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Coresight Research helps retail clients accelerate innovation and growth. We focus on disruption at the intersection of retail and technology – and help you understand what it means for your business. Coresight Research has a global presence spanning the US, Europe and Asia, including deep expertise in the China market.

Can AR and VR Be Game Changers in Furniture Retail?

Augmented and virtual reality technologies are slowly but surely transforming the shopping experience for consumers in both online and offline retail. We review how various store-based and digital-first furniture retailers are investing in these technologies and assess the impact, challenges and potential of these investments.

Double 12 Shopping Festival 2019 Wrap-Up

E-commerce platforms and offline merchants celebrated China’s last major shopping festival of the year, Double 12, on December 12. We provide highlights from this year’s festival, including the promotions and performance of Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall, the popularity of livestreaming, Alipay’s partnership with offline merchants and the strong consumption in lower-tier cities experienced by JD.com.

Alibaba vs. Amazon: Head to Head in E-Commerce and Technology

​Alibaba Group and Amazon are innovators in retailing and technology, and both are expanding their presence into international markets. Employing its “New Retail” strategy, could the emerging China giant threaten Amazon’s global dominance? We discuss the competition between these two companies, considering their retail ecosystems, global expansion plans, financial performance and internally developed technologies.

Alibaba (NYSE: BABA)

Alibaba Group is an e-commerce company that operates through various subsidiaries in China and internationally. Headquartered in Hangzhou, China, the company operates in four segments: Core Commerce, Cloud Computing, Digital Media and Entertainment, and Innovation Initiatives and Others.

3Q19 US Earnings Season Wrap-Up

Third-quarter 2019 retail earnings show mixed results across categories. Our coverage of the Coresight 100 reveal most companies beat consensus, but there were sectors that fared much better than others—and luxury was one that did not meet expectations despite recent recovery.

Tencent’s Smart Retail Strategy

Chinese Internet giant Tencent is focusing on the business-to-business space through its “Smart Retail” concept—the company’s answer to Alibaba’s New Retail. Tencent’s Smart Retail ecosystem has a number of components that facilitate the integration of online and offline commerce, including the leveraging of WeChat mini programs, investment in JD.com and the exploitation of the company’s strength in gaming and digital entertainment.