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Surge in Smartphones Spurs Likely M-commerce Boom in Vietnam

19 Sept 2014

Smart handsets now owned by 36% of population in Asia's most ecommerce-friendly country....Read More

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Russia's Google Opens Dedicated Kid's Products Category as Sales Soar

16 Sept 2014

Yandex, The Russian Federation's leading online search engine and portal, has launched a dedicated children's product category, as sales in the sector (both on- and offline) have enjoyed a massive 40%...Read More

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Could WeChat Stores Present a Serious Online Challenge to Taobao?

15 Sept 2014

WeChat stores have empowered an army of small volume e-commerce operators. As the mainland sector matures, can these players – many of them based in overseas markets – survive both increased competiti...Read More

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O2O2F: Enfranchising Communities and Extending E-Commerce

19 Aug 2014

O2O2F – online to offline to family – is the newest trend in the mainland e-commerce sector. This new concept bridges the gap between producers and purchasers, while opening up the internet to the pre...Read More

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Bigger Data: the Challenge of Harnessing Real-time Retail Information

18 Aug 2014

With search and mobile functions converging, harnessing the power of Big Data remains both a huge opportunity for retailers and brand owners alike, as well as one that remains almost entirely bewilder...Read More

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London Bids to be Global Digital Capital, Outstripping even Silicon Valley

8 Aug 2014

London is the world's fastest growing centre for digital development, according to presentations at this year's Internet World expo, with a new sense of a sustained start-up ethos said to be permeatin...Read More

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E-commerce – Great for Consumers, but a Headache for Toy Retailers

29 July 2014

With the UK now the most highly-penetrated e-commerce market in the world, bricks-and-mortar retailers are struggling to stay viable. According to John Baulch, Publisher of Toy World, a new initiative...Read More

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Cut-Throat Taxi App War Seen as Dry Run for O2O Payment Battles

21 July 2014

With taxi-app operators offering ever more lucrative rebates to both passengers and drivers, it seems the real battle on the mainland is to build market share and driver consumer loyalty in preparatio...Read More

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Human element proves weakest link in online purchasing experience

10 July 2014

Dissatisfaction highest with customer service agents say delegates to Las Vegas' Call Center Week 2014, as US companies desert India's outsourcing operations in favour of culturally more compatible Ph...Read More

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Watsons Taiwan launches online "cosmeceuticals" venture

11 June 2014

Watsons goes solo to launch proprietary "clicks and mortar" cosmetics and pharmaceuticals portal....Read More

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Taxi app backlash hits disillusioned European and American markets

3 June 2014

Protests in London, Milan and Brussels focus on unfair advantage of Uber platform, with legislation already banning its use in Germany and Canada. Asian taxi app operators advised to learn from the le...Read More

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Taiwan's love affair with mobile drives m-commerce innovation

21 May 2014

M-tailers are customising their apps and offer to meet the requirements of Taiwanese consumers....Read More

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Big Data set to be the "electricity" of 21st century business

9 May 2014

Big Data will transform the 21st century in the way electricity transformed the 17th, according to speakers at the Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit, despite a number of legal, person...Read More

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Vietnamese e-tailing sector enjoys 314% boom in 2013

7 May 2014

VECITA, the Vietnam government's digital watchdog, announces e-tailing sector worth US$2.2 billion in 2013, up from US$700 million in 2012. Revised figures see sector as valued at US$4 billion by 2015...Read More

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Taiwan taxis sign up for global smartphone booking phenomenon

28 April 2014

Taiwan is the latest territory to launch a proprietary smartphone app, allowing passengers to book, monitor and even pay for their cab of choice. Security, convenience and discounts are now said to be...Read More

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Entrants to the mainland e-commerce sector advised to "go niche"

24 April 2014

While the mainland e-commerce market is maturing, many opportunities still exist for niche players – particularly in the food and drink sector – to make an impact, particularly if they can develop the...Read More

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Smartphone manufacturers ditch Google applications to lure patriotic Russian buyers, as m-tailing soars among country's consumers

17 March 2014

With purchasing via smartphones doubling over the last 12 months, Russian consumers are now being wooed by localised interfaces and proprietary software, with the Yandex search-engine emerging as the ...Read More

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Taxi app wars provide windfall for Dalian passengers and drivers

5 March 2014

With Tencent and Alibaba, two of the mainland's digital giants, locked in a battle for taxi app supremacy, passengers and operators have benefitted from generous rebates and rewards, but what happens ...Read More

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Fresh food online: the mainland's greatest e-commerce challenge

17 Feb 2014

Described as the "last blue ocean" by mainland e-commerce operators, fulfilling online orders for fresh food offers a hugely lucrative opportunity for those who can get it right, though many have alre...Read More

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Online-offline integration set to be future for mainland retail players

13 Feb 2014

Rather than facing extinction, conventional retailers are learning to live with their digital counterparts, while forging innovative joint initiatives aimed at boosting consumer service and maximising...Read More

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