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AUSTIN, TX: Amazon’s relentless challenge to other retailers in the US has stepped up another gear with the news that the e-commerce giant plans to deliver groceries from Whole Foods Market via its fast-shipping Prime Now service.

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SINGAPORE/MUMBAI: Physical retail stores can be a powerful part of a brand’s e-commerce strategy, according to the CMO of ‎IBM in ASEAN.

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Puma used data efficiently to create an end-to-end e-commerce solution that built on its existing retail infrastructure in India.

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STOCKHOLM: Following the announcement of store closures from the world’s number two fashion group, H&M’s “very poor” full year results illuminate the problems that arise from delaying digital investment.

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TAIPEI: Asian FMCG brands are able to outperform global ones thanks to their ability to react more quickly to changing consumer tastes and habits and to tap into shifts in local retail.
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LONDON: New figures show that the UK’s retail sector enjoyed a lucrative Christmas this year, as the average household spent a record £1,054 on groceries in the three months leading up to 31 st December.

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CATONSVILLE, MD: The benefits from Super Bowl advertising persist well into the rest of the year, according to a new study which notes increased sales during subsequent major events in the sporting calendar.

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LONDON/HONG KONG: Marks & Spencer, the British retailer, has sold its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau to franchising partner Al-Futtaim in a move understood to signal its retreat from international markets in favour of its key UK ...

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BENGALURU: Myntra, the online fashion retailer owned by e-commerce operator Flipkart, will host its End of Reason Sale (EORS) from 22 to 25 December, and aims to increase sales by at least 50% compared to the last EORS it staged in June.

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HO CHI MINH CITY: E-commerce in Vietnam is growing fast from a low base, but is facing problems around delivery and effective use of data according to observers.

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This event report looks at the challenges Lime Crime, a cosmetics company, faced in bringing its brand to China.

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BMW changed the culture of its retail outlets by reframing the relationship between customer and sales person away from a confrontation and negotiation.

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MUMBAI: Amazon operates the second-largest e-commerce site in India, but the country is important in another respect because it is a source of cheap, but high quality, products that can be sold to US consumers on its American site.

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NEW DELHI: Faced with the threat of anti-profiteering action, FMCG companies in India have fallen in line with government insistence that the benefits of GST rate cuts are passed on to consumers.

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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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PORTLAND, ORE: Nike is to focus on a small number of premium retail partnerships and its own direct-to-consumer efforts in the future as the sportswear brand seeks to hit a target of $50bn in sales within five years.

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LONDON: The number of breweries now operating in the UK has edged past 2,000, thanks to 300 new openings in the last year, suggesting a reversal of the consolidation that has characterised the UK beer market for decades.

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BEIJING: KFC and McDonald’s, both emblems of US fast food culture, are opening new stores at a rapid rate with the most fertile territory to be found in China’s small cities, according to reports.

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NEW YORK: Walmart is shifting the battleground in e-commerce by utilising its extensive range of physical outlets to address a particular pain point of online buying – returns.

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WASHINGTON DC: Retailers in the US will be cheered by an authoritative prediction that holiday retail sales in November and December will increase by up to 4% compared with last year.

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This article explains how retail sales and margins can be boosted by brands turning Big Data into smart data, through analytics and translating that into actionable insights.

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LOS ANGELES: Following Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods and subsequence price cuts, rivals Trader Joe’s and Sprouts Farmers Market have suffered heavily from consumers defecting, according to data released this week.

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MEXICO CITY:  AB InBev, the global brewing company, will attempt to speak to Mexican workers planning to cross the border to the US for a life of poorly paid work by offering the opportunity to become small business owners selling the ...

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NEW YORK/BEIJING: Estée Lauder, which last week reported sales in China went up 40% in the fourth financial quarter, has attributed much of its success to its efforts on Tmall, where the beauty company’s brands have established a ...