E-COMMERCE AND THE GLOBAL EXPANSION TREND

There has been a lot of focus on what has been unfolding in the US retail sector recently, whether it’s been the decline of Sears or the dominance of Amazon. It’s not just Western companies looking east that’s grabbing headlines. Chinese retailer JD.com is eyeing expansion in Europe, and has Amazon’s dominance there firmly in its sights.

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Amazon: The Rise Continues

Our comprehensive report on the Holiday Shopping Season of 2017 had some fascinating insights. Experts have noted that perhaps most surprising was Amazon’s bigger-than-expected gains, and their dominance over the e-commerce ecosystem. Here, we’ll unpack this to get a deeper understanding of what they are doing right, and how you can benefit.

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Strategies And Tactics In The Epic Global E-Commerce Battle

Retail has really come a long way, and is on the forefront of the intersection between tech and commerce. This has become a battleground, where the stakes are high – trillions of dollars in revenues – and the competitors are constantly trying to outwit and outflank each other to achieve global domination. Here, we’ll look at some of the moves, both strategic and tactical, that are going down in this exciting war for wallets.

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Fake Product Reviews Are Affecting Your Decisions – And You Might Not Know It

Many e-commerce intelligence solutions use ratings and reviews as a mechanism to predict things like seller performance, or sales of a product or brand. A common algorithm used in such products predicts sales performance based on reviews received. With what can be described as an epidemic of fake reviews affecting the major platforms, this metric will be wildly inaccurate.

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Battle Of The Titans: Traditional Giant vs Online Kings

It’s been called “the biggest retail battle of our times”, and is being followed closely by consumers and the market alike. Amazon, leading in e-commerce by a long way, is aggressively expanding into physical, brick & mortar sites; and Walmart, for so long the low price kings of the physical store environment, is moving aggressively into the online space.

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How CPGs Are Starting To Leverage E-commerce Insights

CPGs and retailers normally have their decision-making processes rooted in the same information available for the non-digital environment and marketplace (brick and mortar retail), but have been pushing partners and new players to provide high quality information for the digital world. McKinsey said it best when they noted that “After lagging behind other sectors with rocketing online sales, consumer-packaged-goods players are at an e-commerce tipping point.”

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Black Friday is Now a Global E-Commerce Phenomenon

Amazon’s Black Friday sales hit a record high of $2.4B across its three major sites in the US, UK and Germany. The US market dominated, as could be expected, hitting $1.8bn in sales; at peak hour, which was 1pm EST, there were 2m transactions taking place.

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Are the retail Brands you remember slowly dying?

“Sears is dead”. Such is the impression of retail bloggers such as Retail Archaeology, who have chronicled the fall of the legendary retailer. Business Insider predicts that “failure is a near certainty, according to industry watchers. Analysts are expecting Sears to file for bankruptcy within the next two years, and perhaps much sooner.”

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