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 New iPhones Are Here: Should You Buy the 8 Now, or Wait for the X in November?

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This week, Apple launched not one long-anticipated new iPhone—but two—whose specifications fell generally in line with rumors and industry watchers’ expectations. There is such a large number of partners and suppliers involved in the creation of any new generation of… Continue Reading

Facial Recognition: Coming Soon to a Smartphone Near You

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Facial recognition has long been the stuff of science fiction, with books and movies including scenes of facial or retinal scans being used to identify entrants to sensitive military complexes. The technology has also been used for certain niche purposes… Continue Reading

Walmart and JD.com Strengthen Partnership and Launch New 8/8 Shopping Festival

The past week brought news that Walmart and JD.com, China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue, are expanding the strategic partnership they formed last year. One element of this is the launch of a new shopping event—the JD-Walmart 8/8 omnichannel shopping… 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

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

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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

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

Loyalty Programs Are About More than Just Loyalty (Hint: It Is the Data!)

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Retail loyalty programs have a long history in the US. According to rewards program solutions company Smile.io, these programs started in the 18th century, when retailers would give customers copper tokens that could be redeemed for future purchases. Starting in… Continue Reading

Walmart Rapidly Evolves Its E-Commerce Offering

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In recent months, Walmart has made a flurry of innovations and acquisitions as it seeks to strengthen its multichannel offering and ultimately compete more strongly against Amazon. Walmart acquired Internet pure-play retailer Jet.com in September 2016, online outdoor retailer Moosejaw… Continue Reading

A Visit to the New Amazon Bookstore in New York City

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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