Japanese online retailer Rakuten said on Monday it bought a stake of less than 10 percent in Chinese online discount provider Fanli, as it continues a push into overseas markets.
Rakuten – one of Japan's biggest online retailers – is trying to use its stronghold in its domestic market to transform itself from a pure e-commerce firm into a one-stop-site for a global audience, along the lines of Amazon.com.
Toys "R" Us, the self-described "world's first toy supermarket", has racked up accumulated losses of almost AUD450 million (USD343.9m) since arriving in Australia.
The US-based toy and baby products retailer has operated in Australia for more than two decades. It has more than 30 stores, 11 Babies "R" Us Superstores, online operations and about 1600 employees.
Researchers IBISWorld said it had lost market power over the past five years, but was the second-biggest player in the AUD850 million toy and game retailing industry.
US-based Target Corporation recently announced that it is closing all its stores in Canada and is about to begin a court-supervised winding down of its Canadian businesses.
Brian Cornell, Target Corporation Chairman and CEO, said the move was a ‘difficult’ decision, but the right one for Target.
“We had great expectations for Canada but our early missteps proved too difficult to overcome,” he said.
Indian e-commerce companies may run into more competition in the months ahead with global entities such as Alibaba, Rakuten and Walmart seriously eyeing the Indian market.
Founded by two ex-Amazon employees Sachin and Binny Bansal, Flipkart has been changing its formats and strategy over the last year with Amazon’s entry.
Australia's largest retailer of consumer electronics products announced plans of listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).
Dick Smith Holdings Limited (Dick Smith) lodged the prosecutes for the Initial Public Offering (IPO) with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on Thursday.
Based on a share price of AUD2.20 per share, the company expects the offering to raise AUS344.5 million (USD).
In Bangladesh's villages and on its street corners, Japanese fashion giant Uniqlo is quietly gathering market data to help it in its ambition of becoming the world's top clothing brand in seven years.
Like other global brands, Uniqlo set up shop in Bangladesh's cities to tap into their cheap labour and make casual fashion wear affordable and profitable. But it has also gone into the country's impoverished villages and neighbourhoods looking for a way to give something back to a country that many said was being exploited by the garment industry.
Avon Products says it will cut about 1,500 jobs and exit two Asian markets – South Korea and Vietnam – as the struggling beauty products seller takes initial steps toward its cost-cutting goal.
The job cuts amount to almost 4 percent of its workforce and mark one of the first major moves by CEO Sheri McCoy, who was brought on in April to replace longtime CEO Andrea Jung.
After nearly 14 years of working to persuade China to buy into its foreign coffee culture, Starbucks Corp. is aiming to become more Chinese as it plans a rapid expansion in the country.
Belinda Wong, president of Starbucks China, said in an interview that Starbucks aims to roll out 800 new stores in the next three years to add to its existing fleet of 700. Over that period it will increase the number of employees to more than 30,000 from the current 12,000.
According to the fifth annual edition of the Global Retail Theft Barometer, retail shrinkage rate in Japan is 1.04 percent of sales, the third-lowest in the world. However, this rate was up 4 percent compared to the previous year. The total shrinkage amount – profit loss due to customer and employee theft, supplier/vendor fraud and administrative errors – in Japan reached JPY774 billion (USD9.96b), the second-highest worldwide, representing almost 53 percent of the total sum in the Asia-Pacific.
Southeast Asia's leading ecommerce player Lazada is offering Hong Kong and China-based brands and merchants the opportunity to expand their businesses to the fast-growing region. Launched in the first quarter of 2012, Lazada Group operates Lazada, the leading online shopping and selling destination for assorted merchandise in Southeast Asia, with presence in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Its operations also extend to Hong Kong, which functions as a sourcing hub.