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  • What's News? August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Taobao: rural customers are no. 1

    Taobao published its "Rural Retail Report" and the results are impressive. 2012 saw over 30 million rural residents shop on Taobao, spending over RMB 179 billion, nearly 90% more than 2011. The average rural resident spent more than RMB 5500, while those living in tier-one and two cities only averaged RMB 4700. E-commerce also proved more frequent in the countryside, with an average of 54 online "shopping trips" compared to only 39 for city residents. Tmall, the B2C arm of Alibaba's online empire, also reported that nearly 75% of brands polled reported larger average sales from rural customers than their urban peers. Source: iFeng

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    June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Retail Megatrends: Online Rise, Foreign Fall

    China: center of retail universe

    Retail in China increasingly means online retail. So says the “China Retail 100”, a report produced by the China General Chamber of Commerce. 2012 was the first year the report took account of online retail and the results were revealing: sales from China’s largest online retailers grew 113% faster than offline retail, with nearly half (49.6) of all retail sales growth in 2012 generated online (more in Chinese here). When that number crosses 50% in 2013, who stands to profit? ...Read More

  • What's News? May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Telecos make good on Tmall

    According to Tmall's internal data, 46 telecommunications operators provincial-level or higher have opened flagships through the B2C site. When city-level operators are accounted for, telecoms on Tmall cover 90% of Chinese consumers. China Mobile and China Telecom first opened flagship stores on Tmall in 2011. Customers prefer to buy their phone data plans online because of convenience and clarity of offered contracts. Source: Hexun

  • What's News? April 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Gap, Uniqlo launch shopping apps

    Gap and Uniqlo are bringing their offline wares to China's explosion of smartphone users. Each company launched its own respective mobile app in recent weeks; features include online shopping, exclusive coupons, two-dimensional code scanning and offline store search. Many of Uniqlo's online sales come through ubiquitous Tmall B2C platform, while Gap maintains its own web platform. Source: Tech Web

  • What's News? March 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Microsoft opens TMall store

    Microsoft recently opened a Tmall flagship to sell tablets and smart phones based on the Windows OS. Current products include the Surface tablet and Nokia's Lumia lines of smartphones. Microsoft is trying to developing its retail channels in China as the company transitions towards hardware. Source: CCID Net

  • What's News? March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Watsons opens online platform

    Watsons has formally launched an online shopping mall at Watsons.com.cn. Despite the relatively late arrival of its own e-commerce option, the company has been active online in recent years: a prominent ad campaign on social media site Ren Ren in 2010; a flagship store on Tmall in 2011; a mobile platform in 2012. Watsons’ representatives said the strategic importance attached to the new e-commerce platform equals the company’s offline stores. Watsons is the largest health and beauty retailer operating in mainland China, holding 1300 retail locations across 200 cities.

    Source: eNet

  • What's News? March 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

    WeChat, meet Taobao

    WeChat users can now use Taobao to search products inside Tencent's messaging application. Users can also jump to Taobao and Tmall to make orders, add goods as favorites and update their shopping cart. Industry experts see the move as the next step in the fight between Baidu and Taobao over product search. Alibaba maintains eTao for product search and recently unveiled comprehensive search through its Aliyun cloud computing division. Data shows that Taobao mobile users are already 150 million strong, accounting for a total turnover of RMB 50 billion in 2012. Source: eBrun

  • What's News? March 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Alipay line of credit for shoppers

    Alibaba Group will soon roll out a credit-line services for businesses and consumers on its e-commerce platforms. Qualified Alipay users will be approved for credit limits according to previous consumption records. Consumers can use Alipay credit as they would a credit card for shopping on Taobao and Tmall. Customers benefit from interest-free repayments for a 38-day period.

    Source: Sohu

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