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Here are 4 new retail spots you can visit in Shanghai

New Retail is the trend in China right now. Before November 11st Singles’ day, a day when Chinese spends the most in a year, Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba flexed its muscles on both online and offline channels. We will tell you four destinations in Shanghai that you can visit to get a glimpse of China’s […]

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Alibaba vs JD: Getting Singles Day packages to your door

For the past few weeks, Chinese e-commerce titans have been racking their brains as the year’s largest shopping spree, Singles’ Day is fast approaching on November 11. This isn’t just a competition of who has the best marketing stunts or the biggest subsidies for vendors; the life and death of the online retailers also depend on those who deliver […]

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China vs US: Who is winning the big AI battle?

China and the US are becoming the world’s biggest rivals in artificial intelligence: it’s Luke vs Darth Vader, Alien vs Predator, Rocky vs Ivan Drago. The Chinese government’s pivot to become the leader in this technology has created plenty of hype, but how are China’s ambitious AI aspirations playing out on the ground? Research by […]

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Node Worthy 03: Food delivery and biometric payments

This week we talk about the food delivery industry and how its another proxy battle between Alibaba and Tencent as well as paying with your face. Download this episode Links Timmy Shen: The strategies, tactics, and challenges for China’s food delivery industry BingoBox unveils new AI tech for its unmanned stores Masha Borak: Forget QR […]

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Forget QR codes, China’s next favorite payment method is your face

The launch of Apple’s new iPhone X equipped with tech that turns your face into a poop emoji seems to have left China’s consumers less than impressed. This shouldn’t surprise us—authentication through facial recognition and other biometric features has been gaining traction in China for quite some time. From fighting toilet paper thieves with dispensers […]

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Ant Financial is opening its unstaffed solution to merchants

Alibaba’s financial affiliate Ant Financial is adding new fuel to the quick rise of automated stores in China this Tuesday by opening its unmanned technologies to merchants. The Alipay solutions will enable automated customer ID authentication, risk control, payment, and clearance, allowing customers to enjoy service provided by merchants without the help of their staff. […]