Tencent Holdings to Purchase a 5% Stake in Yonghui Superstores

Tencent Holdings has agreed to purchase a stake in one of China’s largest supermarket chains, Yonghui Superstores, in the latest move to step up the war with Alibaba Group Holding in the “new retail” battleground of online-offline shopping…Full Article: South China Morning Post Dec 2017 Key Points As of December 2017, YH Super Species (est.

Carrefour China at a Crossroads After Alibaba Invests in Sun Art Retail Group

A partnership between French retailer Auchan and internet giant Alibaba could push Carrefour further behind in China and could even persuade its new boss to pull out of the country. Alexandre Bompard took the helm at Carrefour, the world’s second-largest retailer behind Walmart, in July; on Jan 23, 2018, he will unveil his turnaround plan

South Korea’s Lotte Group Gets Go Ahead for Chengdu Project Amid Easing Tensions with China

Lotte Corp said on Monday [6 November 2017] that a major property development in China had received approval from local authorities to start a second phase of construction – the latest sign that tension between China and South Korea is easing. The announcement comes one week after an unexpected detente between the two countries, which

Beijing’s Chaoshifa Supermarket Chain Signs Cooperation Agreement with Japan’s Lawson

Retail veteran Chaoshifa Market has been given a new lease of life. The Beijing-based supermarket chain caters for middle-aged and senior citizen customers, and has been operating in local communities since 1997. But this month the group opened three, small outlets in Beijing with the Japanese convenience store franchise, Lawson China Holdings Inc, in a

Walmart Stores to Be Used as JD.com Warehouses in Major Chinese Cities

Chinese e-commerce giant Jingdong (JD) announced Tuesday [25 July 2017] an inventory pooling scheme with American retailer Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart stores will serve as warehouses for JD in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, and Wuhan…Full Article: ECNS.cn July 2017 Key Point As a result of the inventory (warehouse) pooling scheme, purchases from JD.com could potentially be

Alibaba’s Hema Fresh Stores Expand into Beijing

The concept of “New Retail,” which was created by Jack Ma Yun, Alibaba Group Holding’s founder and chairman, in late October, is gaining momentum in the domestic markets. Hema Xiansheng, Alibaba’s newly founded online-to-offline platform, is putting the novel retail business model into practice, an effort experts say is changing China’s traditional retail sector. Despite

Beijing Invests In New Wholesale Produce Market

Beijing has invested four billion yuan ($588 million) to build a new wholesale produce market in its southeastern suburbs. The new market will complement Xinfadi, the capital’s largest produce market, located in southern Beijing…Full Article: China Daily July 2017 Key Point Beijing’s Xinfadi wholesale market supplies 70% of the city’s vegetables. ChinaAg Comments In February