Alibaba Targets Amazon through AliExpress Expansion

| Mike O'Brien

Alibaba is changing up its fast-growing AliExpress marketplace to attract merchant sellers from nations besides China, a direct challenge to Amazon’s international marketplace, according to the Financial Times. The “local to global” program will initially admit sellers from Russia, Turkey, Italy and Spain, expanding as it goes.

Walmart Testing Same-Day Grocery Delivery in China

| Mike O'Brien

After beefing up its grocery delivery chops here, including automated kiosks and crowdsourcing, Walmart is now testing same-day grocery delivery to customers in China through a hookup with WeChat and delivery service Dada. This is separate from Walmart’s partnership with JD.com, although both have invested in Dada.

Singles Day Once Again Sets Records, But Growth Is Slowing

| Daniela Forte

Alibaba set a new record on the 10th annual Singles Day by reaching more than $30.8 billion or 213.5 billion yuan in gross merchandise value (GMV) in 24 hours on Sunday. However growth is slowing and some observers question the GMV metric, while some Chinese consumers are less than enthusiastic.

Alibaba Group Founder, Chairman Jack Ma to Step Down in 2019

| Daniela Forte

Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Chinese ecommerce behemoth Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., announced he will step down in September 2019, to be succeeded by Alibaba Group CEO and chairman Daniel Zhang. Ma will continue as executive chairman during the transition period.

Kroger to Sell Groceries in China Through Alibaba Partnership

| Mike O'Brien

Cincinnati-based grocer Kroger will start selling online into China through a new partnership with Alibaba, testing some of its natural foods line first as it makes its first international move in the expanding grocery wars. See what else the company is up to, including its pilot of driverless delivery in Scottsdale, AZ and same-day delivery.

Guess Brings AI to Fashion with Alibaba Collaboration

| Daniela Forte

Guess is partnering with Alibaba Group to bring artificial intelligence to fashion and provide customers with a richer shopping experience combining online and offline elements. Here are some of the features of the FashionAI concept store and what it means for Guess.

Scoring Big with Chinese Shoppers on Ecommerce Holidays

| Franklin Chu

Global ecommerce holidays have become increasingly pervasive and lucrative, as ever-growing results prove. These insights from the 618 Festival will help U.S. merchants prepare for other upcoming ecommerce events, including China’s Singles Day, the biggest sales event in global retail.

Ecommerce in Europe Grew 11% in 2017 to $624 Billion

| Mike O'Brien

As it has here, ecommerce in Europe is continuing to experience double-digit gains, increasing 11% in 2017 to $624 billion or 534 billion euros, with projected growth of 13% in 2018, according to a report from Ecommerce Europe. See how the spending broke down by region, and which marketplaces were most popular.

Walmart Pays $16 Billion for 77% Stake in Flipkart

| Mike O'Brien

Ending weeks of back and forth, Walmart confirmed it is making a $16 billion investment in Indian ecommerce marketplace Flipkart, giving it a 77% stake, increasing its presence in the rapidly growing market and edging out a bid from rival Amazon.

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