Indian retail chain V-Mart is gearing up to join the fast growing e-commerce sector by next year with a mobile app-based platform to sell products.
It has 108 stores and plans to use its existing outlets as delivery hubs for online customers in the initial stage.
A number of e-commerce firms in mainland China are inking deals to import foreign delicacies, reflecting growing consumer worries over a series of domestic food scandals.
JD.com, the mainland's largest online direct sales company, announced on Monday the launch of a new channel dedicated to selling a range of authentic Australian food products, including milk, meat and fruit, as well as wine from Treasury Wine Estates. Australia is the latest entrant to JD.com's online 'country malls', which already include France, South Korea and Japan.
With operations in six of India's biggest cities – and starting in two more in the coming months – Big Basket is the biggest player in India's most promising yet challenging ecommerce category: grocery retailing.
Globally, buying groceries online has not boomed, except in the UK. But in India, most consumers are still at the mercy of small mom-and-pop shops with limited or erratic supplies, while corporate grocery retailing has been stunted by expensive real estate and restrictions on foreign direct investment.
Thailand-based venture capitalist Ardent Capital announced on Tuesday that it would expand its e-commerce WhatsNew Group to Indonesia under the brand MOXY to tap Indonesia's female online market.
WhatsNew said in a statement sent to GlobeAsia that MOXY Indonesia will be different from WhatsNew Thailand and will be the first e-commerce service dedicated to women in Southeast Asia. MOXY will offer tips and products for women related to beauty, fashion, mothers and babies, living, gadgets and "Muslim style" under the tagline "Have It All".
Amazon on Tuesday announced the launch of its Global Selling Program in India, opening doors for Indian businesses to export to e-commerce markets of the world.
Amazon is extending two of its pioneering products – Selling On Amazon (SOA) and Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) – to businesses of all sizes and scale from across the country to go global and showcase their "Made in India" creations and products to hundreds of millions of customers, starting with the US and the UK, by listing it on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk .
Alibaba.com, the world's largest online business-to-business (B2B) marketplace, is planning a major expansion to increase its footprint in Thailand this year.
The move is part of the Chinese e-commerce giant's strategy to expand its presence abroad. The expansion will be in the form of partnerships with local e-marketing companies.
Japan's third largest online retailer Yahoo Japan Co jumped the most in two months in Tokyo trading after the company said it will team up with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding to expand footprint into the world's second largest economy.
Daniel Zhang, Alibaba's chief executive officer, said they will launch "Japanese Pavilion" on the Tmall website with 100 brands and plans to increase the number to 600 in three years.
Indian e-commerce firms are offering funding help and tech support to woo small retailers, emulating a strategy used by Chinese online retail giant Alibaba Group Holding to expand into the towns and villages home to the majority of consumers.
India's biggest e-tailers such as Flipkart, Snapdeal and the local arm of Amazon.com are online marketplaces, with commission from sellers accounting for the bulk of their revenue.
Alibaba's retail site Tmall said it has teamed up with nine multinational retailers to help bring imported goods to Chinese consumers and to offer a wider range of merchandise as shoppers are seeking beyond the border for high quality products.
Retailers including America's Costco, New Zealand's Countdown, Korea's Lottemart have reach a partnership with Tmall to integrate each other's logistics and delivery system as overseas retailers are eager to tap the booming Chinese market, according to a joint statement on Monday.
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.