Baidu Waimai, China’s third-largest takeaway service which was acquired by Ele.me in August last year, is facing “structural adjustments,” according to insiders quoted by local media. Ele.me has denied that Baidu Waimai’s staff is facing layoffs. However, several former Baidu Waimai employees have said that the layoffs are in progress, according to Beijing Business Today (北京商报).

Last year, during the takeover, Ele.me promised to continue operating the two brands separately. In the meantime, Ele.me was taken over by Alibaba which bought the remaining shares in the company in April this year.

Baidu Waimai staff has been restless since the takeover in August. Aside from former Baidu Waimai COO Chen Qing, the company lost CTO Geng Yankun who left to join SF delivery service (顺丰). Finally, with the departure of CEO Gong Zhenbing, Baidu Waimai lost its entire core team. Some of the other high ranked staffers joined Didi’s new food delivery platform Didi Foodie, others Daojia Meishi.

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Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.