Sephora Launches New Omnichannel Shopping Experience in China

| Daniela Forte

Sephora announced the launch of a new omnichannel program in China that incorporates its app, website, stores and a new WeChat mini-program to offer customers a fully immersive shopping experience. Here is what the program includes and what it means for Sephora in China.

Lululemon Reports Double-Digit Online Growth, Strong Comps

| Daniela Forte

Lululemon reported 48% growth in direct-to-customer sales during its second quarter. The apparel brand saw strong online traffic and a higher conversion rate resulting in a 47% comp increase. Ecommerce contributed $167 million or 23% of Lululemon’s topline. See which categories did well during the second quarter.

Time is Money: Local Payment and the Omnichannel Experience

| Ronnie d’Arienzo

E-wallets have slowly gained popularity in the United States and now account for 20% of U.S. payments. For merchants to offer a genuine omnichannel experience, they must engage with customers in a consistent, seamless manner across digital, physical and social media. Find out how offering local or alternate payment is one key to getting there.

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.

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.

Pinduoduo Files For $1 Billion IPO in the U.S.

| Daniela Forte

Shanghai-based ecommerce marketplace Pinduoduo, China’s third-largest after Alibaba and JD.com, is seeking to raise up to $1 billion in a U.S. IPO on an exchange to be named later, less than three years after its founding, See how the company differentiates itself from other Chinese marketplaces.

Amazon Adds International Shopping Feature on Mobile App

| Daniela Forte

Amazon announced the launch of an international mobile shopping feature that lets international customers browse and shop more than 45 million items that can be shipped to their country from the U.S. See which languages and how many currencies will be featured through this option.

DHL Expands in North America to Meet Peak Demand

| Mike O'Brien

Looking to make up ground on rivals UPS and FedEx during peak season, DHL is in the midst of an expansion effort that includes hiring 6,000 temporary workers across its four business units in North America, adding flights and piloting robotic and augmented reality technologies.