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A Walmart storefront in China. Photo: Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images

Walmart and Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com are investing $500 million in Dada-JD Daojia, a Chinese online grocery delivery company, reports CNBC.

The big picture: American companies have had varied success in the Chinese market, which favors its domestic champions, but some U.S. firms are increasing their presence there by teaming up with established Chinese companies. Google has invested $550 million in JD — and now Walmart is expanding its partnership with the company as well.

The backdrop:

  • Though the Chinese e-commerce business has exploded in recent years, the majority of consumers there still shop in stores.
  • China's retail giants are putting money toward blending brick-and-mortar and e-commerce experiences by opening smart stores and offering super-fast grocery delivery.
  • Walmart and JD first partnered in 2016 on delivery, CNBC reports.
  • Dada-JD Daojia was formed in 2016 when JD Daojia, JD.com's app to order groceries delivered in under 30 minutes, merged with Dada Nexus, a crowd-sourced platform that supplies the people and scooters necessary to complete deliveries.

Worth noting: JD is Alibaba's most serious competitor in China, and both are picking up partnerships with iconic American brands. News of JD's new deal with Walmart comes a week after Alibaba announced a delivery partnership with Starbucks.

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Broncos and 49ers the latest NFL teams impacted by coronavirus crisis

From left, Denver Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel during an August training session at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the NFL season into chaos, with all Denver Broncos quarterbacks sidelined, the San Francisco 49ers left without a home or practice ground and much of the Baltimore Ravens team unavailable, per AP.

Driving the news: The Broncos confirmed in a statement Saturday night that quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were identified as "high-risk COVID-19 close contacts" and will follow the NFL's mandatory five-day quarantine, making them ineligible for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.