Can Dingdong Win in Groceries and Specialty Ecommerce? (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 90)

This week’s podcast is about Dingdong, a specialty ecommerce player in China focused on fresh groceries. It has gone public while still operating profit negative – but brings to mind a similar situation with Meituan at IPO. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. —–— Related articles: Should Vipshop Build a Logistics […]

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Dingdong vs. Oriental Trading: How to Spot the Specialty Ecommerce Winners (1 of 2) (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Lesson / Update)

Softbank-backed Dingdong and Tencent-backed Missfresh have both gone public, to minimal investor enthusiasm. Both companies were launched: To solve the difficulties of selling perishable and difficult to transport groceries online. To tackle some of the pain points for both Chinese families and farmers. To capture a massive opportunity. And to get to operating profitability. They […]

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Why Didi Is Dominant But Still Unprofitable (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 87)

This week’s podcast is about Didi’s upcoming IPO. They have released their numbers and it shows market dominance but operating losses. This is my explanation for what is happening. And what their strategic plan means. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. Here is the key paragraph from Didi’s IPO filing: […]

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JD Logistics vs. DHL in Smart, IOT Logistics (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 84)

This week’s podcast is about how “traditionally great” logistics businesses like DHL and ecommerce giants like JD Logistics are both doing major digital upgrades in logistics. It’s a big unknown but it all looks pretty attractive. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. ——– Related articles: JD Logistics and the Dream of […]

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Shein Is Low-Priced DTC Apparel at the Speed of Algorithms. Is This a New Moat or Just Table Stakes? (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 83)

This week’s podcast is about the US-China DTC retailer Shein, which has rocketed upwards in the past months. Analysts are starting to pay close attention – but consumers have been noticing this company for a while. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. The mentioned article by Packy McCormick and Matthew Brennan […]

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Alibaba Takes Over Sun Art Retail. Is It Going to Take Off? Or Is It Infrastructure? (pt 1 of 2) (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Update)

A subscriber suggested I look at Sun Art Retail as a potential investment opportunity. And, wow, thanks for that. There is a lot of fascinating stuff going on with this company. First, the basics of Sun Art. An Intro to Sun Art Retail Group. Founded in 2000, Sun Art is a leading Chinese retailer with […]

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Could iQiyi (IQ) Quickly Become a Great Business? (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Update)

Baidu-controlled iQiyi (IQ) is one of the big leaders in video in China. And video is the most popular online activity in China’s massive market. That’s good. iQiyi also has powerful competitive advantages, similar to YouTube and Netflix combined. Overall, there is a lot to like about this company strategically. Its primary competitors Tudou and […]

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How Coupang Is Building a Competitive Fortress in South Korea (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 70)

This week’s podcast is about the Coupang of South Korea. An interesting case of local dominance (geographic) based initially on competitive advantages on the cost side. But potentially also on the demand side. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. The advantages for Coupang I mentioned are: Production Cost Advantage: Location […]

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Great Strategy But Difficult Climbing at ZhongAn Online Insurance (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Update)

Online insurance company ZhongAn was the first mover in “digital meets insurance” in China. A strategy Ant Financial would later refer to in its IPO filing as “InsureTech”. And in both the ZhongAn and Ant cases, we saw: An awesome digital strategy and vision in a very big market. Limited traction after years of effort. […]

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Monster Energy (MNST) and How Share of the Consumer Mind Reinforces Scale Economies (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Update)

Last week, I wrote about how mindless behavior, chemistry and habits can be demand-side competitive advantages, which I put under the catch-all title of “share of the consumer mind’. It’s a Warren Buffett term and one of the concepts in the Concept Library. I described demand-side (or revenue-side) competitive advantages this way: “…competitive advantages on […]