3 Lessons from Alibaba Cloud’s AI and Big Data Summit (Tech Strategy – Podcast 196)

In this episode of the Tech Strategy Podcast, Jeff Towson shares his insights from attending the Alibaba Cloud AI and Big Data Summit in Hangzhou. He explains how Alibaba is using AI and big data to create smart business platforms, empower digital transformation, and drive social innovation. He also discusses the implications of Alibaba’s tech strategy for its competitors, partners, and customers.

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7 Questions for Alibaba on Singles’ Day (2 of 2)

This is Part 2 of my questions for Alibaba on Singles’ Day. Part 1 is located here. Question 5: What Are the Next Hard-to-Replicate Physical Assets? Alibaba is a competitive fortress. This comes from multiple factors like network effects, consumer habits, economies of scale (particularly in logistics), complementary platforms (especially in financial services), data advantages […]

7 Questions for Alibaba on Singles’ Day (1 of 2)

Singles’ Day is one of the biggest shopping events in the world, generating billions of dollars in sales for Alibaba. But as competition heats up and consumer behavior changes, Alibaba faces new challenges in maintaining its dominance. In this article, Jeff Towson asks 7 questions to Alibaba about Singles’ Day and explores how it has evolved over time.

Lessons from my Visit to Cainiao (Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

Cainiao is Alibaba’s logistics affiliate and is one of the largest logistics companies in China. It was founded in 2013 and has since grown to become one of the most important players in the Chinese logistics industry. Cainiao has been instrumental in helping Alibaba achieve its goal of delivering packages anywhere in China within 24 hours.

Jack Ma (and Alibaba) Dreamed of Turning SMEs into Multinationals – Globally (2 of 2) (Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

Alibaba.com is attempting to both digitize and democratize global trade, and to dramatically expand it from large companies to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). They are starting to enable SMEs to act like MNCs in terms of cross-border transactions. They are developing tools such as a mobile app that lets you search for products globally, and a platform that provides logistics and delivery services.

Alibaba.com’s Crazy Strategy for a Global E-Commerce Trading Platform (1 of 2) (Tech Strategy – Daily Strategy)

Uncover the strategic vision of Alibaba.com as it forges ahead with its ambitious initiative to construct a massive global e-commerce platform. Delve into the strategic implications and future prospects in the first part of this captivating series by Jeff Towson, offering a unique perspective on Alibaba’s groundbreaking endeavors in the e-commerce landscape.

3 Simple Rules for Digital Transformation and Disruption (Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

Digital transformation is about using technology to change the way businesses operate and interact with customers. To succeed, companies need to focus on innovation, customer experience, and data-driven decision-making. By following these three rules, companies can position themselves for success.

Lessons from Alibaba, Tencent and iQIYI in Entertainment Strategy (Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

I recently wrote about my visit to iQIYI, the TV and film streaming giant of of China. And I’ve been keeping an eye on Alibaba Pictures and Tencent Pictures for a long time. Chinese entertainment is a pretty interesting strategy topic. And these three companies are well positioned to win big as consumer spending continues […]