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7 Key Differences Between Chinese and Western Consumers

| John W. Spelich

For one thing, online shopping in China is a much bigger deal than it is in the West, as Singles Day sales volumes show. Yet unlike their counterparts in more mature economies, China’s increasingly affluent consumers are fairly new to e-tail. Here are seven key differences between Chinese and Western consumers.

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.

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.

ChannelAdvisor’s Scot Wingo Recaps Cyber Weekend 2015, and Talks Star Wars

| Tim Parry

ChannelAdvisor Executive Chairman and Founder Scot Wingo was gracious enough to do a Google Hangout video interview with Multichannel Merchant on Tuesday to talk about Cyber Weekend 2015. Not only did Scot and Multichannel Merchant Managing Editor Tim Parry discuss Amazon’s strong showing, eBay’s weak strategy, and great surges by omnichannel marketplaces, but they discussed China’s Singles Day, and why Star Wars merchandise didn’t fare well over the Cyber 5.

Savvy Western Brands Win Big on Singles Day

| Chuck Whiteman

Singles Day 2015 recently came and went, and more than a few Western retailers are surely envious at how Chinese companies fared during the November 11 sales event. The shopping holiday isn’t just for Chinese companies anymore. Savvy Western brands are getting wise, and getting a piece of the action.

What We’ve Learned from Singles Day 2015

| Tim Parry

Rumor of a weak Chinese economy may have been greatly exaggerated: Singles Day 2015 came in like a lion, and went out like a lion. So what have we learned, so far, from Singles Day 2015?

The Big Fat Singles Day 2015 Pseudo Live Blog

| Tim Parry

While Alibaba reported Singels Day sales of $14.3 billion – up 60% from last year’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival – the Chinese shopping holiday was not all about Tmall, Taobao and Alipay. Check out more highlights, facts, and figures in our pseudo-live Singles Day 2015 blog.