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Emerging Market Analysis: Cool Business Models in China

Published: 19 September 2014

ID: G00261767

Analyst(s): Jane Zhang, Luis Anavitarte, Sandy Shen


The lack of prominent global service providers in China has given rise to local players that use indigenous business models to create new opportunities. These models have implications for strategy leaders of companies in other markets that can at least adapt some elements to their local markets.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Digital Commerce Creates New Businesses and Improves Efficiency
    • S.F. Express
    • Ubox
    • Biostime
    • Summary
  • Supply Chain Financing Targets Small or Midsize Businesses
    • Alibaba
    • PingAn
    • Summary
  • A Chat App's Path to Monetization
    • Summary

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