With news this week of malware infesting Apple mobile apps and a new mobile virus infecting Chinese users’ smartphones, more scrutiny is being placed on Chinese technology firms to help protect netizens. Tencent has taken the lead with the announcement of its Thunder Action. This is the company’s special initiative against Internet phishing, pornography, and malicious information.
Business Insider — Some of the most powerful tech leaders got together in Seattle to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping on his visit to the US Wednesday. And based on the group photo tweeted out by Seattle Times reporter Matt Day, it was a star-studded event:
China Tech News — American beverage provider PepsiCo Inc. and Chinese B2C e-commerce website JD.com have reached a strategic cooperation under which PepsiCo will sell its Quaker high-fiber oat dairy drinks in China for the first time on JD.com. This is reportedly the first time for PepsiCo to launch a product debut via an e-commerce platform outside America. Financial terms of the deal were not released.
WSJ — In late April, Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese electronic-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., made a personal pitch to Tadashi Yanai, the head of Asia’s largest apparel maker. Fast Retailing Co. had recently started selling its popular Uniqlo line of clothing on Alibaba’s biggest rival site, JD.com, and sales were brisk. If Uniqlo increased its loyalty to Alibaba’s platform, Mr. Ma and his team told Mr. Yanai, Alibaba would drive more traffic and sales to Uniqlo’s shop there, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Want Chinat Tmes — China’s largest online direct sales company, JD.com, on Monday announced launch of a “US Mall,” where Chinese customers can buy authentic products that are imported from the United States. At the launch event held on Monday, JD.com founder and CEO Richard Liu made a special mention that his company will feature authentic products from Taylor Swift, including a line of clothes that the artist is designing exclusively for JD.com customers.
China Topics — InfoQ’s CNUT meeting with technology leaders in China was considered successful after it was attended by big technology companies such as Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, Huawei, Ctrip, Meituan, JD and other tech companies in the country. The focus of the meeting, which was held in Beijing Babbitt Internet themed tea house, is about the possible effect of container technologies for cloud computing and its local role in domestic distribution.
Many internet enterprises have begun accelerating their expansion into China’s interior since the second half of last year mainly by developing internet and big data businesses in the region, according to Guangzhou’s 21st Century Business Herald. Major e-commerce player Jingdong Mall set up a direct sales channel for agricultural products in Sichuan province, while the country’s two leading internet firms Alibaba and Tencent have ventured into the big data sector.
The Chinese government says it is allowing foreign companies to fully own some e-commerce businesses in the country, as it looks to bolster overseas investment and boost market competition. Effective immediately, the new ruling applied to “online data handling and trade handling services, though, no details were provided on how existing e-commerce operators would be impacted, reported Reuters.
JD.com , China’s second largest e-commerce site, has agreed to invest HK$1.3 billion ($171million) for a 10% stake in Kingdee International Software Group, as the e-commerce powerhouse forays into software businesses. JD.com purchased shares of Hong Kong-listed Kingdee at HK$ 4.60 each, an almost 10% discount to Kingdee’s closing price of HK$5.11 on Friday.
Cainiao Network, Alibaba’s subsidiary providing logistics services, announced its logistics data on Cuntao, Alibaba’s e-commerce site for villages in rural regions, saying that 13% of Cuntao orders can be delivered on the day they were ordered or the next day, reports Shanghai’s National Business Daily. Since being established in May 2013, Cainiao Network has built up a network that covers 7,600 county-level internet areas, 26,000 town-level internet areas and 190,000 village-level areas, according to Wan Lin, vice CEO of Cainiao Network.
China’s government-run online train ticket sales site 12306 has been causing problems since pretty much the moment it was launched. It broke during its first Spring Festival rush back in 2011, and since then has been the source of a litany of complaints: not processing refunds, cheating customers, promising an app that didn’t materialize for years and then sucked when it finally showed up, breaking again, listing nonsensical departure/arrival times, being associated with corruption, facilitating ticket scalping, shutting down third-party services that fix its bugs, and more.
Chinese B2C e-commerce website JD.com signed a letter of intent with the government of Mayong in Dongguan for JD Group to invest CNY2 billion to build a modern service industrial park in Mayong. By locating itself in Mayong, JD will make Dongguan its important business support point in the South China region and about 50% of the company’s business in this region will be covered by this new industrial park.
Singles Day – November 11 – is right around the corner. And these days in China that means one thing: massive sales on virtually every ecommerce site you can think of. But with massive sales also comes the opportunity for vendors to mislead and swindle consumers into thinking they’re getting a good deal when they’re not. And according to Techweb, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) recently held a meeting with ten of China’s top ecommerce companies, including Alibaba and JD, to send a clear message: platforms must take steps before sales are publicized to ensure the deals are legit.
BEIJING, Oct. 19, 2014 / — JD.com, Inc.,China’s largest online direct sales company, today announced it has launched operations for the initial phase of its first highly automated “Asia No.1” warehouse, located in Shanghai. JD.com launched the initial phase of its Asia No. 1 Shanghai warehouse on October 20, 2014. Comprising a total floor space of 100,000 square meters, the initial phase of the Shanghai facility will help increase JD.com’s logistics efficiency, particularly during peak periods such as the upcoming “Singles Day” period, one of JD.com’s biggest sales events of the year, which runs from November 1 to November 12.
JD.com, China’s second largest ecommerce site, today received a US$17.2 million investment from Singapore state-owned investment firm Temasek, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The investment would translate to a stake of 0.06 percent for Temasek, according to Bloomberg data. This comes hot on the heels of the ecommerce company’s US IPO earlier this year in May, where they raised US$1.78 billion. Temasek’s backing will no doubt further boost investor confidence in JD.com. At the same time, Temasek put US$12.8 million into Chinese security software firm Cheetah Mobile.
About two months after Tencent (HKG: 0700) purchased an 18 percent stake in it, Chinese ecommerce site JD (NASDAQ: JD) has finally been integrated into WeChat (or Weixin, as it’s known domestically), Tencent’s monster messaging app. Technode reports that a new “Shopping” tab appears under the app’s “Discover” page.
Another week, another Chinese tech IPO. The latest one lined up to hit US markets is JD, the estore that’s a close rival to Alibaba’s Tmall and other general ecommerce sites such as Amazon China. JD goes public today upon opening of Thursday’s trading. The company has just priced its shares at $19 each, which is above the initial $16 to $18 range it advised a few days ago, reports CNN Fortune. If it debuts at that price, JD will raise $1.78 billion from its listing.