Toys “R” Us Files for Bankruptcy: Why? And What Does It Mean?

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Retail giant Toys “R” Us filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada this week, and the news furthered the popular narrative of a “retail apocalypse” in the US. The bankruptcy proceedings do not affect the… Continue Reading

The Magic Returned to Las Vegas Again This August

This week, the FGRT team attended the August Magic trade show, held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show is produced by UBM, a UK-based event organizer that puts on more than 300 events per year. Magic is held… Continue Reading

Amazon Is Playing Its Part in Changing the Back-to-School Shopping Season

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Economic conditions look good for back-to-school spending this year—unemployment is low, consumer confidence is at a 16-year high, housing prices have risen and gas prices remain low—leading to healthy forecasts for shopping this season. Fung Global Retail & Technology expects… Continue Reading

Reviewing WeChat, a Communication, Connection and Commerce Ecosystem with Almost a Billion Users

Shenzhen, China - December 30 2013: Emergence of Chinese Social Media and the rise of WeChat from Tencent in competing with Facebook.

We recently attended the Rise 2017 Conference in Hong Kong, which is one of the largest technology conferences in Asia. The event featured a talk by Stephen Wang from Tencent, which owns the WeChat mobile app. Wang gave an overview… Continue Reading

Prime Day’s Importance Lies in Driving Reconsideration, Not Just Sales

Hagerstown, MD, USA - May 29, 2015: Image of an Amazon packages. Amazon is an online company and is the largest retailer in the world.

This week saw Amazon offer up its third annual Prime Day—a feast of special offers available exclusively to Amazon Prime members. By the time this is published, many readers will have seen a slew of statistics on the sales values… Continue Reading

The Third Annual Amazon Prime Day Is Coming in Mid-July

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As we look forward to the Fourth of July holiday and start easing into the dog days of summer, we also approach a major, if recently invented, shopping event—Amazon Prime Day—which will celebrate its third anniversary on Tuesday, July 11.… Continue Reading

Amazon Takes a Bite Out of the Grocery Market

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Amazon Takes a Bite Out of the Grocery Market Amazon’s planned purchase of Whole Foods Market is one of the most startling retail news stories of this decade, for several reasons: It is Amazon’s largest acquisition by far. The company… Continue Reading

A Visit to the New Amazon Bookstore in New York City

Amazon Bookstore New York City

The Fung Global Retail & Technology team recently visited the newly opened Amazon Books location at The Shops at Columbus Circle in New York City. This is Amazon’s seventh bookstore, and follows store openings in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon and… Continue Reading

Thoughts on Voice Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Drones in Retail

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Voice technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and delivery drones have been at the forefront of our conversations with retailers in the past week. Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com this week announced that it is planning to build China’s largest drone logistics network.… Continue Reading