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Everything changed for Yuta Tsuruoka when his mother, who runs a small shop in rural Japan, made a passing comment: She wanted to set up her own online store but didn’t know how.
More than 400 lawmakers from 34 countries have signed a letter to Amazon.com Inc boss Jeff Bezos backing a campaign that claims the tech giant has "dodged and dismissed … debts to workers, societies, and the planet," organisers said.
Sales of digital games fell 10% year-over-year between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, largely the result of shortages of new consoles from Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp, according to research firm SuperData.
African startup Sokowatch, an online supplier of goods to micro retailers, is deploying electric tuk tuks, a first on the continent, that could slash fleet maintenance costs by more than 50%, according to an official.
Amazon.com Inc said on Dec 1 independent businesses selling on its platform crossed US$4.8bil (RM19.57bil) in worldwide sales from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, an increase of more than 60% from a year earlier.
The viral pandemic is accelerating a transformation of America’s holiday shopping season.
Cyber Monday was set to become the biggest online shopping day ever for the United States, garnering up to US$11.4bil (RM46.5bil) as the coronavirus pandemic prompts consumers to stay at home and turn to the Internet for their holiday shopping needs.
Since the launch of the long-awaited new PlayStation 5 consoles earlier in November, we’ve been hearing non-stop reports of crashing websites of online retailers and stock running out.
Unions representing tens of thousands of Amazon.com Inc employees are planning walkouts and other action as the year’s busiest shopping season begins this week, in protest at the e-commerce giant’s handling of everything from sick pay and Covid-19 precautions to user privacy.
After months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope.