E-commerce


Amazon climbs down over pee-in-a-bottle denial 

Amazon climbs down over pee-in-a-bottle denial 

(ATF) Amazon has admitted its drivers carry more than just parcels - their cabs may also be littered with bottles of urine.The surprise revelation came when the e-commerce giant apologised for denying its drivers urinated in bottles. The original claim was made by deliverers, who said they are so hard …

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Calls for China’s new e-commerce rules to hit big sales platforms harder 

Calls for China’s new e-commerce rules to hit big sales platforms harder 

(ATF) China has told its nation of 1 billion shoppers that it is bringing in new legislation aimed at curbing the worst excesses of misbehaving e-commerce firms.The new measures will come into force in May after criticisms that the current levels of fines were no deterrent for the likes of …

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India's e-commerce chaos sparks calls for rewrite of regulations

India's e-commerce chaos sparks calls for rewrite of regulations

(ATF) Experts have called for a comprehensive rewrite of India's e-commerce laws – as new reports suggest that Amazon may not be playing by the rule book, and many Indian retailers allege that Amazon India and Walmart-owned Flipkart are harming their businesses by flouting local regulations.The goals, analysts say, should …

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Retail spending surges as China celebrates Lunar New Year online

Retail spending surges as China celebrates Lunar New Year online

(ATF) The “stay put in place to celebrate the Lunar New Year” order in China brought new trends in consumption – 'virtual' celebration, electronic red packets and online shopping – while data released by the Ministry of Commerce showed that retail and catering sales jumped almost a third from 2020 …

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China’s live-streaming revolution hits bumps in the road 

China’s live-streaming revolution hits bumps in the road 

(ATF) In 2020, live broadcast e-commerce was almost everywhere in China. As ATF reported the Double-11 online shopping event, which was mostly boosted via live streaming clocked of over 372 billion transactions.However, it should be noted that with the surge in live broadcasts, problems have arisen – in fact "chaos" …

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What's behind the Jack Ma and Alibaba regulatory woes?

What is behind the Jack Ma and Alibaba regulatory woes?

Following the recent hullabaloo over Jack Ma and his prodigy, the massive Ant Group, many analysts have made their opinions known. Some, using questionable assumptions, believe that the impact of the state scrutiny will be insignificant and recommend 'buy in the dip'. Others have been more cautious, noting the lack …

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China tech giants told to give jobs back to local grocers

China tech giants told to give jobs back to local grocers

(ATF) China’s market regulators have issued “nine must-not” guidelines to e-commerce giants such as Alibaba, Tencent, and JD.com to crack down on a new social sales model that is taking jobs away from traditional small businesses in a pandemic-stricken economy. These tech giants are in the crosshairs of Beijing’s anti-monopoly …

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Sunway aborts live-streaming sales move amid regulatory clampdown

Sunway aborts live-streaming sales move amid regulatory clampdown

(ATF) The shares of Sunway have continued falling after the Shanghai-listed special cable-maker said it will not be acquiring a majority stake in Chinese TikTok star Luo Yonghao’s live-streaming e-commerce start-up after a change in the country's regulatory environment.Sunway, based in Leshan in Sichuan province, decided to drop its previously …

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New rules bring China’s internet giants to heel

New rules bring China’s internet giants to heel

(ATF) At noon on November 10, Chinese officials issued a report with a long and boring title that few people in the country are ever likely to read. But this weighty document could have serious ramifications not only for China's biggest corporate entities, but considerable flow-on effects for all citizens.Not …

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China goes to war on excessive courier packaging

China goes to war on excessive courier packaging waste

(ATF) As China's leaders whip citizens into a consumer frenzy to prop up the economy, other officials are trying to figure out what to do about the byproduct of their latest e-commerce binge – how to deal with all the packaging – the billions of cartons, plastic, tape and other …

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