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The development of bio: Current challenges and opportunities

Understanding the bio opportunity is vital for retailers and brands looking to improve their relevance to, and capitalise on, the changing quality demands of their consumers.

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JD.com puts blockchain at heart of Smart City R&D hub

1 Oct 2018

By: Howard Lake

Chinese eCommerce major JD.com is to open an institute in Nanjing focusing on smart city development with an emphasis on AI, Big Data and blockchain technologies.

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Global Gateways: Broadening the Horizons of Travel Retail

The definition of travel retail is changing. While major gateways like airports and stations retain their relevance, newer touchpoints like holiday resorts and hotels are emerging. Despite the transient nature of travel retail, retailers are working harder to drive awareness and lock in loyalty.

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Alibaba unveils new autonomous delivery vehicles, service robots

26 Sep 2018

By: Howard Lake

At its recent computing conference in Hangzhou, Alibaba took the wraps off its latest advances in self-driving vehicles and customer-facing robots.

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Followers: 40

AS Watson looks to secure loyalty with new VIP scheme

24 Sep 2018

By: Hanna Ryngmark

AS Watson is introducing a new tier for its loyalty programme, to be extended to all 24 global markets by early 2019. The VIP scheme rewards its most regular shoppers with additional rewards and incentives.

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JD.com to take 7FRESH to four key China megacities

24 Sep 2018

By: Howard Lake

With Alibaba doubling down on its commitment to growing its Hema Xiansheng O2O supermarket concept, arch-rival JD.com has announced a major expansion of its similar 7FRESH fresh food stores.

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Amazon makes major offline move in India

21 Sep 2018

By: Alvaro Morilla

Amazon’s Indian operation has confirmed it has made its biggest acquisition in India. In partnership with private equity firm Samara Capital, it has obtained a 49% stake in the More supermarket chain from Aditya Birla.

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Pinduoduo funds high-end Shanghai community grocery platform

21 Sep 2018

By: Howard Lake

Fast-growing Chinese social commerce portal Pinduoduo has made an undisclosed investment in community eGrocery platfrom Chongma Linli Group.

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JD.com ventures into Indonesian eGrocery

20 Sep 2018

By: Howard Lake

China’s JD.com has introduced a new service targeting commuters in the Greater Jakarta area. JDVirtual is a digital shopping wall installed at an initial nine Commuter Line stations. The line is one of the busiest in Southeast Asia, with over a million travellers daily.

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Tech giants are shaking up China’s primary healthcare market

13 Sep 2018

By: Malcolm Pinkerton

Alibaba has launched an online healthcare and over-the-counter medicine service in China, capitalising on a healthcare sector forecasted to reach US$1.1 trillion by 2020.

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Breakthrough Insights: The Age of Inclusive Commerce

With this edition of Breakthrough Insights, we find ourselves fully immersed in the age of inclusive commerce.