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In the media hullabaloo following Amazon’s announcement this month that it was buying Whole Foods Market, largely overlooked was the same-day news that Walmart was acquiring menswear e-tailer Bonobos. While Amazon did make a bigger splash with its $13.7 billion foray into organic groceries, Walmart beefed up an e-commerce stable that already includes the acquisitions of digital natives, Shoebuy, ModCloth and Moosejaw.

If you are thinking about launching an e-commerce platform this year for your online business, you'll need to consider these major platforms to help you grow that company. You need to choose a platform that has capitalized on both social commerce and mobile commerce trends. reportedly will be acquired by Walmart in a deal said to be worth $3 billion, the culmination of talk that first made waves last week. Under the terms of the deal, Jet cofounder and chief executive Marc Lore will remain at his post and will helm Walmart’s U.S. ecommerce operations. The person Lore’s replacing at Walmart, Neil Ashe, is said to depart “after a transitional period.”

The movement from “e-commerce” to “m-commerce”, and then from shopping in mobile browsers to shopping in mobile apps, happened so abruptly that many retailers are still coming to terms with the new normal. Pundits have been pontificating for at least a decade about what form the inevitable surge in mobile-based retail commerce would take, and it turns out that it wasn’t that location-based “coupon from Starbucks” that we were promised for so many years.

B2B e-commerce is rapidly catching up with the burgeoning B2C e-commerce sector that has shaped the much celebrated startup success stories in India.While many players have started making a mark in the B2B e-commerce sector, there area plethora of opportunities still waiting to be unleashed.

Small U.S. food manufacturers once toiled for decades to develop a critical mass of fans for their products. Now, an increasing number of privately-held players are going from garage to grocery store in fewer than five years thanks to an erosion of barriers to entry within the food industry.

Whether you own a florist shop with multiple vehicles or a retail store that relies on top-notch product lighting, chances are good that you might be able to cut your costs and/or boost your profits by going “greener.”

Everything Walmart does is big. It employs some 2.2 million people in 27 countries, has 11,453 stores, and rang up sales of $485.7 billion during the last fiscal year. Just a few years ago, it had approximately 120,000 items in each Supercenter, but now that the Bentonville, Arkansas, retailer is moving to online sales, its inventory and supply chain is growing larger still.

From handcrafted leather shoes to delicate hand-woven linens, the pre-industrialized world allowed the skill of the worker to reflect in every manufactured product and resulted in unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that we’d call “designer” today.

Q: What should big business’s role be in promoting meaningful corporate social responsibility and good governance around the world? -- Dani, Uganda