DHGATE Group Wins Asian Technology Excellence Awards 2023

DHGATE Group has been recognized as China Technology Excellence Award for E-Commerce at the Asian Technology Excellence Awards. The prestigious awards programme is in its third year and held its first-ever physical awards ceremony in Bangkok on September 18th.

Asian Business Review seeks to celebrate companies that are successfully riding the digital disruption wave with the Asian Technology Excellence Awards. The awards programme aims to recognise exceptional technological projects and innovations, from technology companies that pioneered ground-breaking IT products and solutions to innovative technology initiatives that made an impact on businesses.

The Nebula Plan, launched in March 2023, won DHGATE Group the prestigious Asian Technology Excellence Awards 2023. With this initiative, DHGATE Group aims to connect 1,000 high-quality merchants with 1 million global content creators to generate $10 billion in sales over the next three years. With the Nebula Plan, DHGATE Group is now creating an entirely new cross-border e-commerce solution for sellers and buyers by combining its robust global supply chain with social commerce, cross-border e-commerce, and local offline experiences. It offers comprehensive assistance in areas such as visitor traffic, cross-border marketing, logistics, payment processing, and account receivable collection. It's a well-rounded strategy that empowers both sellers and influencers, fostering mutually beneficial partnerships.

"The initiative is reshaping cross-border e-commerce, acknowledging the significance of influencers, and embracing the decentralisation of online shopping," said the Asian Business Review in an article celebrating DHGATE's achievements.

"DHGATE Group's Nebula Plan is not just an award-winning initiative; it's a pragmatic approach to navigating the evolving e-commerce landscape. By forging partnerships and recognising the pivotal role of influencers, DHGATE Group is redefining the rules of the game," added the Review.

"We are very proud of this honor, which is a testament to the company's dedication to technological innovation in the ever-evolving e-commerce sector and enabling more individuals to participate in global trade," said Diane Wang, the Founder, Chairperson, and CEO of DHGATE Group.

About DHgate

Founded in 2004, DHgate has become the leading B2B cross-border e-commerce marketplace in China. Through our global operations and offices, including in the USA and UK, we reach millions of people with trusted products and services. As of December 31, 2022, DHgate served more than 59.6 million registered buyers from 225 countries and regions by connecting them to over 2.54 million sellers in China and other countries, with over 34 million live listings on the platform annually. For more information, please visit dhgate.com

Call for Cross-Border Mobile Payment

With the success of Hangzhou Asian Games, mobile payment has become the common language of Asia. 10 overseas e-wallets in total including MPay (Macao), which can provide users with cross-border mobile payment services in Chinese Mainland, have contributed to the first Asian Games connected with mobile payment, benefiting more than 175 million consumers from Southeast Asia and East Asia.

Riding on the milestone of digitizing and internationalizing China’s payment industry, Macau Pass S.A. (“Macau Pass”) cooperated with Kakao Pay, South Korea’s popular mobile payment and digital wallet service, on two discount promotions held in Macao before and after the Asian Games respectively, via Alipay+’s cross-border digital payments and marketing solutions, which aim to facilitate ease of cross-border mobile payment for Korean travelers.

The recent promotion ran from October 16 to 31. To attract more Korean visitors and support the MGTO’s tourism+ initiatives, Kakao Pay users who visit Macao during the promotion period could firstly receive a 15% discount at various F&B stores operated by Galaxy Macau unconditionally. After that, for individual net spending of more than MOP300, an additional discount of MOP30 applied. During the promotion period, each visitor enjoyed 3 discounts at most in a total of 31 restaurants and cafes frequently visited by tourists.

At present, Macau Pass provides effective transaction settlement for more than 27,000 payment outlets in Macao. It covers all mainstream payment scenarios, such as public transportation, parking lots, government services, retail and restaurants. It also provides merchants with comprehensive payment terminals, acquiring services and one-stop interactive marketing capabilities. Macau Pass also supports Alipay+partner e-wallets which, in addition to Kakao Pay, Alipay and AlipayHK, in May this year, three leading e-wallets in Asia, GCash (the Philippines), Touch ‘n Go eWallet (Malaysia), and TrueMoney (Thailand), were added into. When the above e-wallets users are in Macao they can scan the QR code to pay, the payment barcode will automatically be converted into “international payment”, allowing users to make payments as easily as in their hometown. All payment details are instantly shown on the e-wallet, and the payment amount is shown both in local and original currencies, which improves user convenience.

Sun Ho, Chairman and CEO of Macau Pass, said, “Macau Pass dedicates to create a connected international digital payment ecosystem for Macao, thus helping enterprises find new marketing growth opportunities by solving the issue of cross-border payment for international tourists. This partnering with Alipay + and Kakao Payis another effort of Macau Pass to actively cooperate with the Macao SAR government’s ‘1+4’ moderately diversified economic development strategy and policies to support local enterprises, and help in expanding regional and international tourism cooperation for Macao, promoting more business opportunities, and sharing the fruits of economic recovery and diversified development. Macau Pass will continue to expand electronic payment, lifestyle services and marketing technology services. In the future, we will cooperate with Alipay + and other mobile payment partners in Southeast Asia to launch innovative marketing activities for local merchants and foreign tourists to provide resources and improve efficiency.”

Shin Won-geun, CEO of Kakao Pay, said, “We have prepared in collaboration with leading local brands in Macao so that Kakao Pay users can enjoy more diverse and practical benefits. As Korea’s representative in global payment, we will continue to lead the overseas simple payment market by building an infrastructure that allows users to conveniently make payments while enjoying all the benefits.”

Partnership Deepens Leading Social Media Management Collaboration

KAWO, the leading social media management platform in China, announced an expansion of its strategic partnership with Hootsuite, the global leader in social media management, to provide greater access, insights and efficiency for international brands in China. The partnership, focusing on three key verticals - education, pharmaceuticals, and financial services - builds upon an existing relationship that has enabled global marketers to manage global and Chinese social media networks within a single platform on Hootsuite.

A strategic market for many international brands, marketers are acutely aware of immense opportunities in China, which has around 1.02 billion social media users, and projections estimate that the number of users will grow to 1.2 billion by 2027. However, global marketers have long struggled with managing their social media presence in China alongside global social media networks.

The partnership will give global marketers easier access to KAWO within Hootsuite and enable them to create, manage and oversee content, obtain and analyse real-time data, and generate insightful reports across all global and China social media networks - a single platform that can manage Facebook, Instagram, Weibo, WeChat and more. Having all social networks within one dashboard enables a seamless and optimised workflow, allowing international brands to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of their social media campaigns in China and apply the learnings towards improving ongoing and future campaigns.

With real-time analysis of data and insights across all markets, marketers can leverage changing trends to create experiences that meaningfully resonate with audiences and drive performance. The unified environment also offers global marketers a holistic view of their campaign performance globally and in China, enabling them to optimise and allocate budgets more accurately.

Alex Li, Chief Executive Officer, KAWO, said, “Global marketers and brands are increasingly looking to power their campaigns and drive performance in China's rapidly evolving social media landscape. From platform selection to creating engaging content and accurately measuring ROI, brands and marketers want cutting-edge solutions that help them be more strategic and dynamic in their local campaigns. Our enhanced partnership with Hootsuite will make it more seamless for marketers to make timely, data-driven decisions by providing much-needed visibility and understanding on a single platform, enabling them to channel their focus towards delivering engaging, impactful campaigns in China.

James Partington, Director of Partnerships Programs, Hootsuite, said, “For over 15 years, we've been helping brands grow online by delivering best-in-class social media tools that drive efficiency and results. We are excited to strengthen our partnership with KAWO, having seen the benefits our early collaboration/integration provides to our customers. Working together in a broader partnership, we look forward to delivering enhanced productivity in a collaborative ecosystem that will boost the competitive advantage for our customers.

A built-in-China platform, KAWO supports more than 500 global brands across a range of industries on WeChat, Weibo, Douyin, Kuaishou and Bilibili.

Founded in 2017, KAWO is the leading social media management platform in China. KAWO allows brands and agencies to manage social media accounts, publish content, collaborate, generate detailed data analysis reports, monitor competitors in real-time, and gain deeper insights with social media data within China’s highly specialized social media landscape. Customers of KAWO include leading brands in consumer goods, luxury goods, professional services, technology, tourism, entertainment, sports, and B2B businesses. KAWO's current investors include: IMG, Tiger Global Management, and Sequoia Capital China. To learn more, visit www.kawo.com.

Hootsuite helps customers harness the power of social to ignite their brand and business. As the global leader in social media management, Hootsuite powers social media for brands and organizations around the world, from the smallest businesses to the largest enterprises. Hootsuite’s unparalleled expertise in social media management, social insights, employee advocacy, and social customer care empowers organizations to strategically grow their brands, businesses, and customer relationships with social media. Hootsuite Academy, the industry-leading online learning platform, empowers education and growth through a wide range of certifications and has delivered over one million courses to over half a million people worldwide. To learn more, visit www.hootsuite.com.

StarCharge Moving Forward Solidifying Global Reach

StarCharge, a leading provider of innovative charging solutions for electric vehicles, is excited to announce its upcoming participation in two major international events, marking a significant step forward in expanding its global reach. In September 2023, StarCharge will be showcasing its innovative charging solutions for electric vehicles at RE+ in the United States and N+ in Japan, solidifying leading position at the forefront of the rapidly evolving electric vehicle market and the fast-growing energy storage sector.

RE+ in United States

From September 11-14, 2023, you can find StarCharge at RE+ at Booth Number 17036, a prestigious event dedicated to renewable energy and sustainable technologies. The venue for this exciting exhibition is The Venetian Convention and Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. StarCharge will proudly present its latest charging solutions, energy storage technologies, and advancements in cloud and data management capabilities.

N+ in Japan

Simultaneously, from September 13-15, 2023, StarCharge will be participating in N+, one of the most influential international exhibitions in Japan. This event will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight - International Exhibition Center. Please visit at Booth Number N-08 to explore the state-of-the-art charging products and learn more about their dedication to building a sustainable society.

Herman, the CEO of StarCharge, highlighted the importance of these international events, stating, "Both events serve as invaluable platforms for us to engage with industry leaders, stakeholders, and customers from around the world. StarCharge are excited to showcase our latest charging solutions and energy storage systems and reinforce our commitment to advancing towards a greener future ahead. By participating in RE+ and N+, StarCharge aim to strengthen our partnerships, gain valuable insights, and collaborate with key players in the industry to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world."

During both exhibitions, StarCharge will be highlighting most comprehensive range of solutions, from data cloud management systems to hardware solutions, catering to both traditional EVSE businesses and emerging ESS markets. The cutting-edge technologies, user-friendly interfaces, and unwavering commitment to reliability and safety have earned the trust of customers in both industries.

At the StarCharge booth, the knowledgeable team will be available to engage with visitors, discussing custom solutions, partnerships, and answering any questions related to electric vehicle charging infrastructure and energy storage systems.

About StarCharge

StarCharge is a global leading provider of EV charging solutions and energy storage systems. With a strong commitment to sustainability, StarCharge aims to revolutionize the way to charge and power electric vehicles, enabling a cleaner and greener future.

For more information, please visit www.starcharge.com.