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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.

New Retail Briefing #3: Walmart China Eyes Retail Innovation; A.S. Watson and Unilever Agree to New Retail Partnerships

Walmart China launched the Omega8 initiative in January 2019 to serve as a proof of concept (POC) platform that lets tech startups test newly designed technology applications in a real retail environment. Walmart reported over 50 startups signed up for the initiative. Walmart will train these companies in a variety of retail operation skills. Walmart said its existing 400 offline stores in China will act as testing grounds for startup technology before rolling out to mass market. This Omega8 initiative shows Walmart’s ambition of leveraging tech startups for its own digital innovation, and understanding of the Chinese market. Ben Hassing, Senior

US Retailer Survey: Revealing the Hidden Costs of Poor Inventory Management

Today’s retail environment is marked by more intense competition and rapid changes in consumer preferences, both of which pressure retailers to make smarter inventory decisions. To minimize unplanned markdowns that impact the bottom line, retailers must ensure that they deliver products consumers want to buy to the locations where they want to buy them.

10 Trends for China E-Commerce 2019

We expect 2019 will be a dynamic year for e-commerce in China. Consumers have high expectations and competition is stiffening. Here are 10 trends we think will shape China’s e-commerce landscape in 2019:

Chinese New Year Preview: Year of the Pig Celebrations to be Worth ¥1 Trillion to Retail as Digital Gifting and Traveling Continue to Go Big

Retail and food-service sales during Chinese New Year grew steadily from 2011 to 2018. During the 2018 Chinese New Year Golden Week (February 15-21), retail sales reached ¥926 billion (about $146 billion), 10.2 % higher than the same period in 2017 —and more than double what it was in 2011, according to Ministry of Commerce statistics.

Retail-Tech Landscape: London

Analytics/Predictive Analytics: Leveraging data to generate new opportunities and identify the likelihood of future outcomes in order to enable more strategic decision making.

Innovator Intelligence: Inspectorio—Building a Digital Ecosystem Through AI to Improve Quality Control and Compliance Monitoring

This report forms part of our Innovator Intelligence series, which focuses on emerging companies that are disrupting traditional retail and fueling innovation across the retail value chain. Inspectorio is a technology startup that offers a solution to improve supply-chain inspections, by digitalizing the quality control and compliance monitoring processes across the apparel, accessories and footwear supply chain using mobile, web and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.