Beijing at night.

Why Tmall is the smartest route into China’s ecommerce market

Moving into the Chinese market is an enticing prospect, especially given China’s insatiable craving for western goods. But a number of substantial barriers exist, and I’m not just talking about the language and culture.

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Alibaba’s mapping service AutoNavi talks monetization plans

AutoNavi, the Chinese mapping company Alibaba Group has fully acquired, made its monetization plans quite clear at the 2014 World Geospatial Developers Conference (WGDC): (1) transaction-based commissions from third parties who use its data and solutions; (2) enabling services on its platform to trade user data and take commissions.