Category Archives: ecommerce

Cost consciousness pushes travelers online – Ben Cavender

A slower growth in China is helping online ventures to gain more customers, as they are looking for more ways to save costs, tells retail analyst Ben Cavender in Business Week. Especially travel sites make leaps forward.

Integration key for Nokia – Benjamin Joffe

Nokia faces stiff local competition from domestic phone makers in China, and key for its success is the integration of services like social networks and ecommerce, tells strategy consultant Benjamin Joffe in “InFlexWeTrust.”

Why Neiman Marcus might fail in China – Shaun Rein

The US-based luxury fashion group Neiman Marcus has decided to enter the China market through e-commerce, rather than building brick-and-mortar stores. Business analyst Shaun Rein explains in the Financial Times why that might not be a smart idea.

UnitedStyles: 3rd most innovative China company – Marc van der Chijs

Consumer-based fashion designer UnitedStyles from Shanghai has become the no.3 most innovative company in China, according to Fastcompany. Yet another success for co-founder and serial entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs.

Looking for the hearts and souls of China’s internet users – Sam Flemming

The purchase of CIC by WPP has put China’s leading analytic firm of its vibrant social-media scene in the limelight. Founder and chairman Sam Flemming explains in AdAge the importance of his work. PepsiCo, Nike, Dell and L’Oreal belong to their customers.

Recreating fasion design from Shanghai – Marc van der Chijs

Serial entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs, co-founder of video hosting firm Tudou, launched this week UnitedStyles, a new website to let you design your own clothes online. He tells in TechCrunch how he is going to recreate fashion design.

Why Jack Ma will not buy Yahoo – Helen Wang

Author Helen Wang attended the much-debated speech of Alibaba’s Jack Ma at Stanford, where he discussed – among others – the purchase of Yahoo. Helen Wang explains in Forbes why he said he would be interested, but will in fact never buy Yahoo.

Yahoo: Alibaba’s gateway into the US market? – Marc van der Chijs

Alibaba’s CEO Jack Ma, the leading e-commerce site in China, made some waves by suggesting he might be buying the struggling US-site Yahoo. Serial entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs discusses on his weblog how Alibaba could use Yahoo to get into the US market.

Innovation in China – Benjamin Joffe

Digital veteran Benjamin Joffe explains how innovation in China’s digital scene develops. How are China’s winning IT companies developing in a very competitive market, and how they make money.

Why size matters in China’s e-commerce – Tom Doctoroff

After a slow and hesitant start, e-commerce is booming in China, with very Chinese characteristics, marketing guru Tom Doctoroff explains in The Huffington Post. Chinese want to bargain, and the size of the seller matters.