Law & Trade

Alibaba, China agree to tackle fakes

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal Online

Alibaba claimed vindication in a dispute with a Chinese government agency over alleged sales of fakes and other misdeeds on its sales platforms, after agency officials said the two sides would work together to stamp out counterfeit goods.

 

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Minimart booze ban to be enforced from mid-Apr, Indonesian Trade Ministry says

Source: 
Jakarta Globe

A new regulation which bans beers and pre-mixed drinks from being sold in Indonesia's ubiquitous minimarts will be enforced three months from mid-April, Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel said in a press conference on Wednesday.

Gobel said according to the regulation he signed on 16 Jan., the government will ban the sale of beverages with an alcohol content up to 5 percent level, including beers and pre-mixed drinks, in mini-markets, such as Indomaret, Alfamart, Circle K and 7-11.

Amazon Japan says "cooperating" with child porn probe

Source: 
The Malaysian Insider

The Japanese arm of Amazon.com said Tuesday it was "cooperating fully" with a police investigation into the sale of child pornography, after authorities reportedly raided its Tokyo headquarters.

The probe – which comes less than a year after Japan made the possession of child porn illegal – reportedly follows the arrest of two men in September for posting illicit photo books featuring children on the internet retailer's website.

China accuses Alibaba of failing to curb fake goods, bribes

Source: 
ChinaPost.com.tw

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has a "credibility crisis" fuelled by its failure to crack down on shady merchants, counterfeit goods, bribery and misleading promotions in online malls, the Chinese government said.

Now, Kerala tightens tax noose around e-tailers

Source: 
Business Standard

In yet another stand-off between e-commerce companies and state authorities, Kerala's commercial taxes department has slapped a fine on Flipkart, Jabong, Vector E-commerce Pvt Ltd (which holds a stake in Myntra) and Robemall Apparels Pvt Ltd (which operates zovi.com). The fine, Rs 54 crore (USD8.7 million) overall, has been levied for evasion of sales tax in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

 

Thai govt looks to expand duty-free services

Source: 
Bangkok Post

The government is exploring ways to allow more companies, including South Korea-based Lotte Group, to operate duty-free services at airports and downtown areas.

Currently, King Power, the country's largest duty-free company, is the sole concessionaire operating duty-free shops at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and Phuket airports overseen by the Airports of Thailand (AoT).

Walmart India head likely to meet Sitharaman

Source: 
Business Standard

Under pressure from the US, the government might again be compelled to review the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy in multi-brand retail trading (MBRT). At the forefront is American retail giant Walmart, demonstrating a renewed interest in entering India’s fast growing retail market, estimated at USD600 billion. Currently, Walmart operates 20 cash-and-carry or wholesale stores in the country, for which there’s no foreign investment cap.

Uniqlo under fire for buying supplies from unsafe factories

Source: 
Shanghai Daily

Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo came under fire yesterday for buying supplies from Chinese factories accused of putting workers at risk in unsafe conditions, with sewage on the floor, extremely high temperatures and poor ventilation.

 

Alibaba to block sales of unsafe children's products in US

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal Online

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. will block US sales of children’s products that have been deemed unsafe or illegal by American regulators.

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Regulating e-commerce: Complaints and regulations along with big leap forward

Source: 
Business Standard

The year gone by could easily be termed as the year when e-commerce in India took its giant leap with millions of consumers logging in to the e-route for their purchases - from the usual favourites like apparel, electronics and books to even houses and cars. This was preceded by a series of blockbuster funding and acquisitions, mostly by big boys of the rising industry in India.

 

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