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Chinese E-Commerce Platforms: Exploring the Diverse Opportunities for Brands

We assess China’s e-commerce landscape, which has evolved over the years to become more diverse, encompassing different verticals, cross-border commerce and social media. We highlight the moves being made by major players in the sector—such as Alibaba and—to drive traffic and better serve consumers, as well as discussing the opportunities in the China market that these platforms are offering brands and retailers.

Coronavirus Briefing: Outbreak Drives Four Innovative Retail Trends in China

With the Chinese government advising people to stay indoors and avoid public places, the coronavirus outbreak is driving four key retail trends in China as retailers look to provide alternative access to their products for consumers. We discuss the introduction of innovative logistics and delivery methods—including drones—as well as the “shared staff” concept being pursued by major supermarket chains.

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 and the exploitation of the company’s strength in gaming and digital entertainment.

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