Ngzhou-based Alibaba and Suning Commerce have inked a deal wherein Alibaba will invest approximately RMB28.3 billion (US$4.63 billion) for a 19.99% stake in Suning, one of the largest consumer electronics retail chains in China. After the closing of the investment in Suning, Alibaba will be the second-largest shareholder in the company.
Overall, parents anticipate spending an average of $1,239 this back-to-school season, up 8% from 2014, and up 24% since 2011. Technology for classroom use is a significant contributor to the added costs, with 82% saying their children use tech for learning (vs. 77% in 2014), including the following:
There are universal truths about the technology and safety behind electronic payments, in contrast to everyday misperceptions. MasterCard has traced some common myths about cashless payment solutions, and has ‘busted’ them with the truth, to help provide peace of mind.
The demand for contactless cards is set to grow substantially over the period 2015-2019 in Brazil due to upcoming 2016 Olympic games. Meanwhile, contactless cards became available in the country in 2013 after the launch of the Ourocard card by Banco de Brasil.