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Alibaba’s Taobao to open retail store in Malaysia

Alibaba Group will launch a Taobao retail store at Mytown Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Plant-based grocer Green Common takes first step into Mainland China

Hong Kong plant-based grocery shop and cafe Green Common will launch online on Tmall Global at the end of this month, during the marketplace’s Black Friday event.

Bulldog becomes first cruelty-free cosmetics brand to launch in Mainland China

London-based Bulldog has become the first-ever international skincare brand to maintain its cruelty-free approved status and still be able to sell in Mainland China.

Lolly-Laputan cafe in Dalian is designed for kids

Wutopia Labs is drawing acclaim for its “fairyland” design for Lolly-Laputan cafe in Dalian, China.

Alibaba’s Singles Day sales up 26 per cent on last year

Alibaba’s Singles Day retail promotion is over for another year – and predictably a new record was set.

Alibaba increases stake in Cainiao Smart Logistics Network

Alibaba has invested an additional US$3.3 billion to increase its equity stake in Cainiao Smart Logistics Network to 63 per cent.

Miniso $2 concept success exceeds expectations

The new Miniso $2 concept store launched in Singapore is achieving sales volumes four times that of the brand’s conventional stores in the city.

Swedish brand Foreo wins unprecedented Chinese IP ruling

Swedish skintech brand Foreo has been awarded a judgement of RMB3 million (US$450,000) in an unprecedented court ruling in Shanghai.

Alibaba’s Singles Day achieves US$1 billion in sales in 68 seconds

Alibaba’s Singles Day kicked off at minute and this year it took just 68 seconds for the first US$1 billion in turnover.

Accor and Alibaba form strategic partnership

International hospitality group Accor and e-commerce giant Alibaba have entered a strategic partnership to develop a series of digital applications and loyalty programs.

Chinese fashion group EP Yaying to expand into the US and Australia

Chinese fashion group EP Yaying is planning to expand beyond Asia by setting up its presence in the US and Australia by next year.

Giant JD E-space store to open on Singles Day in Chongqing

A 50,000sqm JD E-Space experience store opens on Singles Day in Chongqing, JD’s largest store yet.