Alibaba to step up cloud computing expansion

Alibaba Group Holding, China’s biggest e-commerce company, plans to ratchet up the expansion of its cloud computing ecosystem with more strategic partnerships and services, intensifying its global competition with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft. Chief technology officer Jeff Zhang Jianfeng, who serves as president of subsidiary Alibaba Cloud, said the new initiative will make…

Japan convenience stores pressed to end 24-7 model amid severe labour shortages

Japan’s 24-hour convenience stores are struggling to stay open around the clock as an industry that has continually expanded now finds itself at the sharp end of a labour shortage. Franchise owners, some of whom were forced to work amid massive snowstorms or in the wake of a family death, have launched a campaign to…

Lazada bets on Chinese e-commerce models to win in SAsian markets

Lazada Group, the Southeast Asian e-commerce platform, is betting on the tried-and-tested technology and e-commerce models of parent company Alibaba Group Holding as it strives to conquer the largely untapped online shopping market in the region. Lazada has adopted Alibaba’s technology to power its platform, and this week announced a host of tools for sellers…