O2O, data, and blockchain are revolutionizing real estate in China

Editor’s note: This article is part of our JLL proptech, produced in cooperation with JLL, a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. We believe in transparency in our publishing and monetization model. Read more here. China is a crowded country and finding a place to call home can be daunting. With locals pouring into cities in the largest…

Alibaba’s O2O lifestyle app is testing online menu for restaurants

Alibaba’s lifestyle app Koubei is testing an online restaurant menu function (in Chinese) at a chain tea shop and a fast food store in Wuxi City. The new feature offers two different kinds of services. Customers dining in at the restaurant can place orders on Koubei app when they are waiting in the line or before they arrive at the restaurant. Those who want to take out can place orders online…

Updated: JD’s O2O service seals partnership with commercial chain store Better Life

Updated 11:44 am 21 March 2018: The post has been updated to correct a factual mistake. JD is partnering with commercial chain store Better Life rather not BBK the electronic device maker. They both have the same Chinese name in 步步高. JD is expanding its presence in the O2O field through a new partnership with Better Life, the commercial chain company that’s principally engaged in wholesale and…

JD’s O2O service inks new deal with brick-and-mortar store chain FamilyMart

JD has been aggressively entering offline stores keeping pace with its biggest rival Alibaba. Its newest deal is with FamilyMart, Japan's second largest convenience store chain after 7-Eleven. JD's new cooperation deal means that users will be able to order goods through JD's O2O service Jing Dong Dao Jia (京东到家 or “Door-to-Door JD”). Goods will be delivered from FamilyMart’s 212 core locations…

Node Worthy 07: O2O blockchain and smartwatches for China’s left behind children

Masha talks about O2O applications for blockchain (finally something more than finance!); Frank talks about left behind kids in Guizhou and the tech solution the government there have found to keep them out of trouble. Download this episode Links Masha Borak: Blockchain is shaking up O2O in China and turning cryptocurrency into Pokémon Go NEO?China's Ethereum?is building a…

Blockchain is shaking up O2O in China and turning cryptocurrency into Pokémon Go

Blockchain used to be all about finance, but not anymore. Today, new territories are being explored and companies are popping up across multiple sectors. O2O and marketing are also among them—areas in which Chinese companies have traditionally been fast innovators. VeChain, a blockchain firm with offices in Shanghai, Singapore, and Paris, sees the technology as a “trust machine.” It assigns each…

O2O is awesome: Being a tech blogger in Shanghai

Editor's note: This was produced in partnership with Start Alliance, a business network between the most vibrant startup hubs around the globe. Start Alliance supports startups to adapt business models to international requirements and accelerates corporate innovations. Partner cities are Berlin, New York, Paris, Tel Aviv, and Shanghai. I have worked in four startup cities: Silicon Valley, Tel…

China tightens inspection over O2O food delivery

China’s food inspection authorities on Thursday released new regulations for O2O food delivery services. The new rules require the restaurants registered on the apps to have offline stores and to be licensed with certifications to run food-related businesses. On top of that, the authorities stated in the regulations that food providers need to publicize more accurate details about ingredients,…

Alipay teams up with Fave for O2O expansion in SEA

Ant Financial, the financial affiliate of Alibaba group, has announced a partnership with Fave, Groupon's successor in Southeast Asia, to provide cross-border payment. The tie-up will first bring this service to Singapore. Through this deal, Alipay users will be able to make payments via the Alipay app at restaurants and offline retailers that are part of the Fave ecosystem and gain special…

Alibaba to invest $1 billion in ele.me, raising stakes in O2O and mobile payment

One of China's leading food delivery startups ele.me is about to receive US$ 1 billion funding from Alibaba and its financial affiliate, Ant Financial. This is the second largest startup funding in China this year after the US$5.5 billion raised by ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing. The funding marks a new step in the ongoing rivalry between  Alibaba and Tencent which is backing ele.me's…