The Rise of Alibaba and China’s Super-Platforms in 7 Slides (Pt 1 of 3)

Alibaba is confusing. The company just keeps getting bigger and more complicated. There is really nothing like it in other countries. For example, most e-commerce sites don’t own movie studios and soccer clubs. And now we are seeing the emergence of new retail, which is a dramatic change in Alibaba (and other Chinese e-commerce platforms). […]

Jeffrey Towson – Behind The Scenes at Alibaba Singles’ Day 2018 (part 1) – Video

I was part of the “global influencers” group that was behind the scenes at Alibaba Singles’ Day 2018. It was pretty great. And I got to learn a ton about some of their latest initiatives. I vlogged the day. Here is part 1 (of 2). Part 2 is here. Video on Youtube here. And on […]

New Retail Is a Competitive Fortress – and 4 Other Take-Aways from Alibaba Singles’ Day 2018

I had an awesome 2 days behind the scenes with Alibaba at Singles’ Day 2018. I got to attend the gala, visit companies and talk with management – all in the midst of the world’s biggest spending frenzy. Plus I got to meet some other “global influencers”, most of whom I had been reading for […]

Singles’​ Day 2018: China’s Increasingly Emotional Consumers Shake the World

It’s Singles’ Day 2018 and I’m behind the scenes with Alibaba in Shanghai. It’s awesome. The numbers are coming in and the GMW is now at 120B RMB (as of 10am Nov 11). I’m rushing about to events today. But here are my take-aways so far: Take-Away 1: Chinese consumers are getting more emotional. Their […]

美团、阿里巴巴、滴滴、携程竞争激烈:为何中国各互联网巨头都试图在城市服务领域大显身手(第3部分,共4部分)

这是我参观美团点评北京总部后所得感想的第3部分。第1部分详述了我主要的感想。第2部分阐述了我所认为的人们对美团的错误看法。 “城市服务”是今年的热门话题。我们也看到中国的数字巨头们都在这一领域有大动作。

Meituan vs. Alibaba vs. Ctrip Is About 3 Big Questions (Pt 4 of 4)

Since visiting Meituan headquarters, I’ve written a quite a lot about the company (see Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3). And Meituan’s world is kind of fascinating right now. They have gone public. Awesome. Congratulations. A well-funded war has been launched against them by Ele.me (i.e., Alibaba) in food delivery. Ouch. Meituan and several […]

My Favorite China Reading – October 2018

Greetings from Peking University, I am back in Beijing after China’s big holiday week. I generally try to avoid the tourist craziness that happens every year at this time. In terms of digital China, the giants just keep accelerating and surprising everyone. Lots of interesting things happening in mobility (Didi) and new retail (JD) right […]