Tech in Asia — Over the past year, we’ve seen the ridesharing market in China explode, culminating this summer in the industry’s biggest players raising absolutely massive rounds: Didi Kuaidi raised US$3 billion and Uber China has raised well over US$1 billion with plans for more on the way. It’s one big cash-burning party.
Tech In Asia — Will all stores eventually move online? Or will the first-mover advantage of offline stores mean that they forever remain an important and significant part of the way people shop? Indian ecommerce site Snapdeal’s latest launch, Janus, shows that it may just be a hybrid of the two. Janus is an omni-channel platform that integrates all aspects of ecommerce – from ordering a product online to customizing it and getting it delivered offline.
China Tech News — China’s online-to-offline opportunities have reached a new level with investment from China’s top e-commerce firm into one of China’s leading retail chains. China’s Alibaba Group Holding Limited will invest approximately CNY28.3 billion for a 19.99% stake in Suning Commerce Group Limited. After the closing of the investment in Suning, Alibaba will be the second-largest shareholder in the Chinese electronics retailer.
Shanghai Daily — CHINA’S largest Internet search engine Baidu yesterday said it had approved a share repurchase scheme worth up to US$1 billion to showcase its confidence in the online-to-offline (O2O) opportunity. The share repurchase will be funded by existing cash balance over the next 12 months, according to a stock exchange filing.
Shanghai Daily — CHINA’S dominant Internet search engine Baidu Inc yesterday said it would invest 20 billion yuan (US$3.2 billion) over the next three years on online-to-offline services, including group-buying service Nuomi. “Right now Baidu has over 50 billion (yuan) in cash on its books,” said CEO Robin Li in a press release. “We’re going to take 20 billion of that and do Nuomi right.”