Category Archives: Alibaba

Alipay, WeChat at last opened for foreigners – Shaun Rein

Alipay and WeChat, China’s largest payment options, opened their services for foreign credit card holders, and it was about time too, says Shanghai-based business analyst Shaun Rein, author of the bestseller The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from New World Order to the South China Morning Post.

How does Alipay works for foreign tourists? – Ashley Dudarenok

Marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok is enthusiastic about the announcement of Alipay to open up for tourists visiting China, followed shortly by a similar move by WeChat. On her vlog, she explains how visitors without a Chinese bank account can now use Aliba. Details on WeChat were not yet known at the moment of recording.

Fintech experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

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.

Tech replaces manufacturing and real estate at rich list – Rupert Hoogewerf

China’s Hurun rich list is signaling yet another economic shift, says Hurun chairman Rupert Hoogewerf at CNN. This time the rich from tech firms are replacing those from manufacturing and real estate, according to the latest annual rich list.

Bytedance: beyond Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent – Ashley Dudarenok

Marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok dives into the fast-changing landscape of China’s internet, especially Bytedance. The relative newcomer has become an established player next to the old trinity of Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent (BAT). She looks at some of Bytedance’s major operations: Jinri Toutiao and Douyin, and Bytebance’s international expansion for Asia Times.

Private companies: not free of government control – Paul Gillis

The Hangzhou government raised eyebrows as it announced last week it would send 100 officials to private companies to check on them. Professor Paul Gillis at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management did not see that much news, he tells Bloomberg.

The drama behind Alibaba purchasing NetEase’s Kaola – Ashley Dudarenok

E-commerce in China showed drama this month, as Alibaba purchased NetEase’s Kaola for US$2 billion, says e-commerce expert Ashley Dudarenok at her vlog. The number one and two in cross-border e-commerce did not change hands so easy, and Dudarenok explains why.

Jack Ma’s departure: a loss for Alibaba – Shaun Rein

Alibaba will not be the same after its charismatic chairman Jack Ma has left, says business analyst Shaun Rein, according to the China Daily.” “I’m not sure that people want to meet Daniel Zhang in the same way they want to meet Jack Ma.”

Can Costco succeed where other foreign competitors gave up? – Ashley Dudarenok

US discount retailer Costco made a blast this week in Shanghai with the opening of their first flagship store. Can it succeed where Carrefour, Amazon, Tesco, and others give in to domestic and online competition, wonders branding expert Ashley Dudarenok.

New retail: changing the shopping mindset – Ashley Dudarenok

New retail is changing the mindset of both the Chinese consumers and the retailers, writes marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok. Some brands are finally getting the idea, but for traditional retailers, there is still a lot of work to be done, she says in the China Economic Review.