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Rural China: The Next Battlefield for Domestic E-commerce

China’s urban e-commerce market is nearing saturation after years of explosive growth, a trend leading China’s online retailers to address the untapped markets in rural areas. Nearly 50% of the country’s 1.36 billion population lives in rural areas; however, less than 30% of rural residents are online and only 10% have bought things online, according to […]

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LightInTheBox President Kevin Wen on Building a Cross-border Online Retail Business

Chinese online retailer LightInTheBox was aimed at global audiences from day one, Kevin Wen, co-founder of the company, told us today at 2014 TechCrunch China/ TechNode event in Beijing. Back in 2007 when LightInTheBox was founded, there were only three well-known e-commerce sites in China, Taobao, Dangdang, and Joyo (would be acquired by Amazon). And all of them were targeting […]

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B5M Claims It’s the Largest Independent Shopping Search in China, Announcing $16 million Series B Round of Funding

B5M claims it’s now the  the largest independent shopping search service and the second largest after Alibaba’s Etao in China. Launched in December 2011, B5M has indexed 300 million items from Taobao & Tmall, over six thousand business-to-consumer sites, over 200 group-buying sites and over 40 social shopping websites. There are more than 3 million visitors and 50 million […]

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New Features That Helps WeChat To Gain Foothold In B2C Sector: Alexis Bonhomme, GM of WeChat Integrated Agency Curiosity China

Although instant messaging tools are most commonly used by individuals for personal communication (C-to-C), WeChat, a leading Chinese IM app, gradually established its presence as a major channel of online marketing (B-to-C). The newly launched WeChat 5.0 gives special focus to business users by adding a list of new features that caters for the business […]

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How Tiger Fund Hunts Techie Pandas

Nov. 21st , YY Inc. priced its 7.8 million share IPO in Nasdaq at $10.50 and began trading on that day. In 2011, Tiger invested $76m in YY, and now the value was almost halved to approximately $40.27m. Since 2003, Tiger Fund has started sowing seeds in China tech industry, with ecomm being its main […]

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Rumor: Dangdang to Launch Proprietary Apparel?

Dangdang, the leading Chinese online bookstore turned general etailer is said to launch its proprietary apparel brand in next month, according to Mahui, General Manger of Beijing-based underclothes manufacturer TopNew Group. Ma said that Dangdang has contracted with the company to design and produce Dangdang-branded clothes, like Dangdang Kids for children. Li Guoqing, co-founder and […]

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Gome Teaming up with Dangdang to Rival 360buy

Gome is really at it. We wrote about Coo8, one of the online arms acquired by Gome has agreed on a comprehensive partnership deal with Etao to leverage the price engine for joint force promotion, affiliate program and so forth. Now, Gome.com.cn, the more-of-its-own online outlet of the HongKong-listed Gome Electrical Appliances Holdings Limited announced […]

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Taobao Turns Ten: A Look Back

Taobao — “exploring treasures” in Chinese — now is a household name in China. Ten years ago, Alibaba wanted to try out the online auction by putting up a Nokia phone online. That phone turned out to be the first item on the customer-to-customer platform. eBay-like auction, however, never prevailed in China. Taobao simply became the biggest marketplace for online […]