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Accor and Alibaba form strategic partnership

International hospitality group Accor and e-commerce giant Alibaba have entered a strategic partnership to develop a series of digital applications and loyalty programs.

Giant JD E-space store to open on Singles Day in Chongqing

A 50,000sqm JD E-Space experience store opens on Singles Day in Chongqing, JD’s largest store yet.

Singapore startup PerroMart taps into soaring rate of pet ownership in Asia

Singaporean startup PerroMart has developed an online-to-offline solution for pet owners blending products, advice, accessories and even vet care and grooming.

Peer-to-peer item-rental concept MyRent solves protection pain point

Singapore peer-to-peer on-demand item-rental marketplaces MyRent is increasing its Lender Protection Guarantee limit, with renters being covered five times more if items are mishandled or stolen.

6ixty8ight to launch online in Singapore and Malaysia

Hong Kong-headquartered lingerie retailer 6ixty8ight is to open e-commerce store in Singapore and Malaysia this month.

Amazon deal with India’s BookMyShow helps build ‘super app’

Amazon’s partnership with BookMyShow in India will bring it one step closer to becoming super app, says GlobalData.

Alibaba’s Singles Day next week will be ‘grander than ever’ predicts analyst

While eye-popping sales numbers have become routine for Alibaba’s Singles Day on 11.11, Forrester senior analyst Xiaofeng Wang expects this year’s event will be “grander than ever”.

Suning.com boosts sales, outlines Carrefour plans

Chinese O2O retailer Suning.com says sales from its online platforms and physical stores rose by 24.27 per cent in the third quarter, reaching RMB 171.43 billion (US$24.4 billion).

Fourth-quarter Alibaba revenue surges 40 per cent

Alibaba revenue rose to US$16.91 billion in the September quarter, 40 per cent above the $12.1 billion during the same period last year.

Harvey Norman first to launch Microsoft Synchronized Shopping software

Harvey Norman has become the world’s first retailer to launch a new AI-powered retail software concept the Microsoft Synchronized Shopping solution.

Singapore’s Qoo10 merges with Indian e-commerce company Shopclues

Indian e-commerce company Shopclues is merging with Singapore-based e-commerce company Qoo10.

Bugun FNC achieves KRW200 million in sales in 2 days

South Korean online fashion retailer Bugun FNC has reached $172,000 in sales at a single store through an offline sale event called ‘Vely Market’.