Manchester City Launches Alipay Partnership Manchester City entered a new partnership with Alipay by launching an official club Mini Program in the app. The Mini Program provides fans a new engagement experience, allowing them to engage through targeted content, extensive retail offerings and various membership activities. Read more in Soccerex.
Tech for Good AutoNavi Launches Elderly-Friendly “One-Key Taxi” Function AutoNavi announced the launch of its taxi-hailing services with the “one-key taxi” function that caters to the elderly. Available in Alipay, the new function frees users from manually entering the starting and destination points and allows them to choose to pay either in cash or non-cash. Read more on TechGenyz.
AI in China: How Creating Machine Learning Jobs is Transforming Lives and Reuniting Families in Rural Communities The A-Idol Initiative by Alipay Foundation, Alibaba AI Labs, and the China Women’s Development Foundation has helped eight poverty-stricken counties create hundreds of AI-related jobs. Read more details on Alipay’s Medium page.
Blockchain Used By China’s Porcelain Capital to Verify Authenticity Ceramic PIeces Ant Group's blockchain technology being used to trace authentic Jingdezhen porcelain and help protect the hand-made ceramics industry. For more details, check out this video.
Around the World Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway and AlipayHK Lanch a QR Code Payment Serivce Passengers can pay for subway rides by scanning a QR Code at all 93 stations on the MTR. The payment service is expected to cover 80-90 percent of Hong Kong's public transportation by 2021. Read more here.
Bangladesh Users of bKash Can Now Pay Utility Bill on App Customers from Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, and Sylhet city corporations can pay their Water Supply and Sewerage Authority bill through bKash, avoiding long lines at bank branches and service providers. Full details in the Dhaka Tribune.
Philippines GCash Online Shopping Transactions Hit P16 Billion in 2020 The mobile wallet posted P16 billion transactions in 2020 on popular online shopping portals during the pandemic while also helping more than 600,000 merchants and social online sellers use GCash as the primary mode of payment. Read more here.
Did You Know? Sweden Set to be Completely Cashless by 2023 While China has been known to prefer cashless transactions via platforms like Alipay over the last ten years, Sweden is predicted to be completely cashless by 2023, running solely on digital and card payments. Many local businesses like bars and restaurants, even banks, have already stopped handling cash. Read more in Vice News.