*Tencent, JD.com tie-up sharpens e-commerce challenge. SHANGHAI, March 17- Alibaba's dominance of online retail in China faces its biggest-ever challenge as the firm founded by Jack Ma in a one-room apartment 15 years ago lines up a U.S. initial public offering that could value the firm at around $140 billion.» Read More
Jan 30- JD.com, China's second-largest e-commerce company behind Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, said on Thursday it plans to raise up to $1.5 billion in an initial public offering in the United States.
BERLIN, Jan 28- The World Bank's private-sector arm is investing up to 25 million euros in two online retailers, Lamoda in Russia and Dafiti in Latin America, the latest fundraising success for German venture capital firm Rocket Internet.
Jan 23- Starbucks Corp on Thursday reported that sales at established restaurants in its U.S.-dominated Americas region cooled more than analysts expected in its latest quarter as online shopping kept more consumers at home and reduced their visits to its coffee bars.
In October, eBay CFO Bob Swan warned of "a cautious outlook for the holiday season." Later today we’ll find out whether that was justified.
Jan 21- Amazon is in the early stages of developing a pay-TV streaming service with live programming, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The world's largest online retailer is joining the ranks of several other companies including Sony that are trying to own the living room with TV programming piped through the Internet.
Online retail giant Amazon says it knows its customers so well it can start shipping even before orders are placed. USAToday reports.
*Expects fourth-quarter earnings/shr $1.25 vs est $1.43. *Sees 2013 earnings/shr $4.57 vs forecast $4.65- $4.85.
SEATTLE, Jan 15- A small group of Amazon.com Inc technicians at a distribution center in Delaware voted on Wednesday not to join a union, marking a victory for the U.S. online retailer which is strongly opposed to any kind of third-party representation for its employees.
FRANKFURT, Jan 10- Roman Catholic Church- owned bookseller Weltbild, which competes with online retailer Amazon.com in Germany, filed for insolvency on Friday after its sales shrank and it unexpectedly found itself unable to obtain fresh financing.
Jan 8- Costco Wholesale Corp's December same-store sales beat analysts' expectations, helped in part by online sales in the United States and Canada. On that basis, analysts expected same-store sales to rise 1.8 percent for the month of December, according to a Thomson Reuters poll.
SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, Dec 29- For investors in internet stocks, it was a banner year: shares of many companies doubled as revenue climbed and on forecasts for rip-roaring growth in earnings. Most importantly, this year's stars, such as Facebook and Netflix, actually make money.
Bricks-and-mortar stores lose out as e-commerce grows, but most retailers have now supplemented their shops with online businesses, the FT reports.
WEST NYACK, NEW YORK, Dec 24- Retailers are trying new ways to win over Christmas procrastinators. "There is not a whole lot you can do at the 11th hour, but this is one of the few levers you can pull," said Sucharita Mulpuru, an e-commerce analyst at Forrester Research, about what the industry calls "omni-channel" shopping.
NEW YORK, Dec 24- Retailers are trying new ways to win over Christmas procrastinators. "There is not a whole lot you can do at the 11th hour, but this is one of the few levers you can pull," said Sucharita Mulpuru, an e-commerce analyst at Forrester Research, about what the industry calls "omni-channel" shopping.
BEIJING, Dec 23- JD.com, China's second-largest e-commerce site, is set to exceed 100 billion yuan in annual sales for the first time in a market that has drawn investment from global retailing names such as Amazon and Wal-Mart.
*Germany, Britain and Spain upbeat; others still gloomy. BERLIN/ PARIS, Dec 19- Retailers in Europe are predicting their best Christmas since the financial crisis, though optimism is laced with caution in the face of rising e-commerce and early discounting in a fragile economic recovery.
Discussing the global e-commerce trends, with Glen Kacher of Light Street. He likes Qihoo, SouFun and E-House.
Some e-commerce marketers are having a challenging holiday season, and they blame Google for it. The New York Times reports.
Shoppers time really is running out for online holiday shopping. Here are the shipping deadlines you need to know.
BOSTON, Dec 13- Activist investors have asked Amazon.com Inc to review its sales of firearms accessories, concerned that the online retailer offers products that could be used to convert semi-automatic rifles into weapons that fire too rapidly to be legal. They sent Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos a letter on Nov. 25 and showed it to Reuters on Thursday.