Isetan Mitsukoshi, Japan’s largest department store group, will open an online storefront on Alibaba Group’s Tmall Global on Black Friday. In the first half of this year, 70% of Isetan Mitsukoshi’s sales of duty-free goods are bought by Chinese consumers. The strategic partnership with Tmall Global allows Isetan Mitsukoshi to target Chinese consumers who have shopped at its stores in Japan and to develop new customers who are interested in high-quality Japanese products. “Initially, the company will focus on its own brands and seasonal products. It will gradually add Japanese brands to its lineup.” // 三越伊势丹天猫旗舰店
[Rakuten] Rakuten Books expands store pickups
Customers of Rakuten Books can now pick up their online purchases at Lawson convenience stores across Japan. Lawson has 11,922 stores and 100 outlet stores around the country. The stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Rakuten Books customers can choose pick-up store location and opt to pay for at the store. Orders can be picked up on the evening of the second day of the purchase and will be held in-store for one week.
[Pitney Bowes] Pitney Bowes (PBI) Rolls Out Cross-Border Shopping Website
Global ecommerce solutions provider, Pitney Bowes, launched an online shopping website, Borderfree.com, right before 2016 holiday season. Supported by Pitney Bowes’s cross-border ecommerce and international logistics solution, Borderfree.com also offers multilingual customer service and flexible payment options in different currencies. More than 100,000 international shoppers have signed up on its website.
[U.S.] US e-commerce market maintains healthy growth
According to a 2016 Q3 report from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. e-commerce market continues to grow at a healthy rate. Online sales growth rate continues to outpace that of the total retail market. Total retail sales in the U.S. grows 2.2% YoY in Q3 while online sales increases by 15.7%. Mobile is leading the way in ecommerce growth. In 2016 Q2, mobile accounts for 47% of the total traffic, more than desktop’s 45%. However, mobile only represents 27% of the orders in Q2 while desktop accounts for 61%.
[Alibaba] Alibaba gives its fast-growing cloud computing business another global push
Alibaba just announced the opening of four data centers across the world. A new facility in the Middle East went online on November 21. Facilities in Australia, Japan, and Germany will open soon. The new locations will take Alicloud, Alibaba’s cloud business unit, to 14 data centers worldwide. Alicloud pulled in $224 million in revenue in the last quarter. // Amazon Web Service brought in $3.23 billion in revenue in the recent quarter.
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