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Boohoo reviews its UK supply chain after factory report fallout

Boohoo commissioned an independent review of its supply chain in the UK after a damaging media report about dire factory working conditions put the brakes on the online fast fashio...


E-commerce businesses in India begin work to list ‘country of origin’ labels

E-commerce companies in India have begun to update their back-end systems to allow sellers to identify the country of origin on all new product listings on their platforms, two sou...


Next, Zalando and Amazon drop Boohoo over worker rights allegations

Prominent retail businesses Next, Zalando and Amazon are delisting products made by Boohoo following a media report about dire working conditions in an English factory that supplie...


China tech giant Alibaba dismisses its livestreaming head

Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group has fired the head of its livestreaming division, on grounds of nepotism and accepting gifts, according to an internal memo announcing his te...

India TikTok China Relations

India asks ISP’s to block banned Chinese apps

India has ordered telecom companies and other internet providers to stop access to 59 banned Chinese-origin apps, according to notices seen by journalists, intensifying efforts to ...

Tech Titans

EU throws new rule book at tech giants in competition search

Frustrated by its continuing failure to loosen Google’s grip on search, despite more than $8 billion in fines, the European Union is lining up new rules to level the playing ...

India China

Start-ups in India downplay Chinese links amid wave of anti-China sentiment

Indian start-ups with Chinese funding and Chinese smartphone makers are actively touting their Indian-ness to users as they seek to address a growing wave of nationalism following ...

Used cars

Online used-car seller Shift to go public through reverse merger

Online used-car seller Shift Technologies has said it plans to go public later this year through a reverse merger with a blank-check company, as US capital markets rebound after th...


Amazon to pay $500 million in one-time bonuses to front-line workers has said it would spend $500 million on one-time bonuses to its front-line employees and partners working through the coronavirus crisis.

Amazon Coronavirus

Amazon workers in Germany to go on strike over coronavirus infections

Workers at six Amazon sites in Germany will go on strike this week in protest over safety after some staff at logistics centres tested positive for coronavirus, labour union Verdi ...

Canadian Visa System

Canadian visa programme may lure tech workers blocked by Trump

A fast-track visa programme that Canada launched in 2017 has attracted a growing number of tech workers, and US President Trump’s latest immigration crackdown is set to furth...

Ozon Russia

Shareholder: Amazon and SoftBank held talks over Russian online retailer Ozon

Global e-commerce giant Amazon and Japan’s SoftBank have made approaches to Russian conglomerate Sistema about a possible acquisition of its online retailer Ozon, SistemaR...


Alibaba’s Lazada appoints Chun Li as new CEO

Lazada, the Southeast Asian arm of Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding, said on Friday it would replace its CEO, as it battles for dominance in the fast-growing market.

Tickets and Ticketing

Viagogo’s StubHub deal faces in-depth UK competition probe

UK’s competition watchdog has said it will launch an investigation into ticket reseller Viagogo’s $4.05 billion deal for the ticketing unit of US e-commerce company eBa...