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01 April 2019
The Japan External Trade Organisation is offering small to medium-sized domestic retailers free access to global ecommerce platforms to help them sell products in 18 markets abroad. Supporting smaller retailers grow online The initiative is expected to increase trade for local businesses, maximising the global popularity of Japanese products around the world. Twenty four ecommerce operators...
01 April 2019
A.S Watson will invest HKD1bn (US$128m) on digital innovation over the next ten years as it continues to step up transformation across the business to enhance the shopping experience. Staying ahead of competition A.S. Watson continues to invest in technology and ecommerce. By next year, the retailer will have spent approx. HKD1bn on digital and technology since 2012. Over the next ten years...
11 March 2019
Lazada, the leading ecommerce platform in Southeast Asia, owned by Alibaba Group, plans to expand its cross-border trade for international brands. Global Collection 2.0 One of the key initiatives announced was a revamped “Global Collection”, which is a dedicated channel to showcase  Lazada’s cross-border merchants from around the world. The platform aims to help the brands grow their busine...
27 February 2019
Hailed as South Korea’s answer to Amazon, Shinsegae is to launch SSG.com in March 2019 by integrating its two online businesses. Integration driven by demand SSG.com is formed by combining Shinsegae’s two online business units, the Shinsegae mall and the Emart mall. The company made the announcement  back in January 2018 and is now going ahead with the plan. “ The integration of onlin...
22 February 2019
Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com is partnering with Rakuten on delivery in Japan. JD.com's drones will become a part of Rakuten's own unmanned delivery services. JD.com's drones JD.com has been developing and operating drones in China for a few years. It has been expanding in other Asian countries, such as Indonesia, where JD.com completed its first government approved drone flight. Its unman...
24 January 2019
The ecommerce giant is launching a new technology that enables the blind and sight-impaired shop online. “Smart Touch” technology Smart Touch is a piece of silicone film that sticks to smartphone screens. The film has three textured touchscreen buttons that users can feel along the edges of the screen for commands such as “go back,”, “return to homepage” and “confirm”. The commands can be t...
15 January 2019
China-based Alibaba has launched ‘A100’, a strategic partnership programme.  Transformation into technology provider This initiative, according to Alibaba, provides companies with a  “holistic one-stop solution to accelerate their digital transformation” . The programme will help transform Alibaba into an integrated technology provider for companies around the world. The programme is pow...
08 January 2019
JD.com's driverless delivery vehicles have been deployed in two cities in China. Autonomous logistic capabilities The company opened two smart delivery stations in Changsha and Hohhot for this operation. The unmanned vehicles can carry 30 items and deliver them within a 5km radius. The vehicles are capable of planning routes, avoiding obstacles and recognising traffic lights. Facial reco...
04 January 2019
Grofers, one of the leading online grocers in India, aims to generate $2.5bn in revenue by 2020 and scaling up its private label offerings. Experiencing fast growth Speaking to PTI, Grofers' co-founder and CEO Albinder Dhindsa said Grofers has been witnessing over 30 per cent month-on-month growth. "While we do not sell gourmet products that usually offer higher margins, we have been able t...
21 December 2018
China-based, pure ecommerce retailer JD.com has reached an agreement with Thailand government agencies to help provide Thai companies with greater access to Chinese consumers. Three MoUs signed JD.com has signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with three separate Thai government agencies. These include, Thailand’s International Trade Promotion Department, the Digital Economy Promo...