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Amazon begins running temperature checks and will provide surgical masks at warehouses

Amazon has detailed someone  measures its taking to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 at its warehouse facilities in the U.S. and Europe, according to Reuters, including taking temperature checks and distributing facemasks to employees at Amazon warehouses and Whole Foods stores. The commerce giant has seen a dramatic increase in demand as countries and regions globally have ordered lock-down and varying degrees of self-isolation and quarantine measures, and has also seen confirmed cases...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, Publishing, Whole Foods, Companies, United States, Retailers, Staten Island, Warehouse, Whole Foods Market, Reuters, Meanwhile Amazon, U S Amazon


China’s Pinduoduo raises $1.1 billion in private share placement

Chinese e-commerce firm Pinduoduo said on Tuesday it had raised $1.1 billion in a private share placement that will enable its further expansion and allow it to capture “additional opportunities” during the times of uncertainty. The Nasdaq-listed firm said some of its long-term investors financed the deal. The investors were granted newly issued Class A ordinary shares of Pinduoduo representing approximately 2.8% of the company’s total outstanding shares. The capital raise comes weeks after t...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, China, Funding, Shanghai, Alibaba, Alibaba Group, David Liu, Pinduoduo, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19


Gurugram police allows more e-commerce companies to operate amid COVID-19 lockdown

Update on March 25: After Gurugram’s police commissioner Muhammad Ali had initially allowed 12 e-commerce companies to operate in the city, a subsequent order has now allowed more e-commerce companies in the city. The new order specifically name checks the following e-commerce companies: Zomato, Swiggy, Flipkart, Amazon, Grofers, BigBasket, Dunzo, Milkbasket, Big Bazaar, Blue Dart, WOW […] ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Zomato, Muhammad Ali, Flipkart, BigBasket, Gurgaon, Grofers, Swiggy, Dunzo, Gurugram, Coronavirus, Ecommerce and COVID-19, Blue Dart Express


Gurugram police will allow Zomato, Swiggy, Amazon, Flipkart, et al to operate amid COVID-19 lockdown

Zomato, Swiggy, Flipkart, Amazon, Grofers, BigBasket, Dunzo, Milkbasket, Big Bazaar, Blue Dart, WOW Express and IFFCO Tokyo Goods will be allowed to operate in Gurugram, the city’s police commissioner, Muhammad Akil, directed all officials of Gurugram police today. The commissioner’s office told MediaNama that the staff of these platforms will not require additional passes to […] ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Zomato, Flipkart, BigBasket, Gurgaon, Grofers, Swiggy, Medianama, Dunzo, Gurugram, Coronavirus, Muhammad Akil, Ecommerce and COVID-19


Amazon donates $1 million to D.C. organizations helping those impacted by COVID-19 outbreak

Amazon announced this morning it’s making a $1 million donation that will be split among four Washington D.C. region community foundations that are working to support vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis. The groups, ACT for Alexandria ,  Arlington Community Foundation ,  Community Foundation for Northern Virginia  and the  Greater Washington Community Foundation, will each use a portion of the million dollars as flexible funds that will go towards food, housing and shelter,...
Tags: Travel, Health, Amazon, Ecommerce, Washington, Seattle, Arlington, Amazon Flex, Arlington County Virginia, Seattle Foundation, HQ2, Central Union Mission, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Greater Washington Community Foundation


Amazon limiting shipments to certain types of products due to COVID-19 pandemic

Amazon’s ‘Fulfillment by Amazon’ (FBA) program, through which it provides warehousing and shipment services for products from third-party sellers, was well as its larger vendor shipment services, are being partially suspended through April 5 due to the global coronavirus outbreak. This suspension will allow Amazon to prioritize shipment of “household staples, medical supplies and other high-demand products” the company said in a support document on its website, and confirmed to TechCrunch in ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Publishing, European Union, Companies, Online Shopping, United States, FBA, Amazon FBA, Amazon Marketplace, Amazon Tax, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Deep North raises $25.7M for AI that uses CCTV to build retail analytics

Amazon and others have raised awareness of how the in-store shopping experience can be sped up (and into the future) using computer vision to let a person pay for and take away items without ever interacting with a cashier, human or otherwise. Today, a startup is announcing funding for its own take on how to use AI-based video detection get more insights out of the retail experience. Deep North, which has built an analytics platform that builds insights for retailers based on the the videos from...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, California, Funding, US, Artificial Intelligence, Retail, Cctv, Computer Vision, Bay Area, Deep North, Recent Funding


Will ‘New Retail’ help D2C brands succeed offline?

Ashwin Ramasamy Contributor Share on Twitter Ashwin Ramasamy is the co-founder of PipeCandy, an online merchant graph company that discovers and analyzes business and consumer perception metrics about D2C brands and e-commerce companies. More posts by this contributor D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity Waiting for the right professional network In my day job as founder of Pipe...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Column, Retail, Harry Potter, D2C, B8ta, Ashwin Ramasamy, PipeCandy


‘American e-commerce cos have harmed e-commerce market’: CAIT tells Donald Trump

In a letter to the US President Donald Trump, traders body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said the Indian e-commerce market has been harmed by the “malpractices” and “unethical” policies of American e-commerce companies. American companies habitually violate India’s FDI policy through predatory pricing, deep discounting and other practices in both e-commerce and retail […] ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Government, India, US, Policy, Donald Trump, Flipkart, Fdi, Cait, FDI In E-Commerce, Press Note 2, All India Traders CAIT


Flipkart petitions Karnataka HC against CCI probe order: Report

We missed this earlier. Walmart-owned Flipkart last week filed a legal challenge against the anti-trust investigation ordered against the company by the Competition Commission of India (CCI), reported Reuters. CCI had in January ordered a probe (download copy here) into alleged violations of competition law by Amazon and Flipkart, following which, Amazon petitioned the Karnataka […] ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Walmart, Antitrust, Flipkart, Karnataka, CCI, Competition Commission of India, Competition Commission of India CCI, Reuters CCI


Karnataka HC grants interim relief to Amazon from CCI probe: Report

Update at 17:30: The Karnataka High Court has ordered a 2-month stay on the CCI probe against Amazon and Flipkart, Hindustan Times reported. Amazon told MediaNama that it welcomes the court’s decision, and is confident about its compliance. Update at 14:10: The Karnataka High Court has reportedly stayed the CCI investigation, granting interim relief to […] ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Karnataka, CCI, Karnataka High Court, Competition Commission of India, Competition Law, Flipkart Hindustan Times


CCI defends its probe against Amazon in Karnataka HC: Report

Update at 14:10: The Karnataka High Court has reportedly stayed the CCI investigation, granting interim relief to Amazon, according to a Bar & Bench update. Senior Advocates Gopal Subramanium and Sajan Poovayya had appeared on behalf of Amazon India, per the update. We have reached out Amazon for comment. Breaking: Karnataka HC grants interim relief […] ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Amazon India, Karnataka, CCI, Karnataka High Court, Competition Commission of India, Gopal Subramanium, Competition Law, Sajan Poovayya


Amazon’s net sales increase 21% YoY, claims over 150 million Prime subscribers globally

Amazon’s net sales increased 21% to $87.4 billion in Q4FY19, compared to $72.4 billion in the same quarter last year. Operating income increased to $3.87 billion in the fourth quarter, compared with operating income of $3.78 billion in Q4FY18. Net income increased to $3.3 billion in the fourth quarter, as opposed to a net income of $3.0 billion in Q4FY18. Net sales for 2019 increased 20% […] ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Earnings, Earnings Dec-19


Internet Governance Outlook 2020: The Next Generation of Players and Problems Is Coming

By Wolfgang Kleinwächter The beginning of a new decade is always an invitation to have a broader look into the future. What, in the next ten years, will happen in the Internet Governance Ecosystem? Will the 2020s see the usual swinging pendulum between more liberal and more restrictive Internet policies in an interconnected world? Or will we move towards a watershed? Will cyberspace, as we know it from the last 50 years as a place for innovation and mutually beneficial digital cooperation, cha...
Tags: Facebook, Ecommerce, New York, Microsoft, France, Saudi Arabia, Angela Merkel, Russia, Berlin, Africa, Digital, US, Eu, G20, Icann, Paypal


Facebook and eBay pledge to do more to tackle trade in fake reviews after pressure from UK regulator

Facebook and eBay have made commitments to do more to stop fake reviews being sold on their platforms after coming under pressure from a UK markets regulator — even as fresh examples of the problem have been found on Facebook-owned Instagram. Last June the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) warned the two platform that they must do more to prevent the sale of fake reviews on their platforms, saying it had found “troubling evidence” of a “thriving marketplace for fake and misleading onlin...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Ecommerce, Europe, UK, Instagram, Ebay, Social Media, United Kingdom, Consumer Rights, Which, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma, Fake Reviews, UK Government


The Biggest Risk to Your Business? Becoming a "Hidden Intermediary" (Thinks Out Loud 267)

Looking to drive results for your business? Click here to learn more. The Biggest Risk to Your Business? Becoming a “Hidden Intermediary” (Thinks Out Loud Episode 267) — Headlines and Show Notes In business, there are suppliers and intermediaries. And both face serious competition over the next few years. Google, Facebook, Amazon and others continue to create competitive pressures even in industries where they're not a primary player. But the biggest risk your company faces is if these po...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Podcast, Etsy, Ebay, Strategy, Seo, Customer Experience, Business Risk, E-commerce, Alibaba, Marriott, Tripadvisor, Zillow


U.S. online shoppers already spent $50B in November, holiday season on track for $143.7B

Facing a shorter holiday shopping season this year, U.S. retailers started rolling out their Black Friday deals earlier than usual. That move has paid off, according to new e-commerce data shared by Adobe Analytics this morning, which found that U.S. consumers have already spent $50.1 billion online between November 1 and November 26, 2019 — which represents a comparable increase of 15.8 percent year-over-year. This year, Thanksgiving arrived on November 28, a full week later than it did in 2018...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Cyber Monday, Black Friday, TC, Ecommerce, Thanksgiving, Adobe, Shopping, Walmart, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Retail, Online Sales, Mobile Shopping, App Annie


Snapdeal warns customers about scams on fake websites, WhatsApp messages, Facebook posts and pages

Snapdeal has warned its customers to beware of fake websites, SMS, messages on WhatsApp, Facebook posts & pages, and calls & emails from unknown people under its name. Some scamsters make fictitious offers to Snapdeal customers through various means, to defraud them by asking to pay money immediately before the offer or prize expires, Snapdeal […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Ecommerce, News, SnapDeal, WhatsApp Facebook


Walmart Grocery now offers curbside alcohol pickup at 2,000 US stores

The online grocery wars continue. Amazon this week just made grocery delivery free, so Walmart is now touting how its grocery service offers the booze. The retailer today announced a new milestone in terms of giving its customers the ability to shop for alcohol online, noting that more than 2,000 Walmart locations across 29 states will now let you pick up wine and beer along with your other grocery purchases. The alcohol pickup service has to abide by local laws, which limits its expansion in...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, Florida, Texas, Shopping, California, Alcohol, US, Walmart, Online Shopping, Beer, Wine, Grocery, Grocery Delivery, Tito


Smartphone brands assure same prices and discounts on offline and online stores: Report

Smartphone companies Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo have assured offline retailers that they will maintain parity on pricing, discounts, and models with online marketplaces, reports The Economic Times. This development comes after offline retailers have accused online marketplaces like Amazon and Flipkart of indulging in deep discounting practices and undercutting brick and mortar retailers. Context: The Confederation […] ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Government, Smartphones, Devices, Pricing, Ministry of Commerce, Cait, All India Mobile Retailers Association (AIMRA


What the Competition Commissions study on e-commerce marketplaces seeks to find out

A market study the Competition Commission of India, sent to all major e-commerce firms, seeks details on how inventory based models work, on pricing of products and control over the pricing, industry sources have told MediaNama, and Reuters also reports. These are all aspects that would challenge the claim of existing ecommerce marketplaces, that they […] ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Walmart, Marketplaces, Flipkart, Reuters, CCI, Competition Commission of India, Medianama, FDI In E-Commerce, AIOVA, Draft National E-Commerce Policy


The GOQii vs Flipkart battle over deep discounting will impact India’s e-commerce policy and FDI regulations

The battle between fitness wearables and coaching company GOQii and Flipkart is fascinating to look at in the context of India’s draft e-commerce policy, which sought to give trademark owners greater control over the sale of their products. GOQii has sought to restrict Flipkart from selling its fitness wearables as deep discounts of up to […] ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, Wearables, News, India, Flipkart, Goqii, CCI, Flipkart1, Competition Law, FDI In E-Commerce


The savage genius of SoftBank funding competitors

Venture capitalists aren’t supposed to make their portfolio companies battle to the death. There’s a long-standing but unofficial rule that investors shouldn’t fund multiple competitors in the same space. Conflicts of interest could arise, information about one startup’s strategy could be improperly shared with the other, and the companies could become suspicious of advice provided by their investors. That leads to problems down the line for VCs, as founders may avoid them if they fear the firm ...
Tags: Travel, Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Uber, Opinion, Collaborative Consumption, Softbank, Funding, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Venture Capital, M&a, Logistics


In rising e-Commerce storm, India protects its ship – Samir Saran & Kanchan Gupta

by Samir Saran and Kanchan Gupta, ORF The debate on the global governance, ownership and management of data is today confronted by three new realities. The first is that the custodians of data – technology companies in Silicon Valley that famously promised to bring the world together and... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Government, India, Regulation, Commerce, Silicon Valley, Views, Fdi, Kanchan Gupta, FDI In E-Commerce, Samir Saran


GOQii threatens to sue Flipkart for “70-80% discounts” on its fitness trackers

Smart wearables maker GOQii Technologies has sent a cease-and-desist notice to Flipkart, accusing the e-commerce platform of violating terms of agreement by selling its fitness trackers at huge discounts without approval. MediaNama has seen a copy of the notice. GOQii, which is backed by Ratan... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, Wearables, News, Flipkart, Goqii, CCI, Competition Law, FDI In E-Commerce, Predatory Pricing


GOQii threatens to sue Flipkart for offering “70-80% discounts” on its fitness trackers

Smart wearables maker GOQii Technologies has sent a cease-and-desist notice to Flipkart, accusing the e-commerce platform of violating terms of agreement by selling its fitness trackers at huge discounts without approval. MediaNama has seen a copy of the notice. GOQii, which is backed by Ratan... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, Wearables, News, Goqii, CCI, Flipkart1, Competition Law, FDI In E-Commerce, Predatory Pricing


Amazon faces backlash again, this time over toilet seat covers bearing images of Hindu gods

Amazon faced a social media backlash yesterday after toilet seat covers and other items featuring images of Hindu gods were spotted on its US website. Thousands of Twitter users called for a boycott of Amazon, making #BoycottAmazon trend. Amazon said it was removing the products from its store.... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, US, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Freedom Of Expression


Finance Ministry wants data provisions out of E-commerce Policy; says data protection bill already in works

The Finance Ministry has suggested that provisions relating to data protection be excluded from the national e-commerce policy, on grounds that the issue is best handled by MeitY, reports Mint. The report cites a government official as saying that the draft data protection bill, drafted by MeitY,... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Government, Policy, Data Protection, DIPP, Finance Ministry, Ministry Of Finance, MeitY, Data Protection Bill, Draft National E-Commerce Policy


Razor startup Harry’s will be acquired by Edgewell Personal Care for $1.37B

Edgewell Personal Care, which owns brands like Schick (razors), Banana Boat (sunscreen) and Wet Ones (moist wipes), is adding Harry’s to that list in a $1.37 billion acquisition. Founded in 2013, Harry’s is part of the current wave of brands using the internet to sell products directly to consumers. (In addition to razors, it also sells shower and face care products, and operates the Flamingo brand of women’s razors.) It’s a trend that the established consumer giants have noticed, with Unilever ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Ecommerce, Unilever, Harry, Warby Parker, Dollar Shave Club, Harry's, Procter Gamble, Jeff Raider, Andy Katz Mayfield, Rod Little, Edgewell Personal Care, Warby Parker Co, Edgewell, Walker Company With


Technology, Fears of Cultural Submergence, and Video Regulation in India – Sidharth Chopra, Nandita Saikia

By Sidharth Chopra and Nandita Saikia The practice of determining the legality of a publication based on its ownership and on the nature of its contents has existed for almost as long as recordable communication has existed. We are, of course, no longer confined to the basic forms of communication... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, Video, News, Media, Internet, India, Policy, Content, Content Regulation, Sidharth Chopra, Nandita Saikia, Sidharth Chopra Nandita Saikia



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