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  • Can PayPal give Instagram the edge in contextual commerce?

    Can PayPal give Instagram the edge in contextual commerce?

    Ecommerce, Friday, 22 March 2019

    Facebook-owned social media site Instagram, the photo-focussed platform where millennials use various filters to make their images of food, makeup, landscapes, and themselves even easier on the eye, is branching out into contextual commerce. What, I hear you ask, ...
  • Want a cleaner, greener, world? China’s electric buses might be the answer

    Want a cleaner, greener, world? China’s electric buses might be the answer

    Managed, Friday, 22 March 2019

    According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), Chinese buses may be the key to a greener world – assuming, that is, that they continue to transition to electric. BNEF posted a report this week that detailed the impact “China and its bus fleet” ...
  • Disney and 21st Century Fox finally merge, and Netflix’s share price trends… up?

    Disney and 21st Century Fox finally merge, and Netflix’s share price trends… up?

    Managed, Friday, 22 March 2019

    It says impressive things about the confidence investors have in Streaming Video on Demand (SVOD) market leader Netflix that the merger between 21st Century Fox and Disney hasn’t dented it’s share price. In fact, on the day that Fox and Disney’s ...
  • Estee Lauder embraces tech innovation for beauty

    Estee Lauder embraces tech innovation for beauty

    Luxury, Friday, 22 March 2019

    Cosmetics giant Estee Lauder is looking to innovate its way to the top. The makeup market-leader is fending off upstart start-ups left, right, and centre – young brands that appeal to similarly young consumers. And, to keep itself front and centre, Estee is ...
  • We’ve got Netflix and Spotify… when is gaming going to get a first-rate streaming platform?

    We’ve got Netflix and Spotify… when is gaming going to get a first-rate streaming platform?

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 21 March 2019

    This week is Games Develop Conference week in San Francisco, where 25,000 industry pros are gathering to hammer out what the future of gaming looks like. And one player in particular, Silicon Valley giant Google, took centre stage with an exciting new platform ...
  • Inditex sales hit all-time high in fourth quarter

    Inditex sales hit all-time high in fourth quarter

    Luxury, Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Spanish fast-fashion titan Inditex reported sales for the fourth quarter, and full year, of 2018 last week. The company said it’s making strong headway with its push into better digital operations, and its US presence has continued to grow, more-than tripling ...
  • Starbucks supercharging loyalty scheme to fend off competition

    Starbucks supercharging loyalty scheme to fend off competition

    Managed, Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Coffeehouse kingpin Starbucks has announced a revamp of its incredibly popular loyalty scheme, hoping that a tactic which has served it well in the past can help push it even further. The company made the announcement ahead of Wednesday’s shareholder meeting, ...
  • Marriott outlines bold growth plans for next three years

    Marriott outlines bold growth plans for next three years

    Luxury, Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Marriott International, the world’s largest luxury hotelier, has outlined its plan to open as many as 1,700 hotels over the next three years. The company made the announcement on Monday, just prior to its annual investor day in New York. The company also took ...
  • Viasat and Facebook team up to bring the internet to rural Mexico

    Viasat and Facebook team up to bring the internet to rural Mexico

    Managed, Wednesday, 20 March 2019

    Social media giant Facebook has kickstarted a couple of initiatives over the years to get cheap-or-free WiFi in the hands of underserved populations in rural communities around the world. But, for one reason or another, none of these initiatives have been the ...
  • Live Nation and Uber – a match made in heaven?

    Live Nation and Uber – a match made in heaven?

    Luxury, Wednesday, 20 March 2019

    Live Nation and Uber are entering into a new partnership that could bring both companies a substantial business boost. But how do a ride-hailing company and a live events organiser find synergy? The answer is simple: Live Nation will update its app, adding a new ...
  • Netflix announces its latest interactive story – You vs. Wild

    Netflix announces its latest interactive story – You vs. Wild

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 20 March 2019

    Streaming Video on Demand market leader Netflix had a hit on its hands with last year’s Bandersnatch – a special episode of sci-fi anthology Black Mirror that showcased the application of its “interactive storytelling” technology on adult ...
  • Reports emerge that Constellation Brands may be close to selling some of its wine brands

    Reports emerge that Constellation Brands may be close to selling some of its wine brands

    Luxury, Wednesday, 20 March 2019

    Constellation Brands is a major player in the alcohol space, and the US’s third largest beer company – and, thanks to major investments in nascent socialising trends, the company is looking to sell off the low end of its wine portfolio. According to a ...
  • Spotify & Apple engage in war of words over legal battle

    Spotify & Apple engage in war of words over legal battle

    Luxury, Tuesday, 19 March 2019

    At the end of last week, we reported that music streaming market leader Spotify was filing an antitrust complaint against tech giant Apple. In brief, the complaint centred around Apple’s dual role as Spotify’s competitor as a music streaming service ...
  • Just Eat sees 43% revenue rise in 2018, commits to expansion

    Just Eat sees 43% revenue rise in 2018, commits to expansion

    Managed, Tuesday, 19 March 2019

    Fast food delivery service Just Eat has committed to an expansion of its courier service, as it searches for a new CEO and faces fresh competition from rivals like Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Just Eat remains the UK’s market leader in food delivery, but the ...
  • Mr. Bond’s new ride comes in green

    Mr. Bond’s new ride comes in green

    Luxury, Tuesday, 19 March 2019

    Fictional British superspy James Bond’s next ride will be an electric Aston Martin, according to an interview in The Sun newspaper. In a feature from last week, the paper said director Cary Joji Fukunaga (whom it described as “a total tree-hugger”) ...
  • GoDaddy is now “officially” in South Africa

    GoDaddy is now “officially” in South Africa

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 19 March 2019

    GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud-hosting platform aimed at helping small businesses carve out a niche of cyber-space for themselves, is now officially in South Africa. To be clear, this is actually an expansion – South Africans have had access to ...
  • Adidas beats the Street, sees ecommerce as “future for a lot of markets”

    Adidas beats the Street, sees ecommerce as “future for a lot of markets”

    Luxury, Monday, 18 March 2019

    Adidas continued a three-year comeback run of epic proportions last week. The fashionable sportswear company, known for its sneakers and soccer sponsorships, extended a US recovery that has seen its sales double over the past three years with a “record ...
  • Adobe surprises investors, beats on earnings

    Adobe surprises investors, beats on earnings

    Ecommerce, Monday, 18 March 2019

    Creative software giant Adobe, the company behind studio-staples like Photoshop and InDesign, reported earnings last week. The company managed to surprise investors, beating the Street on earnings – although it (very) narrowly missed revenue expectations. ...
  • Farfetch to merge its Chinese operation with JD.com

    Farfetch to merge its Chinese operation with JD.com

    Luxury, Monday, 18 March 2019

    Online fashion retailer Farfetch has announced that it will be merging its Chinese operation with JD.com, a major player in the country’s online retail market (and, incidentally, a holding in Dominion’s Global Trends Ecommerce Fund). The collaboration ...
  • Baidu sees first executive retirement, vows to appoint millennials to top team

    Baidu sees first executive retirement, vows to appoint millennials to top team

    Managed, Monday, 18 March 2019

    At the end of last week, Chinese internet giant Baidu made an announcement: Zhang Yaqin, its president of new business, is opting to retire at 53. This will be the first executive retirement that Baidu’s ever seen, and it came in response to a new initiative ...
  • Spotify launches anti-trust attack against Apple

    Spotify launches anti-trust attack against Apple

    Luxury, Friday, 15 March 2019

    Streaming music market leader Spotify has launched an anti-trust complaint against iPhone-maker Apple, one of its biggest competitors. Apple, which made its name as a hardware company before branching out into services, has an unfair advantage over other players in ...
  • Facebook doesn’t have a great track-record on privacy – but that might change sooner than you think

    Facebook doesn’t have a great track-record on privacy – but that might change sooner than you think

    Ecommerce, Friday, 15 March 2019

    Facebook is not known for being a privacy-first platform. In fact, it is literally the opposite of that: a social network. However, the company may be planning a pivot towards more private communications, the groundwork for which is laid with features it’s ...
  • What’s next for Starbucks? Dark social

    What’s next for Starbucks? Dark social

    Managed, Friday, 15 March 2019

    Coffeehouse kingpin Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain, is testing a new marketing strategy on social media: something that’s referred to, in the industry, as “dark social”. Despite the ominous (and slightly cool) sounding name, dark ...
  • Pernod Ricard is looking to sell wine assets… or is it?

    Pernod Ricard is looking to sell wine assets… or is it?

    Luxury, Friday, 15 March 2019

    In the latter half of this week, rumours spread like wildfire throughout the media that spirits giant Pernod Ricard was looking to sell its wine assets. The “news” started with an article on Bloomberg, which asserted that the company was ...
  • eSports might not be in the next Olympics… but does it need to be?

    eSports might not be in the next Olympics… but does it need to be?

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 14 March 2019

    eSports was left off the list of nominated sports for Paris 2024, meaning it won’t get a chance to be part of the Olympics until at least 2028 in Las Vegas. But many spectators are asking whether the new form of competition even needs the publicity that would ...
  • How Hermes stays ahead of the pack in China

    How Hermes stays ahead of the pack in China

    Luxury, Thursday, 14 March 2019

    Luxury leather goods specialist Hermes is best-known as the creator of the incredibly exclusive Birkin bag, second-hand examples of which often retail for hundreds of thousands of dollars (you can get one first-hand for 20%-or-so of the price – but the waiting ...
  • Netflix confirms decision to focus on more “interactive storytelling” projects

    Netflix confirms decision to focus on more “interactive storytelling” projects

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 14 March 2019

    Last year ended with a bang for Netflix’s original content division, and that bang was called Bandersnatch. Bandersnatch is a unique, feature-length episode of Netflix’s dystopian sci-fi hit Black Mirror. And what makes it so unique is this: viewers got ...
  • Cognizant announces Meritsoft acquisition

    Cognizant announces Meritsoft acquisition

    Managed, Thursday, 14 March 2019

    IT services giant Cognizant has announced the acquisition of Meritsoft, a Dublin-based “FinTech innovator in post-trade processing.” According to Cognizant’s press release, the acquisition will benefit both companies, and provide “banking ...
  • Facebook is doing more than talking tough – moves to sue “data grabbing” quizzes

    Facebook is doing more than talking tough – moves to sue “data grabbing” quizzes

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 13 March 2019

    In a move that signals Facebook’s tougher approach to data breaches, the social media giant has announced that it is suing two Ukrainians who are behind a number of “data grabbing” quizzes that featured on its platform. The quizzes in question ...
  • Estée Lauder announces Environmental, Social and Governance goals for 2025

    Estée Lauder announces Environmental, Social and Governance goals for 2025

    Luxury, Wednesday, 13 March 2019

    Estée Lauder, the luxury cosmetics giant with a reputation for doing the right thing, is looking to advance its legacy of ethical action. In a recent announcement, the company has detailed additional Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals, which it ...