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 Investment Firm Bids on Italian Supermarket Chain

Chinese Group Yida International Investment has formally expressed interest in Esselunga, Italy’s fourth-largest supermarket chain, Italian daily la Repubblica reported on Thursday [15 June 2017]…Full Article: The Global Times June 2017 Key Points Yida International offered EUR 7.5 billion euros (USD 8.38 billion) for Italy’s Esselunga supermarket chain. In September 2016, the private equity funds

Germany’s Aldi Teams Up with Alibaba’s Tmall

German supermarket franchise Aldi has been taking ground from Australia’s dueling retail giants, Woolworths and Coles since 2001. It now hold around 15 percent of the supermarket space with 350 stores across the country and A$4 billion ($3 billion) in annual sales. With the help of Tmall Global, operated by Alibaba, Aldi is now expanding

Australian Grocery Chain Woolworths to Accept China UnionPay Cards at its Supermarkets

The Australian grocery giant Woolworths said on Tuesday [7 February 2017] that it will now accept UnionPay cards at its stores; China’s leading debit and credit cards. Woolworths will offer all forms of UnionPay payment, including the contactless mobile based transactions at its terminals…Full Article: China Daily Feb 2017 Key Points According to China UnionPay

Alibaba Looks to Leverage “Double 12” Shopping Promotion to Grow its Koubei E-Commerce Platform

Koubei, the online-to-offline or O2O e-commerce platform backed by internet giant Alibaba Group Holding, expects to give overseas offline stores a sales boost and provide internet-based finance for more merchants during the “Double 12” (Dec 12) shopping festival on Monday [12 December 2016]. The company said from Dec 10 to 12, more than 1 million