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By Retail Performance Solutions | The leaders who are or have the capability to make step change disruptions to the Consumer and Retail landscape. 

A Dose of New Retail for China's Convenience Stores | Alizila.com

The view from Huang Donghai’s Hangzhou convenience store is brighter and decidedly more-modern today than it was eight years ago, when he bought …

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Alibaba is trying to reinvent China’s mom-and-pop stores

Before Amazon began its quest for world domination, Alibaba, China’s largest online retailer, was already executing a similar strategy.<p>Starting in 2015, Alibaba began expanding its physical presence with a series of supermarket and retail-chain acquisitions. Last year it also launched a new …

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Amazon Business launches in Italy and Spain

Amazon Business—and its product assortment, free shipping and other services—is now operating in Italy, at Amazon.it, and Spain, at Amazon.es, …

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AmEx Turns to Amazon for Credit Card Focused On Small Businesses

Deal fits with AmEx’s goal of attracting more small-business customers<p>American Express Co. is joining with Amazon.com Inc. to launch a credit card for small businesses, an arrangement that could advance the card company’s efforts to deepen its ties with small and midsize companies.<p>It is the card …

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How Amazon Steers Shoppers to Its Own Products

It started with a simple battery.<p>Around 2009, Amazon quietly entered the private label business by offering a handful of items under a new brand called AmazonBasics. Early offerings were the kinds of unglamorous products that consumers typically bought at their local hardware store: power cords and …

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Facebook tests ‘subscription Groups’ that charge for exclusive content

Facebook is starting to let Group admins charge $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to special sub-Groups full of exclusive posts. A hand-picked array of parenting, cooking and “organize my home” Groups will be the first to get the chance to spawn a subscription Group open to their members.<p>During …

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US Supreme Court Rules States Can Require Online Merchants to Collect Sales Tax

High court decision erases a price advantage internet merchants have had in wooing consumers from real-world stores<p>By<p>Jess Bravin and<p>Jess Bravin<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@JessBravin<p>ByJessBravin<p>Jess.Bravin@wsj.com<p>Brent Kendall in Washington, and<p>Brent Kendall<p>The Wall Street …

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Amazon plans to become the fresh food safety leader

When it comes to food safety innovation, not many industry experts would consider Amazon.com a leader. The online retail giant is working diligently …

Exclusive: Walmart.com Redesigns As The Anti-Amazon

The retailer wants to translate the best parts of its stores–like the friendliness of its greeters and the local preferences of its shoppers–for the web.<p>Amazon’s unstoppable growth has set the entire world of retail back on its heels, but at least one company has the footprint to stand in its way. …

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Comscore’s State of the U.S. Online Retail Economy Q1 2018

2017 was yet another successful year for the rise of digital commerce, unsurprisingly with high growth in the mobile sector. We saw the year come to …

Jeff Bezos reveals what it's like to build an empire and become the richest man in the world — and why he's willing to spend $1 billion a year to fund the most important mission of his life

Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Business Insider's parent company, Axel Springer, recently sat down with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to talk about the early days of creating Amazon, what he's learned since then, how he funds his rocket company, Blue Origin, and what it's like when the president of the United …

Amazon will now deliver packages to the trunk of your car

New service in collaboration with GM and Volvo will launch in 37 cities in the US<p>Last year, Amazon asked for permission to unlock your front door so it could leave packages inside your home, and a certain number of extremely trusting Amazon Prime subscribers (Amazon won’t say how many) said okay. …

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Walmart Is Close to $12 Billion-Plus Deal for Flipkart

Walmart Inc. is close to finalizing a deal to buy a majority stake in India’s leading e-commerce company for at least $12 billion and may complete …

Amazon Prime Has More Than 100 Million Members

CEO Bezos reveals figure for first time in annual letter to shareholders<p>More than 100 million people globally are now paying for Amazon Prime, a sign of how Amazon.com Inc. has used the service to evolve from an online marketplace that struggled with profitability into an e-commerce …

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Another online retailer tries on brick-and-mortar

‘Hipsterbia’ claims a piece of Williamsburg<p>It had to happen sooner or later. The hipster pioneers of Brooklyn’s greatest real estate reclamation …

ThredUp plans major store expansion

Another digitally native retailer is making a commitment to the brick-and-mortar space.Read More

Amazon may offer to buy India's Flipkart: report

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc may make a rival offer to buy Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart, which is in tie-up talks with Walmart Inc, local media reported, as the two U.S. retail giants jostle for dominance in India's booming online industry.<p>Amazon held early exploratory talks to buy control of …

Retailers Race Against Amazon to Automate Stores

SEATTLE — To see what it’s like inside stores where sensors and artificial intelligence have replaced cashiers, shoppers have to trek to Amazon Go, the internet retailer’s experimental convenience shop in downtown Seattle.<p>Soon, though, more technology-driven businesses like Amazon Go may be coming …

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Online to Offline Commerce Market Is Growing at Significant Rate, 2026

Valley Cottage, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/27/2018 -- Online to offline commerce is a business model that draws potential customers from online channels to …

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Amazon Publishes And Monetizes Blog For Entrepreneurs ... And Other Amazon News

Each week I share the top news that impacts brands and merchants who sell on Amazon. My digest for this week includes a streamlined fee model for vendors running Lighting Deals, Amazon building (and monetizing) content for entrepreneurs, and Amazon still reigning supreme in corporate reputation …

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How Alibaba and Tencent Became Dominant in Mobile Payments

Target to test new loyalty program as Redcard growth has slowed

Target Redcard’s 5 percent discount has been a powerful draw for many shoppers — so much so that nearly a quarter of purchases from the retailer are …

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Google's Latest Search Program Could Help Retailers Fend Off Amazon

Google has quietly launched a new merchant program called Shopping Actions, where retailers such as Target, Walmart and Home Depot pay Google each …

Amazon Is Squeezing Suppliers to Curb Losses in Price Wars

Amazon.com Inc., locked in a margin-crushing price war, is offloading costs onto suppliers and limiting the number of single, low-priced items …

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Developing next-gen capabilities, one company at a time.<p>At any given moment we are incubating a number of transformative ideas, all at various stages …

Supermarket Bankruptcies Are Beginning to Pile Up

This is how the grocery industry lives now.<p>Regional chains are filing for bankruptcy. European-born discounters are expanding, forcing competitors to …

E-commerce retail sales hit $453.5 billion in 2017, as brands invest in omnichannel

• United States<br>• Real Estate Services<br>• Industries & Specialties<br>• Retail Services<br>• Research and Insights<br>• E-commerce retail sales hit $453.5 billion in 2017, as …

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