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SINGAPORE: Although Amazon has delayed plans to enter the Southeast Asia region, local e-commerce firm Lazada has announced a partnership with two US companies, Netflix and Uber, to offer a membership package similar to Amazon's.

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SYDNEY: Amazon, the e-commerce giant, has said it will expand its offering in Australia to include retail services with "low prices, vast selection, and fast delivery" later this year.

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HANOI: More Vietnamese businesses are now using social media to advertise online than are using search engines, a new study claims.

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DUBAI: Amazon's acquisition of Souq promises to transform not just the online shopping experience in the Gulf, but also the offline as malls and bricks-and-mortar stores rethink their approach.

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SINGAPORE: While more consumers across Asia Pacific are shopping online, security considerations remain a potential stumbling block to faster growth in the sector, according to a new survey.

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BENGALURU: Flipkart, the Indian e-commerce site, has raised $1.4bn in funding but industry observers don't expect the cash will be squandered on discounts and promotions and the CEO has highlighted private label as a major growth area.

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NEW DELHI/TOKYO: SoftBank, the Japanese telecoms and internet giant, is reported to be in advanced talks as it seeks to engineer a merger between Snapdeal and Flipkart, two of India's largest domestic e-commerce players.

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SINGAPORE: Retailers in Southeast Asia who are not up to speed with their cross-device measurement risk miscalculating key metrics and return on investment for up to 41% of their online transactions, a new study has revealed.

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SINGAPORE: Lazada, the Southeast Asian e-commerce business, is teaming up with FMCG giant Unilever to build an "end-to-end alliance" in the region.

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SYDNEY/BEIJING: Chinese online consumers who buy imported products have some very definite ideas about provenance, with food seen as the preferred purchase from Australia and New Zealand.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has become the first country outside of China to take part in Alibaba's electronic world trade platform (eWTP) initiative, which envisions digital free-trade zones for small and medium-sized businesses.

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BEIJING: A delay on restrictive e-commerce regulations in China has boosted the fortunes of Australian health and nutritional brands that rely on the country's booming online market.

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This case study describes how Herbalife, a US manufacturer of nutritional goods, regained momentum by working with a global online community - CSpace - to identify which messages would resonate with the target audience.

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SEATTLE/MEXICO CITY: Amazon began operations in Mexico two years ago, but now online consumers in parts of the country can access free shipping as well as streamed video after the e-commerce giant announced the launch of Amazon Prime.

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NEW DELHI: Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, is to invest Rs 1,180 crore ($177m) to increase its holding in Paytm E-Commerce, an online unit of One97 Communications, which owns the Paytm brand.

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WASHINGTON DC: The majority (60%) of online US consumers now use their mobile devices for shopping while two-thirds (67%) search online for extra product information, according to a new survey.

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NEW YORK: Home care brands in the US have become more active with their digital efforts, but the overall transition to digital has been slower in CPG than in other sectors, a new report has found.

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BANGKOK: FMCG growth in Thailand slowed to less than 2% in 2016 as consumer confidence remained fragile and the country experienced its worst drought in decades.

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TOKYO: Smartphone usage is growing among older Japanese consumers, who are adopting an increasingly digital lifestyle, according to new research.

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LONDON: Consumer goods brands are experimenting with direct-to-consumer opportunities, but most have yet to create sustainable value-generating initiatives, according to a new Warc report.

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HO CHI MINH CITY: While several SE Asian markets face gloomier prospects in 2017, Vietnam's booming mobile connectivity, space for new brands and increasingly international outlook could see it become a star market in the year ahead.

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The focus of this paper is on levels of service failure and recovery strategies in relation to UK online fashion retailers.

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DAVOS/ HANGZHOU: Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, is joining an elite group of corporate sponsors of the Olympic Games after signing a partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that will last until at least 2028.

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SEATTLE: The rapid uptake of voice-activated personal assistants means marketers need to start thinking about how they can reach the screenless consumer, a top Microsoft executive has said.

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LONDON: High street sales in the UK fell in December for the fourth consecutive year despite a "stellar performance" in the week leading up to Christmas Day, the latest industry figures have shown.