mardi 6 février 2018

Why open AI research center in UK expects to expand to Europe next year and will announce plans to open a research center in Cambridge in 2019.
With a focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data, this is the second research center of the e-commerce giant outside China, another sign of Europe's global projection in artificial intelligence.
According to Gianpiero Lotito, a founding member of the European Tech Alliance who advises the European Commission on technology policy, Europe has a window of opportunity of five years to become one of the world leaders in artificial intelligence.

AI center in the UK 

AI is typical of a culture in which a machine targets humans. Europe can change the game if we believe that it is possible to change the way humans and machines interact. We have the possibility of building natural intelligence machines, where humans go to the machines that serve them

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jeudi 21 décembre 2017

Education in Asia, Same but different

What Education in Asia, is almost the Same but different in reality 

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I trust that on the off chance that we could catch their creative ability and support in them an interest for history at a youthful age, they would keep on seeking recorded information and consider further verifiable issues for whatever is left of their lives.

Almost certainly, the topic is imperative and young people should discover it, however, what should be faced with respect is to consider it as a school subject the most ideal approach. In this basic snapshot of the change of educational modules, we must ask ourselves the central question: how can we make the history of China promote empowerment and smoking so that students appreciate the learning process? What are the contrasting options for course readings and rehearsals, which are fully organized for the exams? To take care of business, I recommend you use a progression of very created and documented documentaries, along with several exercises. For example, to ensure that something is done, students can be tested towards the end of the session, however, this should make little difference in their assessments. Or, again, there could be dialog boxes for later. Students could also perform chronic plays, write documents with a view to the library and online research, make craft items with history themes, including web publications and computer games, and so on. The support could come in the prize method within the school; There could also be rivalries between schools to stimulate students.

mercredi 20 décembre 2017

Shanghai Primary Schools to be the Best in the World.

source Diplomats 

Since leading the ranking of the International Student Assessment Program (PISA) in 2009, Shanghai schools have been the envy of the world. Last week, I visited Shanghai to get an idea of ​​how you are educating the smartest children in the world for 15 years.

Disciplined Students 

I found that all the school directors I met with were dedicated, their schools well funded, their students disciplined, and their teachers accountable (teachers only teach nine hours a week, but use the rest of their workday to prepare for the class, mark homework, attend training workshops and mentor their failed students). In other words, I found that the schools in Shanghai are like Shanghai: organized and efficient. But I also discovered that, although apparently open and progressive, the schools in Shanghai are charged with an impossible mission: they have to educate high-performance examiners who are happy and creative.

Example of Creative School in Shanghai Wellington 

Education officials in Shanghai know that the emphasis on exams is killing children's curiosity and creativity, so they decree that elementary school children should have one hour of sports and no more than half an hour of homework each day, and that schools should not should not have weekend classes.

What you need to see about Teaching in Shanghai 

Shanghai Primary School get top Score 

 But the directors will be promoted based on the test scores. Only the top 60 percent of students in Shanghai can go to high schools. As of the sixth grade, there are district-wide exams every year for four years, culminating in the high school entrance examination (the zhongkao). That means starting in sixth grade, every student and every school is publicly classified. Those schools that are simply not making the cut will face a parent revolt or a student exodus. In addition, the government, concerned about social opportunities, demands that all students achieve a minimum score in zhongkao (which forces schools to secretly transmit to students and secretly to those who fail). These contradictions are manifested in the classrooms of Shanghai in tragicomic forms.
At the first primary school I visited, my host, Miss Zhang, told me that she had to fight tooth and nail against the opposition of teachers and parents to ensure that her 600 students had 30 minutes of play in the morning and afternoon. His school is one of the laboratories of "creative education" of the city and he showed me his digital classroom where the students could design furniture and clothes. The classroom was equipped with a 3-D printer and a hologram projector, and there was another game room showing Transformers made with Lego parts. These rooms were clean and tidy, always with a teacher on hand to ensure that the children played creatively in an orderly and orderly manner.
In art class, the students made clay dolls, and Miss Zhang proudly showed me how creative her first-grade students were. Stacked neatly in the back of the room, the dolls were beautiful, although they all looked the same, and Miss Zhang told me that the parents had "helped."

The dolls were from "Lil 'Create", the official mascot of school creativity that encourages children to be open and curious explorers. "Lil 'Create" on posters around the school and in the comics given to the students exhorted the children to see creativity as "a pleasure, a habit and an ideal". (Only in China could they turn "creativity" into a political movement.)

elementary school in China

At the next elementary school that I visited, the principal, Mr. Zhang, spoke eloquently about his "radiant education." I had televisions located around the school, screaming all day about how students should not do too much homework, or getting stressed out by tests. He showed me his digital classroom where his fourth graders painted images, while the surveillance cameras monitored every movement (a young boy who was sitting near one of the cameras stopped coloring, and he sat paralyzed by the big black eye that was looking back at him). In the adjoining room, there were monitors that showed the children coloring. Mr. Zhang explained that the goal of surveillance technology was for teachers to be able to monitor how full of sunlight the children had to be able to color without being disturbed.

When we visited an empty classroom, I picked up one of the backpacks for students and commented how heavy it was for a second grade student. Mr. Zhang opened the backpack, saw the ten neatly packed textbooks, took out the pen and started to blame the pen for making the backpack so heavy: "When I was young, our pens were much lighter." his assistant looked for a backpack that did not

mardi 12 décembre 2017

Chinese social media marketing

91% of Chinese online users have a social media account

Chinese users are likely to buy products purchased by other social network users. In China, there are about 634 million Internet users and 91% of Chinese online users have a social media account, compared to the United States where about 67% of the online population counts on social media. About 500 people use mobile devices to access the Internet. Every day, Chinese Internet users spend an average of 46 minutes on social networks.

 Social media platforms


 The user follows an average of eight brands and more than 38% of Chinese Internet users make their choice based on the recommendations they find and read on social media platforms Sina Weibo marketing, WeChat marketing, etc. You have forgotten to Facebook and Twitter as key plates worldwide to market your products or services, unfortunately, in China they are stuck. When it comes to Chinese social media marketing, you need to use different tones to communicate with your Chinese audience on its own social media platforms, such as Weibo (Facebook and Twitter equivalent in China), including Sina Weibo, Tencent Qzone (equivalent Facebook and Twitter in China), Tencent QQ (instant messaging tools), Tencent Wechat (mobile communication application and private private network), Renren (Facebook equivalent in China) and Youku & Tudou (YouTube equivalent in China).

 Social media has become essential in the Chinese lifestyle

 Through this plaque-shape, brands have the opportunity to create original experiences for their consumers. Social media has become essential in the Chinese lifestyle. Consumers use platforms to find and share information and opinions about products and services. For companies in China, forms of social media platforms in China is an effective way to interact with consumers. Social networks are also useful for developing consumer research, product launches and crisis management.

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lundi 4 décembre 2017

web marketing in China

 The key to promoting your brand

 Brands are better at promoting products in China than when they operate from outside with their website. This advantage gives consumers fast online access to products in Mainland China. The reason is that search engines make the brand and visibility more accurate to see the products of the websites located in China, it is better than to host a server in another place. The key to promoting your brand is to host your website in China and use the search engines to make your products attractive to the target audience. In web marketing, infrastructure design, construction, hosting and operations, it must match the purpose of product marketing, especially in China. This is because the quality of content is an integral part of the evaluation of Chinese products.

 Web Agency in China 


The purpose of a brand hosting a website in China must be defined in terms of brand name, logo, content and marketing campaign choice. Most of the online shops in China are on small Taobao shops, stand alone and other variants of online shops. These online shops work with quality branding because their SEO keyword rankings are provided by Chinese search engines like Tmall and Taobao, Baidu, Google China, Sogou, Soso and more. These brands have quality product promotions because Chinese internet users do most of their browsing on these search engines when selecting products. Brand activity in China will be encouraged if the website is designed, built and hosted to use these Chinese search engines for visibility.

The websites hosted in China 


Chinese Internet users are looking for quality and well-organized content to attract brands. The frequency of their daily online browsing is about 8 hours on average, they browse for good content and a great user experience. The websites hosted in China have the advantage of promoting products with good content from bloggers, quality Chinese language translators and content writers. Most of the data used in website marketing in China is translated into their creative languages in line with marketing strategies that can help promote the image.

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dimanche 26 novembre 2017

Tencent is Challenging Alibaba on E-Commerce

Tencent VS Alibaba, check first this Great video
You will understand the Internet War in China.

Wechat is moving to E-Commerce 

As explained this Company, Wechat is investiing in the E-Commerce and try to kill taobao (alibaba Group)

In light of Tencent's $ 500 billion assessment this week, analysts are once again looking at the Chinese Great Firewall for an answer. The Great Wall of China has pushed the American giants away from technology and fueled the flame for Chinese megacorporations, like Tencent and Alibaba. This environment is ideal for attracting a national audience, with virtually no other options, and significant investments. Tencent has created a Tencent lifestyle. Under the wing of Tencent are several of China's busiest online services, such as WeChat, QQ, QZone and their games Tencent, China's largest online gaming community, Tencent Literature, and Tencent Comics.
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There is also WeChat Wallet, which has become a monster in the mobile payments market in China. An important factor in Tencent's dominance is that future competitors Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google, especially all Americans, are stuck in China. While Tencent's $ 500 billion valuation this week has nearly surpassed Taiwan's annual GDP, as the China Times reports, this is not a sign of a failing Taiwanese economy.

$500B evaluation

source Techcrunch
 Tencent has become the first Chinese company to be valued at more than $ 500 billion. Shares of the 19-year-old Hong Kong-listed company rebounded to HK $ 418.80 to reach a market capitalization of HK $ 3.99 trillion, exceeding $ 500 billion. Alibaba, its closest rival, is the second most esteemed Asian company with $ 474 billion. The half-trillion dollar club entry - which includes Apple, Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon - comes a week after Tencent reported a profit of 18 billion RMB ($ 2.7 billion) on revenue of RMB 65.2 billion for the third quarter of 2017. Overall profit increased 69% year-on-year and revenue grew 61% thanks to Tencent's gaming business As SCMP pointed out, a US $ 9,000 investment in the company's IPO in 2004 would now cost US $ 1 million. In the last twelve months alone, Tencent's share price has doubled thanks to impressive results such as the third quarter.

samedi 25 novembre 2017

China’s two-speed growth Food Market

Chinese F&B market is growthing very fast.

New Chinese Consumers 

Chinese individuals do not eat a lot of meat, but they have used poultry and poultry in their delicacies. The Chinese follows the viewpoint of yin and, which means that they like to have balance in the foodstuffs that they eat. It is for this reason that their foods have different designs and colors.
For the first time this year, we are studying the consumption of food and drinks. source: Cooklover

Chinese Consuming Trends 

Chinese consumers in Tier 1 and 2 cities to track their food and beverage purchases for their homes using smartphones.
Combining with other data sources, we conducted a thorough analysis of the overall dynamics of food and drink channels. The results obtained helped to understand the dimensions of a significant difference: more and more Chinese substitutes for out-of-home consumption (consumption and meals in restaurants) for home consumption. This change was made in 2014, with the treatment of home care and care.
When we presented the two-speed preview to our readers last year, we showed, for example, comment growing as we struggle. Merchandise and online purchases were made by potential buyers. National brands thrived on average, while many multinational brands dropped out.
This two-tiered vision has hit businesses and many have begun to use a new approach to their strategy by revisiting their portfolios. They are growing rapidly, but they are growing rapidly in fast-paced arenas. This year, we found that two-speed growth continues, and that growth in FMCG value is slowed in 2016 by all sectors surveyed, reaching its lowest level in five years. This is a combination of near-zero growth and decelerating price growth, which is being slowed by growth in the value of consumer goods.

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FMCG in China 

Let's look at the product categories first. The growth in FMCG sales value for domestic consumption was 3.0% in 2016; However, growth rates for food and beverage categories are very different for home care and personal care. To the point where food has increased by 0.5% and drinks by 2.0%, while personal care and home care have increased by 10.5% and 3.5%, which represents an improvement by report to 2015. source

Penetration rates in categories are declining or declining2. The average household penetration in the 26 categories is 81%, down from 83% last year. Among the reasons:

Distribution in China, Challenges for International Brand 

Most categories have reached the distribution they need in urban China. The expansion of the mass is almost on and face the challenge of increasing repeat sales and premium to grow.
Categories of personal care products and high quality storage units (SKUs) in many categories continue to experience strong value growth as Chinese buyers who can afford it demonstrate that they are willing to pay for high quality products.

In the coming years, companies that will do the best job simultaneously at two speeds will be able to outperform their competitors. This is already becoming evident in areas such as instant noodles, a category that seemed to have an unattractive future. But major brands such as Master Kong and Uni-President can turn the tide: they are now targeting white-collar workers with new high-end product lines, while offsetting declining volumes in their traditional blue-collar businesses by raising the prices of mass products. . We expect to see more moves like these - this will be the way to grow and flourish for brands in China.

This year, we observed a continuous geographic trend. The provinces of south-west and central China have maintained their status as the main driver of growth in consumer goods sales. This is the result of an increase in the number of households, fueled in part by the urbanization of the inland provinces as many industries leave the coastal regions.

We also noted a continuation of the two-speed model in channel growth. The most dramatic situation:

  1. hypermarkets fell by 2% 
  2. and supermarkets or mini-markets decelerated to 2%. 
  3. In comparison, convenience stores grew by more than 7%. 
  4. The e-commerce chain continues to skyrocket, recording growth of more than 52% in value. 
  5. Online now accounts for 7% of all consumer goods sales - it has doubled its share of the consumer goods market over the past two years. 
  6. Online is even more popular in tier 1 cities, but lower-tier cities are catching up quickly. 
  7. And the three category categories we identified last year, based on their digital penetration trajectory since 2012,

Health Care in China 

Skin care, shampoos, diapers and cookies have high online penetration and a strong upward trend. Beverages, fabric softener and chewing gum have low online penetration, reflecting features that limit their online potential. An intermediate group of categories, covering most personal care, home care and packaged foods, is actively encouraged for online growth by major brands and e-commerce retailers. Finally, we still see the two-speed effect in the ongoing battle between foreign and local brands. In 2016, local businesses maintained their ability to gain share from foreign competitors, measured globally. In fact, foreign brands have captured shares in only 4 of the 26 categories we studied and lost in 18 (while 4 categories have not changed, or have barely changed). Local businesses grew by 8.4%, while foreign brands grew by only 1.5%.

How to Enter to the Chinese Market ? 

In general, domestic players earn personal care; When foreign companies gain shares, it is often in the food and beverage categories. A host of well-known reasons suggest why Chinese companies do so well at home. These include: the entrepreneurial governance of local players and Founder's French Spirit, their knowledge of local taste and their ability to make quick decisions and execute decisions quickly, including those that help them innovate or seize digital opportunities.

Branding is the Key

Products with STRONG BRANDING perceived as healthy or hygienic have achieved high and increasing penetration. They make yogurt, shampoo, handkerchief, packaged water and sofas. On the other hand, categories perceived as less healthy, such as confectionery (chocolate, sweets, chewing gum) and instant noodles, all lost ground. Healthcare product categories and high quality storage categories (SKUs) in many categories can register strong value growth as Chinese buyers who may be allowed to pay higher quality products.

In the coming years, companies that do the best two-speed job will be at the center for their competitors. This becomes evident in noodles, a category that will have an unattractive future. Major brands such as Master Kong and Uni-President can reverse the trend: they are interesting with white-collar workers with news of high-end products, while offsetting the decline in volumes among their traditional products. . We will see more movements like these - it will be the way to grow and prosper for China.
This year, we observed a continuous geographic trend. The southwestern provinces and central China have their status as the main engine of growth for consumer goods sales. This is the result of an increase in the number of households, fueled by the urbanization of the inner provinces.
We also noted a continuation of the two-speed model in channel growth. The more dramatic situation: hypermarkets fell by 2% and supermarkets or mini-markets decelerated to 2%. In comparison, convenience stores are increased by more than 7%. The e-commerce chain continues to grow, growing by more than 52% in value.

samedi 7 octobre 2017

The Cross Border E-Commerce Market is Projected to Reach 758Billion Yuan in 2018

Cross-border online sales help foreign brands skirt approvals Market may triple if regulations don’t curb sales....

When  Healh Supplements Giants are blocked in China 

Health supplements must undergo a registration and approval process in China that costs the company based in Wisconsin about $ 100,000 per product, said James Konkle, director of international operations. With 37 products on the Chinese market, Nature's Way paid $ 3.7 million before making its first sale of vitamins. Three years ago, Schwabe North America Inc. opted for an alternative route to China's vitamin and supplement market of 134 billion yuan ($ 19 billion).
Known as cross-border e-commerce, the stunning back door avenue allows Chinese consumers to buy foreign-manufactured goods online and effectively circumvent regulatory issues that have impeded access to consumer products from cosmetics to Cognac. Faced with pressure from conventional retailers at home and the loss of tax revenues, the government is now considering revising the legal gap.
"If you do not disregard the rules of the family to commercial imports and cross-border e-commerce, there is an advantage that you give yourself to companies abroad," said Chan Wai-Chan, a retail partner at the firm Oliver Wyman in Hong Kong. Companies that have invested in a brick and mortar presence in China appear to be usurped by companies that have not incurred the same set-up costs, he said.

WallMart Cosco in China 

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Costco Wholesale Corp., Aldi Stores Ltd. and Body Shop International Plc are among the companies that share the $ 60 billion sales that make up the alternative chain and their merchandise, are not compliant for sales needs in China stores - can be delivered between customs warehouses in areas designated to consumers as fast as one day.
Cross-border e-commerce can triple to 15 percent of the total e-commerce market within five years if not constrained by the new regulations, said Xia Chenan, an Internet and digital analysis of practice at McKinsey & Co . in Shanghai. The cross-border chain is expected to increase by 43 percent in 2018, with products valued at 758 billion yuan, according to McKinsey and iResearch. The entire electronic commerce market reach 6.5 billion yuan in 2018. The company is so popular that new Chinese words to emit to describe it: "haitao", that is to say buy objects imported from online sites, and "daigou", which means that the " buyer is physically located in a foreign country to purchase the items in your name.
While the large gray market was formalized in early 2015 by Chinese leaders as a means of boosting domestic consumption, there is now a powerful consumer environment - as well as online retail giants like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and JD .com Inc. - behind. And this can create difficulties for the government car it seeks to "clarify" the rules by next.
Cross-border online sales help foreign brands skirt approvals Market may triple if regulations don’t curb sales: McKinsey

Online Retail in China 

"They opened a gap and everyone started working," said Chan of Oliver Wyman. "They removed the genie from the bottle, and now they can not get back up." One reason for popularity is that it allows consumers to purchase foreign-made infant formulas, health supplements, and other products from safety and integrity categories Contest of the series of food scandals over the last decade. It is also given Chinese consumers a greater choice, and include the possibility of buying exotic products, such as chia seeds and acai berry.

The goods sold by the itinerary are also not subject to the multitude of taxes that are levied on the same object sold by the traditional channels in China, which effectively allows the marks of referee against themselves.
The government proposed three changes in April of last year: a marginal increase in taxes, limits on the volume of purchases to ensure that the transactions are intended for use personnel and a list of authorized or "positive" foreign products which are available online.
"It was growing faster, penetrating many different sectors and disrupting many businesses in China," said Matthew Crabbe, managing director of Mintel International Group Ltd. of the Asia-Pacific research.
"They do not want this to be a source of unfair competition for local retailers."

In categories such as health supplements and cosmetics, where domestic manufacturers have been protected against

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