As China embraces rapid rises in Covid infections, Meituan and Ele.me, two major on-demand delivery platforms, are increasing subsidies to ease tight delivery capacity. On-demand deliveries have faced fulfillment difficulties amid a surge in take-out orders and a shortage of delivery riders. In Shanghai, Meituan said it subsidized RMB 8 million ($1.15 million) in delivery […]
On May 22, Ele.me rolled out a new support program designed to help merchants in Shanghai to resume operations as the city’s months-long lockdown winds down. The Alibaba-backed food delivery giant plans to allocate RMB 500 million ($75 million) in incentives to merchants during the first two months after the lockdown is lifted in the city. At the same time, the firm will distribute initial incentives of RMB 70 million for drivers. Ele.me already launched an RMB 20 million initiative program to alleviate pressure on merchants after the pandemic resurged in Shanghai in March. Ele.me and rival Meituan are heeding the state’s call to cut fees for restaurants suffering amid ongoing coronavirus outbreaks.
Chinese tech giant Tencent said Thursday that it will offer a 10% transaction fee cut for small- and medium-sized merchants using its WeChat payment system, joining tech peers including Meituan and Alibaba’s in heeding Beijing’s call for tech companies to reduce fees for SMEs suffering amid ongoing coronavirus outbreaks. Tencent’s policy will span three years, covering transactions made between Sept. 1, 2021 and Sept. 30, 2024. WeChat Pay and Alipay, which jointly control over 90% of China’s mobile payment market, are popular platforms for millions of individuals, street vendors and small businesses to receive and send money. In a rare retreat by the People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank recently back-pedaled on a plan to ban personal QR codes from business use after a backlash from small merchants. [Reuters]
Alibaba-backed food delivery giant announced Wednesday that it will allocate an initial fund of RMB 20 million ($3 million) to help alleviate the operational pressures merchants have faced as a result of China’s pandemic prevention measures. The proceeds will be distributed in the form of cash commission reimbursements to merchants in areas that were deemed mid- and high-risk in the first two months of this year. All the reimbursement transactions will be completed before the end of April, the company said. ’s move comes one day after rival Meituan announced similar measures to help businesses impacted by Covid regulations. The two Chinese food delivery giants are heeding last month’s call from regulators for tech platforms to cut fees for restaurants suffering amid ongoing coronavirus outbreaks. [NetEase, in Chinese]
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Ele.me’s service expansion follows on the heels of rival Meituan’s widened logistics services.
The news also immediately comes after a delivery partnership between Luckin and Meituan was announced in December 2018.