China's largest home and appliance retailer Suning has opened its official stores on Alibaba's Tmall as a key step for the two parties collaboration to drive consumption.
Alibaba said last week it will invest CNY28.3 billion (USD4.6b) in domestic home appliances and electronics device retailer Suning Commerce Co.
Shenzhen-listed Suning will also subscribe to CNY14 billion worth of new shares of Alibaba Group, representing about 1.09 percent stake in the e-commerce giant.
Alibaba has launched an English-language version of its fakes hotline after it signed exclusive deals with international retailers in a push to draw more global brands to its platform. China has gained a reputation for knock-off products and Alibaba has been trying to combat the problem on its own e-commerce sites over the past year.
Lippo Group's new e-commerce unit MatahariMall is embarking on an ambitious expansion plan, aiming for a 20 percent market share of Indonesia's web-based retail sector by 2020, its chairman said on Wednesday.
MatahariMall.com chairman Emirsyah Satar said the potential of the e-retailer, which is slated for an official launching in September, is similar to Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's in light of Indonesia's huge untapped e-commerce market.
E-commerce growth in China's countryside now outpaces that in major cities, though less than one tenth of online purchases made on Alibaba platforms were shipped to rural areas in the first quarter of this year. Alibaba estimates the potential market at CNY460 billion (USD74 billion) by next year.
"Click & Collect", "Ship from Store" and "Endless Aisles", seem to be the new buzzwords for brick-and-mortar retailers. These are terms being used by offline retailers to explain their recent move to increase investments into the online space by adopting an omni-channel strategy.
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 .