Outpaced by local rivals, Amazon struggles to remain relevant in China

Amazon is shrinking its e-commerce offerings in China, where market share for the US mega e-tailer is barely negligible amid fierce competition from countless rivals including giants such as Alibaba and JD.

“We will cease support for third-party merchants on Amazon China’s website starting Jul. 18, 2019,” (our translation) the company said in a statement to TechNode on Thursday. Amazon provides its merchants with tools to boost selling, including fulfillment and advertising services, according to its website.

Its withdrawal from the domestic marketplace will allow the company to sharpen focus on its cross-border e-commerce business, which mainly sells overseas products to Chinese customers, and its cloud computing service, it said in the statement.

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