Now there’s one more reason to hang out in the ladies’ room.
Alibaba B2C e-commerce platform Tmall and mall operator Intime have partnered to create a New Retail-driven model for restrooms. Last week, the two unveiled the first “Smart Ladies’ Room” at the West Lake Intime Shopping Mall in Hangzhou City. It’s the latest extension of New Retail by Tmall and Intime, after they last month showed off a smart nursing room for mothers shopping at malls.
WATCH: Alibaba brings New Retail to public restrooms.
The Smart Ladies’ Room at West Lake Intime Shopping Mall is already open to the public, while one at Hangzhou’s Wulin Intime is undergoing renovations. The company said its next steps involves reworking more restrooms at tourism sites, shopping malls and hotels.
Alibaba’s plans to expand the model to more public restrooms coincides with China’s continued push for a “toilet revolution,” a national drive to improve sanitation and build more clean restrooms across the country.
China intends to build or renovate 64,000 toilets at tourist sites between 2018 and 2020, by the end of which the country aims to raise tourism revenue to RMB 7 trillion—up from RMB 3.9 trillion in 2016, according to the Xinhua News Agency.