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Mobile spending surges
Tech-savvy millennial drive sevenfold increase in overseas wireless payment
Outbound spending by Chinese tourists via mobile devices in 2016 jumped more than sevenfold year-on-year, with the number of transactions soaring by 730 percent, the country’s largest third-party payment provider, Alipay, said on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Tencent is quickly growing its market share to about 25 percent, as it anchors on a surging number of Chinese tourists who are among the 762 million users of its popular mobile app WeChat, which enables cashless payments.
Futuristic stores aim to win back customers
Amazon’s new experimental grocery store in Seattle, Washington, will let shoppers buy goods without needing to stop at a checkout line. Sensors track items as customers put them into baskets or return them to the shelf, and the shopper’s Amazon account will automatically be charged.
“Amazon, for good or bad, has been setting the path,” said Robert Hetu, research director at Gartner Research. “Each retailer is going to have to respond in some way. But it’s not one-size-fits-all.” Subscription required
PLA’s media volley seeks young recruits
The most effective weapon has arguably been Takes a RealMan, a reality show that puts celebrities through the rigors of military training. The show is made by Hunan TV in cooperation with August 1st Film Studio, the PLA’s film production arm, and the Air Force.
Fog, pollution in north disrupt travel
On Wednesday, heavy fog had engulfed vast northern regions including Beijing, Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Henan and Shandong, reducing visibility to 50 meters, said Gui Hailin, senior engineer of the China Meteorological Administration.
Zhou Caixiang bought tickets to fly from Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, to her home city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province, weeks ago. However, on Wednesday she abandoned the plan due to heavy smog. The 26-year-old instead bought seats on the bullet train.
“It is better to spend hours on a train than waiting anxiously at an airport,” she said, adding that the journey takes two hours by air and seven hours by high-speed rail.
Youthful shoppers turning to TCM –based skin care products
“I think it is healthier and suits my skin better,” said the 20-something Shanghai teacher. “I’d like to try other TCM-inspired skin care in the future.”
Such products may still be a minority in retail cosmetic counters, but they have been gaining momentum in the last few years as brands and consumers alike discover their appeal and potential. Long favored by the older generation, TCM-based cosmetics are now growing popular among young people like Zhang.
The brand combines TCM ingredients like lingzhi mushroom and ginseng with modern technology to develop products tailored for Asians’ delicate skin.