How Chinese brands are using Digitalisation to adapt to coronavirus conditions

by Direct Commerce Magazine

This article was originally published in Direct Commerce Magazine.

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, retailers are making contingency plans for a scenario in which foot traffic at their offline retail stores falls to zero.

Halfway around the world in China, such a scenario is already in play. Most shopping malls and stores in China are closed, except for a handful of grocery stores and convenience store chains deemed to supply basic necessities.

But its retailers are bouncing back, using online marketing to keep in touch with their customers. China’s internet ecosystem is far more integrated with offline channels and content marketing is more synchronized with e-commerce than it is in the West. We take a look at some of the unique tactics Chinese brands are using and how Western players can learn from them.

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