Suning Technology Group, China’s leading home appliance and digital device retail giant, will focus more on practical applications in use cases, instead of heavily investing in fundamental research, said Jack Jing, the company’s COO.

“Consumer driven companies, and startups too, could hand over fundamental research work to professional tech teams. Efforts saved shall be paid to implementations,” Liu explained, adding that it is China’s diverse use cases that encourage companies to adopt data supported implementations.

“The era that relies on human for product selection is gone. Suning alone manages over 40 million products for over 10,000 Suning brick-and-mortar shops around the country,” Jing said, and stressed that these activities can’t be done without machine learning and systematic corporate management.

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Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com