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  • Apparel, e-Commerce, FMCG
    June 29, 2012 | 4 Comments

    Consuming Wal-Mart: Can Taobao become the world’s largest retailer?

    Nala, a popular cosmetics channel on Taobao

    Taobao is China's largest online retailer, turning over hundreds of billions in sales. The site is growing quickly, offering anything under the sun and expanding its virtual inventory by several million products each day. Taobao "sessions" are fixtures of Chinese office life, with employees - usually female - showcasing  their recent purchases and discussing further acquisitions. The company's management now plans to take on Wal-Mart and become the world's largest retailer within 4 years. As it grows, Taobao might have to share more of the local market with other competitors. Wal-Mart, meanwhile,  ventures deeper into the online world.  ...Read More

  • Branding, Electronics
    June 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Xiaomi: China’s Chic Smartphone Challenger

    Xiaomi's MiPop user magazine.

    Xiaomi is one of China’s best known mobile phone brands. China’s smartphone market is crowded with domestic and foreign giants. Xiaomi, a small company based out of Beijing, managed to create a beautiful, easy to use and affordable smartphone with a rabid consumer following. Now that China’s Bloomberg Businessweek put Xiaomi on its cover, we figured it’s time for Buy Buy China to take a closer look.  ...Read More

  • What's News? June 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Tencent to invest US$1 Billion in E-Commerce

    Tencent plans to invest US$1 billion in developing its e-Commerce business. The investment will be used in upgrading the current e-Commerce services, the construction of basic infrastructures like storage houses and logistics, and future M&A in new areas. Industry statistics shows that in the first quarter of this year, Tmall of Alibaba had 37.33% of the e-Commerce market, 360Buy had 17.23%, while Tencent, at number 4, had 2.34%. Source (中文): ZJNews

  • e-Commerce June 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Alibaba eying Russian e-Commerce

    Alibaba founder Jack Ma

    Earlier this week, Russian media reported that AliExpress, Alibaba’s online trading platform, has signed a cooperation agreement with QIWI, one of Russia’s largest electronic payment providers. The move indicates Alibaba's intention to enter the Russian B2C and/or C2C market in the near future (here, in Chinese). Alibaba already operates a Russian version of it's B2B web site.  ...Read More

  • e-Commerce, Electronics, M&A
    May 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Red Blackberry: Will a Chinese web giant buy RIM?

    Blackberry China. Going local?

    RIM, maker of Blackberry, is dying. Following ongoing losses, layoffs, management changes, and a diminishing market share, the company hired J.P. Morgan and RBC to help it "review its strategic options". A this point, selling the company or parts of it is the most likely option. We expect the Microsoft-Facebook alliance will be interested, together with the usual hardware suspects, including those from Korea and Japan, and maybe even Amazon. But we think the best outcome would be for Blackberry to be sold to one of China's online media giants. And here's why. ...Read More


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