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KOLKATA: Reliance Retail is reported to be preparing to move into e-commerce with the aim of overtaking the current market leaders within a few years.

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7-Eleven Philippines is pioneering a new business model to take e-commerce to the Philippines mass market – potentially 90 million people - via its 2100 stores nationwide.

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RALEIGH, NC: Small and local retailers across the US are learning to co-exist with e-commerce players and no longer regard the likes of Amazon as “the enemy”, a new study suggests.

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Building brand trust is vital in China's online automotive category, where local players are creating their category's own infrastructure at the same time as growing market share.

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SHANGHAI: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has smashed even its own lofty expectations with a record US$25.3bn in sales – a 39% increase on last year - in just 24 hours for its annual Singles Day online shopping event.

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SEATTLE/LONDON: Even though the vast majority of consumers in the UK (92%) and the US (91%) are aware of the risks posed by phishing emails and spoof websites, large numbers still fall victim to fraudsters, a new report has warned.

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SHANGHAI: Online spending in China is on course to reach almost half (45.7%) of the country’s total per capita retail spend in 2017, but there are signs that online retail sales are reaching a peak, according to a new report.

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NEW YORK: Walmart, the retail giant, is leveraging a partnership with Google as it explores the potential of voice-activated technology for its business.

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HANGZHOU: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has beaten market expectations after reporting a huge 61% rise in quarterly revenues that were driven by online shoppers.

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Walmart, the retail giant, is using strategic partnerships as a way to drive its ecommerce business forwards.

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SAN JOSE, CA: Online retailers in the US can expect a bonanza this holiday season, with a new study predicting that online sales will reach $107.4bn, up 13.8% since last year.

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NEW YORK: Most Americans expect to do their holiday shopping from late November onward, but the decisions about where they will shop and what they will buy will be largely determined by digital interactions occurring now.

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BANGKOK: Consumer goods firms are tapping into the online data being gathered by e-commerce platforms in Southeast Asia to better understand consumers and to increase their reach.

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Digital remains an underused channel in luxury retail but there are significant opportunities for growth.

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NEW YORK: All retailers in the US have had to consider how best to respond to the rise of the mighty Amazon, and it seems Walmart’s strategy is to boost its online presence by striking deals with other retailers.

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NEW YORK: Walmart, the retail giant, is leveraging digital tools and solutions to help people save time, having learned this outcome is even more important to many consumers than saving money alone.

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LONDON: Mobile devices are forecast to account for around three-quarters (73%) of the time global consumers spend using the internet in 2018, up from 70% in 2017 and 65% in 2016, according to a new study.

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NEW DELHI: As Indian consumers prepare for Diwali, the country’s biggest festival which starts on 19 October, e-commerce giants Flipkart and Amazon are reported to have already rung up strong sales from their promotions in September.

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Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer, is adapting its business to make sure it can compete at the highest level in the online and offline worlds alike.

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BEIJING: JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce group and a major rival to Alibaba, has launched a standalone online luxury platform that aims to help global brands to cater for China’s vast demand for luxury personal goods.

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STOCKHOLM: Swedish retailer IKEA is radically shifting its sales strategy from its famous blue and yellow outlets on the outskirts of cities as it tests sales through big e-commerce websites, new city-centre formats, and radical digital design ...

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GLOBAL: Seven European nations and three from Asia-Pacific make up the top ten markets considered by the United Nations to be most prepared to support online shopping and other business-to-consumer e-commerce.

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SINGAPORE: More than half (51.6%) of APAC consumers use their smartphones to make purchases, but there are wide variations across the region in terms of the popularity of mobile shopping, a new survey of 14 markets has revealed.

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HANGZHOU: Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has a wide portfolio of interests, including cloud computing and entertainment, but now the company’s leadership team has revealed plans for it to expand into brick-and-mortar stores.

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This article provides an overview and analysis of Amazon's rising prominence in the digital advertising market and how brands are using Amazon to increase awareness and consideration, as well as driving sales.