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  We Have Answers, Chinese Cross Border Changes the Question Like business plans, China Internet reporting can become obsolete right after publishing. Venturebeat published our article about China cross border ecommerce options a few weeks ago. We went on at length about the problems of those options – that...

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  Let’s see…revenue $7.4 billion, market cap $7 billion, latest funding round $700 million…Even with the felicitous number of sevens, the figures from this latest piece of giant Chinese ecommerce biz, Meituan’s debutante ball, will be hard to remember, unlike sports scores.   And that’s OK. Because when it...

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  “M-commerce” is replacing “e-commerce” like “smartphone” replaced “cellphone”. In China, new Internet generations eschew the desktop computing experience in favor of mobile connectivity. Relevant stats are flying fast around the online retail industry, most tellingly the fact that over 40% of Alibaba’s recent, record-setting $9billion in Singles Day...

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  Demandware is crowing that Abercrombie & Fitch has chosen its ecommerce solution to “power global expansion across Asia.” Now, by no means is this case study going to focus on the pros and cons of choosing an expensive, proprietary solution like Demandware over an open-source solution.   Rather,...

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  Odds are the founders of Miyabaobei will never get a glimmer of the spotlight Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma is enjoying. Odds are also that they want it that way.   But there must be a great story behind Miyabaobei starting as a humble Taobao store, one of an...

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Every mall has its scarce-trafficked corners, those cul-de-sacs ending in a Sears, with Radio Shack and the Leftorium flanking.   The world’s biggest mall, in Dubai, has 1200 stores. Surely there must be a number of haunted corners, bereft of pet cheetah accessory boutiques.   If so, imagine how...

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Australia’s new FTA heralds a new age of access to the biggest market of the 21st century, China. Alibaba is doing its part to show Australian exporters that the way into that market is digital, having set up an Alipay office in country to encourage cross-border ecommerce, a Taobao...

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First a full disclosure: your correspondent does not own shares in Alibaba. Rather, he helps companies establish online presences in China. In doing so, he has discovered that Tmall can be a smart China B2B ecommerce option for a western organization, as opposed to a standard shopping-cart-enabled, stand-alone site.   Why...

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  Finally, a way around the chief obstacle separating western online merchants from Chinese customers – international credit cards. Alibaba’s new ePass payment solution will allow online shoppers from China to use the country’s preferred payment method – Alipay, and remit the fee to the vendor in USD, or one...

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