Ant Group Unveils 2020 Sustainability Report The report highlighted Ant Group’s commitments to bring inclusive development and environmental sustainability through digital technology. It outlined the company’s efforts and progress in supporting SMEs’ pandemic recovery, adopting and implementing green initiatives, and creating more development opportunities for women. Read the press release here and this story in Fintech Times.
Tech for Good
Using Innovative Applications of Digital Technology to Help Developing World Move Beyond Pandemic Ni Xingjun, Chief Technology Officer at Ant Group, wrote an opinion piece in SCMP about the importance of equipping people in the developing and least developed world with the digital skills to tackle the challenges brought by the pandemic. The piece also featured the 10x1000 Tech for Inclusion initiative by Alipay and IFC to train 10,000 tech leaders over a decade to benefit these regions. Read the column here.
Ant Group Featured in New Book On Businesses Doing Good In the new book, Beyond Good: How Technology is Leading a Purpose-driven Business Revolution, Bradley Leimer and Theodora Lau explored how Ant utilized its innovative and impact-oriented solutions and initiatives to promote a sustainable and inclusive future. Read more here and listen to the podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify andAll Players.
Around the World
Fly-Food Mini Program on Alipay Brings Chinese Cuisine to Expats in Thailand During Pandemic Fly-Food launched a mini program on Alipay with a focus on serving Chinese expats living and working in Thailand, anticipating a surge in demand as people were craving for hometown food due to travel restrictions. Forty percent of the 1,500 restaurants joined the platform since the pandemic outbreak, and some earned more than half of their revenue from orders through Fly-Food. Read more in Business Times.
bKash Now Available to foodpanda Users in Bangladesh Users of foodpanda can now use bKash as a payment when ordering food and groceries while also recieiving execlusive discount offers. The partnership brings more accessible, contactless and convenient digital payment services to customers in Bangladesh. See more in The Daily Star.
Alipay Helps UK Retailers Tap Chinese Tourists this Summer With reduced international travel amid the pandemic, London-based retailers such as Harrods and Selfridges adopted Alipay to allow Chinese shoppers to shop and pay remotely and help broaden their offerings to include VIP sales, live-streaming, and “click and collect”. See more in Drapers.
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Buses in Hong Kong Extends QR Code Payments Hong Kong’s Citybus and New World First Bus are extending QR code payments on over 300 routes through AlipayHK's EasyGo. Read more in The Standard.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of digital technologies such as digital payments, food delivery and telemedicine. However, many elderly people still struggle to understand how they work. We worked with Quan Zhou @gazpachoagridulce, a Chinese-Andalusian illustrator based in Madrid, Spain to help remind younger users to be patient and help the elderly around them get on the digital bandwagon.