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Chinese Rule Changes Ease Restrictions on Cross-Border Goods

| Daniela Forte

New guidance from the Chinese government on cross-border ecommerce has given merchants clarity on potential policy changes, making it easier for them to sell goods in popular categories like food, cosmetics and health supplements normally subject to stricter scrutiny. Here is what is expected from these changes and what it means for cross-border in China.

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Chinese Ecommerce Market Pegged at $1.7 Trillion by 2020

| Mike O'Brien

Despite some forecasts projecting a slowdown in ecommerce in China, a new report from Goldman Sachs sees the world’s largest online market continuing to boom over the next four years. The report pegged Chinese ecommerce sales at $750 billion in 2016 sales, coming from 460 million online shoppers, and projects a CAGR of 23% through 2020 – nearly triple the rate of offline sales. See what categories and companies are leading.

3 Key Retail Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2017

| Jett McCandless

Retail supply chains are being upended by dynamic changes in the marketplace and among consumers. Here are 3 key trends to watch for in supply chains for 2017 that will continue to heavily impact freight transportation and logistics in retail and ecommerce.

Amazon Wins Patent for Flying FC, Blows Out Holidays

| Mike O'Brien

It’s never a dull moment with Amazon, which won a patent for an airborne FC, sold 1 billion items the last two months and created another shopping holiday. Find out more about these latest developments from the ecommerce behemoth.

Alibaba Singles’ Day Tops 2015 Sales with Hours To Go

| Daniela Forte

Single’s Day, the mega-shopping holiday created by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., and held each 11/11, has surpassed 2015’s total of $14.3 billion, with several hours left. See what is being predicted for this shopping event and how it will impact shoppers.

How Digital Disruptions are Affecting Supply Chains

| MCM Staff

How are digital disruptions affecting supply chains? This question is addressed in a new video from Jim Tompkins, keynote speaker at Operations Summit 2017. See what Tompkins has to say about why businesses must become digitally capable in order to achieve profitability.

Is Virtual Reality the Next Ecommerce Frontier?

| Daniela Forte

Virtual reality is making its way into ecommerce, but the question remains whether it is a “nice to have” or a “need to have” for consumer engagement? Read how several merchants are embracing virtual reality as a way to engage with consumers.

Alibaba Group Strikes a Deal With the Canadian Government

| MCM Staff

Alibaba Group and the Canadian government have unveiled a declaration of cooperation that will strengthen efforts to promote trade between Canadian small and medium sized businesses and Chinese consumers. Here’s how the agreement will benefit everyone involved.

Alibaba Group Previews Plans around 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

| MCM Staff

Alibaba Group has announced that as a continuation of the success of the Group’s inaugural 11.11 countdown gala last year, it will once again host a similar event this year in the hours leading up to the midnight start of the upcoming 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Festival. Here’s what Alibaba plans to do offline to get buyers to shop online this Singles Day.