and Yuegou Living Supermarket, while donation recipients included the Tongshan People’s Hospital, Jiayu People’s Hospital, and Xiantao No. 1 People’s Hospital in Hubei province – all of which are treating people infected with the new virus from China.
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6 weeks ago by dancall
💭🦠 Six ways coronavirus will change our world - Exponential View
Dev Lewis, who is based in China, tells me: ‘Tencent announced they are pushing the date to return to office until the end of February, but everyone will now work from home. Tsinghua University is starting on its original schedule, but online. But beyond work, we’re seeing it with gyms (trainers live-streaming classes you can join from home). I think we’ll see a lot more playful use cases emerge especially with the live-streaming culture already established. Work from home is very much not part of the mainstream culture here and I’m hoping some of that sticks as people (and companies) see the value.’
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7 weeks ago by dancall
Alibaba Creates Platform For Medical Supplies |
Chinese eCommerce giant Alibaba Group has set up a special platform featuring global medical supplies to help fight the Coronavirus.
The Alibaba Global Direct Sourcing Platform is a business-to-business (B2B) “information bridge” that matches medical suppliers and their products with affected hospitals and authorities.
“Alibaba will post the specifications of needed medical supplies, including types, models and quantities of products, based on information collected from hospitals and local authorities. Suppliers can provide information about the products they can offer. Once the supplier is verified and the goods [are] certified as an acceptable match, Alibaba will begin the procurement process,” according to a company statement.
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7 weeks ago by dancall
Bytedance reportedly builds gaming division
Bytedance has built a team of more than 1,000 people, poaching top talent from its rivals, according to the sources. It has onboarded the core developer team of NetEase-linked Pangu Game. And one of the creative teams is led by Wang Kuiwu, who joined Bytedance from Chinese game developer and esports tournament organizer Perfect World.
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9 weeks ago by dancall
Disney & Gucci's Mickey Mouse Sneakers Collection | HYPEBEAST
Following the unveiling of the Disney x Gucci Chinese New Year capsule campaign, the Italian house has now released five pairs of footwear options each adorned with the collection’s Mickey Mouse motif.

Together, Disney and Gucci bring reworked iterations of the Rhyton sneaker, Ace sneaker, slip-on and slide to 2020, each designed under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele. Much like the overarching collection, the sneakers are inspired by the Chinese Year of the Mouse and many silhouettes feature the all-new Mini GG Supreme canvas splashed across their uppers.
apac  luxury  partnerships  sportswear  clothing 
9 weeks ago by dancall
The Lunar New Year Commerce Explosion |
In 2019, that was something of a challenge for luxury brands, since 2020 in the Chinese Zodiac is the year of the rat — not an animal generally associated with luxury, particularly in a country where plague carried by rats is still an ongoing health concern. However, different brands have thought their way through and around this challenge in a variety of ways.

For example, it’s been a big year for Mickey (and Minnie) Mouse in China, as the Chinese word for “rat” can also be interpreted as “mouse” — with brands like Gucci and Miu Miu having stamped Disney’s signature rodent across an entire host of New Year’s-related merchandise. Other brands like Givenchy, Fendi, Dior, CELINE and Diane von Furstenberg either elected to make the rat highly conceptual and difficult to recognize as such or dispensed with the rat entirely.
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9 weeks ago by dancall
Alibaba CEO Talks 'Power of the Platform' at Davos 2020 |
The enablement of farmers and other micro-businesses in China was just one example of the power of “inclusive platforms” such as Alibaba, Zhang noted. He also pointed to an initiative on Alibaba’s online marketplaces, such as Taobao, where merchants can opt in to donate a small portion of their sales to charity. To support this new channel for giving, Alibaba features these merchants and their products more prominently on the shopping site, drawing interest from potential buyers. And because Chinese consumers often want to support businesses that have integrated philanthropy into their business models, these merchants “will have more sales and then they will [make] more donations,” Zhang said.
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9 weeks ago by dancall
Global esports trends: China dominates as Nordics lead Europe | Netimperative - latest digital marketing news
China leads the world for esports viewers. 26% of Internet users in China said they watched esports services in the last month (based on Ampere Analysis’s consumer polling from Q3 2019). The League of Legends 2018 World Championship alone had a concurrent audience of 203m in China compared to just 2m in the rest of the world.
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10 weeks ago by dancall
Kidscreen » Archive » LEGO expands its partnership with Tencent
Danish brickmaker LEGO and Chinese media giant Tencent have renewed their memorandum of understanding for another two years to expand on a strategic partnership that focuses on digital play experiences for Chinese kids.

The two companies first signed an agreement in 2018 to create a number of new interactive kids experiences, including a localized version of coding property LEGO Boost and the co-development of social network LEGO Life for the region. LEGO also launched a branded zone in Tencent’s online video streaming platform (pictured).
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10 weeks ago by dancall
The Shared VR Of Tokyo’s TeamLab Borderless Offers A Glimpse Of An XR Future - VRScout
This idea plays out again in the infinity room, which is filled with large hanging lamps that illuminate when you get near them and change their entire color scheme to mimic the passage of time. You later enter another, far larger infinity room where floor to ceiling LED strands synchronize in a mesmerizing fractal light display all around you; at one moment a flock of birds or impressionistic wind, and the next simulated rain (which, thanks to the mirrored floor, pours down and up at the same time).
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10 weeks ago by dancall
Alibaba's 10 Tech Trends to Watch in 2020 |
6. Blockchain Moves Toward Mainstream
The nascent blockchain industry is about to see some changes of its own. For one, expect the rise of the blockchain-as-a-service model to make these applications more accessible to businesses. Also, there will be a rise in specialized hardware chips for cloud and edge computing, powered by core algorithms used in blockchain technologies. Scientists at DAMO forecast that the number of new blockchain applications will grow significantly this year, as well, while blockchain-related collaborations across industries will become more common. Lastly, the academy expects large-scale blockchain applications to see wide-scale adoption.
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10 weeks ago by dancall
China dominates eSports globally; Nordics on top in Europe |
China leads the world for eSports viewers. 26 per cent of Internet users in China said they watched eSports services in the last month (based on Ampere Analysis’s consumer polling from Q3 2019). The League of Legends 2018 World Championship alone had a concurrent audience of 203 million in China compared to just 2 million in the rest of the world.
Nonetheless, audiences in Western countries are still substantial. Research by Ampere Analysis has discovered that between 5 per cent- 9 per cent of Internet users in developed Western markets typically watch eSports on a monthly basis via online streaming services.
Denmark and Sweden lead eSports viewing in Europe. 9 per cent of Danish Internet users and 8 per cent of Swedish Internet users watch eSports on a monthly basis. Given the strong interest in eSports in Scandinavia, it is perhaps no surprise that regional entertainment group Modern Times Group (MTG) has made numerous investments in the eSports and gaming world. MTG currently controls several competitions and leagues, including ESL and DreamHack.
High profile tournaments have drawn in huge numbers globally. The 2019 Fortnite World Cup reached 20 million global viewers on Twitch and the FIFA 19 eWorld Cup amassed 50 million global viewers across platforms including YouTube.
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10 weeks ago by dancall
The Future of Influencer Marketing Is in China
An important way China’s influencer industry differs from the West is through the use of incubators that nurture new influencers or key opinion leaders (KOLs). China’s largest influencer incubator, Ruhan, backed by Alibaba and Lenovo, filed to IPO on the NASDAQ in 2019. During Alibaba’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, Ruhan’s top influencer brand sold over $24.6 million in a single day. Ruhan’s influencer brand ranked eighth, in terms of sales volume, for top women’s fashion stores, only outsold by brands like H&M and UNIQLO.
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11 weeks ago by dancall
2019 Douyin (Chinese Tiktok) Data Report — Katherine Wu
Localization isn’t contained only within brick-and-mortar stores; even with software, it’s uber important to understand who exactly your users are, and leave room to adapt! I think one thing that Tiktok does really well is to innovate very quickly based on the types of content that exists on the Tiktok platform: they frequently introduce more advance video editing tools, interactive filters, better song integrations, etc. in order to cater to the types of content that it’s US-based users like to create.
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11 weeks ago by dancall
(1) Rui Ma on Twitter: "So WeChat had its annual devcon event yesterday, theme: Always Beta. Total transactions via mini apps: $115Bn, which is huge. There are now over 1mm mini apps, and over 20mm official accounts. The below report highlighted miniapps
So WeChat had its annual devcon event yesterday, theme: Always Beta. Total transactions via mini apps: $115Bn, which is huge. There are now over 1mm mini apps, and over 20mm official accounts.
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11 weeks ago by dancall
Tesla To Create Original Car In China |
As Tesla delivered the first Model 3 vehicles from the company’s Shanghai factory to the public, CEO Elon Musk said the electric automaker would design a future car in China for global consumption. He noted that the company would bring an engineering and design center to the country, which has the world’s second-biggest economy, but he did not detail timeframes, CNBC reported.

Musk said, according to the outlet, “We intend to continue making a significant investment and increasing the investment in China, making the Model 3 and the Model Y and future models also in China.” He also noted, “Something that would be super cool … so we’re going to do it … is to try to create a China design and engineering center to actually design an original car in China for worldwide consumption. I think this will be very exciting.”
tesla  apac  automotive 
12 weeks ago by dancall
What Will Happen In The 2020s – AVC
2/ Automation will continue to take costs out of operating many of the services and systems that we rely on to live and be productive. The fight for who should have access to this massive consumer surplus will define the politics of the 2020s. We will see capitalism come under increasing scrutiny and experiments to reallocate wealth and income more equitably will produce a new generation of world leaders who ride this wave to popularity.
future  trends  tenbillion  energy  solar  apac  technology 
january 2020 by dancall
Alibaba's 11.11 Outstrips Biggest US Shopping Holidays in 2019 |
The numbers are in. U.S. retail’s biggest shopping holidays of the year, from Black Friday to Cyber Monday — and all the shopping holidays in between — generated $24.6 billion in online revenues, according to Adobe. But that figure is still far below Alibaba’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, which in 2019 reached $38.4 billion– in just 24 hours. See the infographic below for the full details:
ecommerce  alibaba  apac  stats 
december 2019 by dancall
We tried out a futuristic, self-driving robotaxi in China
Five minutes later, a blue Nissan electric car with cameras, GPS locating devices, and other sensors attached to the top arrived. Like all so-called self-driving cars currently available, WeRide Go still requires a safety driver behind the wheel to take control of the car in case of an emergency.

The fact that human intervention is sometimes necessary is a roadblock that autonomous driving researchers, looking for a way to completely replace the need for human drivers, are facing worldwide. Waymo is the only company so far to have secured a full license for testing without a safety driver, although China’s AutoX applied to do the same in California this week.

The driver in my robotaxi was not allowed to talk with me as he had to maintain an intense focus on road conditions.
robots  taxi  apac 
december 2019 by dancall
Style Theory bags $15m in SoftBank-led round
Founded in 2016, Style Theory provides economically sustainable fashion choices. It operates through the Style Theory app, which keeps data such as body measurements to filter out items available in the users’ size and provide a rating on how well the item would fit them.

The startup also uses machine learning to generate personalized recommendations for their users based on their browsing and rental history. According to the report, Style Theory is looking to launch new apparel categories in Singapore and Indonesia before possible expansions in other countries next year.
clothing  apac  new-companies  rental 
december 2019 by dancall
The Video-First Future of Ecommerce
In the future, we’re all going to be shopping on video apps like TikTok. Whether you’re buying instant noodles or high-end sweaters, it has become increasingly clear that short video clips are the future of ecommerce. Think of them as compulsively watchable commercials—with a direct link to buy.
In the US, the usual monetization system for video is limiting. On YouTube, the biggest online video platform, compensation is still largely driven through through ads. But for most creators, that amounts to a meager living: a 2018 report found that the top 3 percent of video creators accounted for nearly 90 percent of total views on YouTube. Even those who broke into that coveted top 3 percent were still only earning about $16,800 in ad revenue annually. 
video  livevideo  ecommerce  future  trends  apac 
december 2019 by dancall
Alibaba Posts One of Its Top AI Algorithms to Github |
Alibaba Cloud on Thursday released the source codes of a self-developed machine-learning platform it used to power this year’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival to developers on GitHub, an online open-source community of over 40 million people.

Dubbed “Alink,” the platform offers a collection of algorithms that help process data for machine-learning tasks, such as artificial intelligence-driven customer services and product recommendations, the cloud-computing and machine-intelligence unit of Alibaba Group said. Developers can now access Alink’s source codes on GitHub to build their own software to facilitate tasks, ranging from real-time predictions and personalized recommendations to statistical analysis and abnormality detection.
alibaba  ai  algorithms  apac 
december 2019 by dancall
Grab launches numberless payments card
Grab said that its new cards expand its offline and online merchant ecosystem. They also offer users access to more rewards, Grab payments, and online purchases, as well as integration with Samsung Pay wallet to enable payments in contactless-enabled offline terminals.
taxi  finance  payment  future  apac 
december 2019 by dancall
An update on recent content and account questions - Newsroom | TikTok
November 14, 2019 @ 7:53pm ET – The user posted to a newly-created, second TikTok account (@getmefamouspartthree). As of the time of this blog post, that account had 19 videos in total.
November 23, 2019 @ 7:05pm ET – The user posted a video to that second account that talked about the Uighur community in China. As of the time of this blog post, the video has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on the app.
tiktok  politics  fail  apac  ugc 
december 2019 by dancall
Japan's Aeon signs up Ocado in online grocery bet - Reuters
Ocado shares leapt as much as 15% in early Friday trading as investors welcomed the latest partnership for the British company, whose technology deals have become more important than its original business of selling food online.

“Given that Japan must have plenty of rival automated robotic warehouse providers, this is quite a coup for the business,” said independent retail analyst Nick Bubb.

Internet grocery shopping has yet to take off in Japan, where consumers still often buy fresh produce on a daily basis. But growing numbers of working women and improved technology and logistics networks are expected to change that.
food  delivery  partnerships  apac  robots 
december 2019 by dancall
Why Amazon Picked Pinduoduo For Chinese Market |
To that end, as reported earlier in the week, the eCommerce giant has opened an online store, establishing a presence on the Chinese eCommerce site Pinduoduo.
amazon  ecommerce  apac  new-companies  partnerships 
november 2019 by dancall
Teens are shunning WeChat, showing shifting tastes in Chinese social media - Only 15% of teenagers make public posts on the Tencent-owned platform | Abacus
Wang Jiaying spends three hours on WeChat every day and knows the minutiae of her friend’s lives through their online posts. But the 45-year-old stay-at-home mom knows little about what her 18-year-old daughter is up to because the first-year university undergraduate seldom posts to the Tencent-owned social media platform.

“I have never shared anything on WeChat,” said the daughter, Xue Shuoyi, who is living away from her home in Shenzhen and attending university in Guangzhou. “For me, it is becoming a platform for my parents and professors, the old generation to sort of keep an eye on the young people. That’s the main reason why most of my friends and I do not post any important thing there.”
apac  social-networks  teens  wechat  trends  fail  im 
november 2019 by dancall
11 11.11 Results That Were Powered by Alibaba Cloud |
Here are some other fun computational facts about 11.11. This year, Alibaba Cloud processed 970 petabytes in that single day, which is equal to about 12,901 years of nonstop HD video recording (and video tends to generate some pretty big data files). Also, the liquid-cooling technology that Alibaba Cloud employs in its data centers saved 200,000 kilowatt hours of energy – enough to power 18 U.S. households for a year.
alibaba  apac  stats  ai  casestudies  voice  translation  ecommerce 
november 2019 by dancall
Execs at Observing China Forum Offer 5 Takeaways from 11.11
With China on track to become the world’s largest and the most sophisticated consumer market, how can international brands capture this opportunity? Bain & Company Managing Partner Manny Maceda provided the answer during the last panel: “In order to succeed in China, brands have to design products specifically for China market, make decisions locally, deliver in ‘China speed’ and digitalize China business.”
ecommerce  apac  trends  how-to  alibaba  fmcg  delivery 
november 2019 by dancall
TikTok owner tops Baidu as China's No. 2 digital ad company | Mobile Marketer
ByteDance, the Chinese tech giant that owns social video app TikTok, overtook Baidu and Tencent to become the second-biggest digital ad platform in the country. ByteDance captured 23% of digital media spend, or 50 billion yuan ($7 billion) during the first half of 2019, per estimates from consulting firm R3 cited by CNBC.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba was the market leader with 33% of digital media spend during the period. Baidu, which has been described as the "Chinese Google," came in third place at 17%. Tencent, parent company of popular messaging app WeChat, was in fourth place with a 14% share​.
apac  advertising  tencent  tiktok  baidu  stats  alibaba 
november 2019 by dancall
Estee Lauder Agrees To Buy Asian Beauty Brand |
In what is reportedly its first acquisition of an Asian beauty brand, Estee Lauder Cos. has agreed to purchase two-thirds of Dr. Jart+ cosmetics owner Have & Be Co. for approximately $1.1 billion. Dr. Jart+ was founded in Seoul in 2005 and sells masks, moisturizers, serums and cleansers under names such as Ceramidin and Cicapair, Deal Street Asia reported.

Have & Be also owns Do The Right Thing, a men’s grooming brand.
luxury  apac  deals 
november 2019 by dancall
China’s Singles’ Day offers new online shopping trends
He Hai opens more than a thousand clams in front of the camera every day. As the owner of an online jewelry shop on Taobao, he showcases fresh pearls for his customers who watch the livestreaming and place orders right away.

Growth in livestreaming shopping now contributes 80% of revenue at his UU Pearl store. On the day of the Double 11 shopping festival, the store generated 100,000 yuan (US$14,289) in sales, mostly from livestreaming, three times the normal daily volume.
apac  ecommerce  livevideo  casestudies  stats 
november 2019 by dancall
e-Conomy SEA 2019: Swipe up and to the right: Southeast Asia’s $100 billion internet economy
Powered by these fundamental changes in consumer behavior, the internet economy continues to grow at an unprecedented pace. It has soared to $100 billion for the first time in 2019, more than tripling in size over the last four years. e-Commerce and Ride Hailing continue to beat the most optimistic of predictions. Online Media and Online Travel keep growing at a steady rate, with ample room to expand further. By 2025, the internet economy is expected to grow to $300 billion.
apac  stats 
november 2019 by dancall
Alipay launches international e-wallet, giving foreigners access to mobile payment platform in first for China | South China Morning Post
Ant Financial unveils a 90-day ‘tour pass’ programme for short-term visitors to pay for online purchases through its Alipay platform
China received 30.5m international tourists in 2018 who spent US$73.1 billion from lodging to shopping and food, Ant Financial says
apac  finance  payment  alibaba  ideas 
november 2019 by dancall
Kim Kardashian enters China's influencer world, setting the trade war aside. - Los Angeles Times
Twelve million people watched as Kim Kardashian West opened a mah-jongg set on screen, displaying the domino-like tiles of the popular Chinese game.
“My friends play all the time,” Kardashian said. “I’m the only one who doesn’t know how to play. ... Now I have to learn.”

The Los Angeles-based reality TV celebrity was speaking on a livestream channel run by Chinese influencer Viya, a spunky, bright-eyed woman in her 30s with more than 9 million followers on China’s e-commerce platform Taobao, many of whom are die-hard fans who call themselves “women of Viya.”
celebrity  apac  ecommerce  livevideo  alibaba 
november 2019 by dancall
Alibaba Group Reports September 2019 Quarter Earnings |
Annual active consumers on our China marketplaces reached 693 million for the 12 months ended September 30, 2019, compared to 674 million over the 12-month period ended June 30, 2019
Mobile MAUs reached 785 million, an increase of 30 million over June 2019
alibaba  ecommerce  apac  stats 
november 2019 by dancall
China races to launch a cryptocurrency that could rival Facebook's
The People’s Bank of China announced earlier this year that it was working on a digital currency backed by the yuan, reportedly inspired by Facebook’s announcement. Analysts and crypto industry leaders are highlighting geopolitical implications of China launching a digital currency first — especially if libra hits a brick wall with U.S. regulators.
bitcoin  apac  currencies  trends  politics 
november 2019 by dancall
All the international brands that have apologized to China - SupChina
Without further ado, here is the list of companies that have apologized to China. The companies are listed in reverse chronological order of their apologies, with the most recent first. For each company, we note what Chinese social media (and sometimes the government) took offense at, and when the company apologized, with a link to their apology.
apac  politics  luxury  fail 
november 2019 by dancall
TikTok is China's next big weapon in the battle for personal data - Axios
Chinese social media is largely impenetrable for most in the West — just check out their memes — but Sino tech giants have their eye on owning the U.S. market, evidenced by the rise of TikTok.

Why it matters: While the video-based app simply seems like a benign platform for Gen Zers to make and share funny memes, it's could become a Chinese vacuum for coveted American data.
tiktok  apac  politics  measurement 
october 2019 by dancall
Location-Based AR Ghostbusters Experience Launching In Japan - VRScout
Beginning this weekend in Tokyo, Japan, Ginza Sony Park will be hosting Ghostbusters In The Park, a massive live event celebrating the historic 35th anniversary of Ghostbusters. There, fans of the franchise will have the chance to test their skills as an official member of the Ghostbusters in a new augmented reality experience that will have them battling it out with hordes of virtual specters throughout a real-world environment. 
augmented-reality  films  gaming  apac  pokemon 
october 2019 by dancall
The Internet and the Third Estate – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
The fact of the matter is that the world is fundamentally changing, just as it did five hundred years ago. At the same time, that change will take time — the printing press was invented in Germany in 1440 and yet German unification did not happen until 1871 — and will be guided by choices we make along the way. The sooner we recognize that transformation is coming, the more readily we can reject authoritarian attempts to hold onto the world as it was, and create the world we want to see.
facebook  future  newspapers  politics  apac 
october 2019 by dancall
Brands are Wrecking Their Sales in China Over East-West Cultural Divide
If the missteps of Versace, Coach, and Givenchy over Hong Kong two months ago taught the luxury industry a valuable lesson about government control in China, then this month offered the West even more high-profile admonitions regarding the country’s political sensitivity. Companies in a variety of industries, from Vans (sneakers) and Apple (tech) to the beloved NBA (sports), were singled out by both the Chinese government and consumers for appearing to side with protesters in Hong Kong, leading to international quagmires those businesses didn’t seem to anticipate.

If luxury brands learned only one thing from the Versace episode, it’s that they need to clearly label Hong Kong and/or Taiwan as part of China on their products and websites. But these days, even small details seemingly buried within a campaign can result in a backlash. An example of this comes from the jewelry maker Tiffany & Co. On Monday, the brand posted an ad campaign featuring model Sun Feifei covering her right eye — a symbol Chinese netizens interpreted as the “eye for an eye” gesture often used by Hong Kong protestors. Even though the post was quickly taken down (and the company stated that the ad was shot before any protests) netizens remained outraged.
luxury  apac  fail  clothing 
october 2019 by dancall
AI Weekly: In China, you can no longer buy a smartphone without a face scan | VentureBeat
Picture a world in which the baseline requirement for a new smartphone is a facial recognition test. You needn’t imagine it — in China, beginning December 1, that’s the scrutiny to which the country’s over 850 million internet users will be subject, without exception. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a late September statement that the rule, which will also prevent people from exchanging their mobile numbers, was necessitated by an uptick in phone and internet fraud. Furthermore, the ministry pledged that it would help to “increase supervision and inspection” and “strengthen assessment accountability” while “supervis[ing] the implementation of work” and the “real-name registration management of telephone users.”
apac  mobile  privacy  identity  fail 
october 2019 by dancall
China's digital consumers: 2019 trends | McKinsey
Omnichannel shopping. Looking beyond the hype, are initiatives like omnichannel retail services really taking off in China, and where should companies place their bets to capture a return on investment?
Social media and commerce. China is the land of social media, and some brands are already monetizing the attention they are generating through social channels. How can companies tap into the trend? How can they start building relationships directly with consumers that enable them to collect more granular and actionable data?
Lower-tier cities. Most marketers have focused their attention on capturing consumers in high-tier cities. But with more than 50 percent of digital consumers residing in lower-tier cities, how can companies create a value proposition that appeals to consumers?
apac  trends  ecommerce  social-networks  retail 
october 2019 by dancall
TikTok enables reverse image search to boost ad revenue
The move could help Douyin’s owner, Bytedance, capitalize on the growing popularity of the video app, which had accumulated 320 million daily active users as of July. The privately held Beijing-based company just revised its revenue target for 2019 to 120 billion yuan (US$16.8 billion) from an earlier goal set late last year of 100 billion yuan (US$14 billion), according to Reuters.

The new function was spotted by China tech analyst Matthew Brennan, who first showed the in-video search tool on Twitter last week. While watching a video clip of Chinese comedian Xiao Shenyang, more videos of the celebrity popped up after clicking a circle icon on the right side of the screen. As Brennan moved the search area over Xiao’s pants, similar clothing products popped up and could be bought directly by users.
tiktok  recognition  apac  ecommerce  social-networks  ai  trends  future 
october 2019 by dancall
Revealed: how TikTok censors videos that do not please Beijing | Technology | The Guardian
The guidelines divide banned material into two categories: some content is marked as a “violation”, which sees it deleted from the site entirely, and can lead to a user being banned from the service. But lesser infringements are marked as “visible to self”, which leaves the content up but limits its distribution through TikTok’s algorithmically-curated feed.
tiktok  legal  apac 
october 2019 by dancall
Alibaba, Ant Financial Release Updated Metrics at Investor Day
Alibaba Group and affiliate company Ant Financial offered updated projections and metrics during the e-commerce giant’s annual Investor Day in Hangzhou on Tuesday.
During a livestreamed speech, Executive Chairman and CEO Daniel Zhang told a crowd of more than 500 investors that Alibaba aims to serve over 1 billion annual active consumers and surpass RMB10 trillion ($1.41 trillion) in annual gross merchandise volume through its China consumer business by the end of fiscal 2024. The China consumer business primarily comprises its China retail marketplaces, digital media and entertainment, as well as local consumer services.
alibaba  stats  ecommerce  apac 
september 2019 by dancall
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