Online news

17 October 2018
Singapore online concierge service opens innovative bricks-and-mortar marketplace. Supermarket, restaurant and retail experience in one location Launched this week, Habitat by honestbee is the online concierge’s first entry into offline grocery retail. Occupying 60,000 sq ft, the store at Pasir Panjang contains a supermarket with more than 20,000 Asian and global flavours and ingredients. ...
09 October 2018
Since the official launch of the JD Central website about a week ago, more plans have been revealed by the new joint venture between Chinese online specialist JD and Thailand’s Central Group. The ecommerce platform JD Central offers products from 4,000 brands, including mobile phones, food, home accessories and apparel. During the three-month trial, orders on the new platform increased...
25 September 2018
Shopee For Men is a new one-stop portal launched by Shopee with 20,000 products for men from more than 300 retailers in Thailand. Designed for men Shopee For Men offers a collection of product categories and items that have been selected to meet the needs of all male shoppers. The retailer is teaming up with Unilever, Nivea for Men, Warrix, Gatsby, G-Shock, American Tourister and ASUS for t...
25 September 2018
At a conference on 19th September 2018 in Beijing, JD announced the plan of opening 1,000 high-tech 7FRESH supermarkets in the next five years.  Technology advanced supermarket Currently data analytics is used to optimise range, space planning and pick store locations. Prediction technology enables automatic replenishment or sends an alert to staff for replenishment. A dedicated app allows ...
20 September 2018
At its 2018 investor day, Alibaba stated its offline Hema stores are key to its strategy. Hema outperform traditional stores by five times Alibaba currently has 64 of its high-tech Hema supermarkets in 14 Chinese cities, with 10 million active shoppers per year. Hema specialise in fresh foods, with in-store foodservice and dining areas for shoppers to enjoy the freshest foods while shoppi...
19 September 2018
Groceries delivered directly to shoppers’ homes. Making use of QR technology JD Indonesia has launched a grocery delivery service that allows train commuters to shop for groceries whilst on the way home. JDVirtual, the new service, is now available at selected Commuter Line train stations in Jakarta. Commuters can order food, beverages as well as other everyday groceries by scanning a QR...
11 September 2018
Launched last April, Walmart's 'Scan & Go' mini-program on WeChat has reached more than 10 million users in China. What is 'Scan & Go'? It is a mini-program on WeChat, which enables shoppers to scan items as they shop and make payment on their mobile phones. It is available in nearly 300 Walmart stores in more than 50 cities. By the end of the year, it is expected to be available in more th...
10 September 2018
Jack Ma will hand over leadership to current Group CEO Daniel Zhang.   Retirement to start next year The co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba, Jack Ma, has announced his retirement exactly a year from today. He is leaving to focus his time on developing education and philanthropy through the Jack Ma Foundation. Though Ma will hand over the reins to Zhang on 10 September 2019, he ...
05 September 2018
Ecommerce retailer promises a more personal shopping experience. Shoppers able to interact with virtual products Online grocery shopping in India looks set to become more engaging as Big Basket introduces a virtual reality (VR) store. Promising to replicate the product experience, the VR store allows shoppers to view products on a virtual shelf. Selecting the product gives shoppers more inf...
24 August 2018
Alibaba has reported a total revenue of RMB 80.9bn (US$12.2bn), up 61% from the same quarter last year. The growth is mainly driven by its core ecommerce business and fast-growing cloud division. Core ecommerce business Alibaba's core ecommerce business, mainly Tmall and Taobao, is still the company's biggest unit, accounting for around 86 percent of revenues. Core ecommerce revenues were r...