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FedEx decides against the renewal of FedEx Express contract with Amazon

The FedEx Express contract with Amazon An inside overview of Amazon   June 2019 marked an important event in the world of logistics and e-commerce when two big names decided to part. The logistics giant FedEx decided on the non-renewal of its FedEx Express contract with Amazon. Moreover, apart from FedEx Express, the other contracts of FedEx with Amazon will...

Survival crisis for small online retailers (e-tailers) in India as big players seize the market

Growth of the Indian online retail industry Big e-tailers vs small ones The future of e-tailers   Indian retail industry has surfaced as one of the fastest growing and enterprising industries, with a total expenditure on consumption expected to reach $3600 billion by 2020 ($1824 billion in 2017). E-commerce is disrupting the retail market and is expected to...

Iconic Hamleys is now a Reliance baby. What is the Indian giant’s plan for its retail business on global turf?

History of Hamleys RIL’s acquisition of Hamleys is a part of the strategic plan to connect another dot on the retail network What is the RIL plan for its retail business?   Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), through its subsidiary Reliance Brands, acquired the 259 years old British toy store chain Hamleys last month for 67.96 million pounds (~Rs 620 crore)....

China’s insatiable appetite for luxury goods

Overview of the global luxury market Rapid increase in Chinese consumers’ luxury purchases Future outlook on the luxury market in China   The global luxury market as a whole has been growing consistently in the past few years and 2018 was also a positive year for this market, where it grew by a steady 5% to an estimated €1.2 trillion with a greater diversity...

Growth of unmanned retail stores in China

The concept of unmanned retail stores Companies venturing into the unmanned retail business in China Technology used in unmanned retail stores   As the world is moving towards a greater degree of automation, one of the latest trends that are picking up is the set-up of unmanned retail stores. Few pioneers for this trend are surprisingly the e-commerce companies....

China’s new way of retail ‘new retail’

Strong growth in China’s retail industry and market outlook What is the ‘new retail’? Investment in the Chinese retail industry   With the advent of online retailing, biggies such as Amazon are disrupting the retail space. Past two years have been tough for the typical brick-and-mortar stores all around the world, which have witnessed many of these giants fall...

Why is Alphabet considering to invest in Flipkart?

Walmart’s decision to acquire a majority stake in Flipkart Core competencies of success for Alphabet Threat created by the massive growth of Amazon   May 2018 was marked by a significant development in the Indian e-commerce industry. Walmart, which is undoubtedly the largest retailer in the world announced its plan to buy a 77% stake in Flipkart at a cost of USD...

Booming e-commerce in China

Factors for exceptional success of e-commerce in the nation Why are companies aggressively investing in O2O?   In the span of barely a decade, China has risen as the world leader in the e-commerce space. The online shopping generated c. $1.1 trillion (2017) in the country, which was an improvement of 32% over the previous year. China is the largest e-commerce market in...

US retail store meltdown

Is it the end of the retail industry in the nation? Is e-commerce the sole reason for impact on the industry?   The US retail hold a significant share of the world retail market, especially in the apparel segment where it is 50% larger than China. The twelve of the largest world retailers are from the US. The companies like Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Walgreens are among...

End-stage for ‘Sears Canada’

Brief history of the company The challenge for the industry or company? Reasons for doom of Sears    Sears Canada was a leading retail chain in Canada since 1953. It was a partnership between ‘Simpsons Ltd.’ and ‘Sears Roebuck’ of the USA. This alliance was dispersed after the Hudson's Bay Co. acquired Simpsons. In 1984, the company changed its name to Sears...

Toys“R”Us, re-birth or last breath?

Is leveraged buyout dangerous for businesses? Can online players capture the toy industry? An outlook on current operations of Toys“R”Us   Toy business has a vast scope and requires a lot of innovation. One of the key names in the toy industry is of Toys"R”Us. This is a US-based company, which was incorporated as a baby furniture store in 1948 and diversified into...

Chinese department store chains, challenges and the future

Performance of department stores in China Preference of the Chinese consumers Steps taken to enhance customer experience   A department store is a one-stop shop for buying different categories of items ranging from appliances and furniture to apparels and cosmetics. Moreover, with an increase in consumerism department store trend also saw an uplift, especially in...

Added benefits of convenience stores in fuel stations

Different types of fuel stations with attached convenience store format Success factors for the business model What is more profitable? Fuel station or convenience store?    Convenience stores usually have an area of 2,000 to 4,000 square feet. A fuel station normally has an ample space and can accommodate a convenience store, ATM, fast food takeaway or a...

Failure of Amazon in China, an analysis

E-commerce market in China Online consumer product retailers in China Performance of Amazon in China   Amazon is a global e-commerce player selling a wide variety of products online. The firm is a market leader in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. It is a dominant player in the West, but has struggled in the Chinese market since the...

Brand Bolina

What were the reasons for a decline in profitability of Bolina? Did increase in patents help the firm? How successful was the strategy to launch brand ‘Bolina’?   Bolina Holding Company Limited designs and manufactures toilet seats, wash basins, urinals, bidets, squat pans, soap containers, faucets and bathroom fixtures. In 2002, it began as an Original Equipment...

Games and toys, not any more child’s play

The leading toy brands The cost of sales and what forms the major chunk of this cost? How Lego Group managed its cost of sales?   The 21 st century has seen a tremendous transformation in the gaming and toys industry as compared to the developments in the 19 th and 20 th centuries, gradually shifting its focus to achieve technological sophistication. Hence,...

An analysis of retail sector in New Zealand

New Zealand is a geographically small nation with an area of 268,021 square kilometres and a total population of 4.6 million. It is a sparsely populated country with a population density of 17 persons per square kilometre. The population of New Zealand has increased at a small CAGR of 1.1% from 3.73 million (1996) to 4.6 million (2016). Although it is sparsely populated, it is a high-income...

The closure of Finish Line sportswear stores, reasons and outcome

Finish Line is regional sportswear retailer in the United States and few of the significant peers of the firm are Dick’s Sporting Goods and Foot Locker. In the past 5 years, the revenue of Finish Line, Foot Locker and Dick’s Sporting Goods increased at a CAGR of 8.4%, 7.1% and 8.7% respectively as shown in the below graph. The revenue growth was due to an increase in Finish Line...

Grocery price war and supermarket biggies, the key impact and changes on their operational background

A price war is an outcome of a business decision to the lowering of the prices of the products in relation to those of the direct competitors in a market. The competitors, in turn, may further lower the prices of their products as a response, an initial strategy or as a defensive strategy to protect their market share. Globally, the grocery price war among the supermarket biggies began more...

Asian e-commerce giants Alibaba and Rakuten: a comprehension of their key operational parameters

The e-commerce came into existence in the year 1994 and has ever since grown to the present USD 1800 billion industry globally. The growth came on the back of increasing internet users’ base and increasing consumer preference for purchasing goods online, owing to the ease of shopping. The e-commerce industry in Asia accounts for 52% of the global e-commerce industry and has mirrored the...

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Content with tag retail .

Failure of Amazon in China, an analysis

E-commerce market in China Online consumer product retailers in China Performance of Amazon in China   Amazon is a global e-commerce player selling a wide...

Toys“R”Us, re-birth or last breath?

Is leveraged buyout dangerous for businesses? Can online players capture the toy industry? An outlook on current operations of Toys“R”Us   Toy business has a vast...

China’s insatiable appetite for luxury goods

Overview of the global luxury market Rapid increase in Chinese consumers’ luxury purchases Future outlook on the luxury market in China   The global luxury...

Added benefits of convenience stores in fuel stations

Different types of fuel stations with attached convenience store format Success factors for the business model What is more profitable? Fuel station or convenience store?  ...

Iconic Hamleys is now a Reliance baby. What is the Indian giant’s plan for its retail business on global turf?

History of Hamleys RIL’s acquisition of Hamleys is a part of the strategic plan to connect another dot on the retail network What is the RIL plan for its retail business? ...

Growth of unmanned retail stores in China

The concept of unmanned retail stores Companies venturing into the unmanned retail business in China Technology used in unmanned retail stores   As the world is...

Games and toys, not any more child’s play

The leading toy brands The cost of sales and what forms the major chunk of this cost? How Lego Group managed its cost of sales?   The 21 st century has seen a...

Pet stores in the United States, key trends and analysis

Pet industry growing at double the rate of the overall retail sales Premiumization and healthy lifestyle driving the growth in the pet industry Pet food, the largest segment to...

Survival crisis for small online retailers (e-tailers) in India as big players seize the market

Growth of the Indian online retail industry Big e-tailers vs small ones The future of e-tailers   Indian retail industry has surfaced as one of the fastest...

Asian e-commerce giants Alibaba and Rakuten: a comprehension of their key operational parameters

The e-commerce came into existence in the year 1994 and has ever since grown to the present USD 1800 billion industry globally. The growth came on the back of increasing internet users’ base and...

China’s new way of retail ‘new retail’

Strong growth in China’s retail industry and market outlook What is the ‘new retail’? Investment in the Chinese retail industry   With the advent of online retailing,...

FedEx decides against the renewal of FedEx Express contract with Amazon

The FedEx Express contract with Amazon An inside overview of Amazon   June 2019 marked an important event in the world of logistics and e-commerce when two big names...

An analysis of retail sector in New Zealand

New Zealand is a geographically small nation with an area of 268,021 square kilometres and a total population of 4.6 million. It is a sparsely populated country with a population density of 17...

End-stage for ‘Sears Canada’

Brief history of the company The challenge for the industry or company? Reasons for doom of Sears    Sears Canada was a leading retail chain in Canada since...

US retail store meltdown

Is it the end of the retail industry in the nation? Is e-commerce the sole reason for impact on the industry?   The US retail hold a significant share of the world retail...

Booming e-commerce in China

Factors for exceptional success of e-commerce in the nation Why are companies aggressively investing in O2O?   In the span of barely a decade, China has risen as the world...

Chinese department store chains, challenges and the future

Performance of department stores in China Preference of the Chinese consumers Steps taken to enhance customer experience   A department store is a one-stop shop for...

The closure of Finish Line sportswear stores, reasons and outcome

Finish Line is regional sportswear retailer in the United States and few of the significant peers of the firm are Dick’s Sporting Goods and Foot Locker. In the past 5 years, the revenue of Finish...

Why is Alphabet considering to invest in Flipkart?

Walmart’s decision to acquire a majority stake in Flipkart Core competencies of success for Alphabet Threat created by the massive growth of Amazon   May 2018 was...

Key operational success formula in Retail Industry

The average foot-traffic and the customer conversion ratio are primary operational parameters that drive the revenue of a retail outlet. A retail store in a prime location will yield higher...