Amazon keeps working hard at the fashion front to find out what works and what doesn‘t. After the new Echo Look and the end of the Style shows, now Shopbop, which Amazon took over in 2006, gets a makeover with one major new addition: a new loyalty program. The Observer: The program will offer exclusive […]

Voice interactions, and with them a meaningful percentage of ‚conversational commerce‘, are going to differ from other means of discovery by one main aspect: The algorithmic answers to the users‘ questions won‘t be lists of options but, in most cases, be one result. One result. That means one spot. Either you‘re in, or you‘re out. […]

SoftBank Group Corp’s Vision fund strikes again and invests $1 billion in online sports merchandise retailer Fanatics. We recently talked about this deal when it was rumored: Fanatics is a fascinating case for how an online retailer can entrench itself into the industry it is working in. But Softbank is the bigger story here: The […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]