Beijing issues digital health cards on WeChat

Beijing has begun issuing electronic health cards to residents through WeChat in a pilot program facilitated by Tencent and Sinosoft Technology. Currently, patients at Peking University Hospital and Beijing Friendship Hospital can benefit from the service. According to reports (in Chinese), the digital cards are part of a broader plan to improve healthcare services by … More Beijing issues digital health cards on WeChat

WeChat drove nearly $33 billion in consumption in 2017

China’s most popular app WeChat is so much more than just an instant messaging app. It’s also where Chinese people order food, make doctor’s appointments, hail their taxis, and even give to charities. In addition to providing handy services to users, it opens huge opportunities for businesses, big and small. WeChat drove a total of … More WeChat drove nearly $33 billion in consumption in 2017

Alipay trials digital replacement of China’s ubiquitous ID cards

A new system of official digital ID has been integrated with Alipay for making ID-validated purchases such as train tickets and for checking into hotels in test areas in eastern China. The “Resident ID Online Verification Certificate” (our translation: “居民身份证网上功能凭证”) uses the “Internet+ Trusted Identity Authentication Platform”, also known as CTID, (our translation: “互联网+可信身份认证平台”), according … More Alipay trials digital replacement of China’s ubiquitous ID cards

Tencent’s Pony Ma Says Retail Investment Grows Online Advertising, Mobile Payment

Retail investments benefit Tencent in three ways: mobile payment and related financial services, cloud development and advertisement, according to the tech giant’s Founder and CEO Pony Ma. Ma’s comments come as Tencent accelerates its investments in the retail sector, a move seen to rival and take market share from China’s largest retailer Alibaba Group. “People … More Tencent’s Pony Ma Says Retail Investment Grows Online Advertising, Mobile Payment

Launching a WeChat mini-program? There’s already a new player in town that hopes to substitute WeChat mini-programs.

Just starting to evaluate the possibility of launching a WeChat mini-program to stay on top of the latest Chinese marketing trends? There’s already a new player in town that hopes to substitute WeChat mini-programs, and it’s backed by all of China’s largest smartphone manufacturers, as well as the Chinese government’s Ministry of Industry and Information … More Launching a WeChat mini-program? There’s already a new player in town that hopes to substitute WeChat mini-programs.

WeChat’s micro retailers come under scrutiny in run up to World Consumer Rights Day

WeChat’s micro store business Weishang (微商) is challenging Alibaba’s Taobao for e-commerce domination in China. It seems that the service is going through the very same problems that Taobao has experienced previously. Product quality, marketing spam, and after-sales services are three top concerns for Weishang, a report from the Beijing Customer Association shows. As a … More WeChat’s micro retailers come under scrutiny in run up to World Consumer Rights Day

China’s web censors go into overdrive as President Xi Jinping consolidates power

A week that begins with the repeal of regulation that prevents dictatorship in China is likely to be a busy one for the country’s censorship people, and so it has proven to be. China’s web scrubbers have been busy banning a collection of terms and dropping the hammer on user accounts after the Xi Jinping, … More China’s web censors go into overdrive as President Xi Jinping consolidates power

Chanel Teams Up With Farfetch. Will China’s Toplife Be Next?

Chanel has teamed up with Farfetch to develop new digital initiatives, the famously techno-cautious brand announced last week. Chanel has stopped short of selling its items on Farfetch, but the collaboration nevertheless brings the luxury brand much closer to one of Farfetch’s major shareholders, JD.com and its luxury e-commerce platform, Toplife. While other luxury brands … More Chanel Teams Up With Farfetch. Will China’s Toplife Be Next?

Helsinki Reaches out to Millions of Chinese Travellers with new Helsinki Mini Program

China is the largest outbound tourism market in the world. The cooperation between Helsinki and Tencent gives the Finnish capital a groundbreaking channel straight into the mobile devices of WeChat users. Helsinki has set itself the goal of being the most digitalised city in the world, and the cooperation with Tencent ensures that the city … More Helsinki Reaches out to Millions of Chinese Travellers with new Helsinki Mini Program