Walmart and Rakuten partner on grocery delivery in Japan, Kobo e-books and audiobooks in U.S.

Walmart today announced a major expansion in terms of its global e-commerce presence: the retailer is entering a strategic partnership with Tokyo-based Rakuten, which will see the companies collaborating on the launch of a new online grocery service in Japan, and the sale of e-readers, audiobooks and e-books in the U.S., via Rakuten-owned Kobo. The strategic alliance is one that has two of the world’s largest e-commerce retailers joining forcing in an effort to combat Amazon, and is yet another example of how Walmart is using large-scale partnerships to aid in that battle. For example, Walmart last year teamed up…

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Sainsburys exits digital entertainment, hands over e-book business to Kobo

Once again, a bigretailer in the UK is pulling away from its ambitions to move into digital media. Supermarket giant Sainsburys is exitingthe digital entertainment business. As part of that process, it will be outsourcing its e-book operations to Kobo, the online bookseller and maker of e-readers, owned by Japans Rakuten. The digital entertainment business, which is marketed as Sainsburys Entertainment on Demand, also includes music, movies and TV shows and magazines, alongsidee-books. Ive contacted a customer support rep at Sainsburys Entertainment who has also confirmed that everything will be winding down across all platforms in the next few months.…

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