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Amazon India and Flipkart: Head to Head

India’s marketplace-led e-commerce landscape is far less developed than China’s or its Western counterparts, but it’s growing quickly, from just $39 billion in 2017 to an expected $64 billion in 2020. Homegrown marketplace platform Flipkart realized this early on and enjoyed nearly unrivalled dominion over the Indian market until Amazon entered the fray in 2013.

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4Q19 US Earnings Season Wrap-Up

Fourth-quarter 2019 retail earnings show that many companies across the retail industry saw strong growth. However, our coverage of the Coresight 100 reveals that the CPG and department-store sectors bucked this trend, with the latter continuing to struggle. Companies across the board have updated their guidance due to coronavirus disruption in the supply chain and demand in Asia, but we are yet to see updates based on the spread of the virus to the US, with the nation moving closer to lockdown.

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Insights from China: How Brands Can Leverage Chinese Quora-Like Platform Zhihu

China’s Zhihu is a Quora-like online forum that has grown to attract 220 million users, most of whom are well educated, have higher-than-average incomes and live mostly in tier-1 and tier-2 cities. The social platform offers opportunities for brands to interact with consumers and build brand awareness: Companies such as Amazon have started to utilize Zhihu’s enhanced features, which include livestreaming.

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New Retail Models in E-Commerce: Opportunities To Accelerate Growth

As part of our series exploring new models of retailing across different sectors and channels, we focus on the innovative strategies being implemented by major e-commerce players in China and the US, including Alibaba and JD.com. We discuss how online platforms are using technologies to improve the shopping experience, implementing extended features such as dropshipping and alternative payment options, helping brands to adopt consumer-to-manufacturer business models and launching creative initiatives to extend their reach to customers.

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