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Amazon To Close Chinese Ecommerce, Kidbox Sells on Walmart and SNAP Recipients Online Grocery Pilot Program

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Amazon To Close Chinese Ecommerce

Ecommerce giant Amazon is planning to close a major Chinese online store which caters to mainland consumers. However, Amazon’s other Chinese operations such as Amazon Web Services, Kindle ebooks and cross-border teams will continue. Amazon is planning to shut down the Chinese marketplace in July, focusing on offering mainland consumers overseas products instead of goods from local sellers. This move of pulling out of Chinese ecommerce is a major setback for the company, especially while Amazon has struggled to win customers from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and JD.com after investing in warehouses and more. This pullback is a sign that Amazon is pushing away from China to focus on India.

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Kidbox Sells on Walmart.com

Walmart is at it again, this time, putting its fashion foot forward. Kidbox.com, a children’s clothing subscription, announced that shoppers can now sign up for the fashion service on Walmart.com. Similar to Stitch Fix, Kidbox includes stylists and machine learning algorithms to select six or seven name-brand items from its catalog to shoppers based on a 20 question style quiz. The cost per box is $98, and shoppers keep and pay for the products they like and return what they don’t for no additional charge. If consumers sign up for Kidbox on Walmart.com, the box is $48 and will only include four to five clothing items. Shoppers have to either keep or return the entire box when bought through Walmart. “This is version 1.0 of this partnership, and based on customer engagement and data and learning, and what the analytics tell us, we will evolve our business and business model,” says Kidbox CEO Miki Berardelli.

What stood out to us? This solves serious first world problems across all first world income brackets.


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USDA Launches Online Grocery Program for Food Stamp Recipients

The USDA has approved a pilot program for SNAP recipients (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to use benefits to buy online groceries and get them delivered to their homes. This pilot program will start in New York, allowing 2.7 million of the states SNAP recipients to use their benefits on online grocery. Companies like Amazon and ShopRite will cover the New York City area and Walmart will service the upstate locations. “People who receive SNAP benefits should have the opportunity to shop for food the same way more and more Americans shop for food — by ordering and paying for groceries online," says Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. "As technology advances, it is important for SNAP to advance too."

What stood out to us? Great opportunity for SNAP and Kidbox to run a co-promotion in upstate New York.


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