7 Essential New Retail Mini-Program Features

Thomas Price

New Retail mini-programs (or ‘applets’) have become the standard among major retail brands. Official reports from WeChat say that in 2018, retail Mini-Programs served users 200 million times. The same year, more than 1500 online supermarkets were launched. According to statistics published by Aladdin, retail Mini-Programs account for 21% of the top 200. As they …

Headless eCommerce: Can It Help Your Business?

Thomas Price

As reported by Gartner, ‘headless eCommerce’ became one of the most popular new technologies used by international brands in 2018. Nearly 79% of brands were found to be considering, planning, or already using headless or API-based eCommerce architectures. In this article, we go over the following: What is Headless eCommerce? Headless vs Traditional eCommerce: Pros …

Senior App Design: Age-Proofing Mobile eCommerce

Thomas Price

Senior app design is becoming more relevant than ever. According to a recent Nielson Norman Group survey, the ability of users aged between 25-60 to properly utilize web pages and apps has dropped by 0.8% year-on-year. Meanwhile, middle-aged and senior users were found to 74% less efficient at doing the same than users in younger …

New Retail: Mixed Inventory Model

Thomas Price

This is the second part in our series on inventory models in China’s New Retail era. To read part one, focusing on the fixed inventory model, click here. In 2019, exactly how to manage warehousing logistics and order management has become a hot topic in China’s New Retail space. Brands are using innovative new models to …

New Retail: Fixed Inventory Model

Thomas Price

In 2019, exactly how to manage warehousing logistics and order management has become a hot topic in China’s New Retail space. Brands are using innovative new models to differentiate themselves from competitors, optimize both operational efficiency and user experience, and stay ahead of the pack. Even more so than with traditional retail, the availability of …

New Retail: Five Innovations Fusing Offline with On in China

Thomas Price

In China, the New Retail era has well and truly arrived (not up to speed? Check out last week’s article on the subject!). Now, new kinds of New Retail business models seem to emerge with each passing week. But each model seems to refine the New Retail concept in a different direction, whether that’s a …

The Top 5 eCommerce Platforms in the Philippines

Thomas Price

Growth is speeding up in the Philippine eCommerce sphere. Therefore, the battle between B2C platforms is becoming more important. Likewise, the rewards for success are getting bigger. And a very small group of platforms enjoy the lion’s share of these rewards. In fact, just four platforms make up more than 90% of net traffic. In …

Three Simple Steps to Succeed in China’s New Retail Era

Thomas Price

Over the past few years, the boundaries between online and offline sales have blurred. As the Internet and the Internet of Things (IoT) have become ubiquitous in China, a new era has begun. The era of New Retail. In the second half of 2019, the ‘Wild West’ period of the New Retail era is coming …

Philippines eCommerce: Cross-Border Overview and Insights

Thomas Price

In this article we take a look at the Philippines, its fast-growing eCommerce market, and the state of logistics in the country.  An Intro to the Philippines Though an important and prominent part of Southeast Asia, the Philippines is a country not quite like any other. A hugely diverse range of influences make up the …

Baidu Mini-Program: eCommerce Applet Breakdown

Thomas Price

WeChat has lost its monopoly on Mini-Programs. In the second half of 2018, Baidu, Alipay, ByteDance and TikTok launched their own Mini-Programs to rival WeChat’s dominance. According to Baidu’s data published in May 2019, “since the official launch in July last year, there have been over 200 million active Baidu Mini-Program users each month, over …