Category Archives: ecommerce

Finally: legal rights for China´s consumers – Mark Schaub

Legal protection for China´s consumers was long overdue, but a revision of the existing laws might change all for the country´s consumers, writes lawyer Mark Schaub in Lexology. All depends now on how those laws are being executed.

E-commerce: massive growth expected – Wei Gu

What is the room for newcomers in China´s e-commerce after Alibaba´s successful IPO? WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu discusses with Jef Walters of Boston Consulting, and finds that massive growth is still possible. Only half of China´s internet users is purchasing online, and mobile is still taking off in a country where most users have mobile.

Alibaba IPO pushes Hangzhou up – Rupert Hoogewerf

Alibaba´s IPO might have made a lot of people and banks more wealthy, especially Hangzhou – the birthplace of the eCommerce giant – will benefit. Rupert Hoogewerf, founder of the Hurun rich list, expects more expensive sport cars in the Hangzhou streets, he tells in USA Today.

Moving away from copycat China – Shaun Rein

Author Shaun Rein of the upcoming book The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia discusses at the Business News Network how China has moved in ten years time from a copycat economy to real innovation.

Why Alibaba is not yet a global player – Shaun Rein

Despite its close to US$22 billion IPO at the New York Stock Exchange today, business analyst Shaun Rein does not see in Alibaba a real global company. “Its model is not scalable in other large market like the US and Indonesia”, he says at has much work to do at home, especially on mobile where it is lagging.

What Western e-commerce can learn from Taobao – Benjamin Joffe

Alibaba´s e-commerce platform Taobao excels in integrating social functions, says internet expert Benjamin Joffe in CIO. Although it specifically focuses on Chinese buyers, not those in the west, Western companies can learn from it.

Shopping malls, trying to differentiate – Wei Gu

Fierce competition between shopping malls and growing appeal of e-commerce makes it important China´s shopping malls differentiate from each others. WSJ´s wealth editor Wei Gu discusses with Mark Israel, CEO of Value Retail China what those malls can do.

Why women drive China´s e-commerce – Wei Gu

China´s women are the driving force in the country´s e-commerce, explains WSJ´s wealth editor Wei Gu. 75% of the online consumers are already women, and they are good for 90% of the revenue. One of the reasons: women earn better than men.

Risks and challenges of the Alibaba IPO – Ben Cavender

After Alibaba filed this week its paperwork for its upcoming IPO. Business analyst Ben Cavender looks at its great profitability, but also risk from competition in e-commerce and fear for pressure fro the big Chinese banks.

Alibaba: great numbers, despite growing competition – Shaun Rein

Alibaba´s IPO is nearing, and their latest figures are great, tells business analyst Shaun Rein at Bloomberg TV, boosting even Yahoo´s results. But competition in China by Tencent is growing, making Alibaba not the only player in the country´s e-commerce.