How Alibaba Uses Big Data in Chinese Entertainment – Alex Zhang, ex-Alibaba Pictures.

Alex Zhang was one of the first five employees at Alibaba Pictures (launched in 2015), Now an independent film producer, he sits at the intersection of rapidly rising Chinese entertainment, its changing relationship with Hollywood and its increasing collision with the tech world (Alibaba, Tencent, etc.). Alex visited Peking University in late 2017 and spoke […]

When Alibaba’s “New Retail” Gets Confusing, Just Follow the Assets (Pt 2 of 2)

This is Part 2 of an article about some of the strategic aspects of Alibaba’s “new retail”. In Part 1, I discussed uni-marketing and how the view of new retail for merchants and brands is very different than the view for consumers. A quick summary: For consumers, the view is great. They are going to […]

The Secret Engine of Alibaba’s “New Retail” Is “Uni-Marketing” (Pt 1 of 2)

“New retail” is Alibaba Group Holding‘s key buzzword right now. Though probably the least creative business term ever, the company’s idea of combining online and physical retail into a seamless, data-driven consumer experience is exciting. It is already starting to give rise to new business models, from transformed supermarkets and cashierless convenience stores to automated […]

How Alibaba’s New Retail Disrupts JD’s World: Conclusion (Pt 4 of 4)

In this four part series, I look at how “new retail” impacts the strategies of e-commerce market leaders Alibaba and JD. My take is basically five points: Point 1: China is ground zero for the digital transformation of retail. Explained in Part 1 here. Point 2: But “new retail” is not just supermarkets and convenience […]

Alibaba’s New Retail Is Not About Supermarkets. It’s About Participation. (Pt 3 of 4)

In this four part series, I look at how “new retail” impacts the strategies of e-commerce market leaders Alibaba and JD. My take is basically five points: Point 1: China is ground zero for the digital transformation of retail. Explained in Part 1 here. Point 2: But “new retail” is not just supermarkets and convenience […]

What Everyone Is Getting Wrong About Chinese Entertainment. An Interview with Alex Zhang, Ex-Alibaba Pictures.

Alex Zhang was one of the first five employees at Alibaba Pictures (launched in 2015), He sits at the intersection of rapidly rising Chinese entertainment, its changing relationship with Hollywood and its increasing collision with the tech world (Alibaba, Tencent, etc.). Note: I wrote about how Alibaba is disrupting entertainment here. Alex has recently left Alibaba […]

与阿里巴巴共度周末的趣闻趣事(共2部分,第2部分)

2017年的“双十一”,我来到阿里巴巴,与管理层们共度周末。本篇为此行见闻的第二部分。第一部分里,我谈到了初到阿里巴巴的见闻,以及周五晚上的庆典。本篇仅为随笔,如果您期待某些严肃的内容,恐怕本篇不大适合您。

阿里影业、腾讯影业或万达影业,谁才是中国娱乐产业的赢家?(第一部分/共两部分)

对阿里影业和腾讯影业这两家公司,我一直保持着密切的关注。它们似乎将在中国娱乐产业竞争中先拔头筹。目前,它们正采取非常规的手段,大举进军这个既风起云涌、又分崩离析的产业。