Category Archives: ecommerce

WeChat starts to tell stories, at last – Matthew Brennan

China’s most popular short-messages platform WeChat has at last included Snapchat/Instagram style stories. Long overdue, says Tencent and WeChat specialist Matthew Brennan at his website. He tells how it works, and why – if very late – this is a smart move.

Forbidden City brand management ‘chaotic’ – Shaun Rein

Beijing’s Forbidden City tried to follow international cultural centers by developing itself as a brand. But business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, wonders if the effort has been very successful, he says in the South China Morning Post.

What to expect in China’s fintech industry? – Sara Hsu

Financial authorities have been cracking down on protest caused by financial scandals, especially in P2P lending. Financial analyst  Sara Hsu looks at her weblog at the expectations for China’s fintech industry in the near future during a slowing economy.

Didi: still a lot of trouble with the authorities – Ben Cavender

Ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing, the main competitor of Uber, is trying to move upscale, into self-driving cars, foreign cooperation and projects out of China, but at home, they still face basic challenges, says Shanghai-based business analyst Ben Cavender. Local authorities focus on illegal drivers, according to Reuters.

Why the Chinese consumer cannot be ignored anymore – Ben Cavender

Dolce&Gabbana was the latest fashion brand to feel the growing power of picky Chinese consumers, but it will certainly not be the last one, says consumer analyst Ben Cavender to the New York Times.  “The reality is this is probably going to kill growth for them,” he said on D&G.

Why the 11.11 shopping festival is more than Black Friday – Any Mok

In selling commodities, China’s 11.11 Single’s Day and the American Black Friday have much in common, says business analyst Andy Mok. But China’s shopping festival has developed much deeper than just a selling opportunity for retailers, he argues at the CGTN.

Cyber celebrities redefine marketing – Ashley Dudarenok

Self-made cyber celebrities take over positions of established Key Opinion Leaders (KOL’s) and redefine marketing, says vlogger and China-veteran Ashley Dudarenok to the China Daily. Brands are discovering the new trend.

Doubts rise on Single’s Day – Zhang Lijia

Internet giant Alibaba might have sold for close to 31 billion US dollar at China’s Single’s Day, but author Zhang Lijia notices also growing concern on the massive shopping festival, she tells Upm Pulp. Consumerism and environmental concerns emerge with the growing turnover.

Comparing Alibaba and JD at Single’s Day – Ashley Dudarenok

Marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok, co-author of Unlocking the World’s Largest E-market: A Guide To Selling on Chinese Social Media, looks back at the successful 11.11 Single’s day and compared Alibaba and competitor JD. She also noticed an emerging anti-consumerism movement at Weibo, where a growing number of people refuse to buy during this shopping festival.

Trade war might hit Single’s Day – Shaun Rein

China is in the middle of the 10th Single’s Day, a very successful shopping holiday. But both the US-China trade war and the drop in stock markets might hit the…