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Shopback wins investment from Singapore state fund

Singaporean cashback startup Shopback has secured around US$30 million in investment from state fund Tamasek, alongside existing investors.

Chinese giants dominate Asia’s online grocery market

China’s two e-commerce giants are driving the most growth in Asia’s online grocery market according to a new report from international researcher IGD.

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”.

Rakuten and Seiyu launch Japan’s first autonomous delivery robots

Rakuten has partnered with Seiyu to launch Japan’s first autonomous delivery robots service with JD in Umikaze Park.

Yahoo Japan tipped for Zozotown bid

Yahoo Japan reportedly has plans to buy the owner of Zozotown, the country’s largest online fashion retailer, before expanding the business to take on e-commerce heavyweights Rakuten and Amazon.

Rakuten to test autonomous delivery robots in Japan

A Japanese collective including Yamato Transport and Rakuten will partner with the Japanese government in a road test of autonomous delivery robots.

ShopBack secures US$45 million in fresh funding

Rewards program ShopBack has secured a further US$45 million in its latest funding round.

Japan’s small retailers gain global e-commerce platform

Japanese small retailers are to gain a global e-commerce platform through a government venture and foreign online partners.

ViSenze AI technology helps people shop on Samsung phones

Visual commerce AI firm ViSenze has partnered with Samsung to help users easily discover and purchase products using their phones.

ViSenze AI technology helps people shop on Samsung phones

Visual commerce AI firm ViSenze has partnered with Samsung to help users easily discover and purchase products using their phones.

JD and Rakuten collaborate on drone-delivery plan

JD and Rakuten will collaborate on developing unmanned delivery solutions in Japan.

Not delivering on customer experience costs retailers in Asia

Nearly two-thirds of consumers in Asia will no longer shop with a retailer after just one poor customer experience.