Discretion is paying off for India's largest online lingerie retailer Zivame: its sales have risen five-fold in the four years since its launch and just last week, it received USD40 million in funding from local and foreign investors.
The start-up is one of several e-tailers cashing in on the awkwardness many middle-class women feel buying underwear in public in this deeply conservative society.
Online shopping in South Korea hit the record high as consumers refrained from going outside for shopping after the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, a government report showed on Wednesday.
Shopping in cyberspace came in at KRW4.78 trillion (USD4.05 billion) in July, up 21.2 percent from a year ago, according to Statistics Korea. It accounted for 15.8 percent of total retail sales, marking the highest since the statistical agency began compiling the data in 2000.
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.