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For sale on eBay: a new future
Mar. 31, 2011 | Globe and Mail | SIMON AVERY — INVESTMENT
REPORTER. Ebay moved to close the gap with Amazon and go after the
business of big retailers. Pennsylvania-based GSI Commerce helps big
merchants sell online, providing an infrastructure that includes order
management, payment processing, customer service and shipping and
tracking. If the deal goes through, it will not only be eBay’s largest
acquisition in its 16-year history, it will alter the direction of the
company.
Simon_Avery  eBay  mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A  GSI_Commerce 
april 2011 by jerryking
Africa on verge of investment bonanza - The Globe and Mail
Sep. 29, 2010 | Globe and Mail | Simon Avery — Investment
Reporter. In addition to financial services, prime growth sectors in
Africa include mining, construction and consumer goods. The mining of
iron ore has increased significantly in response to Chinese demand.
Breweries, phone companies and fast-food outlets are also seeing
revenues climb rapidly, but profit margins in the consumer sector will
remain razor-thin for a long time, Ms. Graham said.

One catalyst for African economic growth in recent years has been the
arrival of Chinese investors, who are building extensive infrastructure,
from roads to hotels, opening up countries such as Congo and Sierra
Leone where major Western investors have been hesitant to go, she said.
China considers Africa a key part of its 100-year industrialization plan
and is investing now to feed its resource needs for decades to come. It
is also buying African assets to reduce some of its huge surplus in
U.S. currency,
Simon_Avery  Africa  China  mining  financial_services  consumer_goods 
october 2010 by jerryking
News: Will that be cash or cellphone?
Simon Avery column on Canadian pilot testing consumer's willingness to use mobile phones as method of payment.
mobile_phones  payments  Simon_Avery  pilot_programs 
january 2009 by jerryking

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