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While hugely successful, China’s shopping apps are facing regulatory headwinds in destination countries and could benefit from studying the lessons of former glory days.

  • Arrestees allegedly rented other couriers’ accounts on apps and took orders to deliver meals to earn commission, insider says
  • Officers from the organised crime and triad bureau also visited offices of major platforms including KeeTa, Foodpanda and Deliveroo as part of investigation

E-commerce giants Shein and Temu flourish as parcels surpass quarter of a trillion dollars in value annually amid push to tighten de minimis provision.


The new feature, which TikTok said is in early testing, encourages users to ‘find similar items on TikTok Shop’ based on what it identifies in videos, but items are not always a perfect match.

The move comes as China has waived visa requirements for travellers from several countries, while Chinese tourists are expected to head abroad during Lunar New Year.

The Shenzhen-based internet giant must find new lifelines in its video gaming and social media operations, Ma told employees at the firm’s annual meeting.

SoftBank expects to book US$8.5 billion, about 425 times the value of its initial Alibaba investment, for its 2024 financial year after divesting more than 500 million shares in the e-commerce giant.

The discount brings the valuation down from US$66 billion during a May 2023 funding round amid tough competition from PDD’s Temu while it also faces political scrutiny in Washington.

Lazada Group CEO James Dong will now also lead Daraz Group and build on the two Alibaba subsidiaries’ ‘extensive collaborations and synergies’.


The e-commerce firm joins more than 60 other tech companies, including and Google parent Alphabet, that have let almost 11,000 employees go so far this year.

Goldman’s decision to upsize its loan facility is a testament to FundPark’s capability and track record, CEO Anson Suen says. The start-up has disbursed US$2 billion to 16,500 SMEs since its founding in 2016.

Chinese state media has called for tighter scrutiny of deceptive pricing tactics in live streaming, as e-commerce players increasingly rely on such campaigns to lure customers and drive sales.

The call to break more digital barriers in China’s internet industry comes days before Tencent’s flagship video game, Honour of Kings, returns to ByteDance-owned Douyin’s live-streaming platform.

US tech giant Apple is offering Chinese consumers discounts of up to US$113 on a range of products, from iPhones to MacBooks, in a move to fend off intensifying local competition.

Alibaba and TikTok played to their strengths at CES, as they catered to a market where it has been increasingly difficult for Chinese companies to operate.

Both years begin on a Monday and are leap years, making their calendars a perfect match. As 1990s nostalgia sweeps China, the vintage items are reminders of era when Beijing welcomed foreign influence in the economy, culture and fashion.

Companies from Alibaba to Tencent have been slashing external investments amid an economic slowdown, regulatory headwinds and geopolitical tensions, according to data compiled by a Chinese consultancy.

The online retailer agreed to pay the penalty to resolve a US criminal probe into a campaign by several of its employees to stalk and harass a Massachusetts couple whose online newsletter was viewed as critical of the company.

With the help of artificial intelligence, merchants on the Taobao and Tmall platforms are expected to improve their services and attract new customers.

Despite their growing popularity, AliExpress and Temu are generally lagging behind the competition in South Korea in terms of fast delivery service and product quality assurance.