Online giant preps for Indian version of Prime Day
Amazon is getting ready to host its fourth-annual flagship sale in India.
The online giant is gearing up for its “Great Indian Festival,” an event similar to Amazon’s Prime Day sale. Amazon is banking on the sale’s deep discounts, exclusive merchandise and buyback offers to attract new customers, according to Live Mint.
While the online retailer did not reveal a specific date for the Great Indian Festival, it is expected to launch “around the same time-frame” as last year’s event, which was held October 17-20, 2016, the report said. The sale typically coincides with the Hindu holiday, Diwali, which is Oct. 19.
The event also competes with online rival, Flipkart, which is hosting its annual Big Billion Days (BBD) sale from Sept. 20-24.
In addition to ramping up its capabilities, Amazon India chief Amit Agarwal said in the report that the company has expanded its assortment with more than 80 million additional products — a move that has “grown our selection two times. It will be our biggest shopping season ever in our four-year history (in India).”
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Women’s apparel retailer accepts mobile payments from Chinese shoppers
Rebecca Minkoff is making it easier for Chinese customers to purchase from the brand.
Through a partnership with Chinese online payment provider Alipay, upscale apparel retailer now enables Chinese shoppers to use their Alipay Mobile Wallet to make purchases at any United States-based Rebecca Minkoff store, or while shopping online. The mobile wallet is accepted in all Rebecca Minkoff stores located in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The Alipay Mobile Wallet gives Chinese shoppers more flexibility when making a purchase, especially when choosing their preferred currency. During the checkout process for example, customers are prompted in Chinese to approve the transaction in either U.S. dollars or Chinese yuan, Alipay explained.
The retailer expects the payment option to make it a more appealing shopping destination among the more than four million Chinese consumers expected to visit North America this year, according to Rebecca Minkoff.
“Chinese travelers represent an important and growing audience for Rebecca Minkoff,” said Uri Minkoff, the company’s CEO and co-Founder. “By offering Alipay, we are ensuring that Chinese shoppers visiting any of our U.S. stores or our website are met with an exceptional experience, which includes the easiest and most familiar payment method for them.”
Discount giant adds another massive ‘Pickup Tower’
Walmart’s self-service kiosks that cater to online order in-store pickups have hit Nevada.
The discount giant has added a 16-ft. “Pickup Tower” at its Las Vegas Walmart Supercenter. The tower is the first machine to be installed on the West Coast, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The tower, which is nicknamed “Rapunzel,” stores approximately 300 items. When customers place an online order, they choose the “Pickup” option during checkout. When they enter the store, they scan a barcode on their smartphone at the tower to retrieve their purchase, the report said. Orders are fulfilled in less than a minute.
Rapunzel is one of many new additions at the Las Vegas Walmart Supercenter, a recently remodeled location.
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