Rakuten announces expansion in Thailand

Bangkok Post

Tokyo-based Rakuten Inc has earmarked THB100 million (USD3.1m) for expansion of its e-commerce business in Thailand over the next three years.

The move comes after its e-marketplace showed rapid growth since 2010 after Rakuten paid USD43.4 million in 2009 to acquire 67 percent of Thailand's Tarad Co, owner of

Japanese department store chain to open 1st branch in Thailand

Bangkok Post

Takashimaya, a 185-year-old Japanese department store chain, will open its first branch in Thailand in Iconsiam, a premium shopping-cum-residential project on the Chao Phraya River, in 2017.

Takashimaya Singapore and the mega-development owner Iconsiam Co will set up a joint venture, Siam Takashimaya (Thailand), with THB1.2 billion (USD37.1 million) in registered capital, to operate the store.

The joint venture will be 51 percent owned by Takashimaya and 49 percent by Iconsiam Co.

David Jones opens first new Sydney store in seven years

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

David Jones has opened its first new store in its home city of Sydney in seven years and the first since its sale to South Africa's Woolworths Holdings

The opening comes amid a booming mall market, as look investors to gain a foothold in centres that have development opportunities. The boom has seen close to AUD1 billion (USD878.6 million) plunged into Australian shopping centres over the past month.

Starbucks opens first community store in South Korea

Starbucks opened this month its first community store in out Korea, as part of its global commitment to provide opportunities for young people. The store is located in Seoul's Daehakro neighborhood. It is Starbucks’ eighth community store globally and the second community store in Asia.

Canali inaugurates seventh store in India


Italian luxury menswear house of Canali inaugurated last week its seventh mono-brand store in India, in the city of Kolkata. Situated within the Quest Mall. The evening event marking the Canali opening was hosted by Mr. Sanjiv Goenka – Chairman RP – Sanjiv Goenka Group and the owner of Quest Mall, and was attended by Stefano Canali (General Manager) and Paolo Canali (Group Commercial Director), third generation of the Canali family.


Australian brands fighting back in online retail battle

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Woolworths is outperforming Coles, Dick Smith has an edge over JB Hi-Fi and Australian fashion brands are gaining ground on international competitors in the AUD15.6 billion (USD13.84b) online retail battle.

Traffic to Woolworths' online grocery site rose 250 percent in 2014 to about 34 million visits and has risen 130 percent in financial year 2015, according to analysis of website traffic by broker UBS and Hitwise. In comparison, traffic to Coles' online grocery store rose 240 percent to about 26 million visits in 2014 and has risen 80 percent so far this financial year.

How to fulfill China's hunger for luxury discounts

red luxury

China's e-commerce sector continues to evolve at a rapid pace.

As online shopping becomes more popular, Chinese consumers are increasingly viewing the internet as an opportunity for discounts. While this can be a boon for companies with a strong online presence, it means that luxury brands, whose products are often expensive, must alter their approach if they are to succeed in this type of market.

Big fashion names hit the suburbs in Sydney

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

The suburbs in Sydney are the next destination for international retail brands, with Sweden's H&M, Japan's Uniqlo, Spain's Zara and the US Gap labels all moving into the newly redeveloped Macquarie Centre in North Ryde.

Once the AUD440 million refurbishment of the mall is completed, it will be home to the most large-format international high street fashion brands of any Australian shopping centre. A fifth brand, possibly Forever 21, is said to be announced in the coming weeks.

Walmart to take over Carrefour stores in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra

Business Standard

US retail chain Walmart will replace three of the wholesale stores set up by French group Carrefour in India with its own, sources said.

Carrefour had in July announced it was exiting the India market. It has only a small team left in the country, to conclude the commercial and regulatory transactions. All senior officials, including the then India managing director, Jean-Noel Bironneau, have returned to France.
With annual global revenue of EUR100 billion (USD129.42b),

Rakuten near to buying US cashback shopping site operator Ebates

The Japan Times Online

Major online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. is finalising negotiations to acquire major US cashback shopping site operator Ebates Inc., informed sources said on Saturday.

Rakuten aims to expand its overseas operations, mainly in the United States, through the acquisition of Ebates, the sources said. The deal is estimated to exceed USD1 billion, the sources said.

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