Flipkart just launched its first phone

Following in the footsteps of Amazon’s Fire phone flop, India’s Flipkart today unveiled its first ever phone. Starting at US$170, the dual camera Billion Capture+ shows India’s biggest homegrown ecommerce store is going after the cheap-and-cheerful sector that’s currently dominated by Chinese brands Xiaomi and Oppo. It goes on sale November 15. Read More

China’s ecommerce turns to robots as labor shortage looms

Inside a warehouse in the southeast corner of Beijing, a crane-like robot patiently picks up packages from pallet to container. Red banners are strewn across the top of the wall, inscribed with slogans like “Innovation never rests” and “We advance towards smart logistics.” This is JD-X, the logistics lab of Alibaba’s ecommerce archival JD. Launched … More China’s ecommerce turns to robots as labor shortage looms

Facebook readies tests of P2P payments, breaking news tag

It’s too early to tell whether Facebook’s breaking news tag and red envelope features will become part of its social networking functionality. The company already offers free P2P payments in its Messenger chat app, but not on its main website or mobile app. Allowing users to make payments in the main app would give them … More Facebook readies tests of P2P payments, breaking news tag

Luxury Brands’ WeChat Accounts Lack Customer Engagement

With the increasing presence of Chinese consumers in the global luxury market, an ever-larger number of luxury brands are now turning their attention to China. In hopes of crafting a more engaging shopping experience for Chinese consumers who are less familiar with the social media platforms dominant in the Western world, many luxury brands have … More Luxury Brands’ WeChat Accounts Lack Customer Engagement

China’s growing appetite for Indonesia shouldn’t discourage local founders, say VCs

Some of China’s biggest internet firms left no doubt about their intention to be part of Southeast Asia’s slowly awakening digital economy. In the past months, companies like Didi Chuxing, Alibaba, Tencent, and JD have poured billions of dollars into funding and acquiring businesses in the region, especially in Indonesia. Read More