Here’s what you should know before the weekend.

1. WeChat to roll out paywall for publishers

China’s WeChat is testing out a paywall that will allow media outlets and bloggers to set a pay-per-read price. Like Facebook, WeChat has brand accounts used by media outlets, celebrities, bloggers, and companies of all sizes.

The paywall gives publishers an alternative to WeChat ads and tips for monetization. Some bloggers also resort to sponsored posts for major companies.

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2. CMA CGM joins Alibaba’s freight booking system 

Shipping company CMA CGM announced that it has agreed to allow Chinese exporters to book container space on two of its service routes using Alibaba’s “OneTouch” cargo booking system.

For now, CMA CGM’s participation in OneTouch will be limited to container service to the Mediterranean and Adriatic area, using the carrier’s MEX1 and BEX routes.

The OneTouch system allows exporters to send their containers to the destination of the customer’s choice.

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3. Logistics expected to make up 8-10% of Vietnam’s GDP by 2025

To achieve the goals, the plan suggested improving policies, attracting more investment into logistics infrastructure and fostering cooperation between local logistics firms and international partners.

It also hopes to enhance logistic infrastructure connectivity to link Vietnamese ports with neighbouring countries.  Investment is called for the construction of type I logistic hubs in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and type II logistic in locations such as Lang Son and Lao Cai.

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