Ecommerce Stories

  • Could Baidu become the Chinese Netflix?

    Could Baidu become the Chinese Netflix?

  • Is Amazon about to kill the landline?

    Is Amazon about to kill the landline?

  • The Facebook family is coming together

    The Facebook family is coming together

  • Expedia partners with Masterpass for mobile payments growth

    Expedia partners with Masterpass for mobile payments growth

  • Ads are coming to Amazon’s Echo

    Ads are coming to Amazon’s Echo

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

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

  • Alibaba’s earnings: profits and sales soar

    Alibaba’s earnings: profits and sales soar

  • Five takeaways from Google’s annual developer conference

    Five takeaways from Google’s annual developer conference

  • FedEx: small businesses are in favour of global trade

    FedEx: small businesses are in favour of global trade

  • Rise of the robotic matchmakers

    Rise of the robotic matchmakers

  • Ecommerce Fund’s first quarter: a picture of strength

    Ecommerce Fund’s first quarter: a picture of strength

  • Electronic Arts fiscal 2017 is ‘milestone year’

    Electronic Arts fiscal 2017 is ‘milestone year’

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

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

  • Online travel sees a beat and a miss: Priceline and TripAdvisor

    Online travel sees a beat and a miss: Priceline and TripAdvisor

  • Cognizant manages strong steady growth and a slight beat on Q1

    Cognizant manages strong steady growth and a slight beat on Q1

  • Match.com has “great first quarter” and expects “very solid” year

    Match.com has “great first quarter” and expects “very solid” year

  • Amazon pushes further into apparel with ‘Look’

    Amazon pushes further into apparel with ‘Look’

  • MasterCard beats estimates on profit and revenue in Q1

    MasterCard beats estimates on profit and revenue in Q1

  • Silicon Valley and the ‘new’ monopolies

    Silicon Valley and the ‘new’ monopolies

  • Amazon smashes expectations, share price surges

    Amazon smashes expectations, share price surges

  • Visa wins big in international markets

    Visa wins big in international markets

  • The entertainment revolution: TV falters against gaming and SVOD

    The entertainment revolution: TV falters against gaming and SVOD

  • Jack Ma: internet and automation will cause 30-years of pain

    Jack Ma: internet and automation will cause 30-years of pain

  • Smartphone ‘addiction’ on the rise in China

    Smartphone ‘addiction’ on the rise in China

  • eBay posts solid results for first quarter

    eBay posts solid results for first quarter

  • The next big bet for AI? Selling humans insurance

    The next big bet for AI? Selling humans insurance

  • For Facebook, augmented reality is the future

    For Facebook, augmented reality is the future

  • Big games bode well for market leading developers in 2017

    Big games bode well for market leading developers in 2017

  • Google’s new app can help with… everything!

    Google’s new app can help with… everything!

  • Facebook makes “first of many” improvements to Instagram Direct

    Facebook makes “first of many” improvements to Instagram Direct

  • MasterCard invests in five fintech start-ups

    MasterCard invests in five fintech start-ups

  • Amadeus moves into bus-booking market

    Amadeus moves into bus-booking market

  • Morgan Stanley sees 3 big opportunities for Amazon

    Morgan Stanley sees 3 big opportunities for Amazon

  • Google reveals teens’ favourite brands

    Google reveals teens’ favourite brands

  • The Chinese AI market is a 2-player game

    The Chinese AI market is a 2-player game

  • Amazon goes “all in on video games”

    Amazon goes “all in on video games”

  • KION finds a home for Retrotech at Dematic

    KION finds a home for Retrotech at Dematic

  • Activision Blizzard’s lead down to franchises and diversity

    Activision Blizzard’s lead down to franchises and diversity

  • Visa addresses the importance of mobile

    Visa addresses the importance of mobile

  • Barron’s: liquidation could provide 20% gain to Yahoo investors

    Barron’s: liquidation could provide 20% gain to Yahoo investors

  • Is Amazon planning further pushes into the brick-and-mortar world?

    Is Amazon planning further pushes into the brick-and-mortar world?

  • Expedia: diversity and mobile key to Thai hotel market

    Expedia: diversity and mobile key to Thai hotel market

  • Amazon moves to enter Middle East

    Amazon moves to enter Middle East

  • Franchises, mobile, and eSports are key to EA’s future

    Franchises, mobile, and eSports are key to EA’s future

  • Baidu takes the fight to cybercriminals

    Baidu takes the fight to cybercriminals

  • Dominion speaks at intersection between fashion and ecommerce

    Dominion speaks at intersection between fashion and ecommerce

  • Skyworks Solutions makes big bet on small cells

    Skyworks Solutions makes big bet on small cells

  • The future of entertainment is clearly online

    The future of entertainment is clearly online

  • Baidu puts AI first

    Baidu puts AI first

  • MasterCard’s marketers: people don’t like ads

    MasterCard’s marketers: people don’t like ads

Latest Ecommerce Stories

  • Could Baidu become the Chinese Netflix?

    Could Baidu become the Chinese Netflix?

    Ecommerce, Friday, 26 May 2017

    Baidu is usually thought of as China’s answer to Google. It’s been very clear recently that it is focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) – and area it is already making significant headway in. However, the company also has a hand in streaming ...
  • Is Amazon about to kill the landline?

    Is Amazon about to kill the landline?

    Ecommerce, Friday, 26 May 2017

    Ecommerce titan Amazon may be about to kill the landline once and for all. According to the U.S. Health Department, over half (50.8%) of American homes no longer have a landline, as mobile phones and online services like Facebook and Skype have become ubiquitous. ...
  • The Facebook family is coming together

    The Facebook family is coming together

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 24 May 2017

    Digital life thrives on connectivity, and now Facebook’s stable of incredibly popular apps – Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram – are pulling together to create a new network. Well, that’s the possible end goal: for now, they’re each ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Online travel sees a beat and a miss: Priceline and TripAdvisor

    Online travel sees a beat and a miss: Priceline and TripAdvisor

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 11 May 2017

    TripAdviser and Priceline – both companies at the heart of the online travel trend – reported earnings for the first quarter recently, demonstrating a mixed bag of hits and misses. However, the underlying story that the companies share remains largely ...
  • Cognizant manages strong steady growth and a slight beat on Q1

    Cognizant manages strong steady growth and a slight beat on Q1

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 10 May 2017

    Cognizant Technology Solutions is a frontrunner in the shift towards digital IT services, and its latest earnings release, posted last week, demonstrates that it is fighting off strong competition in a heavily contested industry. The company has a track record of ...
  • Match.com has “great first quarter” and expects “very solid” year

    Match.com has “great first quarter” and expects “very solid” year

    Ecommerce, Friday, 05 May 2017

    According to Gregory Blatt, chairman and CEO of online dating company Match.com, the company had a “great first quarter,” and the coming year is “looking very solid”. Blatt made these statements on an earnings call with investors, where he ...
  • Amazon pushes further into apparel with ‘Look’

    Amazon pushes further into apparel with ‘Look’

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 04 May 2017

    Global Ecommerce kingpin Amazon is pushing further into clothes and accessories with a new gadget powered by its Alexa virtual personal assistant. The Amazon Look is a $200 hands free camera and style assistant: now Alexa can see what you’re wearing, and ...
  • MasterCard beats estimates on profit and revenue in Q1

    MasterCard beats estimates on profit and revenue in Q1

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 04 May 2017

    MasterCard, the world’s second-largest payments network, reported quarterly earnings this week that beat analysts’ expectations on revenue and profit. The company said that its net income rose by 12.7% to $1.08 billion in the first quarter. On an ...
  • Silicon Valley and the ‘new’ monopolies

    Silicon Valley and the ‘new’ monopolies

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 03 May 2017

    The world’s five biggest companies – Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook – all have one thing in common: they’re technology companies. They have a couple of other things in common too: while they all started out as American ...
  • Amazon smashes expectations, share price surges

    Amazon smashes expectations, share price surges

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 02 May 2017

    Ecommerce kingpin Amazon reported first quarter earnings for the year last week, smashing analysts’ expectations as its e-tail and cloud-computing businesses soared to new heights. As a result, the company’s share price climbed 4.7% in after-hours ...
  • Visa wins big in international markets

    Visa wins big in international markets

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 27 April 2017

    Visa reported its second quarter earnings for the year earlier this month, demonstrating big increases in revenue and profit, driven by the acquisition of Visa Europe and some major new business wins in the U.S. Year-on-year, the company’s revenue rose by 23%, ...
  • The entertainment revolution: TV falters against gaming and SVOD

    The entertainment revolution: TV falters against gaming and SVOD

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 26 April 2017

    TV has been the dominant media for an entire generation – but it looks like that is changing. A new report by business strategy and technology consulting firm Accenture said less than a quarter of the global population now want to watch shows on regular TV ...
  • Jack Ma: internet and automation will cause 30-years of pain

    Jack Ma: internet and automation will cause 30-years of pain

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 25 April 2017

    Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., has warned listeners the China Entrepreneur Conference in Zhengzhou, China, that continued disruption caused by the internet and automation will lead to three decades of pain. Establishing his credibility ...
  • Smartphone ‘addiction’ on the rise in China

    Smartphone ‘addiction’ on the rise in China

    Ecommerce, Monday, 24 April 2017

    Market research company eMarketer says smartphone use in China – as well as, more broadly, the entire Southeast Asia region – is on the rise. In 2017, adults in the country are expected to spend 1 hour and 38 minutes on their smartphones daily, driven by ...
  • eBay posts solid results for first quarter

    eBay posts solid results for first quarter

    Ecommerce, Monday, 24 April 2017

    Ecommerce powerhouse eBay posted first quarter results for 2017 last week, demonstrating solid growth throughout the first three months of the year. Accelerating growth in active buyers on its platform let the company beat its own guidance, and signs point to a ...
  • The next big bet for AI? Selling humans insurance

    The next big bet for AI? Selling humans insurance

    Ecommerce, Friday, 21 April 2017

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly permeating all manner of previously ‘human only’ industries. The most recent – and, potentially, most dramatic – is the insurance industry. A new survey by management consultants Accenture Plc. suggests ...
  • For Facebook, augmented reality is the future

    For Facebook, augmented reality is the future

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 20 April 2017

    According to Mark Zuckerberg, Pokémon Go’s massive summer popularity was due to more than the novelty factor. It was a sign of things to come. The Facebook founder and CEO spoke at F8 (the Facebook Developer Conference), using the platform to describe ...
  • Big games bode well for market leading developers in 2017

    Big games bode well for market leading developers in 2017

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 19 April 2017

    2017 has already seen the video game industry go from strength to strength, but – for market leaders Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts – this is just the beginning. Both companies are at the forefront of the trends sweeping through the sector ...
  • Google’s new app can help with… everything!

    Google’s new app can help with… everything!

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 18 April 2017

    Internet giant Google wants to help you free up time in your busy day. At least, that’s one explanation for the quiet release of its multipurpose new app, Areo. Areo is a home services aggregator with a hyper local focus. At the moment, that focus is solely on ...
  • Facebook makes “first of many” improvements to Instagram Direct

    Facebook makes “first of many” improvements to Instagram Direct

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 13 April 2017

    Facebook has been positioning its photo-sharing site, Instagram, as a competitor for the younger end of the social media spectrum. To do so, it’s aped a few features from teen-favourite Snapchat, and it’s close to equaling – or maybe even ...
  • MasterCard invests in five fintech start-ups

    MasterCard invests in five fintech start-ups

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 12 April 2017

    Global payments provider market leader MasterCard has recently partnered in five new fintech start-ups, three of which work in the area of artificial intelligence (AI), and two of which target retailers and lenders in the banking and payments sector. This ...
  • Amadeus moves into bus-booking market

    Amadeus moves into bus-booking market

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 11 April 2017

    Amadeus IT, the information technology company that provides much of the digital infrastructure for the fast growing and extremely lucrative online travel industry, is adding a new service to its portfolio: bus bookings. Amadeus has stated that it wants to make ...
  • Morgan Stanley sees 3 big opportunities for Amazon

    Morgan Stanley sees 3 big opportunities for Amazon

    Ecommerce, Monday, 10 April 2017

    According to Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak, Amazon has three big business segments that show the potential for significant gains in the near future. Nowak, writing in a note to investors on Thursday, highlighted the Ecommerce titan’s advertising, credit ...
  • Google reveals teens’ favourite brands

    Google reveals teens’ favourite brands

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 06 April 2017

    There are an estimated 60 million Americans between 13 and 17 years old, representing more than a quarter of the U.S. population. These teens – Generation Z, or ‘Boomlets’ – have a combined purchasing power of $44 billion. But, if you factor ...
  • The Chinese AI market is a 2-player game

    The Chinese AI market is a 2-player game

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 05 April 2017

    The Chinese Artificial Intelligence (AI) market is dominated by two big players: Baidu and Tencent. And these two companies are working hard to outcompete each other. Tencent is using its massively popular messaging app, WeChat, into a multi-purpose platform that ...
  • Amazon goes “all in on video games”

    Amazon goes “all in on video games”

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 04 April 2017

    According to Amazon Game Studios, the Ecommerce titan’s video game segment, it sees “gaming becoming the largest entertainment form on Earth.” That’s why the company is making aggressive inroads into the industry. There are currently over 100 ...
  • KION finds a home for Retrotech at Dematic

    KION finds a home for Retrotech at Dematic

    Ecommerce, Monday, 03 April 2017

    KION Group is a global market leader in “industrial trucks, related services, and supply chain solutions.” And one of the ways it stays on top is by pursuing intelligent acquisitions. Last year, the company brought a number of smaller businesses – ...
  • Activision Blizzard’s lead down to franchises and diversity

    Activision Blizzard’s lead down to franchises and diversity

    Ecommerce, Friday, 31 March 2017

    The video games industry is massive. In 2015, it was worth around $70 billion – compare that to the global recording industry’s $15 billion, or the global box office’s $38.3 billion, and it’s easy to see how video games are dramatically ...
  • Visa addresses the importance of mobile

    Visa addresses the importance of mobile

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 30 March 2017

    The senior vice president of Visa’s global marketing platform, Kim Kadlec, recently spoke to marketing publication Adweek, and sought to clarify how the company is addressing the rise of mobile Ecommerce. There is little doubt, as smartphone ownership ...
  • Barron’s: liquidation could provide 20% gain to Yahoo investors

    Barron’s: liquidation could provide 20% gain to Yahoo investors

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 29 March 2017

    According to Barron’s, the weekly American newspaper owned by the Dow Jones Company, Yahoo could return as much as 20% gains to investors in the event of a liquidation. With the impending sale of its core business to Verizon Communications, and its possible ...
  • Is Amazon planning further pushes into the brick-and-mortar world?

    Is Amazon planning further pushes into the brick-and-mortar world?

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 28 March 2017

    Global Ecommerce kingpin Amazon has toyed with brick-and-mortar retailing in the past. For many, this seems like a backwards step, particularly since Amazon is itself one of the major disruptors of offline retailing. The company is literally famous for putting the ...
  • Expedia: diversity and mobile key to Thai hotel market

    Expedia: diversity and mobile key to Thai hotel market

    Ecommerce, Monday, 27 March 2017

    Expedia, the world’s largest travel website and a kingpin of the online travel agent (OTA) world, has told Thailand’s hotels that they need to diversify their reservation and payment channels. The company believes that hoteliers in the country should ...
  • Amazon moves to enter Middle East

    Amazon moves to enter Middle East

    Ecommerce, Friday, 24 March 2017

    Global Ecommerce heavyweight Amazon is looking to become a little more global, according to recent news reports. The online retailer has agreed to purchase 100% of Dubai-based ecommerce company Souq.com from shareholders. Souq claims to be the largest Ecommerce site ...
  • Franchises, mobile, and eSports are key to EA’s future

    Franchises, mobile, and eSports are key to EA’s future

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 23 March 2017

    Electronic Arts is a video gaming powerhouse. The game developer is one of the biggest names in the market, and leading the charge towards digital distribution. Up almost 40% in the last 12 months, the company revealed a number of clues to its future in its latest ...
  • Baidu takes the fight to cybercriminals

    Baidu takes the fight to cybercriminals

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    A gang of “hackers for hire” has attempted to infiltrate Baidu’s networks and steal its driverless car technology. Luckily, Baidu takes its cybersecurity seriously, and the hackers’ attempts were foiled. But the company isn’t taking it ...
  • Dominion speaks at intersection between fashion and ecommerce

    Dominion speaks at intersection between fashion and ecommerce

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 21 March 2017

    Dominion’s market development director James Greco recently spoke at Netcomm Suisse’s annual event ‘e-commerce meets fashion in the Ticino Fashion Valley’. This day of talks has fast become a ‘must attend’ event for anyone ...
  • Skyworks Solutions makes big bet on small cells

    Skyworks Solutions makes big bet on small cells

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 21 March 2017

    Small cells let mobile operators support a higher volume of mobile data traffic – and this means that they could be critical to the future of technology. Cisco says that mobile data traffic will rise sevenfold between 2016 and 2021, due to the fact that by ...
  • The future of entertainment is clearly online

    The future of entertainment is clearly online

    Ecommerce, Monday, 20 March 2017

    Statistics from global audience measurement company Nielsen show that the future of entertainment is not TV. It is online. The younger you are, the less likely you are to be glued to the television in your down time. People aged 18 – 24 (the younger half of ...
  • Baidu puts AI first

    Baidu puts AI first

    Ecommerce, Monday, 20 March 2017

    According to Baidu CEO Robin Li: “the era of mobile internet has ended. We’re going to aggressively invest in AI, and I think it’s going to benefit a lot of people and transform industry after industry.” Baidu, often referred to as the ...
  • MasterCard’s marketers: people don’t like ads

    MasterCard’s marketers: people don’t like ads

    Ecommerce, Friday, 17 March 2017

    According to MasterCard’s chief marketing officer, Raja Rajamannar, people are done with advertising. Instead, they want to “experience brands”. What is MasterCard’s solution to this problem? Something Rajamannar calls “story ...