Online Retailing

Muji reaches strategic partnership deal with Alibaba

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Shanghai Daily

Japanese retailer MUJI said it has reached a strategic partnership with Alibaba's B2C site Tmall, enabling it to introduce more tailor-made products to Chinese online shoppers.

Alibaba is stepping up efforts to collaborate with multinational retailers and brands to build up its influence ahead of an initial public offering in the US later this year.

Mobile shopping in China gains popularity, report says

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Shanghai Daily

Mobile shopping is gaining popularity among Chinese online shoppers while the difference between online and offline shopping for retailers is gradually blurring.

According to Nielsen's annual Online Shopping Behaviour Research Report, most people who shop online use a combination of devices.

Jabong adds to brand count, lead over Myntra

Source: 
Business Standard

Leading online fashion retailer Jabong has added three more international brands to its catalogue of over 1,000 brands. UK's high-street fashion brands River Island and Blue Saint will make their debut in India this week on the portal. Popular Spanish brand, Mango, too, would be available on the portal, besides its own website.

The new brands are expected to stand Jabong in good stead as leading online fashion retailers are battling each other less over price and more over the exclusivity of their assortment.

China’s gray-haired set could boost digital shopping

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Red Luxury

Online shopping in China isn’t just for the young, according to a new survey. That could be good news for an already quickly growing e-commerce industry that largely caters to the young. While the bulk of online shoppers are still in their 20s and 30s, a survey published Tuesday by data provider Nielsen said the number of online consumers aged 55 or older grew 72 percent between 2012 and 2013.

 

E-Commerce is booming in China's big and small cities

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red luxury

The top three cities for e-commerce in China are Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou, according to a recent report from AliResearch, a research institution connected to Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Dubbed the Alibaba E-Commerce Development Index, the study examined 294 cities in China. Over half of the cities on the top one hundred list came from six provinces, with six each in the Shandong and Taiwan provinces, nine from Fujian province in East China, 10 from Guangdong in South China, and another 11 each from the Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces.

Wal-Mart to launch e-commerce marketplace in India in July

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CNBC

Wal-Mart Stores Inc will launch its business-to-business e-commerce platform in the Indian cities of Lucknow and Hyderabad in the first week of July, the world's largest retailer's India boss said on Friday.

Sales through the firm's e-commerce service will be available only to its trader members, said Krish Iyer, India president and chief executive officer.
 

Zara to set up shop on Tmall

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red luxury

Spanish retailer Zara hopes to attract a wider range of Chinese shoppers, especially those in lower-tier cities, by opening up an online shop on Tmall.

Zara isn't the first fashion label to try to capture a piece of Chinas CNY1.84 trillion (USD 295.58 billion) e-commerce market, with Burberry, Gap, Asos, and Uniqlo having already opened stores on Tmall.

Alibaba takes on Amazon and eBay with US e-commerce site

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CNBC

Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group unveiled its first direct-to-consumer online shop in the United States on Wednesday, looking to take on Amazon.com and eBay on their home turf.

The website, 11main.com, which is currently in beta, will feature a wide range of products, including "one-of-a-kind items, not available at mass merchants and other large e-commerce sites," Alibaba said.

Amazon launches collectible coins store

Amazon recently launched a Collectible Coins store, a marketplace that gives customers direct access to more than 10,000 unique US coins. The collection is from 75 industry-leading dealers offering professionally graded and authenticated coins.

The new store is one of the largest online destinations for purchasing graded US coins, with easy-to-use search tools. Customers can explore a vast range of collectible, rare and historical coins from highly regarded dealers, including Stack’s Bowers Galleries, Kagin’s, David Lawrence Rare Coins and Liberty Coin.

The Renaissance of RFID Among Retailers

Top retailers are tagging billions of items, and a ChainLink Research study finds that those capitalizing on RFID are realizing a sizeable operational, financial and customer-satisfaction advantage.

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