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China BizTech News Weekly Digest – June 20, 2014


Editing by Su-Jun Lim

Alibaba Launches Its First U.S. Retail Site

BY THE WIRE

Alibaba’s first U.S. retail site, 11 Main, which features a wide range of products from fashion to jewelry to art, competes head on with Amazon. U.S. shoppers can now request an invite via email to shop at China’s biggest e-retailer.

Beyond Weibo and WeChat: 4 Chinese social platforms with big luxury potential

BY JING DAILY

Aside from Weibo and WeChat, social media platforms like Youku, Weishi, Tuding and Douban offer additional perks, including video options, photo-tagging and much more, that are very attractive as marketing tools for luxury brands.

Brickstream’s New China Office Keeps Eyes on Consumer Market

BY GLOBAL ATLANTA

Norcross-based Brickstream Corp., which sells specialized cameras to track customer behavior in stores, has opened an office in Shanghai. Brickstream is poised to tap into the growing middle class in China, waiting to offer tools of in-store analytics for retailers to manage growing customers and providing instant interaction using their mobile devices. It seems that Brickstream’s move is both strategic and insightful.

Alibaba ties up with China state postal service

BY LIVE MINT

Following previous announcement by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to buy a stake in Singapore Post Ltd., the firm now has announced that it will develop logistics network with China’s state postal service, presumably in an attempt to both solve the delivery problems of its online shopping platform, Taobao, and raise its profile for its US listing.

Starwood Caters to Chinese Travelers

BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

In an interview, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Chief Executive Frits Van Paasschen forecasts the growing Chinese market in luxury travel, and reveals Starwood’s plans to expand and cater to Chinese travelers.

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