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September 8, 2017
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RAZER unveils proposal for Singapore e-payments solution

RAZER unveils proposal for Singapore e-payments solution Last month, social media was abuzz when Razer CEO Tan Min Liang replied PM Lee’s tweet during his National Day Rally speech about the inordinate number of e-payment solutions in Singapore and the need to streamline the number of these solutions. Holding true to his word, Mr Tan published his proposal (8 September) for a cashless payments system, which has the ultimate aim of transforming Singapore into a cashless society within 18 months. According to the executive summary, the proposal is dual pronged. Firstly, Razer will ‘provide ongoing feedback, development and advisory support […]
September 5, 2017
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Jumbo Group adopts WeChat Pay in a bid to target mainland Chinese customers

Jumbo Group adopts WeChat Pay in a bid to target mainland Chinese customers Situated on the banks of the Singapore River amidst the hustle and bustle of Clarke Quay’s famous nightlife, Jumbo Seafood has been serving up gastronomic delights for locals and travellers alike. Since its humble inception in 1987, Jumbo Seafood has expanded to include 9 restaurants in Singapore and China. The latest Jumbo outlet opened in Beijing, China in July this year, bearing testament to the restaurant’s popularity not only in Singapore but in China as well. Apart from Jumbo Seafood, parent company Jumbo Group also owns JPOT […]
September 4, 2017
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2Q2017 Key Highlights – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and Jingdong’s Financial Report

2Q2017 Key Highlights – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and Jingdong’s Financial Report The Internet sector in China is still booming. Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and Jingdong (JD) have achieved increased profits this quarter, showing that China’s Internet sector is still booming despite a fairly saturated market. Baidu’s revenues rose 14.3% this quarter to RMB20.874 billion, according to an article from the Financial Times. Alibaba’s revenue for the quarter was RMB50,184 million (US$7,403) million, an increase of 56% year-over-year, according to a press release from Alibaba. Tencent revenue was RMB56,606 million (USD8,356 million), an increase of 59% over the second quarter of 2016, […]
September 1, 2017
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FOMO Pay selected to join national SGQR taskforce to develop Singapore’s payment industry

FOMO Pay selected to join national SGQR taskforce to develop Singapore’s payment industry Less than two weeks after PM Lee Hsien Loong, in his National Day Rally speech, urged Singaporeans to embrace mobile payments, a payments council has been set up to look into ways to advance the development of cashless payments in Singapore. The payments council was established by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (‘MAS’) and a taskforce called SGQR was appointed to spearhead the initiative. While a plethora of e-payment methods is currently available for Singapore consumers, including WeChat Pay, Alipay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and many others, […]
August 29, 2017
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China establishes clearing house for mobile payments companies like WeChat Pay and Alipay

China establishes clearing house for mobile payments companies like WeChat Pay and Alipay The China National Clearing Centre, the Chinese central bank’s settlements and clearing division, has signed an agreement ordering all mobile payment companies such as WeChat Pay and Alipay to channel mobile payments through a new clearing house by next June, a move that is expected to have a significant impact on the dominance of WeChat Pay and Alipay. China is the current world leader in terms of mobile payments, with transaction volumes more than doubling in Q1 2017 according to iResearch Global. Online payment services are ubiquitous […]
August 28, 2017
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WeChat Pay playing catch-up with Alipay in overseas markets

WeChat Pay playing catch-up with Alipay in overseas markets In terms of duration and experience in the mobile payments industry, Alipay can be considered a veteran, having been in the market since 2004. This has allowed Alipay to capitalize on significant first mover’s advantage in China as well as overseas markets. Established in 2013, WeChat Pay is nearly a decade younger than Alipay. However, in mainland China, WeChat Pay has rapidly caught up with Alipay in terms of usage, largely because WeChat Pay was able to creatively integrate mobile payment with its social networking tools. However, WeChat Pay is still […]