Global companies set sights on India's e-commerce market

The Hindu Business Line

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.

Dick Smith's IPO to open opportunities for investors in Australian electronics business

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).

Starbucks to roll out 800 new stores, add over 18000 employees in China for next 3 years

The Wall Street Journal Online

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.

Global Retail Theft Barometer Study finds shrinkage in Japan is the 2nd-highest in the world

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.

Personalized and efficient shopping experience to engage customers

Sellers must effectively use technology to attract and engage consumers who are influenced by rich, sensory shopping experiences. They must reach customers who want information-rich, interactive shopping experiences to effectively compete with online-only merchants.

Enhance and personalize the in-store experience
Even with the rise of online shopping, physical stores still have a strong influence on customers. Retailers must leverage technology to customize the in-store experience with various sales channels and customer touch points.

H&M, ILO partner to develop sustainable global supply chain

Global fashion retailer H&M and the International Labor Organization (ILO) recently partnered to establish a model for a global and supply chain.

“Issues in the garment industry are systemic and require action that helps develop effective industrial relations and promote respect of international labour standards. There is therefore an urgent need to establish strategic and comprehensive collaborations with companies that have experience in these fields, such as H&M,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

Fossil, Intel to develop wearable technology for fashion

Fossil Group Inc. and Intel Corporation recently announced a collaboration agreement to develop wearable technology for the fashion industry.

The two companies said they will work together on emerging products and technologies that will be developed for the fashion-oriented consumer.

Fossil's goal is to enable iconic fashion brands within the company’s portfolio to use wearable technology in a fashionable way. Meanwhile, Intel said it will focus on identifying trends and emerging uses of technology and accelerating wearable technology innovation worldwide.

Gift Cards Mean Big Sales Opportunities in China

Stored value leader SVS expands in Shanghai to support retail development

Stored Value Solutions, the world’s premier provider of branded currency for retail, is bringing gift card expertise to China. To comply with regulations that new gift cards issued in China be processed within the country, SVS recently added a data center to its regional office in Shanghai.

Taking Stock: With 100pc growth, Bestseller India sees need for more tech innovations

With 3,000 stores across 38 markets worldwide, Danish fashion brand Bestseller is at the top of its game. Fast, affordable fashion is gaining more traction globally, but its growth momentum is stunning in India, where it has been expanding dramatically in the last few years.

Bestseller India CIO Ranjan Sharma said the rate of business was growing last year at 100 percent year-on-year. Managing this growth is a big challenge, but the "beleaguered" CIO is more than happy to find solutions through technology and innovations.

Rocket Internet, AB Kinnevik to set up global fashion e-commerce group

Rocket Internet AG and Investment group AB Kinnevik recently sealed an agreement to combine five leading fashion e-commerce businesses to create a new global fashion e-commerce group (CFG), which will operate in five continents.

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