Shipping to China for Cross-Border E-Commerce: a Simple Guide

Thomas Graziani New WeChat features

Frequent readers of our posts may have already learned how to set up your e-commerce presence in China and generate traffic to their WeChat store. We’ll now deep-dive into a common problem of vendors selling to China: logistics and shipping to China. Can my product be shipped to China? Click here Cross-border trade and FOREX Click here Custom clearance Click here Direct shipping Click here …

Tencent Annual Report 2018: Stagnating Gaming Revenues, Payments & Ads Growth

Thomas Graziani New WeChat features

Tencent just released it’s Q4 2018 financial report and 2018 annual report. The report provides insights about the overall strategy of Tencent, and the future of WeChat and QQ. Financial growth Tencent continued on a steady growth of revenue: revenues reached nearly 85 billion RMB, a healthy 28% YOY increase. The company however delivered disappointing profits of 14 billion RMB …

Community Group Buy – the next billion dollar e-commerce industry

Tingyi Chen New WeChat features

The social commerce space never lacks innovation. A new type of location-based social model called Community Group Buy is changing how people engage in grocery shopping. Here is the monthly Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) of top community group buy platforms according to eburn.com: Xingshen Youxuan 兴盛优选 – 370 million RMB Shixianghui 食享会 – 210 million RMB Niwonin 你我您 – 200 …

The cross-border payment war of WeChat Pay and Alipay

Tingyi Chen New WeChat features

During 4 years helping brands sell to Mainland China via WeChat, we collaborated with many cross-border payment gateways. These gateways are authorized by Alibaba, Tencent, and Union Pay to provides a cross-border payment solution for foreign businesses. Most of these payment gateways cover specific countries or regions, and some provide a one-stop-shop to leverage WeChat Payment, Alipay, Union Pay and …

Taobao Launches Mini-program to Compete Against WeChat

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If you search for “Starbucks” (“星巴克”) on Taobao you might be in for a surprise. Instead of simply seeing a link to Starbucks’ Tmall store, you will see a menu linking you to a “Starbucks Mini-program” experience within Taobao. The search also shows 4 tabs leading to different sections of the “Mini-program”. When opening the mini-App, the interface looks like… …

A Super Bowl for Chinese tech companies- The Spring Festival Gala

Tingyi Chen New WeChat features

The 5-hour long Spring Festival Gala (AKA Chunwan) is the most-watched Chinese TV program, with over 1.17 billion viewers and 30.07% viewership rate in 2019 according to CCTV. In comparison, the Super Bowl’s record-high viewership was only 114 million (in 2015). Just like the Super Bowl, the Spring Festival Gala has become a competition for advertising sponsorship. The cost of …

How much money do influencers earn in China vs. elsewhere?

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It is a well-known fact that every other teenager in China wants to become an “influencer”, “KOL” or “WangHong” (网红): a social media personality with a large following and glamorous lifestyle. But how much do influencers make in China? And how does that compare to the revenues of Western influencers? Revenues of influencers outside China Instagram influencers The average rate …