Category Archives: Alibaba

Online-to-Offline (O2O): learning from China – Tom Doctoroff

Blending online and offline operations has become an art in China, where the West can learn from, argues marketing expert Tom Doctoroff, on his LinkedIn Page. In Europe and America are offline retail operation declining, while that is not needed, he things.

The good and the bad among P2P platforms – Sara Hsu

P2P service Yirendai tries to move up in the financial food chain by turning to wealth managements. Most P2P platforms are not able to do so, says financial analyst Sara Hsu to the South China Morning Post. But Yirendai could be the exception, she adds.

Matthew Brennan joins China Speakers Bureau

WeChat expert Matthew Brennan has joined the China Speakers Bureau this week. China’ online giants dominate its economic, social and financial life, with Tencent’s WeChat as the major force, trailed by Alibaba and Sina’s Weibo.

WeChat is China’s operating system for your life, says Matthew Brennan in one of his presentations.

Does Alibaba’s merchandise deal with Pokemon makes sense? – Shaun Rein/Jeffrey Towson

Alibaba Pictures has expanded its merchandise market with a new deal for the successful Japanese Pokemon. But experts differ on the question such a more makes sense for Alibaba Pictures. A diversion from its core business, says business analyst Shaun Rein. But Beidu business professor Jeffrey Towson lauds the effort for a comprehensive approach of the total value chain, he tells the 6th Tone.

Why China’s health care apps are failing – Jeffrey Towson

Thousands of mobile apps have tried to tap into the poorly organized health care system in China. They failed, despite massive funding, says Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson at his weblog, because the developers knew more about mobile phones than about health care. Health care is modernizing, he writes, but government supervision hampers speed.

Who will be the Disney of China? – Jeffrey Towson

Entertainment parks are becoming big business in China, but there are at least three players trying to come the Disney of China, including Disney itself. Who will be the real Disney of China, wonders Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson on his weblog.

Ant Financial: a global payment monster – Ben Cavender

China’s internet companies have turned around payment systems dom estically. Now they are turning to global market, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Cryptocoinnews. Alibaba’s Ant Financial now is setting up a war chest to conquer those global markets.

Fintech experts at the China Speakers Bureau

From a cash country, where transactions were done by moving plastic bags with money between bank branches, China has turned into a leading force in fintech or financiel technology. Mobile payment are standard. Bitcoins and blockchain technology found in China early adopters. Social media have – more than anywhere in the world – adopted payment systems to facilitate online trade.

Getting approval to buy MoneyGram might be tough – Jeffrey Towson

The surprise announcement Alibaba’s Ant Financial is trying to buy MoneyGram International is not a done deal, warns Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson. Chinese companies buying American ones are under scrutiny and in the financial industry it would be a first one, he tells the VOA.

Distribution: key for the entertainment industry – Jeffrey Towson

Tencent, Alibaba and Wanda are trying to gain dominance in the entertainment sector. Getting hold of the distribution is one of the key points the winner needs to get right, says Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson on his weblog.