Online Marketplaces

Platform News: China's Alibaba online marketplace

Alibaba beats revenue forecast as Chinese shadow of regulators fall

Alibaba has beaten Wall Street estimates for third-quarter revenue, as its e-commerce business benefited from a switch to online shopping triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Green

‘Greenwashing’ is rampant in online stores, consumer authorities find

Many of the “green” claims on companies’ websites are exaggerated, false and potentially illegal, according to a study of online shops and traders by the European...

Platform News: India and the Indian platform economy

Indian group says minister pledges strict foreign investment rules for e-commerce

A group representing millions of brick-and-mortar retailers in India has said it has received government assurances that stringent changes will be made to foreign investment rules ...

Platform Industry News: Amazon

Amazon to face US union push in year ahead

In 2021, Amazon.com Inc is poised to confront a renewed challenge from groups it has long countered: the unions. Energized by protests at Amazon’s US warehouses along with a ...

Flipkart

Flipkart and PhonePe have room for other investors, Walmart CEO says

Walmart’s Indian e-commerce company Flipkart and electronic payments firm PhonePe have room for different investors and may raise money in many ways including stock exchange ...

Platform Industry News: Amazon

Ex-French minister sneers at Amazon executive’s justification of tax bill

An ex-French minister told the head of Amazon France he was “taking the piss” following the executive told a parliamentary committee that the business paid the French c...

Allegro

Polish e-commerce group Allegro to pilot own parcel lockers

Polish e-commerce stage Allegro is likely to pilot its own delivery lockers, its chief financial officer said on Thursday, after reporting third-quarter outcomes and raising its en...

Platform News: China

China publishes draft competition rules for online platforms

China’s economy regulator has just printed draft rules aimed at preventing monopolistic behaviour by internet platforms, in a move that will boost scrutiny on the countryR...

Platform News: Worker at an automated Amazon Warehouse

Amazon drops French Black Friday ad campaign as lockdown starts

Amazon is withdrawing advertisements for pre-Black Friday reductions in France, after the government said the effort was unfair to small shops at time when a coronavirus lockdown h...

Platform News: Worker at an automated Amazon Warehouse

Amazon workers in Germany strike on ‘Prime Day’

A German trade union called on employees at seven Amazon warehouses to move to strike on Tuesday to coincide with the online marketplaces global “Prime Day” advertising...

Platform News: Amazon packages ready for delivery

Amazon pitches early holiday shopping with autumn ‘Prime Day’ event

Amazon.com has begun 48 hours of promotions as part of “Prime Day,” a tightly watched marketing event the platform had postponed as a result of operational challenges i...

Platform Industry: Amazon branding on screen

Amazon sends legal notice to Future Group over Reliance deal

Amazon.com has said it has sent a legal notice to a promoter of Future Group, alleging the Indian merchant breached the provisions of its contract by signing a deal with Reliance I...

Platform News: Amazon building

Amazon launches climate-friendly program to help shop for sustainable products

The world’s largest online retail platform, announced the launching of a climate-friendly app on Wednesday to assist customers shop for sustainable goods, as a part of its co...

Platform News: Worker at an automated Amazon Warehouse

Amazon’s surveillance can boost output and possibly limit unions

Amazon.com relies on extensive worker surveillance to improve employee output and possibly restrict unionisation efforts around the US, says a study paper issued on Monday by the O...

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