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How to Design Tissue, Bags, and Boxes

Before you read on further, ask yourself this question: which makes you feel more valued as a customer; your product arriving in a generic cardboard box, or in attractive, specially branded packaging unique to that company? Let’s say you purchase someth...

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Alibaba kicks of 11.11 2018 Global Shopping Festival

Alibaba Group on Friday launched the month long celebration of its 11.11 Global Shopping Festival in Beijing, saying this year’s 10th anniversary event will be the largest-ever in scale and reach.

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Amazon Go is all about customer data

It’s far from certain whether Amazon Go represents the future of shopping, but it certainly feels like shopping in the future. The checkout-free convenience store’s newest location in downtown Chicago — the first to open outside of Seattl...

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One-stop border post will boost trading

As the marketing executive of Dairibord Zimbabwe, a stock exchange–listed exporter of food and beverages in Southern Africa, Tracy Mutaviri is looking forward to a bigger market share for her goods when the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) bec...

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E-commerce sales set to deliver robust holiday retail growth

There is consensus among analysts that e-commerce will spur holiday retail sales growth this year. Forrester forecasts online sales to grow 13.5 year over year. EMarketer pegs e-commerce growth at 16.2 percent, while Internet Retailer is projecting 15.5...

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New threat: Future Consumer brands top FMCG sales in Big Bazaar

One in every five products sold at the country’s biggest hypermarket chain Big Bazaar is owned by Future Consumer, a sister concern of the retailer, said founder Kishore Biyani. This indicates increasing threat to national consumer goods companies that ...

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What is really wrong with the UK retail sector and why is it in such trouble?

Many major retail chains seem to be in trouble. This week Marks & Spencer said it will close down 100 stores as profits tumble. This follows Mothercare’s announcement last week of 50 store closures. House of Fraser is restructuring. Debenhams’ pro...

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Positive trend in liquid milk consumption

Figures recently released by SAMPRO show that liquid milk consumption grew by 4,3% in the 12-month period ending June 2018, compared to the same period in 2016 to 2017. While the demand for fresh milk decreased by 3,2%, the exceptional 9,6% increase in th...

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Fraud attacks on retailers rose 13% in 2017

Fraud attacks increased by 13% in 2017, according to the 2018 Fraud Attack Index from Forter. The report noted a 31% increase in account takeovers as of the third quarter of last year. Policy abuse, also known as compliance abuse — wherein merchants a...

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Online FMCG sales growing four times faster than offline

Global online sales of FMCG products is growing four times faster than offline sales, and in the coming years European markets will experience increase in FMCG e-commerce on account of work-life dynamics, increasing congestion and growing need for conveni...

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