Software keeps its head up this week as Amazon creates more tech jobs in Canada, while Walmart trials a search tool. Alibaba makes moves in Malaysia, and Western businesses continue to head to East Asia. Read on, and have a great day.




Wednesday, 19 December 2018





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Software keeps its head up this week as Amazon creates more tech jobs in Canada, while Walmart trials a search tool. Alibaba makes moves in Malaysia, and Western businesses continue to head to East Asia. Read on, and have a great day.

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North and South America


Amazon moves ▪ E-retail leader Amazon is set to create 600 jobs in the tech sector in Toronto through its expansive new quarters in the city. These will add to Toronto's 800 existing Amazon employees. Meanwhile, the online giant is looking to make the most of the Christmas sales, with its third Digital Day sales event of the year being held on December 28th.



Software matters ▪ Supermarket giant Walmart is trialling its own visual search software through its subsidiary, homeware retailer Hayneedle. Hayneedle has built the software with Walmart Labs, and is using it on their website to aid in visual identification and item finding for customers.



New openings ▪ The Brazil branch of French retailer Carrefour is keeping its wholesale game strong, with plans to continue the high rate of store openings. In clothing, online and physical British fashion label Apricot is set to open its first IRL store in North America, in Boston.



Development and decline ▪ The automated revolution continues, as US retailer Kroger rolls out driverless delivery vehicles in Arizona. Meanwhile, out of business US retailer Sears has racked up charges of USD 443 million in store closures.




Asia and Australia


E-commerce ventures ▪ Chinese online store, Alibaba-owned Taobao, has okayed a spinoff store in Malaysia, its first in Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, the e-retailer's logistics branch Cainiao has partnered with Russian air-freight group Volga-Dnepr.



Digital entry ▪ E-commerce titan JD.com has proved to be a gateway into Chinese retail for Thai businesses. The conglomerate has made arrangements with the Thai government, and will help out smaller businesses wishing to enter the Chinese market, as well as stocking Thai products on their platform.



West looks East ▪ South Korean retailer Lotte has joined hands with The Conran Shop, a British furniture group, to open a luxury homeware venture in South Korea under the Lotte label. And iconic British label Laura Ashley is moving into China amidst a swathe of store closures on home turf.




Europe and Africa


African innovation ▪ French liquor retailer Pernod Ricard is investing into Africa's biggest online store, Jumia. Pernod Ricard has a large presence in the continent, and will be working with Jumia on delivery and distribution innovation in Africa.



Power cuts ▪ The Irish leg of German discounter Lidl is investing deeply into sustainability, making an EUR 1 million investment into solar power. Solar panels have been implemented in their rebuilt Nenagh store, reducing power costs by 25%. Panels are planned for a further eight stores over the coming year.




Funky festivity


Super sales ▪ As the end of the year approaches, holiday shoppers are hitting the big figures. The Saturday before Christmas should see over 10 million British shoppers in stores, with an estimated GBP 1.38 billion to be spent. A further 4.8 million online shoppers will likely spend around GBP 268 million.