Alibaba and Tencent Spend Billions in Race to be China’s One-stop Online Shop

Alibaba headquarters in Hangzhou, China | Source: Reuters

Alibaba and Tencent spent more than $8 billion last year alone backing often strikingly similar ventures, as the Chinese Internet giants race to create online one-stop-shops to win the digital loyalty of a tenth of the world’s population.

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Luxury Brands Gear Up for Chinese New Year Spend Abroad

Chinese shopper looking at bags | Source: Bloomberg

From Paris to New York, purveyors of luxury goods are teaching staff Mandarin, offering traditional New Year “hongbao” gifts and flocking to social media sites as well-heeled Chinese tourists pack their bags to ring in the Year of the Goat abroad.

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Chinese Shopping Agents Cash in on Russian Currency Slide

A Gucci wallet of unverified origin listed on Taobao | Source: Taobao

Chinese workers and overseas students in Russia have been snapping up goods at low prices caused by the steep fall in Russian rouble rates before brands can adjust them. These shopping agents, known as “daigou,” stockpile the products before selling them at a profit to buyers back home.

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