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  • Samsonite dreams of an Italian empire

    Samsonite dreams of an Italian empire

    Luxury, Tuesday, 23 May 2017

    Last year saw air traffic in Italy increase by 4.6%, meaning that a record-breaking 164 million passengers took to the air from an Italian airport in 2016. In the rest of the world, numbers grew even more: +6% from 2015 to an enormous 3.7 billion people. For global ...
  • Expedia partners with Masterpass for mobile payments growth

    Expedia partners with Masterpass for mobile payments growth

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 23 May 2017

    Online travel giant Expedia is partnering with MasterCard’s mobile wallet and buy button service Masterpass, letting customers pay with the service on its sites, including Orbitz and Travelocity. This could be a big win for both platforms: Masterpass will get ...
  • Emerging economies in Asia are being spurred on by digital

    Emerging economies in Asia are being spurred on by digital

    Managed, Tuesday, 23 May 2017

    According to a new report by Deloitte, emerging economies in Asia are being transformed by quick adoption of digital technologies amongst the population. China now has the world’s largest Ecommerce market, with Singapore and other Asian countries have been ...
  • Ads are coming to Amazon’s Echo

    Ads are coming to Amazon’s Echo

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 23 May 2017

    Recent months have demonstrated that owners of smart speakers like Google’s Home are not fans of advertisements. However, that is unlikely to stop companies from trying to insert them onto the platforms. Voice analytics company VoiceLabs has announced that a ...
  • Amazon’s digital savvy gives it the edge over other retailers

    Amazon’s digital savvy gives it the edge over other retailers

    Ecommerce, Monday, 22 May 2017

    Ever wondered how Amazon manages to beat its competitors on price while still making a profit? The answer is bots. That is, bots as is automated programs that ‘crawl’ websites and extract data. In this case, the data extracted is pricing on the thousands ...
  • Zara pushes further into India

    Zara pushes further into India

    Luxury, Monday, 22 May 2017

    Spanish fast fashion expert Inditex is looking to make further headway in India through one of its flagship brands, Zara. The popular fashion label is expanding into larger stores in the country, having opened its first such store in Mumbai earlier this month. Where ...
  • Alibaba’s earnings: profits and sales soar

    Alibaba’s earnings: profits and sales soar

    Ecommerce, Monday, 22 May 2017

    China is the world’s most populous country, and its ecommerce sector is amongst the most developed in the world. So, it’s no surprise that Alibaba, the country’s largest Ecommerce company, has reported strong profit and better than expected sales ...
  • Global Markets have approved Syngenta ChemChina deal

    Global Markets have approved Syngenta ChemChina deal

    Managed, Monday, 22 May 2017

    The journey towards a new agricultural powerhouse – the company that will result from the merger between ChemChina and Syngenta – is drawing closer to completion as global markets have approved the deal. In April, China approved the deal; soon after, ...
  • Five takeaways from Google’s annual developer conference

    Five takeaways from Google’s annual developer conference

    Ecommerce, Friday, 19 May 2017

    This week saw Silicon Valley heavyweight Google hold its 2017 annual developer conference. The company chose to use the platform to demonstrate the advances being made in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, augmented reality, and more. While relatively ...
  • China’s demographic problems continue apace

    China’s demographic problems continue apace

    All News, Friday, 19 May 2017

    A new survey by one of China’s biggest recruitment firms, Zhaopin.com, has reignited conversation about the demographic problems facing the country over the coming years. Despite Beijing’s attempts to kick-start births in the nation by relaxing the ...
  • Domino’s incredible 9-year journey continues

    Domino’s incredible 9-year journey continues

    Managed, Friday, 19 May 2017

    Domino’s Pizza wasn’t in the best of places back in 2008 – but thanks to an incredible turn around in fortunes, the company is now trading 50 times higher than it did back then. That’s an appreciation of 5000%! This hasn’t happened ...
  • Ulta Beauty picks up YouTube icon’s beauty line

    Ulta Beauty picks up YouTube icon’s beauty line

    Luxury, Friday, 19 May 2017

    If you’re over 30, you may not know who “Zoella” is. But to Millennials, she is one of the world’s biggest stars. She was an early breakout sensation of YouTube, where she remains one of the biggest names on the platform, and has since ...
  • Will Novartis’ Entresto drive the business in 2017?

    Will Novartis’ Entresto drive the business in 2017?

    Managed, Thursday, 18 May 2017

    Novartis’ advanced heart-failure drug Entresto has been something of a disappointment. After clinical trials that clearly demonstrated it was a better option than anything else on the market, hopes were high that it would become an ...
  • FedEx: small businesses are in favour of global trade

    FedEx: small businesses are in favour of global trade

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 18 May 2017

    According to global freight shippers FedEx, small businesses are in favour of expanding global trade. The company recently released its second FedEx Trade Index – the result of a survey of small business leaders in the U.S. – and found that 84% of ...
  • Earth may pass ‘major climate threshold’ within 15 years

    Earth may pass ‘major climate threshold’ within 15 years

    Managed, Thursday, 18 May 2017

    A new study has determined that Earth could pass one of the major thresholds of climate change within 15 years. When the world’s temperature reaches 1.5 degrees Celsius above its preindustrial level, it will hit a “potentially dangerous level of climate ...
  • Mandarin Oriental to open second luxury property in Dubai

    Mandarin Oriental to open second luxury property in Dubai

    Luxury, Thursday, 18 May 2017

    Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a second luxury property in Dubai, with opening slated for late 2020. The new location in downtown Dubai will compliment Mandarin’s existing property in the country, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira ...
  • Don’t count out retailers yet: stronger April than previously thought

    Don’t count out retailers yet: stronger April than previously thought

    All News, Wednesday, 17 May 2017

    April and March were stronger months for U.S. retailers than previously thought. In April, retail sales increased by 0.4%, and were 4.5% higher than the previous year, while a 0.2% monthly decrease in March has been revised upwards, to a 0.1% increase. This bodes ...
  • Is India ready to embrace genetically modified foods?

    Is India ready to embrace genetically modified foods?

    Managed, Wednesday, 17 May 2017

    Few countries face the food supply crisis that India does. It has a huge and growing population, poor electricity makes refrigeration impossible in most parts of the country, and it is dangerously exposed to volatile weather cycles and global warming. Given this ...
  • Rise of the robotic matchmakers

    Rise of the robotic matchmakers

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 17 May 2017

    Match.com’s wildly popular hook-up app, Tinder, has plans to outsource its matchmaking endevours – to robots. Earlier this month, the company reported a strong set of quarterly earnings, and on the call, Match Group’s CEO, Greg Blatt, outlined an ...
  • Jay Z joins Live Nation family for another decade at $200 million

    Jay Z joins Live Nation family for another decade at $200 million

    Luxury, Wednesday, 17 May 2017

    Rap superstar Jay Z signed a $150 million, ten-year, deal with concert booking ticket seller Live Nation way back in 2008 – now, he’s signed another one, for another decade, for $200 million. Details are not forthcoming on the particulars of the ...
  • Ecommerce Fund’s first quarter: a picture of strength

    Ecommerce Fund’s first quarter: a picture of strength

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 16 May 2017

    The first quarter of 2017 has seen Ecommerce Fund extend its phenomenal performance into another year. The Fund’s investment thesis is simple: to gain exposure to the best, and most attractively valued, companies operating within the Ecommerce sector. This ...
  • Global cyber-attack leaves world reeling

    Global cyber-attack leaves world reeling

    Managed, Tuesday, 16 May 2017

    The largest cyber-attack in history, undertaken over the last few days, and widely expected to continue into the week, has left a number of government services, national bodies, and private companies crippled. Amongst the most high profile victims are The UK’s ...
  • Electronic Arts fiscal 2017 is ‘milestone year’

    Electronic Arts fiscal 2017 is ‘milestone year’

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 16 May 2017

    Market leading video game developer Electronic Arts (EA) reported fourth quarter and full year results for fiscal 2017 last week, demonstrating an incredibly robust business. The year saw EA become the number 1 publisher on Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles in the ...
  • Ctrip sees strong start to 2017

    Ctrip sees strong start to 2017

    Luxury, Tuesday, 16 May 2017

    Leading Chinese online travel firm Ctrip reported first quarter figures for 2017 at the end of last week, demonstrating a strong underlying business. Net revenue for the three months ending March 31 rose an incredible 46% from the year-ago quarter to RMB 6.1 ...
  • Forget “made in China” – the country’s a tech leader

    Forget “made in China” – the country’s a tech leader

    Managed, Monday, 15 May 2017

    When you think of the technology sector, South Korea is amongst the first region that comes to mind. Samsung’s smartphones, the fastest internet on the planet, and a basket of innovations that would make any Silicon Valley CEO salivate are all things we think ...
  • Adidas knocks Nike out of UEFA Europa League

    Adidas knocks Nike out of UEFA Europa League

    Luxury, Monday, 15 May 2017

    Soccer’s UEFA Europa League is down to its final two teams – Manchester United and Ajax Amsterdam. But, despite the final having not yet been played, investors already know the winner: global sporting apparel and footwear brand Adidas. The ongoing ...
  • What’s the big deal with India’s Ecommerce market?

    What’s the big deal with India’s Ecommerce market?

    Ecommerce, Monday, 15 May 2017

    India seems to be one of the most hot-button topics in the Ecommerce world at the moment. It’s easy to see why: the country is massive, lacks significant physical infrastructure, and is fast-evolving. Like China before it, this developing market has the ...
  • By 2030, 25% of U.S. traffic could be driverless

    By 2030, 25% of U.S. traffic could be driverless

    Managed, Monday, 15 May 2017

    According to a recent study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), as many as a quarter of all miles driven in the U.S. could be undertaken by shared, electric self-driving cars. The study says that three trends will converge – car sharing, autonomous vehicles, ...
  • Zalando wants market share over profit

    Zalando wants market share over profit

    Luxury, Friday, 12 May 2017

    Online fashion retailer Zalando released first quarter earnings for 2017 on Tuesday, and said that it is prioritizing market share over profit growth. The company said sales rose by 23.1% for the three months, meeting its own guidance of a 20% to 25% expansion. ...
  • Brown Forman move into… basketball?

    Brown Forman move into… basketball?

    Luxury, Friday, 12 May 2017

    Spirits distiller Brown Forman, the company behind Jack Daniels, as well as other premium spirits brands, is branching out… into basketball! At least, that’s the comedic premise for its new advert, which can be seen below. Brown Forman branches out ...