Alibaba Sets Another Singles Day Record With $38.4B in GMV

| Douglas P. Clement

Alibaba set another Singles Day record this year on 11/11/19, recording $38.4 billion in gross merchandise value (GMV) during the 24-hour promotion created as a reverse spin on Valentine’s Day 10 years ago, up 25% from last year. By comparison, Adobe is forecasting $29 billion in total ecommerce sales for Cyber Weekend 2019.

Amazon, Walmart Will Dominate E-Grocery Food Sales Through 2024

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon and Walmart will continue to slug it out atop the world of global e-grocery food sales, with the ecommerce giant projected to pass the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer by 2024 with revenues of $15 billion, compared to $14 billion, according to a new report from research firm Edge by Ascential. The projected CAGR through 2024 is 13%.

Marketplace Facilitator Tax Laws: What They Are and How to Prepare

| Scott Peterson

Marketplace facilitators like Amazon, Etsy, Rakuten, Walmart.com and eBay, are now required in 10 states to collect and remit sales tax resulting from third-party transactions, and several additional states will follow suit. Preparation is the name of the game to be compliant with ever-changing tax legislation.

Improving Store Inventory with Technology, Processes

| MCM staff

Compared to distribution or fulfillment centers, store inventory is often seen as the weakest link when it comes to SKU accuracy, with rates that can be as low as 65%. As omnichannel demand picks up, stores are playing a critical role in ecommerce order fulfillment. Here are some quick tips from an expert panel at Ecommerce Operations Summit.

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.