This is my dumping ground for quotes and other stuff relating to the wonderful world of digital & communications.
Zhang describes his users, unlike users in cities, as having few choices of offline stores or online stores city people can access through PCs in the daytime at work or at night at home. They use low-end mobile phones, getting connected with 2G and more recently with 3G. All Maimaibao’s users made purchases through its WAP site, said Zhang, with a half using feature phones, one third using Symbian-based smart phones and the rest using phones that cannot be identified by Maimaibao – Shanzhai phones. Internet café is the only place for them to access desktop PCs in spare time. Their online life on PC, however, doesn’t include setting up an account on Alipay or any e-commerce platforms, but playing online games, chatting on QQ IM or watching videos. So they pay cash on delivery. Delivery is a problem for most courier services don’t go to distant areas that only SME, the state-owned national delivery service, and two other private ones do. Sometimes it takes time to find where those people are; sometimes they cannot be found even though customer service staff had called them to confirm. The rate of failed delivery – recipients cannot be found — with Maimaibao is as high as 15% to 20%.
Chinese-language outsourcing/crowdsourcing service Zhubajie, which uses a similar model as Elance.com’s, claims to have 7.6 million workers. If this is true, it would mean that Zhubajie, despite having a cartoon pig as its mascot, is the largest online outsourcing/crowdsourcing site in the world by some margin, having more “workers” than Freelancer.com (6.5 million users) and Elance.com (2 million users) combined. Zhubajie’s might even be the largest employer in the world, as it has more workers than the U.S. Department of Defense, which has 3.2 million employees
Mobile phones have become the most common way for Chinese citizens to connect to the Internet, meaning the mobile Web has surpassed desktops. This is largely thanks to rural areas, which are driving over 50 percent of new Internet users
internet users in China over the age of 25 tend to scan the width and breadth of a website’s page in a manner that Western users would find indiscriminate and overwhelming.
Yet their younger peers (16-25) exhibit an adaptation of this behaviour, scanning in the same eye-gaze pattern but only above the fold of the page.
It’s a small difference, but one that points towards the gradual, quiet cultural shifts that are starting to shape the future of our online world(s).
China’s largest e-commerce firm, Alibaba Group, expects to sell merchandise this year worth more than that sold by Amazon Inc and eBay combined
(In China) Online retail sales last year were equivalent to the GDP of Vietnam, and by 2015 are projected to rise to $420 billion (Austria’s GDP), according to Barclays Capital
Boston Consulting Group (BCG) calculates that every year for the foreseeable future another 30m Chinese will go online to shop for the first time. By 2015 they will each be spending $1,000 a year—about what Americans spend online now. BCG calculates that e-commerce could rise from 3.3% of China’s retail sales today to 7.4% by 2015… a quarter of Chinese shoppers seek products online because they are not available at physical stores. Also, until recently, China lacked a reliable and cheap method of shipping packages, so the e-commerce industry has invested in developing one. Purchases on Taobao, an online Goliath that is a division of China’s Alibaba, are thought to account for a staggering 50% of all packages shipped in China. The cost of shipping parcels is now a mere one-sixth of what firms in America have to pay.
(12) Subway lines in Shanghai and bus stations in Beijing have been equipped with billboards showing around 80 products with QR Codes. The company behind the experiment Shanghai based online shopping company Yihaodian (in which Walmart has an investment) does not charge for delivery on orders that total over 100 yuan ($15.50) and are less than 10 kiolograms in weight.
China’s Ministry of Defense announced Monday that it was releasing an official app for iPhones and iPads to let users keep up on People’s Liberation Army (PLA) goings-on. It’s a newsreader app that lets users view press releases, pictures and video from official military outlets like the PLA Daily newspaper and China’s Ministry of Defense