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Think Tank: Community Group Buying in China—Advantages of the Model and Future Prospects

Coresight Research’s new Think Tank series delves into the trends and segments that we have identified as presenting growth opportunities in retail in 2021 and beyond. In this report, we explore the community group-buying market in China, covering a timeline of key developments and the advantages that the model presents for both consumers and retailers. We discuss the key players in the China market—including startups and Internet giants—and consider the future of the market in China and internationally.

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Retail 2021: Global Trends

We present our key global retail and consumer trends for 2021, which fall under five umbrellas: the new consumer; the future of physical retail; the evolution of digital retail; doing good is good business; and discovering ways of transacting. The trends range from some of the biggest, multiyear, multicategory trends such as wellness and sustainability to more nascent or niche trends such as livestreaming and experiential e-commerce. In this free report, our analysts outline their predictions, as well as the details and impacts of each trend on various retail sectors and regions.

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New Retail in China: Gucci Launches a Flagship Store on Tmall

We discuss recent developments in New Retail in China, including Gucci’s launch of a flagship store on Tmall Luxury Pavilion and China’s growing domestic duty-free market, including the opening of JD.com’s first duty-free store, in Hainan province. We also discuss investments in delivery lockers from JD.com, Pinduoduo and Suning.com, given the increase in popularity of these last-mile delivery solutions.

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Head-to-Head in E-Commerce: Alibaba vs. JD.com

For Coresight Research’s new Head-to-Head series, we compare China’s two largest e-commerce companies, Alibaba and JD.com. In this report, we discuss the companies’ evolving business models, investment strategies, and selected financial and operating metrics to provide insights into their next stages of growth.

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Retail 2021: 10 Trends for China E-Commerce

We expect 2021 to be a year full of innovation in China’s e-commerce market, with the Covid-19 pandemic having significantly altered the nature of how consumers engage with brands and make purchases. In this free report, we present 10 key trends for Chinese e-commerce in 2021 and discuss how brands and retailers that are targeting the China market could capitalize on the changes we expect to see over the course of the year. These trends cover livestreaming, shopping festivals, group buying, New Retail and more.

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Livestreaming from Malls: An Innovative Way To Attract Shoppers

Once popular meeting hubs, malls have faced challenges from the rise in e-commerce and declining foot traffic in recent years. With Covid-19 representing another blow to mall ecosystems, it is important for mall operators to find new ways to engage with consumers. We discuss how livestreaming can be a useful tool for malls in attracting shoppers.

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Retailers United “Help America Stay Open” Pitch Event Recap: Five Competing Startups, One $10,000 Grant Winner

On December 8, 2020, Deborah Weinswig, Coresight Research CEO and Founder, emceed Retailers United’s second pitch competition, in which five US retail startups competed for a $10,000 grant. We offer insights from the “Help America Stay Open” digital pitch event, providing highlights from the presentations of the five competing startups, as well as from the pitches of the three participating RevTech Ventures-backed companies.

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New Retail Briefing: Alibaba Invests in Hypermarket Chain Sun Art and Luxury E-Commerce Platform Farfetch

We discuss recent developments in New Retail in China, including Alibaba’s investment to increase its stake in domestic hypermarket Sun Art Retail to become the controlling shareholder and JD.com’s partnership with Kuaishou to host a 200-hour livestreaming session for Singles’ Day from November 1 to 9.

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Insights from China: Exploring Alibaba’s Success in China’s Grocery Market—Innovation at Freshippo

As part of our Insights from China series, we discuss the success of Freshippo, Alibaba’s grocery chain. We consider the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic this year and explore how the retailer has leveraged innovation across three key areas: new store formats, differentiated products offerings and the integration of technology and data.

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Singles’ Day 2020: Analyzing New Retail Strategies

Started as an online-only shopping festival, Singles’ Day has been shifting toward an omnichannel presence, leveraging Alibaba’s concept of “New Retail” to extend the event to offline retail. We discuss three key New Retail strategies that brands and Alibaba’s Tmall platform launched for this year’s Double 11: offline experiential events, such as pop-up shops; 3D virtual showrooms; and online coupons.

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Brand Journeys to Singles’ Day 2020: #5—Lab to Beauty To Capitalize on the Growing “Natural Beauty” Trend in China

Hosted annually on November 11, Singles’ Day is the world’s largest online shopping festival. Continuing Coresight Research’s Brand Journeys to Singles’ Day 2020 series, we profile beauty brand Lab to Beauty, which specializes in CBD skin care. We discuss the growing popularity of the “natural beauty” concept in China and how Lab to Beauty will utilize key opinion leaders and livestreaming to engage with consumers ahead of, and during, Singles’ Day.

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