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1 minute UPDATE:  This post was written last October – that’s a decade in China ecommerce years! We actually broke the story last Christmas, after systematic mining of Tmall.com and Tmall.hk (Tmall Global), that the latter’s stores were performing poorly, with Costco proving the fallacy of the one successful...

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          A Chinese cross border ecommerce model involves less time, money, and far less exposure to the market.   PICK TWO Some of the best advice a senior in college can give a freshman: “Sleep, study, social life – pick two.”   Correspondingly, the compromise...

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    A most dangerous assumption to make about Chinese tech companies is that the Alibaba IPO will start a trend of going public as endgame. The danger lies in the fact that the trend is already very well established, with any number of Chinese commerce sites focused on...

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    Analyzing the stock is one thing; misrepresenting the platforms is another.   The one constant of mass media reporting on China is a story skewed by the necessity of portraying anything out of the Middle Kingdom as a threat.   Fear sells, but it’s sad to see NBC’s...

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The rigors of running an online shop in China can demand long hours, scrupulous service, and advertising know-how.   Poor old Ms Qin. The 66 year-old Chongqing resident was evidently denied multiple times in her application to open a Taobao store, on grounds that the maximum age was 65....

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One Minute Update: Things move fast in China! Less than a year since this article was published, and hundreds of millions of Chinese are transacting on WeChat. Time to swallow our words?  Not quite. The transactions are all about O2O (online to offline) service, the real m-commerce, if you will....

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Getting inside the Great Firewall and in front of China’s 1.24 billion online eyes (620m people x2) is an extensive subject. Let’s focus on must-dos to ensure the highest ROI on your China ecommerce efforts, by reducing your sunk costs, learning curve, and by maximizing best practice potentials.  ...

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Need an 8 ft. tall palm tree? Live fishing bait? Tickets to an NBA game? There’s really nothing too obscure for vendors on Tmall and Taobao to put up for sale. In a country where most supermarkets stop at powdered coffee and Tsingtao beer, Tmall’s e-commerce wonderland offers consumers...

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Despite Tmall’s 50% share of China’s world-leading, $300 billion dollar B2C e-commerce market, Western brands are still understandably leery about setting up shop on the platform, as opposed to creating their own Chinese stand-alone site.  Both options come with pros and cons, but the Tmall case is bolstered by some considerable...

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