Teten Masduki, the Indonesian Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises, has emerged as a vocal critic of the Chinese-owned social media giant TikTok.
Masduki’s relentless complaints about TikTok’s dominance in the Indonesian e-commerce market have set the stage for a seismic regulatory shift that could have far-reaching consequences.
Masduki, a former activist who once took on government corruption, has been disrupting official meetings to raise concerns about TikTok’s impact on local players. This groundswell of criticism has culminated in sweeping regulations that force TikTok to split payments from shopping in Indonesia, a move seen as a significant blow to TikTok’s e-commerce aspirations.
Under these new rules, social media companies in Indonesia are barred from handling direct payments for online purchases, effectively requiring TikTok to either create a separate app for payments or risk being shuttered in Indonesia entirely.
The regulations, stricter than anticipated, have already had a chilling effect on the e-commerce market, benefiting local champions like GoTo and Sea.
While TikTok has pushed back, arguing that the separation of social media and e-commerce hampers innovation, the Indonesian government remains firm in its stance, aiming to protect smaller enterprises and voters as elections loom on the horizon.
This clash underscores the challenges TikTok faces in its pursuit of e-commerce dominance and sets a precedent for other countries in the region. As TikTok’s meteoric rise in regional e-commerce continues, governments are increasingly assessing whether the platform benefits or harms domestic merchants.
For TikTok, the challenge lies in finding a solution that appeases authorities while allowing it to continue its growth. The repercussions of this battle in Indonesia could reverberate throughout Southeast Asia and beyond, shaping the future of social media-driven e-commerce.
In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, Teten Masduki’s bold stance against TikTok may just be the opening salvo in a much larger struggle for control of the e-commerce arena.
Alibaba Faces Rare Downgrade as PDD Surpasses It in Market Value
Alibaba Scraps $11 Billion Cloud Spinoff Plans Over Chip Sales Woes
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has abandoned its $11 billion cloud business spinoff and public listing plans, citing the escalating US-China technological rivalry.
Chairman Joseph Tsai and CEO Eddie Wu, acknowledging the need for a “reset,” pointed to the increasing US restrictions on chip sales to China as a driving factor in the decision.
Wu emphasized the imperative to provide “cash to make investments” in the AI-driven landscape, requiring a robust and highly scaled infrastructure.
Wall Street responded swiftly to the surprise move, with Alibaba’s shares plummeting 9.1% in New York trading, wiping out over $20 billion of market value, marking their most substantial drop in over a year.
The decision comes amid Alibaba’s efforts to recover from the pandemic, navigate China’s tech industry crackdown, and compete with emerging players like PDD Holdings and ByteDance’s Douyin.
The Biden administration’s stringent export controls on chips critical for Alibaba’s cloud services, designed for AI use, played a pivotal role.
The cloud business, essential for Alibaba’s AI initiatives, faces challenges due to the US sanctions impacting chip supplies.
Instead of the spinoff, Alibaba will focus on organic growth for the cloud unit and issue its inaugural annual dividend of $2.5 billion.
This surprising move reflects the challenges posed by US-China tensions and underscores the complexities Chinese tech giants face in navigating global geopolitical issues.
“The strength of the business itself is an issue.” – Li Chengdong, Head of Haitun Technology Think Tank.
“The market is scratching its head. The first annual dividend looks like compensation to shareholders.
However, it may not fully offset the shock given the higher value of the cloud unit.” – Willer Chen, Research Analyst at Forsyth Barr Asia.
Jumia Nigeria Launches 2023 Black Friday Event: ‘Let Your Pocket Breathe’
Jumia Nigeria, the leading e-commerce platform, has officially unveiled its highly anticipated 2023 Black Friday shopping event, bearing the theme ‘Let Your Pocket Breathe.’
This year’s campaign serves as a resolute declaration of Jumia’s unwavering commitment to assisting consumers in accessing top-quality products at the best prices despite the challenging inflation.
The Black Friday event, which has become a beloved tradition among Nigerians, was first introduced by Jumia in Nigeria and Africa in 2014.
It has continued to gain widespread popularity, significantly contributing to the nationwide adoption of e-commerce while reaffirming Jumia’s dedication to providing a convenient and reliable online shopping experience.
Commencing on Friday, November 3rd, 2023, and running through Thursday, November 30th, 2023, the month-long shopping extravaganza promises massive discounts across a wide array of product categories, spanning electronics, smartphones, fashion, beauty, home appliances, and much more.
In addition to offering exciting discounts, this year’s Jumia Black Friday is being conducted in collaboration with prominent brands, including Xiaomi, Diageo, Oraimo, Nivea, Adidas, Haier Thermocool, Pernod Ricard, Chi Limited, Infinix, Tecno, Bacardi, Defacto, LeDrop, Binatone, and Itel.
Massimiliano Spalazzi, CEO of Jumia Nigeria, expressed his enthusiasm for the campaign, emphasizing its theme of financial freedom for consumers: “We are thrilled to commence our annual Black Friday event, a shopping event that has become a staple in the hearts of Nigerians. We fully understand the constraints faced by today’s consumers – the desire for quality products that are still affordable. This year’s theme reflects our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional deals to our cherished consumers, granting them the freedom to enjoy top-tier products and services without straining their finances. As we embark on the 10th edition of our Black Friday campaign, we are delighted to have partnered with some of the most renowned household brands and small and medium-sized enterprises to deliver the best offers to consumers.”
The Black Friday campaign will feature various engaging activities, including Treasure Hunts, Brand Days, Flash Sales, and Jumia Games, offering consumers the chance to win exciting prizes and unlock additional discounts on a variety of products.
Furthermore, the event will offer free shipping to consumers within select cities, including Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Warri, Benin, Abeokuta, Akure, and Port Harcourt.
Jumia’s Black Friday initiative has emerged as a vital element in propelling e-commerce adoption in Nigeria, and this year’s event promises to continue this trend by connecting millions of consumers with unbeatable deals, reinforcing the platform’s status as the go-to destination for convenient and cost-effective online shopping.
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