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BEIJING: Chinese e-commerce site JD.com has announced plans to build drones capable of carrying a one-tonne payload for long-distance deliveries.

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HANGZHOU: Computing power and data will drive the future of retail, a senior executive at Alibaba, the world's biggest e-commerce site, has said.

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SHANGHAI: China is already the largest retail e-commerce market in the world, an observation reinforced by a new survey which reveals the extent to which Chinese consumers now rely on social media and new technology when purchasing.

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This article outlines how Alibaba has created an integrated data ecosystem across its various properties to supercharge its e-commerce offering and boost offline conversions.

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SHANGHAI: Since Starbucks announced a partnership with Chinese web giant Tencent, the coffee-shop chain has grown 7% in the last quarter, driven by a 6% increase in transactions through WeChat pay.

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This article describes the differences between virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR), and how they can best be used in a marketing strategy to offer consumers a unique experience.

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NEW YORK: US mall owners are having to reconsider their tenant mix amid a flurry of closures of department stores, traditionally their 'anchor' tenants.

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BANGKOK: Thailand, Vietnam and India are set to lead the charge as retail innovators, with local brands embracing change to future-proof their retail operations against e-commerce.

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This article describes how Yanbal, a cosmetics brand, researched the increased use of digital technologies for its direct sales operations in Mexico, Colombia and Peru.

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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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This article looks at the changes currently occurring in the retail industry and at how the future of retailing will look.

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This event report outlines how Walmart, the retailer, is tapping the power of mobile to boost the in-store experience, as well as to engage consumers digitally.

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This event report describes the methods through which brands can adjust to the digital age, namely following Adobe, the software company's advice, and becoming 'an experience business'.

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SINGAPORE: Singapore will not escape the economic slowdown facing many Asian markets in 2017, as lower consumer spending and a more pessimistic business climate take effect, but the city state can use adversity to its advantage, an industry figure ...

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This article considers how the omnishopper experience has meant that a smaller number of 'everything' retailers will dominate the commodity market, while consumers develop category-specific relationships with specialists.

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This article explores the trends likely to shape Singapore's marketing and advertising sector in 2017 including mobile content, experiential activations in retail and the ongoing effects of economic downturn.

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This event report details how Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company, has changed retail in China through continuous innovation in its omnichannel strategy.

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This paper outlines the current state of virtual and augmented realities and how retailers might be able to incorporate the technology into their business plan with real life examples tied to broader strategy.

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GLOBAL: Despite living largely digital lives, two thirds of Generation Z consumers prefer to shop in a bricks-and-mortar store all the time, according to new research from IBM and the National Retail Federation.

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This article explores how best to utilise the omnichannel model to offer seamless shopping experiences to customers.

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LONDON: British consumers are witnessing record pre-Christmas discounts for the sixth consecutive year, according to a new retail report that also expects the velocity of trading to increase and the spread of discounts to grow.

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This annual report by J Walter Thompson Intelligence investigates the trends and emerging consumer behaviours set to shape marketing globally in 2017.

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This article outlines how Procter & Gamble, one of the world’s largest FMCG companies, used virtual reality, programmatic buying and data innovation to transform its marketing.

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YANGON: There is a degree of uncertainty about the business environment in Myanmar but a new survey shows most local and international firms are planning to expand in the coming year, with the retail sector holding significant potential.

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SINGAPORE: South East Asia is an emerging leader in social commerce, new data suggests, with 30% of all online sales in the region occurring via social networks in 2016.