Alibaba and Meituan could become a serious threat to each other. For Alibaba, it’s critical for its success in the local services sector with high hopes on Ele.me and Alipay. Lei Wang took on the role of CEO after Alibaba acquired Ele.me at US$9.5 billion in 2018. He then proposed that acquiring 50% of the […]
China’s online shopping users reached 370 million on desktop and over 1 billion unique mobile devices in September 2019. They use an average of 2.22 mobile apps and 6.3 hours on shopping. Missfresh beats Alibaba’s HemaFresh by total users in tier-1 cities. Also, check out the top mobile shopping apps by growth and total MAU. […]
China’s local lifestyle service market grew by 37.5% to US$232.81bn in 2018. The online food delivery market reached US$20.78 billion market in the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase of 108% year-on-year. The local lifestyle service market totaled 1,575.57 billion yuan (US$232.81 bn) in 2018, up by 37.5% year-on-year. It was forecasted to getting as […]
For the first time since Kantar started tracking China’s shopping behaviors six years ago, the rate of total value growth increased over the previous year, from 3.6% in 2016 to 4.3% in 2017. In many ways, the “two-speed” phenomenon still exists, but higher speeds are now more prevalent, driven by premiumization. High-speed categories are steadily […]
During “618”, offline traffic increased by 30% over the week prior, with online orders also jumping by 20%. Another partner retailer, Beijing’s Easyhome, a seller of furniture and home remodeling supplies, topped 100 million yuan (US$15.7 million) in sales by 1 pm on the first day of “618”, while Alibaba’s Fresh Hema saw sales increase […]
Online shoppers tend to be richer, younger, and better educated in China according to Nielsen. Close to 58% online shoppers reached the family income of over RMB 10,000. And, 64% are between 18 and 35 years old, comparing to 45% offline shoppers in the same age group. Preference of online vs. offline shopping According to […]
China retail giant Suning held its annual spring conference this month; as the largest O2O retail enterprise in China, this meeting does not just announce Suning’s strategy and development goals for 2018, but also serves as a bellwether for the whole retail industry in China. Looking back at Alibaba and Suning’s 2017, it is possible […]
Uniqlo has been a sales leader on Tmall during Singles’ Day (Nov. 11th, or Double 11, major Chinese e-commerce event comparable to Cyber Monday in the US). This year’s 11.11 marks the 9th one held by Taobao and Tmall, and the 8th in which Uniqlo has participated; this year Uniqlo launched its 11.11 promotions in-store […]
With the increasing utility and availability of mobile payment methods, store-based O2O commerce has experienced steady growth, with total sales of US$91.1 billion in 2016, a figure which is projected to reach US$143.6 billion in 2019.
A recent McKinsey report shows five trends of Chinese digital consumers including omnichannel shopping, context-triggered shopping, social media centered consumer interactions, increasing demand for non-standard goods and services, and data-driven personalization. Most consumers yearn for omnichannel experience, but they haven’t even tried the most basic mode of picking up goods from offline stores. Consumers have […]
WeChat recently upgraded a store management feature, originally part of WeChat Official Account, to Store Mini-Program. Retailers can use this type of mini-programs directly. It costs almost nothing and requires no programming knowledge although the capability of Retail Mini-Program is limited.
Starting on 29 April 2017, users can easily rent a bicycle from one of the six leading bike-sharing companies in China via Alipay without installing additional mobile apps.
Baidu Tongji, or Baidu Statistics, announced an additional product “Store Statistics” for offline retail stores.
Nearly 60% of Chinese respondents said they used their mobile devices in-store to check and compare prices according to a study by JDA and Centiro.
JD.com GMV for the second quarter of 2016 increased by 47% to RMB160.4 billion (US$24.1 billion) from the core GMV (excluding Paipai.com) of RMB108.7 billion in the second quarter of 2015 according to JD.com.