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Chinese overseas shopping platforms in 2022: Bigger market share, controversies and complaints continue

Finding new revenue streams outside China became urgent for major Chinese online retailers as Covid control measures and a turbulent domestic regulatory environment hurt economic growth and consumer confidence in the country. Shein, which started as a small cross-border wedding dress supplier, turned into a unicorn worth $100 billion by April 2022, demonstrating a successful…

GM, Hyundai, and Honda experts on lithium-metal batteries and US-China supply chain decoupling

Although billions of dollars have been spent on pursuing breakthroughs in electric vehicle batteries, global automakers General Motors, Hyundai, and Honda believe there is still a long way to go to bring next-generation battery technologies to the market. Speaking on Dec. 14 during an online conference held by SES, a New York-listed battery maker, executives…

Chinese internet giants turn to philanthropy under economic downturn, but it’s not just a number’s game

Every September, Chinese tech majors kickstart a series of charity events, such as Alibaba’s Sept. 5 Charity Week and Tencent’s Sept. 9 Giving Day. Since this tradition of “charity month” in China was pioneered eight years ago by Tencent, these peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns have become the primary way that the general public in China gets…

Singles Day 2022: More deals and more competition from Douyin

On Monday, Chinese online retailers kicked off the annual November 11 Singles Day shopping festival. The festival, originated by e-commerce giant Alibaba in 2009, has long been a major retail event across the industry. This year, amid a slowing economy, weakening consumer demand, and growing competition from short-video platforms, established retailers are shifting their focus…

How can brands use NFTs in marketing?

Editor’s note: Two years ago, the term “NFT” would have elicited a confused look from all but the most dedicated crypto or Web3 enthusiasts. Today, it is very much a part of the mainstream marketing lexicon, with everyone from Taco Bell to Tiffany jumping aboard the non-fungible token bandwagon. But in a world where The…

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