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Target to Sell Products Via Instagram Checkout, Alibaba Growth Slows as COVID-19 Impacts China’s Economy and Amazon Slated to Rival UPS Air Cargo

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Target to Sell Products Via Instagram Checkout

Target announced that it is making its products available through Instagram Checkout. When Instagram debuted its in-app checkout feature in March 2019, it enlisted over 20 brands, such as Adidas, Nike and Warby Parker. As COVID-19 spread across the country, many consumers shifted spending online to avoid spending time in physical stores where social distancing is more difficult. "We know our guests are already using Instagram, so we're making it even easier for them to find and buy the quality, affordable products they expect from Target," Dawn Block, senior vice president of digital at Target, said in a statement.


What stood out to us? Social selling, meet social distancing.


China

Alibaba Sales Growth Slows as COVID-19 Impacts China’s Economy

Alibaba forecast slower revenue growth this year. The Chinese ecommerce leader forecast growth in revenue this year of at least 27.5% to more than $91 billion, a deceleration from the previous year’s 35% and below analysts’ estimates. It also reported a better-than-expected 22% rise in March quarter sales, but marks the slowest pace of revenue expansion to date. Online shopping began to bounce back from March, but the world’s second largest economy has yet to fully shake of COVID-19 as consumers are still hesitant about buying expensive items. Total ecommerce in China rose only 5.9% in the last quarter, less than a third of 2019’s pace.


What stood out to us? Dear economy, “open sesame!”


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Amazon Slated to Rival UPS Air Cargo

Amazon’s Prime Air fleet will grow to approximately 200 planes, up from the current 42, in the next seven or eight years, creating an air cargo service that could rival United Parcel Service Inc, according to a study. Prime Air operates out of smaller regional airports close to its warehouses across the country, helping Amazon move inventory quickly to accommodate one and two day deliveries. “At a time when many other airlines are downsizing due to the pandemic, Amazon’s push for faster and cheaper at-home delivery is moving ahead on an ambitious timetable,” said the report issued Friday by DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute of Metropolitan Development. “Amazon Air’s robust expansion makes it one of the biggest stories in the air cargo industry in years.”

What stood out to us? “Helping Amazon move inventory quickly to accommodate one and two day deliveries.” What happened to one hour delivery by drone?


In the headlines

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  • Consumers choice: U.S. consumers would rather shop in stores than online for groceries. 
  • Billions: Nordstrom Q1 loss exceeds half a billion dollars.

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