The Global eCommerce Newsletter 05.23.16

Amazon will reportedly soon sell its own private-label groceries
Amazon will roll out new lines of private-label groceries including perishable goods like tea, coffee, baby food, spices, and nonperishable goods like laundry detergent as soon as this month or early June only to its Prime members. Amazon has 50 million or more Prime members. It also offers on-demand delivery service in 25 metro areas in the U.S.

Walmart begins testing 2-day shipping service to take on Amazon Prime
Walmart has changed its three-day delivery to two-day delivery. Walmart’s ShippingPass customers pay $49 a year to have free delivery and return services of over one million products on Walmart’s website. //Walmart also plans to extend its curbside grocery pickup locations this year.

Abercrombie & Fitch Expands in the Middle East
Abercrombie & Fitch has extended its franchise agreement with Majid Al Futtaim Fashion to open stores in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman. Since 2013, A&F has opened eight stores in the UAE and Kuwait. //Remember a lot of my Middle eastern classmates wearing A&F and cologne.

Starbucks Asia stores showcase design direction
The design of Starbucks’ new stores in Taipei and Hong Kong reflects local cultural heritage and uses a mix of east and west influences. // Not ecommerce. But I want you to know about this tourist spot.

China gives importers time to adjust to e-commerce laws
After a month of confusion, China delays the implementation of the new cross-border e-commerce laws for a year. Relevant ministries are consulting with big e-commerce players to make adjustments.

Mobile Makes Retail Ecommerce Gains in Brazil
In Brazil, although desktops still account for 68% of the consumer goods retailer traffic, the number for mobile has grown from 21% in 2014 to 32% last year. Mobile now accounts for 19% of the conversion. Shoppers in Brazil are doing more browsing on mobile devices, and taking actions on desktops. eMarketer estimates that the retailer ecommerce market size has grown from $16.9 billion in 2014 to $19.5 billion in 2015.



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