Category Archives: ecommerce

Online platform helps foreign firms, but obstacles remain – Ben Cavender

Tmall Global of Alibaba offers international sellers since 2014 a platform to sell their products directly to Chinese consumers, and offers advantages like lower import rates. But, warns retail analyst Ben Cavender in Fortune that does not mean selling in China has fundamentally become easy.

Why Baidu is much more than just Google – Kaiser Kuo

China´s Baidu is often dubbed China´s Google, but Kaiser Kuo, Baidu´s director of international communications, is happy to explain the SF Chronicle what American and European internet users are currently missing when they rely on Google, and what they might can get in the future.

Don´t try China without unfair advantage – William Bao Bean

“Should I bother to come to China, people ask often, The answer generally is: No.” William Bao Bean talks to a group of Israeli startups in Tel Aviv. “When you use your gut feeling in China, you are mostly wrong. In China technology is not important, its about cash, friends or both.” Lessons from a seasoned investor, who says you can only succeed if you have an “unfair advantage”.

In ecommerce, Facebook is a clone of WeChat – William Bao Bean

Is China lagging in innovations? Certainly not when it comes to ecommerce, says William Bao Bean, managing director of Chinaccelerator, in TechinAsia. “If you can get ahold of Facebook’s product roadmap, it’s a giant WeChat clone,” he says.

Why Alibaba is buying the South China Morning Post – Wei Gu

Alibaba is looking for content to sell more products, and building influence among its future markets, explains WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu. The news paper might not make as much profit as in the past, it still has a huge influence in Hong Kong.

A Gucci front in the Sino-US accounting wars – Paul Gillis

China has banned the US accounting watchdog PCOAB from peeking into the papers of Chinese companies, fearing infringement of state secrets. Accounting professor Paul Gillis sees, in his weblog, a new front, as Kering, parent of Gucci, asks a US court to demand the book of the Bank of China.

Why e-commerce is so important in China – Shaun Rein

E-commerce is booming in China, even more than in the US, says Shanghai-based business analyst Shaun Rein in ABC. E-commerce is expected to grow from 25 percent now, to 50…

The end of brick-and-mortar in China – Shaun Rein

The world outside China hardly realizes how fast e-commerce is changing the country. “Brick-and-mortar is basically dead, unless you have something special to offer,” says Shanghai-based business analyst Shaun Rein , author of The End of Copycat China in the South China Morning Post. The rest of the world will follow.

Preparing tech startups for success in China – William Bao Bean

Google, Ebay and Amazon are just some of the tech giants who failed in China. With a good preparation that would not have happened, claims William Bao Bean, managing director of the ChinaAccelarator. His organization prepares startups for launches in China, and Chinese firms for going global.

What consumer markets will be hit? – Tom Doctoroff

Marketing guru Tom Doctoroff overlooks the consumer battlefield after recent stirs in the financial markets. Middle-class consumers have a wait-and-see attitude and might only resume buying by 2016, he tells CNBC. But lower tier markets will remain robust. Brand should focus now on their digital future, he advises.