China is the world’s largest e-commerce market with online retail sales hitting $1.94 trillion in 2019. As a mature sector, the e-commerce industry witnessed some of the fiercest competition in China’s tech landscape.
The Big Sell premium newsletter follows the country’s biggest e-commerce players, like Alibaba, JD, and Pinduoduo, as they fight for market share with innovations in technology and business models.
Alibaba was hit with a $2.8 billion fine for anti-competitive practices including “forced exclusivity.” What is it, and why did the platform use it?
ByteDance ups its push into local lifestyle to boost revenue sources as IPO rumors loom. Is the upstart ready to take on Meituan?
Re-commerce, or secondhand shopping, is growing fast in China. But users are finding scams and counterfeits mixed in with the bargains.
Every penny a customer commits to pay on a platform is counted as part of GMV, whether or not they pay, or later get the money refunded.
Can direct-to-consumer brands break free of China’s e-commerce giants? TechNode asks maven Kim Leitzes about the rise of companies like Perfect Diary.
Chinese consumer-facing brands are trying to cut reliance on Taobao and Amazon. Direct sales are an alternative to reliance on platforms.
Bytedance is blocking links to e-commerce stores on livestreams in flagship video app Douyin as it vies for a share of e-commerce.
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