Shanghai’s market watchdog has imposed an RMB 500,000 fine on food delivery app Ele.me for misleading consumers on prices and food safety.
Ele.me is criticized for its treatment of the family of a deliveryman who died on the job. The US may ban American investors from Alibaba and Tencent.
A short video showing individuals putting out the flames engulfing a deliveryman working for Ele.me in Jiangsu province went viral on Chinese social media.
Starbucks is discussing with several delivery service platforms in China as its three-year exclusive partnership with Alibaba’s Ele.me ends this year, Sina Tech reported Thursday. The US coffee giant is reportedly talking to courier SF Express, food delivery platform Meituan, and Sam’s Club, Walmart’s membership-only retail chain, which gained delivery capabilities in China through a partnership with Dada Nexus. [Sina Tech, in Chinese]
Several Alibaba affiliated apps now support Tencent’s WeChat Pay, a rival of Alibaba’s Alipay. The apps include food delivery service Ele.me, video app Youku, e-commerce site Kaola, entertainment ticketing platform Damai, and online reading app Shuqi. The change came less than a month after Beijing asked companies to stop blocking links to rivals’ services. Other Alibaba apps such as second-hand trading service Idle Fish and grocery app Freshippo are waiting for Tencent’s approval to support WeChat pay. [Sina Tech, in Chinese]
Yu Yongfu, the newly appointed CEO of Alibaba’s Local Life department, is gearing up for a major organizational reshuffle, local media LatePost reported. Yu plans to reorganize the local life services sector of the company – which includes travel service Fliggy, delivery platform Ele.me, and map app AutoNavi – into ten business units including five consumer-facing business units, four enterprise-facing segments and one infrastructure service unit for logistic support. Yu, the former head of Alibaba’s entertainment arm, was appointed as chief executive officer of Alibaba’s local service department on Tuesday. Alibaba’s move comes on the heels of organizational adjustments made by ByteDance and Meituan. [LatePost, in Chinese]
As Meituan dominates food delivery, many of the restaurants whose food it delivers are struggling to get by. Regulators are asking why.
Colin Huang, the Pinduoduo founder, stepped down as chairman. Alibaba is said to be planning to launch Taobao Deals on WeChat as a mini program.
MissFresh, Dingdong Maicai, two Chinese online grocers, filed for US IPOs. JD.com and its logistic branch are expanding overseas.
JD.com’s logistics arm sets a price target for its IPO. Tencent, JD.com, and Alibaba’s new food recommendation app.