In addition, 59% of respondents already conducted some cross-border trade, which accounted for an average 17% of their overall business. Amongst those that had turned to cross-border trade, half cited more customers and options of suppliers as a key benefit, while 47% pointed to increased revenue. Another 41% said it helped drive up profit margins. … [Read more...] about Alibaba unveils B2B initiative for US SMBs, as more look for online trade
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KOLKATA: Commerce on the web and brick-and-mortar stores demands a fine balancing act and Xiaomi and Samsung, India’s top two in smartphones, have told the trade that both retailing channels will have an equitable share of business for their future product launches. These two companies have communicated to retailers Monday after the All India Mobile Retailers Association (AIMRA) said last week that unless the manufacturers maintained parity, retailers across the country would sell at online prices and recover the shortfall from the brands. The communication also included a boycott ultimatum. Sales teams and distributors of Samsung have sent an “official communication” through WhatsApp messages to the trade that “all products will be launched simultaneously in GT (general trade), (at) the same time and same date.” Market leader Xiaomi India’s director (offline sales operations) Sunil Baby, too, has reportedly told AIMRA officials that the company … [Read more...] about Xiaomi, Samsung are making this ‘big change’ in their sales strategy in India
We were already aware that Naughty Dog's Shaun Escayg would be the game's creative director, while EA/Visceral's developer Stephen Barry is game director. We've now learnt that Dave Fifield of Call of Duty / Halo fame is onboard for multiplayer design, and Vince Napoli of the recent God of War reboot is taking care of combat design. … [Read more...] about Marvel’s Avengers game offers offline play as God of War, CoD devs join team
How to cancel your Amazon Prime membershipNetflix vs Amazon Prime Video: user interfaceOne of the best things about Netflix is how it uses clever algorithms to tailor its content to you, recommending shows and movies you might like based on your past viewing habits. Sure, these algorithms can get it wrong - and often caters to Netflix originals - but the Netflix algorithm is still one of its best features. … [Read more...] about Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video: which streaming service is best for you?
Simultaneously, a shifting political climate has changed how people think about online hate speech. Before Donald Trump's election—and before racist gunman Dylann Roof murdered nine black people in Charleston last year—it was easier to dismiss sites like the Daily Stormer. Yes, these were watering holes for evil ideology, but they fundamentally felt like powerless kooks. Nowadays, more people are taking words and threats from extremist groups seriously. Liberal activists have mobilized against these groups, and they've found a receptive audience among technology leaders. … [Read more...] about Tech companies declare war on hate speech—and conservatives are worried