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). […]
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 […]
This is Part 3 on my visit to the Meituan-Dianping headquarters in Beijing. Part 1 was my main take-aways. Part 2 was what I think people are getting wrong about Meituan. “Local services” has been a hot topic this year. And we have seen big local services moves by many of China’s digital giants. Tencent-backed […]
近期，我陪同一群欧洲学生参观了位于北京的京东总部。他们是都灵大学发起的 ChinaMed / TOChina 项目的一部分，这是一个中国和南欧之间的精彩交换项目。关于该项目我将推出更多介绍性文章。该项目的负责人是吉奥瓦尼·安多里诺（Giovanni Andorino）和弗朗西斯科·希尔维斯特里（Francesco Silvestri）。
Hey. These are my favorite China business books. Plus some fun stuff from around Thailand. Link here. —— I write and speak about Chinese consumers and digital China. Music is New Day by https://www.soundcloud.com/ikson
I recently accompanied a group of European students to JD headquarters in Beijing. They were part of the ChinaMed / TOChina program out of the University of Torino, which is a fantastic program connecting China and southern Europe. I will be writing more about that program shortly. It is run by Giovanni Andorino and Francesco […]
So Starbucks has launched a “new retail” strategic partnership with Alibaba. And in doing so they are leapfrogging to the front of digital and consumer China. Kudos. That’s impressive. And it’s pretty bad news for Luckin Coffee. The Alibaba-Starbucks deal, as announced, has three components: 1) A tie-in with Ele.me for delivery. The statement from […]
My latest video on China’s sharing economy. Shot in thailand. Link here. My writing and speaking are on Chinese consumers and digital China.