China news and analysis

21 January 2020
The Chinese State Council has identified another 24 cities for large scale cross-border ecommerce, as ecommerce trade between China and other nations is growing rapidly. Favourable policy to support growth These 24 new cities include Shijiazhuang in Hebei province, Fuzhou in Fujian province, and Yantai in Shandong province. In addition to the 35 that have previously been established, cross-...
16 January 2020
The health and beauty retailer has partnered with Tencent to bring customer service to a new level through innovative use of social media. Launch of round-the-clock one to one service The partnership with Tencent allows Watsons China to launch a new WeChat Work platform and Cloud Stores. The WeChat platform acts as a new communication channel that customers can add store staff as WeChat ...
13 January 2020
CR Vanguard is expanding its new digital format, Vanguard MART, in China. Optimising digital in-store Shoppers at Vanguard MART have multiple ways to make payment, e.g. through a traditional counter or self-checkout. The latter allows mobile payment, facial recognition, QR code purchase and self-service ordering. The store features electronic shelf labels allowing staff members to adjust th...
13 January 2020
The Fenix Group may sell its majority stake in City Super Group. Potential ownership change According to Bloomberg, Fenix’s stake in City Super could be worth between US$300m and US$400m. It may decide, however, to retain some ownership of the business. More about City Super Group City Super Group was established in 1996. It operates in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taiwan. The business is ...
10 January 2020
Carrefour opens convenience store inside Suning branch as the two brands continue to integrate in China. Latest step in merging the two businesses A Carrefour Easy store has opened inside Suning’s home appliances Zhongshan branch in Shanghai. Carrefour Easy is Carrefour’s convenience format, with average sales area of 100 sq m to 200 sq m. It is the latest step towards integrating the tw...
03 January 2020
An initiative that doubles Nestlé Purina’s click rate. Profiling based on pet demographics Different to other profiling projects, JD.com’s My Pet Profile offers new insights about the pets, not just the owners. Customers can store detailed profiles of their pets online, including breed, age, gender, vaccination history. Using this information and through JD.com’s big data and analytics c...
02 January 2020
JD.com opened a second new concept store, 7FRESH LIFE, in Beijing last month. A 24/7 store offering mealtime solutions In addition to SEVEN FUN , JD.com opened another concept store called 7FRESH LIFE within the same month. 7FRESH LIFE is a 24/7 store offering mealtime solutions. Located in the Huilongguan residential area in Beijing, one of the largest residential neighbourhoods in...
02 January 2020
Hong Kong food and snacks retailer, Best Mart 360, has opened its first store in Macau. Launched on 17 th December 2019 Best Mart 360 was established in 2013. Chairman and co-founder Lin Tsz Fung said the expansion into Macau (17 th December 2019) was planned many years ago. In an interview with South China Morning Post, he said, “We hope to diversify our markets to Macau and Mainland Ch...
02 January 2020
The ecommerce giant launched the first of its SEVEN FUN lifestyle spaces in Beijing, offering unique “ SOLOMOME ” shopping experience. Serves as a third place for working professionals Located in Galaxy SOHO on the second ring road of Beijing, SEVEN FUN targets working professionals with annual income of over CNY100,000 in first tier cities. Similar to Waitrose in the UK, it adopts a busi...
19 December 2019
Carrefour China’s new parent company, Suning Holdings Group, plans to open 10,000 online stores in 2020. Aggressive expansion plan Focusing on technology and logistics, the company will continue to build on its smart retail infrastructure. Its 2020 roadmap has an aggressive expansion plan: Online stores : Invest no less than CNY40bn (US$5.7bn) by adding 10,000 online stores and hirin...