Author Archives: Marcel Weiß

JD.com Shows Off First Fully Automated Warehouse

Thanks to its large logistics operation, JD.com is at the forefront when it comes to automation, wether it be drones or robotic warehouses. JD.com simply has a lot to gain, cost and efficiency wise. Now, JD.com, which is suffering high logistics costs, is presenting the first fully automated warehouse. Tech in Asia: The brand-new facility, […]

What Alibaba, JD, China Post See in Turning Small Stores Into Franchise Touch Points

Speaking of Chinese online retail, here‘s China Money Network on Alibaba‘s plan to transform China’s mom-and-pop stores: The retail giant has now unveiled an even more ambitious plan to transform 10,000 mom-and-pop convenience stores across China into a vast network of Tmall.com brick-and-mortar outlets, where consumers can shop, pick up packages, make orders online or […]

5 Reasons Why China’s Online Retail Is so Successful AND Structurally Ahead of the West

TechNode on the current Chinese e-commerce market: E-commerce in China has seen such rapid growth in 2017 that even something as mundane as selling vegetables is starting to sound sexy. During the first six months of 2017, China’s online retail sales of goods and services recorded a 33.4% year-on-year growth amounting to RMB 3.1 trillion […]

An Inside Look at How Amazon Is Selling Its Ad Program to Buyers

Amazon has the best shot of all contenders to become a stable no.3 in the online advertising world after Google and Facebook. (Outside China, only Snapchat has a real shot at this position as well.) In the long run, Amazon may even displace Google by taking away the most profitable ad businesses from the search […]

Stitch Fix, Allbirds and the Break-Out Hits in the Fashion Industry

Business of Fashion has an extensive overview over today’s online fashion market and its startups (paywall): So far, the majority of fashion start-ups that have sold — Bonobos to Walmart, True & Co. to PVH Corp. and Gilt Groupe to Hudson’s Bay Company, for example — did not deliver returns worth bragging about. Gilt competitor […]

US Retailers Begging Amazon to Buy Them Next

How about that. US retailers are seeing Amazon‘s new-found financial firepower as well and hope the Seattle giant will become their savior now. The Financial Times (paywall): The announcement that Amazon was to take over Whole Foods Market sent a shudder of fear through many other retailers, but news of how the deal came about […]

What Does It Mean When Shopping Apps Are Amongst the Most Frequently Deleted Apps?

Alligatortek about a survey they did on mobile app usage: Some people—specifically, millennials—are taking action. Millennials delete apps at over three times the rate of baby boomers. Fitness apps, productivity apps, artificial-intelligence apps, and shopping apps are some of the most deleted. It is notable that shopping apps rate highly on both lists: the most […]

MatchesFashion Goes to Apax for £800m

Quite the exit for the MatchesFashion founders. Here’s the press release from Apax: Funds advised by Apax Partners (“Apax Funds”) have today announced a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in MATCHESFASHION.COM, a leading digitally innovative global luxury-fashion brand. The founders, Tom and Ruth Chapman, as well as existing venture capital backers Scottish Equity […]

We Finally Know How Walmart.com and Jet.com Will Differ From Each Other

There were two pressing questions about Walmart’s online strategy: How exactly are Walmart.com and Jet.com going to be different from each other? How do recently acquired, vertically integrated online retailers Bonobos and Modcloth fit into Walmart’s sprawling online empire? Will they just be parts of a wide-ranging portfolio of online properties held only together by […]

Alibaba Won Against JD.com & Now Leads a $1.1b Round in Indonesia’s Tokopedia

And another one on the Alibaba vs. JD.com front. As we expected, Alibaba won against JD.com in their fight about which of the two fierce Chinese competitors will be investing in Tokopedia. TechCrunch: A valuation for the deal was not announced, but the companies did say that Alibaba has become a minority shareholder. […] The […]