Tech Trends in China, and What they Mean for Foodservice and Payments

China leapfrogged the PC era to go mobile-first – the smartphone is the “remote control” of people’s lives, with messaging/operating-system and payment platforms like WeChat and Alipay at the centre of most daily transactions.

Watch this startling, intense video (24 minutes, but stay with it) about China’s online-to-offline commerce and payments, the creation of on-demand marketplaces and the use of QR codes. Plus new forms of social-mobile communication, from livestreaming to stickers to VR cafes that handle your entertainment needs. I was watching the references to payments and foodservice – you’re sure to see other possibilities.

And… this is a country with an extraordinary degree of political repression, and has its internet cut off from the rest of the world…