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New Retail Briefing #1: JD.com and Alibaba Restructure

On December 21, 2018, JD.com announced it would restructure its operations with JD Mall, the company’s main revenue-generating unit. JD Mall will be divided into three business departments, including serving customers; business support services; and, infrastructure control and risk management. 

JD.com said in its announcement that the new structure will enable it to better focus on customers. JD Mall’s restructuring also aims to diversify its management team and assuage investors that Liu Qiangdong, JD’s founder and CEO, is not the only person driving decision-making at the company. 

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Understanding WeChat, China’s Super App: Part 2 — How WeChat Mini Programs Spell Opportunity for Brands and Retailers

WeChat dominates the social media scene in China — so much so that even large companies are leveraging its reach over using their own apps, and even buying add space in WeChat games. To tap into this opportunity, WeChat has been developing “mini programs” that operate within WeChat but function as a separate company app would, allowing users to order, pay for, pick up or have goods delivered. What’s the opportunity?

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CES 2019 Day 4: Five Cool Things You Need to Know

AMD is currently giving Intel serious competition in the microprocessor wars, and announced
several new processors — for desktops, servers, mobile and graphics — and AMD says this
increased computing power will be needed to solve society’s challenges in education,
healthcare, climate change and energy.

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CES 2019: Five Innovative Technology Startups From Day 2

Chronolife has a device to help people with chronic or congestive heart failure (CHF) by anticipating medical emergencies with its wearable Chronolife vest.
The Parcel Guard is a smart mailbox designed to prevent “porch pirates” — people who steal packages from your front porch.
P&G Ventures, Procter & Gamble’s startup division, unveiled at-home skincare device Opté Precision Skincare System (Opté).
Capstone Connected Home launched the Smart Mirror, a mirror integrated with Google Assistant with touchscreen capabilities.
The Bread Bot, developed by Wilkinson Baking Company, a fully automated robotic bread-making machine that bakes and sells bread like a vending machine.

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CES 2019 Day 2: Five Cool Things You Need to Know

Several major electronics companies (including LG, TCL and Samsung) announced ultra-high definition TVs with 8K resolution (which offer four times the number of pixels of a 4K TV). This resolution is especially suitable for larger screens (55” and larger.) An interesting development, but could be a while before you can enjoy the full 8K experience, given that 4K content is available through only a small number of broadcasters — and requires a high-speed Internet connection of at least 25 Mbps.

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CES 2019: Five Innovative Technology Startups From Day 1

The Coresight Research team is attending CES 2019 (formerly, the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas this week. Here are some of the notable startups and startup trends we saw on day one:

Snips offers voice assistant technology as a white-labelled solution for enterprise device manufactures.
Dreamlight provides a “smart” sleep mask, a complex sleep-aid system that uses lighting and sound to help people sleep better.
Lululab showed offLumini, an artificial intelligence skincare assistant that analyzes facial skin to make personalized skincare product recommendations.

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NetEase, Alibaba and JD.com March into Private Label

Chinese Tech Giants Develop Private Labels Chinese tech giants NetEase, Alibaba and JD.com have all begun developing their own private labels in recent years: NetEase launched NetEase Yanxuan, which translates into “strictly selected by NetEase” in 2016, officially kicking off the private-label game with a designated online shopping website. Alibaba launched its private-label online marketplace…

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