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Why bargain clothing retailer Primark is finally investing in digital

Bargain clothing retailer Primark is readying a new digital strategy that has ignited rumors of a move into e-commerce, an area it has long ignored in order to keep a lid on costs. The company has said it is building a "digital platform" to "create new digital capability within the business" -- though it has given few details on what the new digital platform will look like.

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    Sourcing everything from cardboard to aluminum cans is likely to remain a headache for consumer brands. The prices of raw materials are continuing to rise -- meanwhile, brands are also having to pay a premium to expedite their products while ports remain congested. Put together, that means that brands are having to buy further out in order to get enough product, and get creative to keep prices low for customers.

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  • MAY 14, 2021

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    In its quest to become the dominate e-commerce marketplace in Africa, Jumia has historically placed profitability on the backburner for the sake of growth. But now, the company is starting to prioritize certain investments for the sake of profitability. This week, Jumia released its 2021 first quarter earnings, showing an 11% increase of gross profits and 24% decrease of debts. However, the company remains unprofitable 8 years since its 2012 founding and 2 years after its April 2019 IPO. The American e-commerce giant with a similar marketplace model, Amazon, took 6 years to become profitable.

  • MAY 13, 2021

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  • MAY 12, 2021

    Rakuten ramps up logistical investments in Japan to fend off Amazon

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  • MAY 11, 2021

    How Pinduoduo is competing with Alibaba by building commerce communities

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  • MAY 10, 2021

    How MercadoLibre’s longterm investments are helping it beat Amazon

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  • APR 12, 2021

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  • DEC 10, 2020

    How a shoppable WhatsApp might give a boost to small sellers

    In the U.S., only a tiny sliver of people shop on WhatsApp. But the potential for WhatsApp -- which boasts over 2 billion users worldwide -- is significant. That suggests WhatsApp's biggest benefit might not be for international brands, but for local stores without a lot of money to spend on a slick e-commerce site. In turning WhatsApp into a shopping platform, Facebook is actually placing a bet on localized e-commerce.

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