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1. South African eCommerce company Jumia and Ghana Post reach cooperation
On December 15th, South Africa's e-commerce platform Jumia and Ghana Post reached cooperation. This cooperation will increase the order fulfillment compatibility of Jumia's cross-border eCommerce and speed up the growth of Ghana's e-commerce business.
According to reports, Ghana Post has more than 300 service offices in South Africa, which can meet the needs of online shoppers with fast and safe delivery.
Tolulope George-Yanwah, CEO of Jumia Ghana, said that Jumia hopes to better serve consumers in the country, including rural areas. Through Ghana Pot, Jumia can help more residents start their online shopping journey.
2. US online grocery sales reached $8.6 billion in November
On December 15th, according to the research of the consulting companies BrickMeetsClick and Mercatus, US online grocery sales continued to show an upward trend in November.
After reaching 8.1 billion US dollars in October, it reached 8.6 billion US dollars in November. Due to the increase in the active consumer base, sales in November increased by 6% compared to the same period last year.
The survey shows that nearly 69 million American households are expected to purchase groceries through online channels, an increase of 15% over November 2020. In addition, the average online grocery order value in the United States in November was US$71.12, slightly higher than the US$70.65 in October.
3. Uber considers selling its non-strategic shares in companies such as Didi
On December 15th, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that Uber is considering selling shares in non-strategic companies, including Didi, its Chinese ride-hailing company.
But he pointed out that Uber will not be eager to sell the stocks but will choose the right time to cash out. He also said last week was the best week ever regarding the booking volume of the ride-hailing and food delivery services. After Khosrowshahi's speech, Uber shares rose 4.3% to close at $37.26.
4. Airbnb Travel Trend 2022: Over 70% of Chinese respondents have winter travel plans
On December 15th, Airbnb and Kantar jointly released the "Travel Trends Report 2022." According to the report, 97% of the Chinese respondents showed confidence in the epidemic prevention and control. 85% of the Chinese respondents indicated that a few COVID cases would have little impact on their travel plans for the following year. In 2022, the average number of trips planned per person will be 2.5.
With the Beijing Winter Olympics approaching, 73% of respondents have travel plans in the winter, and 52% plan to travel for 4 to 6 days. In terms of tourist destinations, head ice and snow sports destinations such as Zhangjiakou in Hebei Province and Jilin City in Jilin Province are becoming more popular.
5. Apple's US retail stores require entrants to wear masks.
On December 15th, due to the warming of the Omicron, Apple's US stores require customers to wear masks.
Before this, Apple's requirements were not strict. Only when local orders were issued would Apple require entrants to wear masks. The latest statement shows that even if some states in the United States do not have such an order, shoppers must wear it when entering Apple stores.
An Apple spokesperson said that Apple would regularly monitor the situation and timely adjust the health regulations when entering the store to take care of the health of customers and employees.
Apple closed all stores in 2020 and reopened at the beginning of this year.
6. Grab acquires Malaysian grocery chain Jaya Grocer
On December 14th, according to the US Securities and Exchange Commission documents, Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab will acquire Malaysian high-end grocery chain Jaya Grocer Holdings Sdn.
Grab, and Jaya Grocer's shareholders signed an agreement to purchase all common stock and 75% of the preferred stock of the grocery chain for an undisclosed amount.
According to the latest documents released on December 13th, Grab has the right to purchase the remaining preferred shares after the transaction is completed.
In addition, for local regulatory considerations, Grab will cooperate with local investors, who will own 50% of Jaya Grocer's voting rights.
7. European payment company Worldline and social e-commerce company Joom reach cooperation
On December 14th, last Thursday, European payment company Worldline announced that it had cooperated with social e-commerce platform Joom.
This cooperation will simplify the payment process and benefit European online companies and Russian customers. Joom will provide its customers with a channel to enter the Russian market.
Joom was established in 2016 and is the first platform to help European companies to enter the Russian market. In addition, the company is actively expanding globally and recently launched logistics services in Europe, South Korea, China, and Turkey. Joom said that the company has 144 million potential customers in Russia.