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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.

Aldi and Lidl Global Update

Aldi and Lidl are growing store numbers, adjusting formats to serve regional markets and moving further into e-commerce. We discuss global developments and growth metrics, with a focus on the US, the UK and China.

Monthly Consumer Update: US, UK and China

Macro economic indicators from the US, UK and China all seem to point to positive – but growth seems unsteady and although positive there remain areas of concern. This report captures the big picture and what it means for retail as we head into the holidays.

Supply Chain Briefing: Four Ways Companies Are Simplifying Their Supply Chains

Supply Chain Briefing: Four Ways Companies Are Using to Approach Supply Chain Simplification Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex, prompting global retailers to look for ways to simplify processes to speed operations and cut costs. Companies are streamlining supply chains by consolidating vendors, unifying data systems and streamlining distribution channels by selling directly to consumers.

Alibaba: A Timeline of Key Events

From 2017 to 2019, Alibaba expanded its cloud business into new territories outside China. We examine key events from the company’s recent history as part of our Retailers’ Timelines series.

Luxury Giant LVMH To Buy Tiffany for $16.2 Billion

On November 25, French luxury conglomerate LVMH announced that it will buy Tiffany & Co, an American luxury jewelry retailer, for $135 per share for a total value of $16.2 billion. We discuss how this acquisition jumpstarts LVMH’s global presence in the fine jewelry market at a time when demand for jewelery is resurging.

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