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Unicorns Are China's Innovative Cavalry in Trade War

Shuli Ren is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering Asian markets. She previously wrote on markets for Barron's, following a career as an investment banker, and is a CFA charterholder. Read more opinion LISTEN TO ARTICLE 4:03 SHARE THIS ARTICLE Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email A trade war can be fought on many...


Dollar Stores Vs. Apple Stores: A Retail Nation Divided

America, as we are regularly informed, is a nation divided – politically, economically, socially and culturally. But it’s also separated commercially. Increasingly, these not-so-United States are just as divided in terms of the way we shop. The polarization of retail has been a topic of discussion for many years. Back in...


Brick-And-Mortar Retail Isn't Dead: Just Look At Who's Moving Into Toys 'R' Us's Empty Stores

Toys “R” Us, which closed the last batch of its U.S. stores just over a week ago, has left behind not only nostalgia but also hundreds of empty stores across the country. Still, if you thought this paints a gloomy picture of brick-and-mortar retail, you’d be mistaken. As much as consumers...


Forecasting Demand – How Machine Learning Helps Drive Retail Success

Many retailers spend vast quantities of time perfecting their approach to planning and the tools they use to deliver it Yet, if they are working with flawed data and inaccurate forecasting techniques, they will end up with too few or, too many staff on the shop floor and in the warehouse,...


Interview with b8ta founder and president Phillip Raub on building the platform for the future of retail

I spoke with Phillip Raub, founder and president of b8ta, the startup that's building a platform to build modern physical retail experiences on top of. b8ta has shown that the traditional mold of what a retail experience was can be broken and re-constructed successfully, and now some of the largest...


These Retail CEOs Have the Best Reputations in America

In an age when consumers expect the brands they interact with to align with their values, reputation is more important than ever. Market research firm Harris Poll has released its 2018 Reputation Quotient survey on America’s 100 most visible companies, and the data reveals which CEOs earn top marks for leadership...


WeWork Dives Into Retail With WeMRKT

WeWork is expanding into selling Icelandic yogurt and chickpea snacks. The co-working space giant announced last Monday the launch of WeMRKT, a “modern retail space” that will be piloted at WeWork 205 Hudson in New York City. WeMRKT will sell products from 10 WeWork member companies, who secured their shelf spots...


How to Create a Better Brand Experience: Move Beyond the Customer Journey

It used to be that brands could think and operate on a transaction-by-transaction basis. People shopped for goods and services, they bought something, and then they and that brand parted company until the customer came back to buy something else. Times certainly have changed. Businesses that want to thrive today...


4 Strategies Everyone Says Will Save Struggling Retailers — but Do They Work?

As retail continues to navigate the twists and turns of its so-called apocalypse — ushered in by the rapid rise of digital and the equally frenetic fall of stores — a bevy of tactics have been touted as the industry’s saving grace. From in-store extravaganzas to texting with would-be clients, desperate...


Retail brands spending on offering an experience

With increased competition for flagship space and the heightened perception of marketing value for such sites, retail brands are spending more on fitouts to maximise their unique presence and the consumer experience in flagship stores. If you ever needed reassurance of the relevance of bricks and mortar, look no further than...


Why Alibaba's Cloud Computing Arm Is Suddenly Focusing on the EMEA

From a slew of strategic investments to Tmall’s powering of a new megastore in Beijing, Alibaba Group is driving hard to keep its brand in the global spotlight. The China-based conglomerate’s latest effort has its sights on the EMEA. The company is rolling out a Europe, Middle East and Africa “ecosystem...


Taiwan's travel experience e-commerce platform KKday raises funding from Alibaba to expand to ...

“We think this investment shows Alibaba's confidence in the prospect of KKday's fast global expansion and its steady and creative business model,” he ......


Where Is eBay's Chief Product Officer?

Update 7/6/18: eBay has confirmed Pittman's departure. A spokesperson provided the following response to our inquiry: “RJ Pittman has decided to leave eBay. RJ has made significant contributions and has been a strong advocate for eBay since joining us in 2013. We are grateful for his leadership and contributions to...


RIL unveils e-commerce plan to take on Amazon, Flipkart

NEW DELHI: Reliance Industries (RIL) on Thursday unveiled a plan to take on Amazon and Flipkart in India’s booming e-commerce market.RIL chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani said, as the conglomerate, whose operations span from telecom to petrochemicals, makes the transition to a technology platform on the back of Jio, he...


Alibaba breathes new life into fashion retail

IN recent years, tales of a “dying retail” has populated multiple media publications. As the world becomes more digital, consumers are showing a preference to shop for fashion apparel, amongst other things, online rather than brick-and-mortar stores. While a dying retail may be slightly over-exaggerated, the magnitude of disruption over the...


China surpasses North America in attracting venture capital funding for first time as investors chase ...

China surpassed North America in attracting venture capital for the first time in the second quarter, helped by a record US$14 billion fundraising round by Alibaba Group Holding affiliate Ant Financial Services. Start-ups in China accounted for 47 per cent of the world’s VC funding in the three months ended June,...


7 Women Working On Amazon Alexa Recommend Their Favorite Skills

Mothership I Don't Have My Husband’s Last Name, But Our Son Will A boy? It never occurred to me that I’d have a boy. For nearly my entire 12-year career, as a fashion journalist and former Cosmo editor, I have...


Alibaba opens AI-powered fashion boutique

Alibaba opens AI-powered fashion boutique Alibaba has partnered with global fashion retailer Guess on a new concept store in Hong Kong to show how artificial intelligence (AI) can enhance the in-store shopping experience. The concept store is the latest example of Alibaba’s New Retail strategy, which aims to seamlessly integrate online shopping...


Walmart's Jetblack tells a lot about the future of e-commerce

Editor's note: The following is a guest post by Amir Konigsberg, co-founder and CEO of search firm Twiggle. Views are his own. Walmart made waves with its launch this spring of Jetblack, the retailer’s concierge shopping service targeting "time-strapped urban parents." Currently available by invitation only in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the...


Retail Roundup—Barnes & Noble fires CEO; Yet another list of closures for Sears

Walmart cheaper online than Target According to research conducted by Clark Howard, Walmart beats out Target for lower online prices. The data looked at 30 branded items, and the total at Walmart came to just over $588. Target's total was just over $593, a less than 1% price variance. (Star Tribune) Barnes...