• India Traders Group Rebukes Approval of Walmart's Flipkart Acquisition

    This week, Walmart’s planned acquisition of Flipkart has been given the go-ahead by Indian authorities, but much to the frustration of a local traders’ association that has mooted the possibility of taking the matter to court.

    The Competition Commission of India (CCI) said in a tweet that it “approves [the] proposed acquisition” of Flipkart by Walmart International Holdings. In its ruling, the commission said it had reviewed issues related to the planned merger and found the move unlikely to have [...]

  • Weekly Focus: Flipkart to Shutter eBay India & Launch Used Goods Site

    This week, Flipkart has announced plans to shutter eBay and open up an online marketplace peddling refurbished goods, as it looks to address a market that remains largely ‘unorganised’.

    The Indian e-commerce giant in April last year inked an agreement with eBay to “jointly address” local market opportunities, with the U.S. auction site investing USD$500m (£380.93m) in Flipkart and selling its Indian business to Flipkart.

    Under the deal, Flipkart owned and operated, and acquired eBay’s buyers in India. In [...]

  • Retailers Discuss Mobile, APAC & U.S. Giants & Online Flagships at Inaugural RetailTechSummit London

    Last Tuesday (17 July) the inaugural RTS London event saw retailers, brands, and agencies come together to discuss the biggest topics in the industry. As well as panels and presentations from sponsors Bazaarvoice and Baidu, the attendees also had the opportunity to dive deeper into the issues affecting the retail ecosystem, through a series of roundtable discussions during the lunch break. This piece highlights the key points from these sessions and takes a closer look at: the growth of mobile; [...]

  • Weekly Focus: Alibaba to Overshadow Chinese Competition with 58.2% Market Share

    This week, China’s top 10 e-commerce players have been unveiled and are expected to account for more than 85% of the country’s total online retail sales by year-end, with Alibaba taking pole position.

    The market leader is expected to grab a 58.2% share of total e-commerce sales, followed by with a 16.3% share, according to eMarketer.

    The two leaders, though, would face increasing pressure from new market players that have emerged as “credible competitors” over the past few years, offering [...]

  • Weekly Focus: Registers £18.62bn in Mid-Year Anniversary Sales

    This week, says it clocked a record high of USD$24.7bn (£18.62bn) in transactions from its recent mid-year sales event, which also marked the first time the Chinese e-commerce site integrated online, offline, and virtual shopping experiences.

    Dubbed ‘JD6.18′, the annual sales spanned 18 days from 01 June and showcased products from 1,400 brands.

    This year’s event also featured pop-up stores located in 30 cities across China, which saw 43 million visits, said. One merchant, Ocean Spray Cranberries, clocked 400% [...]

  • Google Teams Up with; Prime Arrives Down Under

    RetailTechNews’ weekly roundup brings you up-to-date research findings from around the world. In this week’s edition: Google Teams Up with; Prime Arrives Down Under; Etsy Shows Resilience to Amazon.

    Google Teams Up with

    Google is set to invest USD$550m (£419m) in Chinese e-commerce giant The two companies described the investment, announced on Monday, as one piece of a broader partnership that will include the promotion of products on Google’s shopping service.

    This could help expand beyond [...]

  • Weekly Focus: Google Makes £415m Move in China E-Commerce Market

    This week, we see Google making a USD$550m (£415m) move in China’s e-commerce market and more Australian consumers window shopping than actually buying online.

    It may have long exited the Chinese search market, but Google appears to be making its way back – this time, with an eye on e-commerce.

    The U.S. internet giant said it was investing USD$550m (£415m) in Chinese e-commerce giant, as part of a partnership that would see both companies jointly develop retail offerings.

    Specifically, the collaboration [...]

  • Weekly Focus: Alibaba Cainiao to Build HK Logistics Hub & Taps AI to 'Speed-Write' Product Info

    This week, Alibaba’s logistics arm has announced plans to build a logistics hub in Hong Kong, setting aside USD$1.53bn (£1.14bn) for the new development, while has turned on an AI system to ‘speed-write’ product descriptions and shopping guides.

    To be located at the Chinese territory’s international airport, the project will be spearheaded by Alibaba’s Cainiao Network and its joint venture (JV) with China National Aviation Corporation and YTO Express. Cainiao owns a 51% stake in the JV, while China [...]

  • Weekly Focus: Amazon Restricts AU Consumers to Local Site

    This week, online consumers in Australia learn that they soon will no longer be able to shop on’s international sites – a result of the e-commerce giant’s move to sidestep the country’s new GST rule.

    From 01 July 2018, Australians will be barred from shopping on Amazon’s U.S. and other international websites and be automatically redirected to the local platform, which offers a smaller inventory.

    The move is a response to the country’s new GST rule that will see a [...]

  • Weekly Focus: Alibaba Makes Delivery Investment & Unveils Voice System That Lets Customers Correct Their Orders

    This week, Alibaba Group is back in the news with a string of announcements, including an investment in a Chinese express delivery company and the introduction of a voice-recognition retail system that lets customers correct their orders.

    The e-commerce giant said it has led a team of investors, including its logistics arm Cainiao Network, to fork out USD$1.38bn (£1.04bn) for a 10% equity stake in Shanghai-based ZTO Express. The move aimed to beef up first- and last-mile delivery services to [...]