While e-commerce companies have plunged into ever-increasing competition in the Chinese domestic market, some are trying their luck outside China to find other ways to fuel growth. A number of Chinese e-commerce players, including Jingdong Mall, dubbed China's amazon.com, and online clothing retailer Vancl (Beijing) Technology Co., have already stretched their reach globally with different approaches.
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, the world's biggest jewellery retailer by market value, said on Thursday it is targeting e-commerce as a pillar of future growth after online sales tripled in the first half.
The Hong Kong-listed company, despite posting a disappointing slump in six-month profit, was also upbeat about a near-term pick-up in China's luxury spending and the prospect of strong longer-term demand due to increasing wealth and spending power in smaller cities.
Defying the lingering economic malaise, online sellers from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are ringing up brisk sales outside their home markets through eBay's international e-commerce platform.
According to the e-commerce giant's newly published Greater China Exporters' Index, about 7,500 eBay merchants from the mainland achieved revenue of more than USD100,000 and posted 68 percent sales growth on average in the 12 months to June. That robust gain has solidified their status as eBay's biggest exporters from Asia.
There was excitement but a little heartache too for millions of bargain hunters last Saturday as China's Singles Day evolved into what is probably the world's biggest online shopping event.
The 50,000-plus merchants on Alibaba's consumer-oriented Tmall.com took in CNY13.2 billion (USD2.1b), the company said, after discounts of at least 50 percent were promised on a massive range of goods. Sales on Alibaba's Taobao marketplace took the 24-hour total to CNY19.1b.
China's biggest online retailer 360buy.com started selling directly to overseas buyers on Thursday, the first such move by a major Chinese e-commerce firm, as it struggles with increasing competition at home.
Its move into the global market, where it wants to take on Amazon.com will be closely watched by other Chinese e-commerce companies.
Shopping experience is a retailer’s biggest differentiator, according to a study commissioned by Motorola Solutions. The study, surveyed 250 US-based retail executives, indicated 74pc of the respondents stated developing a more engaging in-store customer experience is going to be business critical in the next five years.
But such shopping experience is extended beyond the store environment. The survey also found half of the surveyed executives indicated integrating their online and in-store experience would be crucial by 2017.
Australian department store owner Myer will close some stores in coming years as more of its customers buy products online.
Bernie Brookes, Myer CEO, says less than 1 percent of his company's sales are online, but he expects that figure to increase to 10 percent within five years.
That means he will close some "non-performing" or "marginal" stores before they become unprofitable, he told the ABC's Inside Business program on Sunday.
Hit by the deep discounts offered by e-commerce companies, Indian bookstore chains are increasingly betting on online technologies and reworking their merchandise mix to boost sales and profits.
The Tata group-owned book chain Landmark has just announced its foray into e-books to augment sales where it sees the "future of book retailing", according to Ashutosh Pandey, Chief Operating Officer, Landmark. It has added 250,000 titles.
eCoupons.com predicted more consumers in China will shop online on Cyber Monday than in the US, UK, Germany and Japan.
According to a new eCoupons.com/Ipsos global survey that released on Monday, 22 percent of Chinese plan to shop online on 29 November versus 17 percent in the US Cyber Monday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, is the Monday after Black Friday where retailers offer big discounts online.
A new online bazaar called Hocusadabra is one of Asia's early-movers into the e-store segment for children.
The store is an online collection of creatively and consciously curated products from all over the globe that "care for, entertain and educate" children. The concept is built around an initiative to support independent designers and artists who use sustainable materials to produce beautifully crafted educational children’s products.