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Ze Skylight - Goal #31
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The retailer’s latest line of sustainable clothing “Conscious exclusive” uses vegan leather and silk made from fruit material that would otherwise go to waste.
H&M has worked with three companies BLOOM Foam, Orange Fiber and Piñatex. BLOOM Foam uses algae biomass to make a flexible, lightweight material used in shoe soles. Orange Fiber uses discarded orange peels from citrus juice production to create an environmentally-friendly alternative to silk.  Piñatex uses the leaves of pineapples, an agricultural waste product, for a vegan leather.
However, despite the origin of their materials, none of these fabrics are compostable or recyclable. They are in fact chemically finished in the same way as are regular fabrics.
Let’s take a minute to question scalability in circular economy projects, especially in industries as large as fashion and food. Although there are projects working to improve almost every aspect of global supply chains, most are simply not large enough to make substantial change on their own. So, what’s next?
Are synthetic fabric alternatives like vegan leather really more sustainable? - The Globe and Mail
Shopify enters the warehouse and delivery battle
Shopify annousced this week during Unite, its annual conference, that it will be able to manage the whole logistics for its clients, delivering between 10 and 10,000 packages a day.
The service called Shopify Fullfilment Network will enable small and medium e-commerce platforms to ship (in the US only for the moment) in 2 days without leaving the Shopify platform. The target is to attract merchants that already use third party logistics services and propose a simple, complete and effective experiencefor the final customer.
“Our machine learning capabilities predict demand, inventory allocation, and route orders to the closest fulfillment center,” Craig Miller, CPO of Shopify explained. “Inputs include the locations of our merchants, product details, consumer locations, and shopping behavior.”
Shopify announces new partner and developer tools, plus an AI-powered fulfillment network | VentureBeat
JD, Chinese 2nd e-commerce giant, made 29B$ of sales for “618” shopping festival “
China’s consumer market is still showing signs of life despite a slowing economy since retail giant JD, racked up a record RMB 201.5 billion (around $29.2 billion) in sales from 2019 June 1st to 18th. A 26.6% increase from last year, driven by growth in various categories from consumer goods, electronics, fresh food, fashion, and lifestyle items.
Highlight was the rise of consumers in lower-tier cities who were driving sales growth during the festival. Sales contributed by sixth-tier cities are growing the most rapidly. Consumers in third- and fourth-tier cities seem seem to show interest in brands and products similar to their counterparts in top tier cities, the company data shows.
Combining online and offline shopping for a “boundary-less retail” (JD’s term for new retail) experience, the company is partnering up with millions of stores and experience centers around China. During the 618 festival, Dada JD-Daojia, JD’s online-to-offline (O2O) e-commerce platform, doubled sales compared with the same period last year.
JD rival Alibaba also offered promotions for the festival, but revealed fewer details on its sales. 
China’s e-commerce space, long dominated by JD and Alibaba, has become increasingly competitive with newcomers like Pinduoduo entering the space. The Shanghai-based social e-commerce upstart, which launched a joint “RMB 10 billion” subsidy plan with brands and merchants for the promotion, saw GMV exceed 300% year-on-year during the same 18-day sales period. The company said it received more than 1.1 billion orders, 70% of which came from lower-tier cities.
JD sales for June 18 shopping gala exceed 200b yuan -
Facebook to accelerate into e-commerce in India
Facebook has recently invested into Meesho an Indian startup that is helping sellers and buyers to connect. Meesho is targeting primarly women to do e-commerce on their network thanks to Whatsapp on their mobile phone.
Meesho has already raised 65 millions US $ previously, and Techcrunch is saying that this new investment from Facebook is very significant.
Key figures and facts:
80 % of women on Meesho
2 millions of sellers already
Mainly people from rural areas
Ability to use local languages and local communities in India
WhatsApp : 250 Million users in India
Facebook accélère dans l'e-commerce en Inde | Les Echos
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