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From imitation to innovation: How China became a tech superpower | WIRED UK
Today, China has the largest number of unicorns outside the US. In 2014, it overtook Europe as a destination for venture capital, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Currently three of the world’s top five most highly valued private companies are Chinese – ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing, phone maker Xiaomi, and e-commerce firm Meituan-Dianping.
apac  trends  ai  stats  new-companies  future 
28 minutes ago by dancall
Gamasutra - NetEase and Mattel partner to create Mattel163 dev studio
Mattel has announced that it has formed a partnership with the Chinese technology company NetEase to create a new game development studio called Mattel163.
Mattel joins the ranks of other major companies NetEase has forged partnerships with, including Blizzard and Minecraft-maker Mojang, though those deals typically lead to the release of existing games in China rather than the formation of a new development studio geared toward global releases. 
The joint venture aims to use Mattel’s library of brands, which include Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, and Thomas & Friends, to create mobile games and educational apps for the global market.
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2 days ago by dancall
Nestle, Cainiao Unveils New Inventory Solution Designed For New Retail | Alizila.com
The two are designing a new all-in-one inventory solution that integrates Nestle’s warehouse stock across Alibaba’s platforms into an analytics-driven, shared inventory.
With real-world experiences increasingly linked to the web, forward-thinking companies across the world are looking to New Retail to seamlessly fuse the online and offline customer journeys. Starting from June last year, Nestle took a new approach to enhance consumers’ shopping experiences.
The Swiss company overhauled its China distribution strategy, making way for a more-efficient inventory management solution developed with Cainiao, dubbed “One Inventory.” In only 19 days since switching to the solution, the percentage of products offering second-day delivery jumped to more than 70 percent, up from 30 percent.
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5 days ago by dancall
Aiming at China’s Armpits: When Foreign Brands Misfire - The New York Times
Like tampons.
Most Chinese women use sanitary pads because they believe tampons are invasive. In 2016, China spent $136 million on tampons, only a fraction of the $4.9 billion annual sales for sanitary pads and towels in the country, according to data from Mintel, a consulting firm.
Procter & Gamble, the American consumer products company, gave up on Tampax in China in 2000, though it relaunched the brand last year. In a statement, Li Fengting, China director for the Tampax brand, said it had reintroduced the product in hopes of attracting a younger generation of women.
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12 days ago by dancall
China's Great Leap to Wallet-Free Living | Moving Upstream - YouTube
No cash? No problem. A trip to Shenzhen, China highlights how the explosive growth of mobile payments is driving a wallet-free society. WSJ's Jason Bellini reports. - via Prashanth Kanagalingam
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12 days ago by dancall
AirAsia using facial recognition technology to replace boarding passes - Business Insider
As the need for speed increases at airports around the world, Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd has launched its own facial recognition system which allows registered passengers to board their flights without boarding passes.
This week, AirAsia announced that it had launched the Fast Airport Clearance Experience System (Faces) at Senai International Airport at Johor Baru.
Although similar technologies are already implemented at some airports, including at Singapore's Changi Terminal 4, the low-cost carrier, which owns Faces, is believed to be the first airline in Asia to use biometric facial recognition technology.
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13 days ago by dancall
Chinese police are using smart glasses to identify potential suspects | TechCrunch
The glasses have been deployed in Zhengzhou, the capital of central province Henan, where it has been used to surveil those traveling by plane and train, according to the Wall Street Journal. With Chinese New Year, the world’s largest human migration, coming later this month, you’d imagine the glasses could be used to surveil the hundreds of millions of people who travel the country, and beyond, for the holiday period.

China’s has been criticized in many quarters for the way it uses its database, and facial recognition tech, in relation to ethnic minorities. A system deployed in Xinjiang — a province with a population of some 10 million ‘Uighur’ Muslims, is reportedly designed to notify authorities when “target” individuals go beyond their home or place of work, according to Bloomberg.
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13 days ago by dancall
New York Fashion Week Spotlights Chinese Talent | Alizila.com
Four Chinese fashion brands showcased their latest menswear creations on the runway at the “New York Fashion Week: Men’s” event Wednesday.
The show was part of Tmall’s efforts to cultivate local fashion talent and break away from the cliché-ladden image attached to the “Made in China” label.
As part of the partnership between Alibaba’s Tmall and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to help American and Chinese brands break into each other’s markets, the brands were chosen to debut their new 2018 autumn-winter collections at the show from Feb. 5-8 in Manhattan, under the banner of “Tmall China Day.”
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13 days ago by dancall
Top Tech Trends to Watch in 2018 from Alibaba Scientists | Alizila.com
“[The A.I. chips market] is an increasingly heated battleground. A.I. chips that are faster than current central processing units (CPUs) and graphics processing units (GPUs) and are more energy efficient will prevail for both edge and cloud [computing]. Only a handful few of A.I. chip manufacturers will survive and finally win the battle.”
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13 days ago by dancall
Why luxury will still need brick-and mortar – Retail in Asia
Apart from exhibits that highlighted the maison’s heritage and savoir-faire, exclusive workshops were held to allow guests to try their hands at Chanel’s prized know-how, such as embroidery and high jewellery making.
“Chanel is about more than a [mouse] click,” says Bruno Pavlovsky, the brand’s president of fashion. “Despite our investment in e-services for our customers, we still need to have the physical touch for them to understand the brand, to see and try the products. For us, all the digital developments and experiments are [designed to provide] better services for our customers in the boutiques.”
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15 days ago by dancall
Apple Pay accepted at 1 out of 2 U.S. stores, says Apple VP Jennifer Bailey
Addressing conference attendees in a speech entitled "The Modern Shopping Experience," Bailey presented a few interesting tidbits relating to Apple Pay growth and adoption, as well as insight into Apple's current and future ambitions for mobile payments services, reports CNET Japan.

Led by iPhone, mobile is doing more to revolutionize e-commerce than any other platform, Bailey said. Purchases made on smartphones and tablets account for 25 percent of e-commerce transactions in the U.S. The rate of growth for mobile transactions is four times that of desktop, and 10 times that of traditional brick and mortar retail.

The same phenomenon is occurring outside the U.S. China, for example, sees 80 percent of its e-commerce transactions performed on mobile devices.

Apple Pay is behind a large chunk of those purchases. According to Bailey, Apple Pay availability was limited to about 3 percent of stores in the U.S. when it launched in 2014, but is now accepted in 50 percent of stores.
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15 days ago by dancall
Chinese internet users grow to 772 million · TechNode
China now has 772 million internet users according to a report published by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) today (in Chinese).
Growth rates of internet users have remained steady. During 2017, a total of 40.74 million new netizens were added with a growth rate of 5.6%. Internet penetration rates have reached 55.8% in China, more than the global average (51.7%) and the average rates for Asia (46.7%).
The number of mobile phone users in China has reached an impressive 753 million. Unsurprisingly, mobile phone use was up while everything else was down including desktop computers, laptops, and tablets. One small exception was television which saw a minor increase in usage. The proportion of internet users using mobile phones rose from 95.1% in 2016 to 97.5% in 2017.
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16 days ago by dancall
Finland First to Offer All-Alipay Travel to Chinese Tourists | Alizila.com
Finland has become the first country to offer Chinese tourists a fully cashless experience during their visit by adopting Alipay, the mobile-payments and lifestyle platform owned by Ant Financial said Friday.

Instead of dealing with credit cards or trips to an ATM, Chinese consumers can now navigate their entire vacation to the Scandinavian country simply by using their smartphone.

“The cashless experience is already ubiquitous in China,” said Sikander Hauser, Alipay’s head of strategic development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “What we’re now looking at is bringing that abroad to Europe and other regions, so Chinese consumers can travel with just their mobile phone, just as they do at home in China.”
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19 days ago by dancall
Coca-Cola launches AR campaign with Alipay for Chinese New Year | Mobile Marketer
Coca-Cola kicked off a mobile campaign to celebrate Chinese New Year that lets consumers win money on their smartphones. Scanning QR codes on Coke ads and packaging unlocks augmented reality (AR) features on Alipay, the mobile payments app by Alibaba Group with more than 520 million users, according to Ad Age.
Mobile users who unlock the AR features will see two cartoon folk-art dolls that Coke has showcased in its Chinese New Year ad campaigns for several years. The dolls appear as digital animations overlaid on a real background seen through the smartphone camera, similar to Pokemon Go, and they throw snowballs or hug, then deliver holiday wishes to users.
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19 days ago by dancall
Le Tote's expansion in China is centered around WeChat | Glossy
To build business in China, Le Tote is relying on a localized inventory and distribution strategy, one-day (and eventually same-day) shipping, a network of Key Opinion Leaders (China’s equivalent to influencers) and a mobile-only presence. At the centerpiece of the strategy, according to Tondon, is WeChat.

“We don’t have a desktop app in China. Our approach has been mobile-first because our customer there spends all her time on mobile,” said Tondon. “So we started with a WeChat app. People interact with friends, sell things and make payments through WeChat. It’s a very dominant platform.”
apac  luxury  wechat  casestudies 
19 days ago by dancall
Alibaba Targets China’s Aging Population With ‘Taobao for Elders’ | Alizila.com
With China’s family-oriented Lunar New Year holiday fast approaching, Alibaba’s C2C e-commerce site Taobao on Thursday released a new channel on its platform that caters specifically to senior users and their families.

Taobao for retirees will make it easier for seniors to register an account and browse products, delivering an improved user experience, from personalized recommendations to after-sales service, said Ding Jian, the channel’s head of development.

It also includes a new peer-to-peer chat function, allowing family members to share products and consult or help one another in one click, as well as a new “pay-for-me” option to pay for another’s purchases.
apac  ecommerce  olderpeople 
19 days ago by dancall
"Love and Producer": China‘s female gamers are spending millions of dollars on virtual boyfriends — Quartz
It’s the hottest game among China’s young women at the moment. According to data from research firm Jiguang (link in Chinese), the date simulator has accumulated more than 2 million daily active users since its launch in December, with the overwhelming majority being females in their early 20s. Already, the game is ranking among the top grossing apps in China’s App Store. Players are also estimated to (link in Chinese) have spent at least 200 million yuan (around $32 million) in January to improve their odds of having a successful virtual relationship via in-game purchases.
apac  GAMES  virtual-goods  paid  funny 
21 days ago by dancall
Alibaba Launches First Global Ad Campaign for the Olympics | Alizila.com
Alibaba Group launched its first global advertising campaign in advance of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the company’s inaugural Games since becoming a TOP partner in January 2017.

The campaign, “To the Greatness of Small,” features three commercials that illustrate how one small action can touch millions of people, how small moments of character can inspire the world, and how the underdog can achieve great things.
alibaba  apac  trends  advertising 
22 days ago by dancall
Cycle miles double in China thanks to dockless bike sharing - BikeBiz
Before the advent of dockless bike-sharing in Chinese cities cycling accounted for 5.5 percent of transport miles. It has now more than doubled to 11.6 percent. This is according to White Book of Shared Bike and City Development 2017, a Chinese-language report from the Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Innovation Institute, an urban planning consultancy.

According to the Chinese State Information Center's Sharing Economy Research Center there are now 16 million dockless bicycles in the country, and each was used an average of three times a day. 

The release-by-app GPS-trackable modem-equipped bikes are cheap and simple to use, attracting newbies to cycling. A report from Shenzhen's Transport Commission said that the city's 500,000 bike-share bikes had replaced nearly 10 percent of travel by private car, and 13 percent of petrol consumption.
bikes  stats  automotive  apac  future  energy 
23 days ago by dancall

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