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Alibaba gamifies sustainable shopping

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Alibaba gamifies sustainable shopping

Chinese tech giant Alibaba has launched 88 Carbon Account (88碳账户), a sustainable rewards programme that allows shoppers to accrue points by uploadi...
Sustainability : Retail : Technology
Alibaba’s voice device helps office productivity

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Alibaba’s voice device helps office productivity

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is entering the field of voice assistant technology with Tingwu, an AI-powered device that can transcribe business...
Technology : Media & Entertainment : Society
Stat: Digital innovation drives China’s e-commerce boom

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Stat: Digital innovation drives China’s e-commerce boom

According to research by eMarketer, by the end of 2021 over half (52%) of retail sales in China will be made online, the first country to reach thi...
Technology : Retail : Ecommerce
Stat: Singles’ Day continues to win shoppers’ hearts

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Stat: Singles’ Day continues to win shoppers’ hearts

This year’s Global Shopping Festival generated £29.8bn ($38.4bn, €34.8bn) in gross merchandise volume.
Retail : Singles Day : Alibaba
L’Oréal launches AI-driven screening for acne

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L’Oréal launches AI-driven screening for acne

The global cosmetics company has joined forces with Alibaba Group to create a mobile application designed to diagnose acne.
Beauty : Technology : Acne
Walgreens is adding Alipay to 7,000 stores

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Walgreens is adding Alipay to 7,000 stores

The drugstore chain is implementing the payment system to make shopping more convenient for Chinese tourists.
Finance : Retail : Tourism
Stat: Alipay dominates the global payments market

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Stat: Alipay dominates the global payments market

The Chinese mobile payment service is growing drastically, according to an announcement by Ant Financial, the financial arm of parent company Alibaba.
Finance : Digital : Mobile
Thought-starter: Is Alibaba much more than a global marketplace?

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Thought-starter: Is Alibaba much more than a global marketplace?

At Dutch Design Week 2018, designers from Design Academy Eindhoven hosted Geo-Design, an exhibition investigating the growth of Chinese retail mono...
Retail : Alibaba : Digital
How the world’s largest online shopping mall is shaping our lives

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How the world’s largest online shopping mall is shaping our lives

At Dutch Design Week 2018, designers from Design Academy Eindhoven hosted Geo-Design, an exhibition that examined the growth of Chinese retail mono...
Retail : E-commerce : Dutch Design Week
Stat: Alibaba's Singles Day triumphs over US shopping events

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Stat: Alibaba's Singles Day triumphs over US shopping events

On Sunday, Alibaba smashed its Singles Day sales record. The shopping event racked up $30.8bn (£23.8bn, €27.3) in sales in just 24 hours, marking a...
Retail : Culture : Shopping
For Singles Day, Alibaba put a satellite into space

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For Singles Day, Alibaba put a satellite into space

To celebrate a decade of the e-commerce giant’s shopping event, Alibaba used a satellite to broadcast sentimental messages to consumers from space.
Retail : Culture : Singles Day
Alibaba gives room service a robotic upgrade

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Alibaba gives room service a robotic upgrade

The e-commerce giant is entering the commercial robotics sector with the launch of its Space Egg.
Technology : Hospitality : Robots
Data ID Stores

Micro Trends

Data ID Stores

Future-facing bricks-and-mortar brands are personalising the store experience through the use of consumer data profiles.
Retail : Fashion : Food And Drink
An emotive game that addresses automation and a dynamic logo

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An emotive game that addresses automation and a dynamic logo

Chance Agency brings emotion into game play, Pentagram represents Cytora’s services with a fluid design, a Google Assistant phone line for Colombians.
Mental Health : Branding : Retail
A mental health zine and eco-conscious trainers

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A mental health zine and eco-conscious trainers

Swirl rethinks mental health communication, adidas combines sustainability efforts with data-driven design, Instagram interrupts zombie scrolling.
Mental Health : Fashion : Technology
Branded Cities

Big Ideas

Branded Cities

With private enterprise increasingly usurping government as architects of the future metropolis, can we create a branded city that works for everyo...
Placemaking : Architecture : Urbanism
Today’s headlines, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi invites cultural tourism

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Today’s headlines, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi invites cultural tourism

In today’s daily digest: Mental Work Factory shows brain-controlled interfaces, make-up on sale on Spotify, AI drives sales on Singles’ Day, and ot...
Beauty : Travel : Luxury
Live-stream Market

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Live-stream Market

From its potential as a tool to promote brand transparency to the integration of Buy Now buttons, brands are tapping into the lucrative live-stream...
Retail : Digital : Technology
E-lympic games

Big Ideas

E-lympic games

China – eSports will be an official medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games.
ESports : Youth Culture : Video Games
Bricks-and-mortar revolution

Big Ideas

Bricks-and-mortar revolution

China – Despite the rise of e-commerce, forward-thinking department stores in China are prospering, according to a new report.
Retail : China : Phygital
Retail Week Live 2017: Review

Big Ideas

Retail Week Live 2017: Review

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Chinese consumer mindsets and the most effective retail models were key topics at this year’s Retail Week Live.
Retail : Artificial Intelligence : China
Meifang Chen: The Chinese opportunity

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Meifang Chen: The Chinese opportunity

Alibaba Group UK’s senior manager on why brands entering the Chinese market can’t afford to be tentative.
Alibaba : Chinese Consumers : E-commerce
Live-stream retail

Big Ideas

Live-stream retail

China – E-commerce site Tmall has hosted live streams of American stores to teach Chinese consumers about their products.
Tmall : New Bricolage Living : Transpierences
Piracy clampdown

Big Ideas

Piracy clampdown

China – Online marketplace Alibaba has announced new measures to monitor counterfeit goods for sale on its site.
Alibaba : Counterfeit : Piracy
Learn and shop

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Learn and shop

China – Tmall’s playful Chinese Academy teaches non-Chinese shoppers to use Mandarin and navigate its site.
Alibaba : Tmall : E-commerce
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