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Google to invest $550 million in China e-commerce giant JD.com | Reuters
The two companies described the investment announced on Monday as one piece of a broader partnership that will include the promotion of JD.com products on Google’s shopping service. This could help JD.com expand beyond its base in China and Southeast Asia and establish a meaningful presence in U.S. and European markets.
google  ecommerce  retail  apac  deals 
32 minutes ago by dancall
How e-commerce with drone delivery is taking flight in China - Manna from heaven
It is a link in a new kind of logistics chain, the world’s first operational drone-delivery programme for consumer e-commerce. While Amazon, an American company, has put out numerous promotional videos on its drone-delivery plans, it will not start commercial operations until at least 2020. Meanwhile, JD.com has spent the past year building a real drone-delivery network covering 100 villages in rural China with 40 drones. Zhangwei currently receives a couple of drops each day, each box containing several packages ordered through JD’s shopping app. Thanks to JD’s drones, which operate autonomously with no human guidance but are monitored remotely, villagers in Zhangwei can expect delivery on the same day that they place an order, like urban shoppers in Beijing, New York or London.
apac  delivery  drones  future  ecommerce 
2 hours ago by dancall
Alibaba CEO: Offline Retailers Must Digitize to Unlock Value | Alizila.com
That ecosystem now includes online marketplaces Taobao and Tmall, payments platform Alipay, logistics network Cainiao, cloud-services provider Alibaba Cloud, media properties such as video hub Youku and microblogging site Weibo and more.

What ties them all together is Alibaba’s role as a bridge between merchant and consumer, rather than acting as a merchant itself, the Alibaba CEO said. It’s a business model far different from many in the e-commerce sector, most notably Amazon, which purchases goods from brands and retailers and then resells them to customers on its platform.

Alibaba is an “enabler,” Zhang said. “We don’t want to be in a war between brands and customers. We want to be the platform that enables them to connect.”
alibaba  retail  ecommerce  future  trends  apac  how-to 
4 days ago by dancall
Alibaba Tech Brings RT-Mart From Old to New Retail | Alizila.com
RT-Mart has finished a months-long digital transformation of a quarter of its 400 stores using New Retail technology developed by Alibaba Group, the Chinese hypermarket chain said Monday.
Using Alibaba’s Hema supermarket as a model, RT-Mart has rolled out a series of features aimed at improving the shopping experience for customers. Whether through in-store fulfillment of online orders,  interactive kiosks or a selection of popular products from Tmall, the retailer said it wanted to deliver the best of online and offline commerce in a country where the line between the two has been increasingly blurred.
“New Retail has introduced a new way of thinking. By digitizing the store’s operation, the online and offline business merge into one. This will boost retailer’s online transaction volume,” RT-Mart Chief Executive Officer Peter Huang said.
apac  retail  future  alibaba 
4 days ago by dancall
Youku Kicks Off World Cup With Fan-Engagement Offerings | Alizila.com
Youku, which is partnering with China Central Television to stream all 64 games of the tourney, will deliver to Chinese consumers a viewing experience that is about more than just sitting and watching a match, the Alibaba Group-owned company said at a press conference in Beijing on Sunday.

Among the promotions are World Cup-related talk shows, in-show merchandise sales and prize giveaways. It will be an ecosystem-wide effort, pulling in Taobao, Hema, UC Web, online video site Tudou, Xiami Music, ticketing-platform Damai and Alipay, which is owned by Alibaba Group related company Ant Financial.
apac  World-Cup  tv  video  livevideo  partnerships  sportsrights 
4 days ago by dancall
As Ant Financial Rises, So Does China | PYMNTS.com
The recent $14 billion worth of fresh capital for Ant Financial — the China-based firm that is now the most valuable privately held tech firm in the world, ahead of Uber — comes amid fresh fears among some banking professionals in the West that China is passing them by. Will China follow the United Kingdom and the United States as the leader of payment services and FinTech?

That’s hardly a new question. But it has gained new focus, according to a recent article from Bloomberg that notes the increasing popularity and power of payments conducted through Alipay and WeChat.
apac  finance  future  trends 
4 days ago by dancall
How China's tech giants are throwing billions at AI
While China has plenty of artificial intelligence startups, its bevy of big-name tech giants are the true pioneers – they’re the ones slipping cutting-edge AI into virtually all their product lines. Here’s the scene as it stands right now.
apac  ai  tencent  alibaba  casestudies  taxi 
4 days ago by dancall
Grab raises $1b from Toyota
Grab announced today that it is receiving US$1 billion in fresh investment from Toyota as part of an ongoing funding round led by the Japanese auto giant.
The Singapore-based company said the funding will help it “create a more efficient transport network that will ease traffic congestion in Southeast Asia’s megacities, make mobility accessible for all, and provide driver-partners with increased income opportunities.”
apac  deals  partnerships  automotive  taxi 
4 days ago by dancall
That's Some Pig: How AI's Serving Up Better Pork in China | Alizila.com
To address that, Alibaba Cloud has developed its proprietary ET Agricultural Brain. It’s an AI-driven system aimed at helping hog farmers, or any other agriculture enterprises in China, to better raise their livestock and produce crops by using the most-advanced technology.

Unveiled at the Computer Conference 2018 Shanghai Summit Thursday, the program is expected to “revolutionize the agricultural industry,” said Alibaba Cloud.

“By applying AI technologies, such as visual recognition, voice recognition and real-time environmental parameter monitoring, ET Agricultural Brain monitors each hog’s daily activity, growth indicator, pregnancy and other health conditions, bringing more insight throughout the pig-farming industry chain,” Alibaba Cloud noted.
ai  food  apac  alibaba  casestudies 
11 days ago by dancall
Alibaba brings AI to China’s agriculture
In China, Alibaba is deploying artificial intelligence to help farmers cut costs and increase yields. From their smartphones, farmers can now monitor whether bugs are munching away on their apple fields, or if grapes are ready to be picked.

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of the ecommerce group, is debuting its proprietary ET Agricultural Brain initiative today. The project employs visual recognition and real-time environmental monitoring to track the growth conditions of crops and livestock. The reams of data gathered will be turned into insights for farmers using machine learning algorithms.
alibaba  ai  future  food  apac  casestudies 
11 days ago by dancall
Youku to Stream FIFA 2018 World Cup | Alizila.com
Youku will stream all 64 games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Alibaba Group-owned online video hub has announced.
Youku is partnering with China Central Television to deliver the games to viewers in what is a large but still-growing market for soccer, along with on-demand videos and post-game highlights. CCTV has exclusive streaming rights in China.
The quadrennial tourney kicks off June 14, with matches played in 11 Russian cities until the final on July 15. Germany, which took home the iconic gold trophy in 2014, is returning to defend its title.
apac  sportsrights  World-Cup 
18 days ago by dancall
China's iQiyi Launches On-Demand Movie Theater Business | Hollywood Reporter
Beijing-based streaming-video giant iQiyi has launched its first on-demand, brick-and-mortar movie theater.
The cinema, which opened May 11 in China's southern Guangdong Province, is comprised of several mini-theaters, ranging from two to 10 seats, which filmgoers can rent by the hour to watch content streamed from iQiyi's online service.
The company describes its new moviegoing model as "combin[ing] the convenience of an on-demand service with the high-quality audio-visual environment of traditional cinemas." The first theater in Zhongshan features THX-certified Dolby audio.
apac  films  ideas 
20 days ago by dancall
WeChat mini games have now amassed nearly half a billion users
But WeChat – whose parent company Tencent is the world’s largest gaming firm by revenue – is making video games compelling even for a 50-something woman with Luddite tendencies.
Tiao Yi Tiao accumulated 170 million daily active users within one month of its launch last December, claims WeChat. The number has surged to nearly 390 million as of March, according to research firm QuestMobile. That’s a big chunk of China’s total gaming population of 583 million in 2017.
wechat  gaming  stats  apac 
27 days ago by dancall
How Alibaba Helps U.S. Brands Reach a Half-Billion China Consumers | Alizila.com
Starbucks is already a successful brand in its own right in China, but it wanted to push the limit on what it could offer. That’s why the coffee giant partnered with Alibaba to build its Shanghai Roastery, arguably the world’s most high-tech coffee shop, to give consumers an experience.

Through Alibaba’s Mobile Taobao app and augmented-reality technology, the two have transformed what it’s like to get a coffee and found new ways to engage customers. Customers can scan key features around the roastery and get details on coffee bars, brewing methods and the roasting process via animations created for the app.
alibaba  ecommerce  apac  casestudies 
27 days ago by dancall
China's media industry could rival Hollywood - Raconteur
We are so used to the 21th Century Fox, Disney or Warner Bros pre-titles and signature tunes fronting countless box office hits, it’s hard to imagine a new one muscling in on our media lexicon. But Tencent Pictures could soon be hitting our screens. 
The Chinese are all too familiar with this name. It’s as pervasive there as Facebook or Google. One billion-plus people use the tech behemoth’s WeChat messaging app monthly, with 66 million video subscribers. Now the company is making moves on global movie production and sales. 
“Content is king,” explains Wilson Chow, media leader at PwC in China. “Over the past few years, platform operators have been striving to purchase attractive content to expand their offering. In China, there’s a strong shift to develop original content to meet local tastes.” 
apac  films  tencent 
29 days ago by dancall
Hema Launches 10 New Stores in 10 Cities | Alizila.com
Hema said it has recently opened 10 stores in 10 Chinese cities, giving the New Retail-driven supermarket chain a foothold in four new markets and expanding its network to 46 stores in 13 cities across the country.

For the first time, Hema is now serving consumers in Xi’an, Nanjing, Wuhan and Guangzhou. The other stores were opened in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, adding to existing networks in those cities. Hema also has locations in Ningbo, Fuzhou and Guiyang.
retail  alibaba  apac  o2o  trends 
6 weeks ago by dancall
Lined up and ready to go – Contagious I/O
Sports brand invites ‘sneaker heads’ in South Korea to queue digitally via Instagram for their chance to buy its newest shoes
sportswear  instagram  competition  apac 
6 weeks ago by dancall
‘Forget the Facebook leak’: China is mining data directly from workers’ brains on an industrial scale | South China Morning Post
But there’s one big difference – the workers wear caps to monitor their brainwaves, data that management then uses to adjust the pace of production and redesign workflows, according to the company.
The company said it could increase the overall efficiency of the workers by manipulating the frequency and length of break times to reduce mental stress.
Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric is just one example of the large-scale application of brain surveillance devices to monitor people’s emotions and other mental activities in the workplace, according to scientists and companies involved in the government-backed projects.
apac  privacy  technology  telepathy  fail  future 
7 weeks ago by dancall
Alibaba Links Up With Automakers to Connect Cars to Homes | Alizila.com
Daimler, Audi and Volvo have become the first automakers to add Alibaba’s smart voice assistant Tmall Genie to the range of smart devices compatible with their connected car apps.

This means car owners will be able to use Tmall Genie, the top-selling voice-controlled speaker in China, to monitor their fuel levels, mileage and the status of the engine and battery, as well as control car doors, windows and air conditioning, from home via voice command.

The feature is expected to launch in the near future, Alibaba said. Volvo plans to use the Tmall Genie service on its XC90, S90 and XC60 models. Daimler and Audi haven’t yet specified with which models the Tmall Genie service will work.
ai  voice  apac  automotive  partnerships  wave6  cities 
7 weeks ago by dancall
Alibaba Now Product Designer, as Well as Seller, for Brands | Alizila.com
Got milk? Because you might need it to put out the fire in your mouth after biting into a certain Snickers bar designed exclusively for China.
Capitalizing on the growing popularity of mala, the Chinese word for “numbing and spicy,” the world’s biggest confection maker, Mars Inc., last year teamed up with Alibaba Group to create a chili-infused Snickers bar that aims to satisfy Chinese consumers’ hunger—and their craving for a tongue-tingling treat.
The collaboration involved the integration of analytics from Mars’ consumer research, the 500 million-plus users of Alibaba’s online marketplaces and a customer survey aimed at finding a new flavor to bring to the market. The result showed that not only did Chinese consumers love spicy food, but that they were willing try chocolate with an extra kick to it, too.
fmcg  measurement  data  trends  alibaba  apac 
7 weeks ago by dancall

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