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O2O Primer: Online to Offline Commerce in China

Online to Offline commerce, or O2O, is being heralded as the next big thing in China's e-commerce sector. Why is it so popular and who are the key players? In August, three of China’s biggest companies—two from the tech and internet space and one from real estate—came together to create an RMB 5 billion ($814 million) e-commerce joint venture. This alliance between Tencent, Baidu and Wanda brought into sharp focus O2O, or Online to Offline commerce, a fast-growing area in China’s rapidly evolving e-commerce business. In simple words, O2O or Online to Offline commerce is about directing online users to physical stores. The term O2O was first coined by Alex Rampell, CEO and founder of … [Read More...]

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Electric Cars in China. Unplugged!

The government money is there, the producers are capable, so what is stopping electric cars in China from taking off? If official lip service and subsidies could affect on-the-ground change in … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: State of the Economy; MNCs Hit new highs (and lows); and the Alibaba Share Price Fall

This week, China’s factory activity improved a little even as factory employment figures slumped; Adobe announced its intention to shutter its China … [Read More...]

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Jack Ma Picked an “Excellent Time” for the Alibaba IPO

The Alibaba IPO, which debuted on the NYSE last week, has broken all sorts of records. What are its prospects going forward? The long wait is … [Read More...]

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Brain Power: The Patent Buying Spree of Chinese Tech Companies

Chinese tech companies are stocking up on patent purchases, but is it anything more than share price padding? “The leadership in China knows that … [Read More...]

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Deciding to Invest in Something? Bear in Mind the Opportunity Cost

By using the principle of opportunity cost and understanding exactly what value they are getting, companies can make smarter investment … [Read More...]

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India-China Relations: Silk Road 2.0

Will India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi change India-China business relations? The ancient Silk Road was a treacherous route, beset by … [Read More...]

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Those Before Alibaba: The IPOs of Chinese Technology Companies

A look at other significant Chinese technology companies that went public before Alibaba. If we go by market capitalization, online gaming and … [Read More...]

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Smackdown! Alibaba vs Amazon vs eBay

How do the three e-commerce giants stack up? We take a look at Alibaba vs Amazon vs eBay. With Alibaba poised to join the US stock markets in … [Read More...]

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Hermann Simon on Lessons for Companies from the World Champion

Germany is the football world champion. This great success has not materialized from out of thin air and is not based on one single cause. What can … [Read More...]

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Business Lessons from the Football World Cup Champions

Why the Germans, winners of the 2014 football World Cup, are so good at the other game the world cares about—business. A football World Cup victory … [Read More...]

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Innovation Works and its Silicon Valley Dreams

Innovation Works, the Beijing-headquartered incubator founded by former Google China chief Kai-Fu Lee, has set up a base in Silicon Valley. Chris … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: No Good News Yet for China’s Economy; and the Spectacular Alibaba IPO Roadshow

This week, new worries about China’s economy came to the fore even as Beijing reemphasized its intent to continue with reforms; the Alibaba IPO … [Read More...]

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Infiniti China: Taking On the Country’s Luxury Car Market

Infiniti, a relatively new entrant in China's luxury automobile sector, is growing at a phenomenal pace. Daniel Kirchert, MD, Infiniti China, talks of … [Read More...]

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Face-off! MNCs versus Chinese Companies

In China's fast-changing business environment, multinational companies are finding it increasingly hard to compete with Chinese companies. Our experts … [Read More...]

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China by Numbers: The China Data You Need to Know

A look at the China data that you should care about: from net outflows of non-foreign direct investment to the marketshare of various search engines … [Read More...]

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China Roundup: The Chinese economy and structural changes; Baidu Eye; and Apple’s New Problem

This week, figures from the HSBC/Markit PMI implied that the Chinese economy might finally be on the path to the much-need structural change; local … [Read More...]