The Global eCommerce Newsletter 06.13.16

 
Wal-Mart Testing Uber, Lyft for Online Grocery Delivery
On June 3rd, Wal-Mart announces that it will test Uber and Lyft grocery delivery service in the next two weeks in Denver and Phoenix. Customers pay Wal-Mart the regular $7 to $10 delivery charge online and make no payments to the driver. In March, the company already started a delivery program for its Sam’s Club business members in Miami. //Wal-Mart is also expanding its curbside pick-up stations. Customers are the beneficiaries of the competition between Wal-Mart and Amazon.

RELATED: Walmart is lagging behind in China’s e-commerce market
Although Wal-Mart owns Yihaodian, it has yet to have a significant effect in China as it only accounts for 1.6% of the country’s online market, according to Business of Fashion. Its rivals Alibaba and JD.com still dominate the market with 47% and 20% of the market respectively. Wal-Mart still has plenty of room to grow, especially in grocery and imported foods business. According to Nielsen, about 46% of Chinese shoppers buy their groceries online.

China tightens its cross-border e-commerce rules
Starting May 2017, imported goods stored at free trade zones in 10 Chinese cities will have to be certified for sale in China. The new regulation will have the biggest impact on imported cosmetics, nutritional supplements, and food. The new rule, however, will not impact overseas retailers that ship individual orders from warehouses outside of China to end customers.

Australian shoppers spent $20 billion online last year
Australian online shoppers spent $19.6 billion in the 12 months to April. Online retail now accounts for 6.6% of all Australian retail sales. According to the National Australia Bank’s latest online retail index, online retail is growing three times faster than traditional bricks and mortar over the same period. Online sales increase in areas such as food catering (up 47.6%), media sales (up 27.3%), and fashion (up 8.5%).

More Singaporeans turning to online shopping for better bargains
PwC’s Total Retail survey (published on June 2) shows that 60% of consumers in Singapore buy products online at least once a month. The survey also indicates that Singaporean consumers are more active in making purchases on their smartphones: 38% of respondents buy products via mobile device at least once a month compared to 27% globally. 57% of the respondents use social media when making a purchase decision compared to 45% globally. In addition, cost remains a key driver when making a purchase online.

Ecommerce Sites in Brazil Embrace Social Media
About 60% of ecommerce sites in Brazil use social media for sales and marketing. 56% of the survey respondents say they read reviews and comments on social media. 43% of those surveyed think ad viewing does influence them.

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