#E-commerce

Bahrain’s Investcorp invests in India’s Xpressbees

Xpressbees has a presence across more than 2,000 towns and cities in India

Ecommerce

Retail traffic and sales in UAE set to soar during Black Friday: Criteo study

Survey says 37% of UAE shoppers are more comfortable shopping in-store now

Ecommerce

UAE, Saudi Arabia top global Black Friday 2020 spending: study

Survey by Simon-Kucher & Partners says UAE and Saudi shoppers to spend $400 on average

How digitalisation is disrupting logistics

Amadou Diallo of DHL discusses the four aspects of logistics where technology will have the greatest impact

Explainer: What is the scope of growth for the GCC’s B2B e-commerce industry?

The pandemic has helped boost digital marketplaces in the region, opines Muhammad Chbib, CEO at Tradeling

Fintech thrives as digital transformation jolts finance sector

UAE expected to attract $2.5bn in investment into fintech by 2022

Buy-now-pay-later platform tabby in new e-commerce partnership in Saudi Arabia

Announces partnership with Saudi-based e-commerce site Salla

Jose Neves Farfetch

Exclusive: Farfetch founder José Neves on the exponential growth of luxury fashion e-commerce

José Neves talks about the rationale behind smart acquisitions, building white-label digital infrastructure for companies, and why the Middle East region is vital to its business

Local

Khalifa Fund partners with noon.com to support Abu Dhabi SMEs

SMEs will gain access to noon’s customers, its logistics and fulfillment network, and secure payment gateway

Amazon Saudi Arabia

Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman shoppers can now buy on Amazon.ae

Final pricing on Amazon.ae to include shipping fees and customs fees

GCC’s e-commerce sector set to reach $50bn by 2025

Businesses in the retail sector must make the online transition to firmly position themselves in the post-Covid retail revival

Mark Power Podean

Amazon-focused marketing agency Podean launches in the Middle East

The regional office is located in Dubai, with Paul Hart appointed as managing director for the MENA region

Mr Porter Watches & Wonders

Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter launch partnership to become online retailers for Watches & Wonders

The collaboration will extend to online and offline events and will see a total of 14 brands showcased on both Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter

Dragon Mart Dubai

Dubai’s Dragon Mart launches e-commerce platform

Nakheel Malls has partnered with DP World for this initiative

José Neves, Founder and CEO of Farfetch

Farfetch updates brand identity; launches new ‘Open Doors’ digital campaign

For the first time ever, Farfetch will resort to TV to push out its campaign

Max Mara

Max Mara, Boohoo launch new e-commerce platforms for the Middle East

Max Mara launched its new portal on September 14, while Boohoo will launch its e-commerce website on September 23

Ecommerce

Ajman Free Zone signs agreement with online retailer Noon to grow local e-commerce sector

Ajman Free Zone investors who hold e-commerce licenses can now join Noon’s platform

UAE e-commerce platform Awok shuts shop after securing $30m funding

The global economic downturn was cited as the reason

Delivery Hero acquires Dubai-based InstaShop for $360m to expand into grocery delivery

InstaShop operates in five countries with over 1,500 vendors on its platform

Mastercard rolls out tokenisation technology in the GCC to protect online shoppers

Currently, Mastercard has partnered with Checkout.com and FOO in the UAE to roll out the technology

Dubai Customs furnished 452,000 insurance refund requests in H1 2020

The insurance refund requests were valued at Dhs3.2bn

Jebel Ali Free Zone

Dubai’s Jafza records 10.6% y-on-y increase in retail and e-commerce business for 2019

There are over 1,000 companies from 96 countries that are a part Jafza’s Retail and General Trading sector

Kuwait’s Agility seeks $150m cost saving to tackle virus

The CEO said that the virus has also opened up opportunities for the company related to digital logistics and technology

Covid-19 impact: How should retail respond to the fourth industrial revolution?

As a new wave of technology signals further changes to our lives and the regional ecosystem, how should sectors such as retail adapt?

Nearly 2,000 UAE-based merchants look to develop e-commerce – Network International

Network International’s Pay By Link platform helps small businesses make a transition to e-commerce

Consumer experiences remain pivotal for post-pandemic retail

With the future of retail touted as an omnichannel experience, Gulf retailers in the post-pandemic world must strive to engage customers on all levels

How Covid-19 has revamped the online grocery shopping space

The stay-at-home protocol activated across countries to combat the spread of the virus has proven to be a game changer for the online shopping sector

Facebook Shops

Facebook, Instagram unveil ‘Shops’ platform to facilitate e-commerce

The new product will be introduced this summer in the US, and will be subsequently rolled out in other markets worldwide

Volkswagen Middle East

Volkswagen Middle East launches new e-commerce platform in UAE, Saudi Arabia

A Live Chat facility will also allow customers to access an online personal chat with a dealership’s sales representative

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

What role do social media influencers play in the UAE in the current crisis?

The impact of Covid-19 on the influencer industry has been significant. Yet, some are adapting to the crisis to capitalise on a vast new captive audience