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A shopper at Ralphs, Kroger's California subsidiary. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

Kroger is teaming up with Alibaba to sell groceries on the Chinese e-commerce giant's platform, the company announced Tuesday.

The big picture: The battle between American retailers is heating up overseas, with iconic U.S. brands all vying for massive — and rapidly growing — foreign markets. The Chinese market is the biggest of them all, and while few American companies have been able to crack it, many are partnering with China's domestic titans to try.

What's happening: Kroger's partnership with Alibaba marks the company's first step into foreign sales and is a sign that the grocer is looking to boost its online presence. Through the deal, Kroger will sell products on Tmall Global — Alibaba's marketplace for foreign brands. Kroger's stock was up about 2% on news of the Alibaba deal.

  • Last week, Walmart announced a joint $500 million investment in grocery delivery with China's other e-commerce giant, JD.com.
  • Earlier this month, Starbucks announced a massive deal with Alibaba to bring coffee delivery to Chinese consumers.

What to watch: China isn't the only market where American retailers are dueling over new customers. Two Kroger competitors, Walmart and Amazon, are going head-to-head in India and elsewhere, too.

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Biden Cabinet confirmation schedule: When to watch hearings

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Jan. 16 in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

The first hearings for President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet nominations begin on Tuesday, with testimony from his picks to lead the departments of State, Homeland and Defense.

Why it matters: It's been a slow start for a process that usually takes place days or weeks earlier for incoming presidents. The first slate of nominees will appear on Tuesday before a Republican-controlled Senate, but that will change once the new Democratic senators-elect from Georgia are sworn in.

Kamala Harris resigns from Senate seat ahead of inauguration

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Photo: Mason Trinca/Getty Images

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris submitted her resignation from her seat in the U.S. Senate on Monday, two days before she will be sworn into her new role.

What's next: California Gov. Gavin Newsom has selected California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to serve out the rest of Harris' term, which ends in 2022.

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Putin foe Navalny to be detained for 30 days after returning to Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Photo: Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has been ordered to remain in pre-trial detention for 30 days, following his arrest upon returning to Russia on Sunday for the first time since a failed assassination attempt last year.

Why it matters: The detention of Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and the most prominent domestic critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has already set off a chorus of condemnations from leaders in Europe and the U.S.