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Shopify bullish about India

E-commerce player Shopify plans to double the number of merchants on its platform in India to 10,000 by 2015. Shopify sees immense opportunity in India, with more than 5000 merchants already operating on its platform including Fabmart, Madinindia and Insaraf. To attract more merchants, Shopify offers set-up-support and free consultation on running their online store, in addition to workshops and webinars it launched last year. It is also expanding its payment and delivery options by col…

Chinese e-commerce site targets foreigners

China Unicom has partnered with Vesta China to launch an English language online store for international shoppers. China United Network Communications Group (China Unicom)’s Beijing branch has signed an exclusive agreement with UniMobile, Vesta’s China subsidiary, to launch an English language e-commerce website that sells China Unicom products and services suitable to international visitors and expats. UniMobile will design, develop, host and maintain China Unicom Beijing bran…

[:en]Decathlon in Indian expansion[:zh]Decathlon在印度的业务扩张

[:en]French sports goods retailer Decathlon says India will become one of its top five markets in terms of store count. Decathlon plans to open up to 60 stores in India in the next five years, in addition to its existing 12 there. “India is a priority country. We dream to open 100 stores in India in five years. But, we feel 50-60 stores is possible,” said Decathlon Sports India CEO Steve Dykes. Dykes said the company is allocating Rs700 crore ($114 million) to fund new stores …

Swiss Seven Friday plans Indian stores

Swiss watch brand Seven Friday plans to open bricks and mortar stores in India. The plan comes after seeing positive customer response to its social media platform and online store it launched in the country four months ago. “Based on the tremendously encouraging response we have received on our social platforms, we have planned to start retailing through the brick-and mortar stores and are in the last leg of closing some deals in this regard,” says Anirudh Karanjekar, director, Seven Frid…

Indonesian online retailer hits Singapore

Indonesia’s curated e-commerce lifestyle store, Shopdeca, has expanded into Singapore. Shopdeca was established in July 2013 in Jakarta to offer unique design products from Southeast Asian and international designers and brands. Offerings range from women’s and men’s apparel, footwear, accessories, jewellery, tech gadgets, home living, novelties and more. The Singapore launch follows its acquisition of Eriin, A Singaporean online store selling curated women’s clothing and accessories. To e…

Lane Crawford hits Chengdu

Luxury department store Lane Crawford has opened in Chengdu. Located in the new Chengdu International Finance Square, the store spans 82,000 sqft, the same size as its Hong Kong IFC flagship. It is spread over two floors, with more than 300 international brands across womenswear, ladies’ shoes and accessories, beauty, menswear, men’s shoes and accessories, and home and lifestyle. The store represents a 300 million yuan ($48.6 million) investment and follows the opening of Lane Crawford’…

Singapore furniture chain goes online

Singapore’s Stylewoods Furniture now sells online. Its online store offers more than 75 products ranging from dining, living and bedroom furniture made mostly in fine teak or mahogany wood. Besides distressed mahogany furniture, they also have minimalist and contemporary teak or mahogany furniture for those who prefer a more Zen-style look. Although their target market is primarily Singapore, it says it has competitive prices for overseas customers who order in bulk. To reduce the typic…

India’s MobileStore heads online

India’s telecom retail store The MobileStore has launched its online store powered by e-commerce company Infibeam. The online store caters to the Indian consumer’s choice of the widest and most comprehensive range of mobile phones. It also offers a one stop mobile solution for accessories, connections, repairs, VAS online mobile and DTH credit recharge. The Mobile Store has tied up with leading operators including Airtel, Vodafone, Loop, Idea, MTNL, BSNL and Reliance Communications, T…

Shopify opens in Malaysia

Shopify, an e-commerce platform that allows individuals and businesses to create online stores, has arrived in Malaysia. The launch of Shopify enables Malaysian entrepreneurs to set up an online store with ease and confidence, it says. With hundreds of store templates to choose from, business owners who sign up on the e-commerce platform can swiftly set up their stores and start accepting orders on the very same day. “With Internet users in Malaysia expected to grow to 21 million in 2016…

Lenovo goes online in India

Tech companies Lenovo and HP are taking the online route to boost sales in India. Chinese company Lenovo has partnered with Net Distribution Services to launch thedostore.com. The online store will offer more than 50 premium Lenovo products, including the ‘Think’ brand products as well as accessories. Lenovo says the move is part of its effort to ‘get closer to the consumers’. “Our customers are spread across the country and we realised that apart from on-ground availability, online …

Microsoft opens online store in China

Software giant joins China’s largest business-to-consumer e-commerce platform.

Batik Indonesia reopens online

New e-store provides better selection of Batik Indonesia fabrics and clothing.