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 …

Digital Life and eCommerce in the Philippines

Thomas Price

This article continues our recent focus on the Philippines, from general insights and analysis to a look at the most popular eCommerce platforms in the country. Filipino Consumers The Philippines is home to a young and tech-savvy population with a cultural identity all their own. The Philippine melting pot infuses the local population with a …

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 …

ByteDance Mini-Program: eCommerce Applet Development & Strategy

Thomas Price

ByteDance has entered the Mini-Program later than Baidu and Alipay (and certainly later than applet pioneer WeChat, who kicked off the craze). However, by launching Mini-Programs on its two hugely popular apps, Douyin (TikTok outside of China) and news and article platform Toutiao, ByteDance is standing as a real contender in the Mini-Program sphere. These …

Mini-Programs and Brand eCommerce: The Perfect Match?

Thomas Price

Previously an eCommerce trend in China had been marketplace centralization, with the domination of T-Mall and its associated brands. Now, however, we are seeing the space becoming increasingly decentralized, as social media selling takes hold. This is especially true with the advent of Mini-Programs, which can integrate online store-based selling into the social media apps …

Using Magento2 to Enhance B2B eCommerce Development: Key Features

Thomas Price

Beyond its many applications in B2C eCommerce, Magento2 has also made great strides into the field of B2B. Here, we’re going to break down the most important features of Magento2 for B2B eCommerce, providing ideas and insights for B2B brands’ digital transformation. Key Features Magento2 B2B Tiered Customer Accounts Tiers within customer accounts enable customers …