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  • Xylem Inc expands Planet Water Foundation partnership

    Xylem Inc expands Planet Water Foundation partnership

    Managed, Friday, 20 September 2019

    Xylem Inc., the global leader in water technology, has announced the extension of its Planet Water Foundation partnership. The Planet Water Foundation is a non-profit focussed on delivering clean water access and hygiene education to areas that lack these ...
  • Facebook pushes forward with blockchain ambitions

    Facebook pushes forward with blockchain ambitions

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 19 September 2019

    Social media giant Facebook is continuing its push towards the creation of its own cryptocurrency, Libra. The company is just one of many in a consortium that includes big names like PayPal and Mastercard which is seeking to use blockchain technology to create the ...
  • Amazon ramps up Indian endeavour

    Amazon ramps up Indian endeavour

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 18 September 2019

    Just a week after reporting on Amazon’s biggest ever investment into India, we’re taking another look at the ecommerce giant’s expansion in the Indian market. On Monday, the company announced its “biggest festive sales in India”. Titled ...
  • Ferrari remains resolute that it will not compromise exclusivity

    Ferrari remains resolute that it will not compromise exclusivity

    Luxury, Tuesday, 17 September 2019

    Luxury supercar maker Ferrari is on a winning streak. For years, its shares have risen consistently. And even the untimely death of the late Sergio Marchionne, the brand’s “superstar CEO” wasn’t able to derail this trajectory for more than ...
  • Spotify reignites music label ambitions with SoundBetter acquisition

    Spotify reignites music label ambitions with SoundBetter acquisition

    Luxury, Monday, 16 September 2019

    Music streaming market leader Spotify used to offer artists a direct route to listeners. Earlier this year, it closed that down, in a move that many interpreted as failure (or, more charitably, strategic withdrawal). Spotify had used this program to cut music labels ...
  • Baidu overtakes Google to become number 2 in worldwide smart speaker market

    Baidu overtakes Google to become number 2 in worldwide smart speaker market

    Managed, Friday, 13 September 2019

    Guess what? Chinese internet giant Baidu has just hit a major milestone, surpassing Google’s sales of smart speakers and propelling itself into the number two position globally! A new report from Canalys says that Baidu overtook Google in the second quarter of ...
  • Grubhub gets a major new partner in fast-food delivery war

    Grubhub gets a major new partner in fast-food delivery war

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 12 September 2019

    In the fast food world, there are a handful of names that tower over their peers like giants. One such name is McDonald’s – a brand that casts a shadow over anyone else who can cook a burger at speed. Now, food order and delivery service Grubhub has ...
  • Constellation Brands: as Millennials have kids, they’re drinking more

    Constellation Brands: as Millennials have kids, they’re drinking more

    Luxury, Wednesday, 11 September 2019

    According to new research from Constellation Brands, aging Millennials are turning to the bottle as they have families. The alcoholic beverage giant, which is behind premium cerveza lager brands like Corona as well as numerous wines and spirits, says that an uptick ...
  • Good news continues for Anta Sports with record-breaking first half

    Good news continues for Anta Sports with record-breaking first half

    Luxury, Monday, 09 September 2019

    It’s been a great year so far for Anta Sports. The Chinese athleisure giant, which is increasingly being seen as a serious competitor for established companies like Nike, is a real home-grown success story. Major western brands once dominated the Chinese ...
  • Amazon has opened its largest ever building – but it’s not in the US

    Amazon has opened its largest ever building – but it’s not in the US

    Ecommerce, Monday, 09 September 2019

    Ecommerce giant Amazon is setting its sights on a huge new market outside of the US – at least, the fact that it’s opened its largest-ever building in Hyderabad, India, seems to suggest as much. To be fair, Amazon’s Indian ambitions aren’t ...
  • Why Nike’s divisive advertising got it right

    Why Nike’s divisive advertising got it right

    Luxury, Friday, 06 September 2019

    A year ago, Nike did the unthinkable: it waded into a massive and controversial debate over whether athletes should stand for the US National Anthem. This debate was fuelled by racial tension and political divide – a smart brand would stay out of it. Right? ...
  • Tencent beats on profit, misses on revenue

    Tencent beats on profit, misses on revenue

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 04 September 2019

    Last month, Chinese ecommerce giant Tencent, undoubtedly the country’s dominant force in both gaming and social, reported mostly positive earnings for its second quarter. Despite an outsized beat on profit expectations, Tencent’s shares didn’t ...
  • Investment Outlook for September 2019

    Investment Outlook for September 2019

    All News, Tuesday, 03 September 2019

    In spite of widespread publicity surrounding the probability of a global recession (often accompanied with downgrades of growth projections), and increased uncertainties surrounding international trade and the robustness of growth trends, underlying structural ...
  • LVMH wants to help save the rainforest

    LVMH wants to help save the rainforest

    Luxury, Monday, 02 September 2019

    You will be well aware of the tragedy encompassing the Amazon Rain Forest, as wildfire runs rampant through what has been called the “lungs” of the Earth. The G7 has pledged financial support in the Amazon’s time of need (although Brazilian ...
  • Amazon Prime Video looks to colonise the continent

    Amazon Prime Video looks to colonise the continent

    Ecommerce, Friday, 30 August 2019

    Amazon Prime Video is making its European debut thanks to a new deal between Amazon and Altice Europe. The latter partner will be making Prime Video available to its SFR customers in France, including the app in its TV box. This is a big deal for Amazon, which is ...
  • Facebook is exerting its influence on Instagram

    Facebook is exerting its influence on Instagram

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 28 August 2019

    Social media giant Facebook is exerting more pressure on Instagram, the photo-sharing social site that it purchased a few years ago. In a lot of ways, Instagram is vitally important to Facebook. Though not as large as its parent, the platform is huge by most ...
  • Galaxy Entertainment Group sees Yokohama bid as progress

    Galaxy Entertainment Group sees Yokohama bid as progress

    Luxury, Tuesday, 27 August 2019

    Japanese city Yokohama is officially planning to bid for one of the three Integrated Resort licenses being issued by the Japanese government. Integrated Resorts are a by-word for hotel complexes that include casinos – thereby introducing gaming to the country. ...
  • Pernod Ricard uses Malibu event to appeal to Gen Z

    Pernod Ricard uses Malibu event to appeal to Gen Z

    Luxury, Friday, 23 August 2019

    The next big demographics question for consumer businesses is this: how do we capture Gen Z? Generation Z is the name given to those people younger than millennials (the oldest of whom are now around 40), and they are the shoppers of the future. Drinks companies are ...
  • Amazon looks to pacify big names with “top brand” status

    Amazon looks to pacify big names with “top brand” status

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 22 August 2019

    Ecommerce titan Amazon is looking to improve relationships with some of the most visible brands on its platform in a move that will see them recommended to customers. The company, which counts brands like Speedo and Under Armour amongst its product offerings, has ...
  • Xylem Inc. named a world-changer second year in a row

    Xylem Inc. named a world-changer second year in a row

    Managed, Thursday, 22 August 2019

    Global water technology market leader Xylem has been named in Fortune magazine’s “Change the World” list for the second year in a row. The list is a ranking of 50 companies that have made a significant social impact through their core business ...
  • Estee Lauder delivers “outstanding” results for fiscal 2019

    Estee Lauder delivers “outstanding” results for fiscal 2019

    Luxury, Wednesday, 21 August 2019

    Cosmetics giant Estee Lauder reported results this week that should bring a smile to investors’ faces – and judging by the rapid ascent of its share price after the company revealed financial data, it has! Estee Lauder CEO Fabrizio Freda described the ...
  • Strong growth in video streaming helps Baidu beat the Street

    Strong growth in video streaming helps Baidu beat the Street

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 21 August 2019

    Chinese tech giant Baidu, the internet search giant often referred to as Asia’s Google, reported earnings on Monday that beat the Street’s predictions for top-line growth, and demonstrated a healthy underlying business. Particularly notable was the ...
  • Mastercard makes its biggest ever deal to acquire real-time payments unit

    Mastercard makes its biggest ever deal to acquire real-time payments unit

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 20 August 2019

    Cashless transaction giant Mastercard has made the biggest deal of its life thus far, purchasing the real-time payments unit of Denmark-based Nets Group. The company will use its newfound capabilities in real-time payments to bring it one step closer to its eventual ...
  • Constellation Brands continues to streamline wine and spirits unit

    Constellation Brands continues to streamline wine and spirits unit

    Luxury, Tuesday, 20 August 2019

    Alcoholic beverage giant Constellation Brands is continuing to streamline its wine and spirits unit, hoping to focus on the quality, rather than quantity, of brands on offer. That started with a major sale of the company’s lower-end wines to E. & J. Gallo. ...
  • Alibaba beats the Street thanks to strength in ecommerce and cloud

    Alibaba beats the Street thanks to strength in ecommerce and cloud

    Ecommerce, Monday, 19 August 2019

    Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, the country’s market leader in online retail and cloud computing, reported earnings last Thursday that beat analysts’ expectations on the top- and bottom-lines. The company defied doom-and-gloom reporting over a Chinese ...
  • GlaxoSmithKline takes aim at parents in new meningitis commercial

    GlaxoSmithKline takes aim at parents in new meningitis commercial

    Managed, Monday, 19 August 2019

    Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has released a new advert for its meningitis vaccine that targets parents, and will hopefully spread awareness of meningitis B, as kids return to college (where communal lifestyles increase risk of contracting the disease). ...
  • JD smashes profit expectations, beats on top- and bottom-lines, share price soars

    JD smashes profit expectations, beats on top- and bottom-lines, share price soars

    Ecommerce, Friday, 16 August 2019

    Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com, the country’s second-largest online retailer, posted earnings for its second quarter this week that blew analysts’ expectations out of the water. It also signalled that its core business was in rude health despite trade ...
  • Galaxy Entertainment hit by trade war, weakening China, but confident on long-term

    Galaxy Entertainment hit by trade war, weakening China, but confident on long-term

    Luxury, Friday, 16 August 2019

    Gaming giant Galaxy Entertainment reported earnings this week that demonstrated the impact of the US / China trade war and a weakening Chinese economy. These headwinds conspired to keep the company’s revenue down, though good luck on the part of the house ...
  • Anta breaks new ethical ground – first Chinese company to join Better Cotton Initiative

    Anta breaks new ethical ground – first Chinese company to join Better Cotton Initiative

    Luxury, Thursday, 15 August 2019

    Anta Sports Products, the Chinese giant that bought Amer Sports earlier this year and now owns world-famous brands like Salomon and Wilson, as well as its homegrown collections, has broken new ground by joining the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). Anta is the first ...
  • Domino’s looks to better delivery to fight off rivals

    Domino’s looks to better delivery to fight off rivals

    Managed, Thursday, 15 August 2019

    Gone are the days when pizza provider Domino’s Pizza – the world’s largest chain by store number and undisputed market leader – were only competing with other pizza chains. Today, a flurry of food order and delivery services, from Grubhub to ...