Click and invest: generating profit in the global e-commerce boom

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Capturing profit from the global e-commerce boom 

  1. At the macro level: While murmurs of the ‘death’ of brick-and- mortar retail are top of mind for executives and investors, the e-commerce boom continues to deepen and widen across the globe, creating opportunities for retail and consumer, technology and financial companies - as well as institutional, real estate, private equity, and VC investors. 
  2. At the geopolitical level: From India to Indonesia, and from Argentina to Arabia, In India, the e-commerce market is forecasted to be worth $80bn by 2020; and in southeast Asia, the entire digital market is set to grow to $200bn by 2025. 
  3. At the sector level: Investing up and down the spectrum of e-commerce – including data storage, and sustainable warehousing - in developing countries around the world provides an ‘alternative’ alternative investment. For those late to the game in Western countries, the growing global e-commerce boom presents opportunities for savvy companies willing to take a long-term view. 

About PwC’s Cornering the globe publication series:

Cornering the globe is a publication of PwC’s Geopolitical Investing practice, and is intended to highlight key issues our clients should be considering as they think about expanding into global markets. At the Macro level, long-term economic and demographic trends indicate an abundance of opportunities to profit and expand in emerging markets. However, the risks of doing business in these regions - such as exchange rate volatility, political uncertainty, meeting the skills gap, and shifts in tax and regulation - often hamper decision-making, forcing companies to react to events, rather than prepare for change, and capitalize on potential dislocations. By critically assessing key geopolitical issues that impact our clients, we provide insight into the ways in which companies can build capabilities to weather political and economic change in their foreign operations. Our Geopolitical Investing team combines rigorous insight into the key macroeconomic and geopolitical issues facing business leaders today, with deep industry and sector expertise, helping companies to strategically allocate capital to grow specific business units or assets in markets around the world.

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Dr. Alexis Crow

Dr. Alexis Crow

Lead, Geopolitical Investing practice, PwC US

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