Category: Ecommerce

Strength in Numbers: Opportunities in China’s Sharing Economy

Advances in mobile technology and app development have given rise to a new business model that has profoundly affected the transportation, ecommerce, and lodging industries. The sharing economy refers to third-party online service providers that help businesses and individuals turn...

/ September 2, 2016

China’s Ecommerce: Choosing the right third party

With Ecommerce exploding across China, businesses from around the world are flocking to the fray. Access to this tremendous market is complicated by the need to choose a third-party agency that offers international companies that don’t have a physical presence...

/ May 27, 2016

Extending Your Web Business Into China

The explosive growth of Chinese online consumers provide tremendous market potential, however companies must learn to navigate the country’s spotty network inter-connectivity, dispersion of consumers across vast geographies, and daunting rules and regulations for delivering online content into China.

/ April 29, 2016

Alibaba Doubles Up on Singles Day Revenue

Singles aren’t alone in China. Singles Day, a manufactured holiday for online shopping in China akin to Cyber Monday, drew in 82 percent of shoppers who spent an average of 1,577 yuan ($247 USD) on Nov. 11. In 2009, Alibaba...

/ November 23, 2015

Major Chinese O2O Websites Merge in $20 Billion Deal

Shuang Shan Meituan.com and Dianping Holdings Ltd, two of China’s largest online local service platforms, have agreed to set up a new company—creating the largest Online to Offline (O2O) business in China. The merger, one of the largest deals ever...

/ October 9, 2015

Competing on the Edge: Chinese Conglomerates and Changes in Business Strategy

In the following excerpt from Edward Tse’s book China’s Disruptors: How Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, and Other Companies Are Changing the Rules of Business, the founder and CEO of Gao Feng Advisory Company discusses current changes in the Chinese business environment:  Writing about...

/ July 21, 2015

State by State: China and Illinois Trade

By Dezan Shira & Associates Being the 5th most populous state in the U.S, Illinois has been the economic engine of the Midwest region and a national hub for global commerce. The state owns the third largest intermodal port in the...

GOING ORGANIC: Investing in China’s Growing Health Foods Market

Are organic products safer than other products? Are foreign imports really worth paying 2-3 times the cost of domestic items? These are some of the questions conscientious Chinese consumers may find themselves asking when they step into one of the...

/ June 30, 2015

Jack Ma Calls on Small US Businesses to Join Alibaba

by Natalie Polk Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s founder Jack Ma introduced his new globalization plan aimed to engage small US businesses in cross-border commerce with China on June 9 in New York. For Ma, the new strategy is  “simple and...

/ June 12, 2015