When we see retail trends in China around revenue, our major question is whether Chinese commercial data is as “massaged” as its government counterparts.
PayPal is launching a competitor to Square
This video shows just how quickly PayPal has been expanding throughout the retail universe. The company is making major strategic moves to keep things rolling, such as PayPal Here, which competes directly with Square, and even getting into the gambling space. What’s next? Lending.
Forecast for retail e-commerce in China
Bringing more context into Wal-Mart’s acquisition of a prominent Chinese retailer, check out the growth curve on retail e-commerce in China. That’s in billions, like everything over there. The retail future is in Asia far more than it is the Americas or Europe.
The Top 10 U.S. Retailers – a surprising list
This chart of the Top 10 U.S. retailers is surprising, depending on where you live. Wal-Mart is obvious; Kroger is not, depending on your address. Wal-Mart’s position here shows that it likely obeys no tradition rules when it comes to strategy. They are in fact unique, perhaps without a peer in history. Check out the company’s recent acquisition of Chinese …
Sales of office supplies in the U.S. slowly dwindling
Similar to the consolidation of the beer industry, the office supply business is also undergoing massive consolidation with the takeover of Office Depot by Staples. The Federal Trade Commission has yet to approve the deal, concerned by the potential creation of a monopoly in the industry. Still, Staples’ CEO Ronald Sargent expects the deal to be closed by the end …