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Yum! China opens luxury restaurant

KFC and Pizza Hut parent Yum! China has opened a luxury restaurant overlooking Shanghai’s Bund to test menu concepts on locals.

TNS paves way for UnionPay global growth

TNS has launched a new global card scheme gateway enabling merchants to quickly connect with UnionPay for authorisation and processing.

Giant IFS malls sprout in China

Listed Hong Kong property developer The Wharf Holdings has two IFS malls under construction in fast-growing Chinese cities.

Axed: 5000 Alibaba pay TV pirate ads

Irdeto and Alibaba Group have in one month taken down 5000 ads on Alibaba.com for pirate devices from 71 manufacturers and suppliers.

Legoland Shanghai to anchor shopping mall

Merlin Entertainments will open its first Legoland in China at Grosvenor Fund Management’s Parkside Plaza shopping centre in Shanghai.

‘Mini Marilyn’ anchored in China

DMG and Authentic Brands Group strategically chose China for the global debut of their newest cartoon character, Mini Marilyn.

CapitaLand China Bullish

Singapore-based CapitaLand China has formally unveiled four new integrated developments in the mainland.

Alibaba Bank to debut in June

Alibaba’s finance subsidiary Ant Financial will launch the new ‘Alibaba bank’ online in two months.

Capistar loyalty scheme to broaden reach

Three new Asian markets added to Capistar loyalty scheme as membership surpasses 1.5 million.

Alibaba thinks small

Smaller orders and retail loans have boosted Alibaba’s business-to-business eCommerce trade.

UK designs brighten Shanghai store windows

UK architects have partnered with local and international retailers to create temporary installations in Shanghai store windows.

China eCommerce boom relentless

China’s eCommerce boom is showing no signs of relaxing according to new figures released this week by the China eCommerce Research Center (CECRC).