Before you head out to start your weekend, here are today’s top ecommerce stories.

1. Uniqlo China launches click and collect

Fast Retailing’s Uniqlo China casual-clothing chain has launched its click-and-collect service so online customers can pick up their orders at a store. With delayed deliveries a problem in China, Uniqlo says it sees a lot of promise in the new service.

Would this feature possibly work in Uniqlo’s Southeast Asian stores?

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2. An organization you should know: CCIF & its partnership with Alibaba

CCIF was one of the first charities in China to approach Alibaba, for sponsorship. The gamble paid off as they worked with Taobao to create the “Loving Heart” program, which allows merchants to donate a small amount from each of their products sold to the charity.

They were one of the first charities to setup an e-channel for donations with Alipay. To date, CCIF has raised over $10 million and has distributed over 1.3 million insurance cards to people in need.

Read about the organization’s journey here.


3. Recommended Reading: Thailand’s online retail market is bracing for stiffer business conditions in 2017

Punnamas Vichitkulwongsa, chief executive of Ascend Group, the parent firm of Ascend Commerce, says Thailand’s online retail market is expected to grow by 30% over the next few years, fueled by increasing  smartphone penetration and intense competition among ecommerce operators.

Read the rest of the story here.

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