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  • Match Group: Facebook should stick to data, not daters

    Match Group: Facebook should stick to data, not daters

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    Match Group, the online dating kingpin behind brands like Tinder, Match.com, and OKCupid, isn’t worried about Facebook’s entry into its market. The social media giant said it was planning to encroach on Match’s personal space at its F8 conference ...
  • Just before Prime Day, Jeff Bezos became the richest man in modern history

    Just before Prime Day, Jeff Bezos became the richest man in modern history

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    Here’s the bad news: Ecommerce titan Amazon’s latest Prime Day was marred by performance lags, with many shoppers not being able to get online and browse for deals. Here’s the good news: those bugs may have ben caused by overuse – the company ...
  • Trump talked tough on drugs – but has he delivered?

    Trump talked tough on drugs – but has he delivered?

    Managed, Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    According to the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, drug companies are “getting away with murder.” That was Mr. Trump in January of 2017. Then, on May 11 this year, the president described his new drug price plan as “the most ...
  • Ctrip’s Skyscanner purchase is paying off – and CEO says there’s more to come

    Ctrip’s Skyscanner purchase is paying off – and CEO says there’s more to come

    Luxury, Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    Ctrip took a chance when it bought Scottish flight-search company Skyscanner in 2016. The Chinese travel giant is making a bold play for the international market, and CEO Jane Sun says that acquisitions will be a big part of that expansion. Her management and ...
  • Netflix’s share price plunges as “slow” growth weighs it down

    Netflix’s share price plunges as “slow” growth weighs it down

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    Imagine only adding 5.2 million new customers to your business in a single quarter. I know – the shame! Yet, this “slow” growth is precisely what has caused Netflix’s shares to plummet after earnings were released last night. A few caveats ...
  • Tesla’s surprise – Russian orders soar

    Tesla’s surprise – Russian orders soar

    Luxury, Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    Embattled technocrat Elon Musk continues to wage a war of attrition against Tesla naysayers. The company – CEO Musk’s pure-play for the luxury electric car space – recently beat (an albeit delayed) target for Model 3 production. And while the race ...
  • JD Finance and Ant Financial go head-to-head

    JD Finance and Ant Financial go head-to-head

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    JD Finance, the fintech arm of China’s number two online retailer JD.com, is “close to” picking up $1.9 billion in investment from a group of Chinese financial services giants. According to Bloomberg, this could provide it with “a clutch of ...
  • Richemont gears up for the 21st Century

    Richemont gears up for the 21st Century

    Luxury, Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    Swiss luxury conglomerate Richemont, the powerhouse behind brands like Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, has been busily reinventing itself to make the most of the 21st century. The company may have a long history in the upper-end of the luxury sector, but ...
  • Can Netflix pass its subscriber growth test later today?

    Can Netflix pass its subscriber growth test later today?

    Ecommerce, Monday, 16 July 2018

    After-hours this evening, streaming video on demand (SVOD) market leader Netflix will release its second quarter earnings. Expectations are high: Netflix has been a big deal for a long time, but these last few years of exponential growth have firmly solidified its ...
  • PayPal knows what Millennials want – SPEED and CONVENIENCE!

    PayPal knows what Millennials want – SPEED and CONVENIENCE!

    Managed, Monday, 16 July 2018

    Online payment provider PayPal is making a major play for the Milennial dollar – and it knows exactly what it will take to get it: speed, and convenience. Younger consumers, who have grown up with Ecommerce and are “digital natives” have gotten ...
  • LVMH embraces Chinese pure-play luxury e-tailer Secoo

    LVMH embraces Chinese pure-play luxury e-tailer Secoo

    Luxury, Monday, 16 July 2018

    You might not have heard of Secoo. In an Ecommerce landscape dominated by Alibaba and JD.com, the relatively new online retail player is easy to miss. Nonetheless, it’s managed to carve out a lucrative niche for itself with a unique promise: all the luxury ...
  • GlaxoSmithKline sells psoriasis drug to Dermavant

    GlaxoSmithKline sells psoriasis drug to Dermavant

    Managed, Monday, 16 July 2018

    Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has just signed a $330 million deal with Roivant subsidiary Dermavent. Roivant is a global healthcare business, and Dermavent is its skincare segment. The latter has agreed to buy the rights to GSK’s tapinarof – ...
  • Tinder Gold is a gold mine for Match group

    Tinder Gold is a gold mine for Match group

    Managed, Friday, 13 July 2018

    Match Group is having a busy year so far. It’s talking a good game when it comes to upcoming online dating player Facebook; it’s in the midst of legal battles with smaller rival Bumble; it’s just completed an acquisition of “meaningful” ...
  • Activision Blizzard takes eSports into prime time territory!

    Activision Blizzard takes eSports into prime time territory!

    Ecommerce, Friday, 13 July 2018

    Activision Blizzard, the world-leading video game developer and publisher that is redefining modern entertainment trends, has just scored big. Over the past few years, the company has become possibly the world’s most visible eSport champion, and now it’s ...
  • According to FedEx “global is the new local”

    According to FedEx “global is the new local”

    Ecommerce, Friday, 13 July 2018

    In a surefire example of how globalization and Ecommerce are changing the world of business, FedEx has released a research report titled ‘Global is the New Local: The Changing International Trade Patterns of Small Businesses in Asia Pacific’. The report ...
  • World Cup winner announced early: Adidas

    World Cup winner announced early: Adidas

    Luxury, Friday, 13 July 2018

    With 2.5 billion fans worldwide, football (or “soccer” as it’s also known) is the world’s most popular sport by a long way. Number two, cricket, has a full billion fewer fans. It’s a safe bet that many of those fans will be tuning into ...
  • Trade war sends Tesla to China

    Trade war sends Tesla to China

    Luxury, Thursday, 12 July 2018

    As the trade war between China and the U.S. has continued to heat up, electric carmaker Tesla has taken a hit: its vehicles have become shockingly more expensive in the east. That’s a big problem for the company, as China is the world’s biggest market ...
  • Google and Shopify double down to increase Ecommerce

    Google and Shopify double down to increase Ecommerce

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 12 July 2018

    When it comes to search engine giant Google, undoubtedly the jewel in Alphabet’s crown, one business is more important than all the others combined: advertising. The company made its billions in the ad world – whether on search or YouTube – long ...
  • Xylem Inc. helps pump water from Thai caves, helps to save captive soccer team

    Xylem Inc. helps pump water from Thai caves, helps to save captive soccer team

    Managed, Thursday, 12 July 2018

    The world watched with baited breath earlier this month, as 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. But while most of us could offer no more than moral support, Patrick Decker, CEO of global water technology company Xylem Inc., was ...
  • Electronic Arts acquires Industrial Toys

    Electronic Arts acquires Industrial Toys

    Luxury, Thursday, 12 July 2018

    Market leading video game developer and producer, Electronic Arts, has acquired Industrial Toys – the company behind a number of ambitious mobile games. The studio is only six years old, but it’s had top talent behind it from the get-go: co-founder Alex ...
  • Anyone planning to buy groceries on Amazon’s Prime Day?

    Anyone planning to buy groceries on Amazon’s Prime Day?

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 11 July 2018

    Ecommerce giant Amazon’s biggest day of the year is nearly here: the fourth annual Prime Day will kick off on July 16 and last for a solid 36 hours. Over that period, Amazon Prime members will have access to a bevvy of fast-release special offers and deep ...
  • India is the next big travel market

    India is the next big travel market

    Luxury, Wednesday, 11 July 2018

    Everyone knows how powerful the trend towards travel and travel retail is in China: in 2016, the country’s tourists accounted for a massive $261 billion in overseas spending – that’s a fifth of the global total! China might be the biggest spender, ...
  • Netflix increases 2018 content budget to $13 billion

    Netflix increases 2018 content budget to $13 billion

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 11 July 2018

    Netflix, the streaming video on demand (SVOD) market leader, is making massive commitments to the production of original content. Earlier this year, it pledged an $8 billion annual content spend, much of which was earmarked to develop its own shows and movies ...
  • Just Eat adds another big name to its roster

    Just Eat adds another big name to its roster

    Managed, Wednesday, 11 July 2018

    If you’re a fan of New York style Subs, then you’re in luck: now, American restaurant Subway can get sandwiches right to your front door. That’s courtesy of a “trial partnership” with food order and delivery specialists Just Eat. But ...
  • Amazon might disrupt healthcare quicker than you think

    Amazon might disrupt healthcare quicker than you think

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 10 July 2018

    If you’re a regular reader of this newsfeed, you will already know that Amazon is making a play for the online pharmacy industry. Given its proven ability to disrupt businesses (anyone remember independent bookshops?), and its growing brick-and-mortar retail ...
  • Luxottica acquires Barberini, still waiting on confirmation from Chinese regulators

    Luxottica acquires Barberini, still waiting on confirmation from Chinese regulators

    Luxury, Tuesday, 10 July 2018

    At the end of June, eyewear giant Luxottica revealed that it was still awaiting the go-ahead from Chinese regulators for its merger with French lens-maker Essilor. The two groups said that they “remained confident” that the Chinese competition authority ...
  • Tencent plans online music business spin off

    Tencent plans online music business spin off

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 10 July 2018

    Chinese internet giant Tencent, widely hailed as the country’s dominant force in social media and online gaming, has announced plans to spin off its online music streaming service. That’s a sign, according to Bloomberg, that “the long-beleaguered ...
  • PayPal’s spending has only just begun

    PayPal’s spending has only just begun

    Managed, Tuesday, 10 July 2018

    Online payment provider PayPal recently made its largest acquisition to date, purchasing iZettle, a Swedish fintech startup, for $2.2 billion. iZettle was pleased to find another route to expansion beyond its planned IPO – and it may be just one of many ...
  • Take-Two Interactive aren’t making any assumptions about Red Dead Redemption 2

    Take-Two Interactive aren’t making any assumptions about Red Dead Redemption 2

    Ecommerce, Monday, 09 July 2018

    Since its announcement, analysts and gamers alike have been eager to speculate over Red Dead Redemption 2. The game – latest installment in a popular franchise from Take-Two Interactive – is widely expected to be the biggest release of the year, and will ...
  • The next big player in pet health… Mars?

    The next big player in pet health… Mars?

    Luxury, Monday, 09 July 2018

    The next big player in the fast-growing pet health sector looks like its going to be Mars. As in, the bar, not the planet. If that sounds strange, you haven’t been paying enough attention to the press around our furry friends: pet care is big business, and ...