Here’s what you should know.

1. Trans Retail Indonesia eyes expansion

Grocery retailer Trans Retail Indonesia plans to open dozens of stores this year in a challenge to the online retail industry. This year it will open 30 stores under the Transmart Carrefour brand.

The retailer says it is determined to be more creative by way of promotional activities, intensive marketing and fresh products to lure customers to its stores.

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Now the company is planning a second act in digital payments amid rising competition from local rival Grab and Uber Technologies Inc. Their interest underscores the market opportunity. Indonesia is the world’s fourth most-populous country with a young, tech-savvy citizens raised on smartphones and apps.

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3. Alibaba considering European logistics center in Bulgaria

Chinese ecommerce group Alibaba is considering setting up a European logistics center in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian government and Xinhua said on Wednesday.

Bulgaria has yet to take advantage of China’s plans to expand its presence in central and Eastern Europe under its “One Belt, One Road” strategy to carve out new export markets between Asia and Europe.

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