Fixed fees on e-wallet transactions could spell trouble for digital payment processors in Indonesia

According to five sources familiar with Indonesia’s move, Jakarta plans on imposing fixed fees on select e-wallet transactions. The move could potential choke key revenue streams and raise costs for payment startups. Providers of e-wallet services in Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, currently customize fees for vendors: while they charge a premium from big retailers…

U.S. consumers prefer shopping online reveals shopping data from Mastercard

As per a report by Mastercard Inc, e-commerce sales saw record highs this shopping season in the United States, with U.S. shoppers preferring online sales to their brick-and-mortar counterpart. For retailers, the holiday shopping season is a crucial period for which can account for up to 40% of annual sales. This year, Thanksgiving, which traditionally…

European Commission corners Amazon on its usage of merchant data

Amazon has come under scrutiny over its dual role as a marketplace for merchants as well as their competitor. In a significant development, antitrust regulators in the European Union are increasing their scrutiny on Amazon over its usage of merchants’ data. The development underscores increasing regulatory scrutiny over how tech companies exploit customers’ information. Facebook,…

Microsoft unveils new cloud services, AI and blockchain tools

Software behemoth Microsoft Corp has unveiled artificial intelligence and blockchain driven software tools which can contribute positively for businesses. The unveiling is not limited to just software but hardware as well. It has released a developer edition of its HoloLens 2 headset as well. In a significant development, Microsoft Corp announced the release of a…

Britain’s Marks & Spencer gains online food delivery service market through JV with Ocado

Marks & Spencer has entered into a joint venture with online supermarket pioneer Ocado and has thus forayed into the online full delivery service market. On Wednesday, British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has agreed to form a joint venture with Ocado, an online supermarket pioneer. The development assumes significance since it would provide M&S…

Google-backed Deliv breaks off grocery partnership deal with Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart is in the process of fixing the issues due to which it had to cut its ties with the logistics firm. In a significant development that marks a setback against Wal-Mart’s efforts to fight Amazon.com in the groceries segment, logistics firm Deliv and Walmart Inc have discontinued their same-day grocery delivery partnership. In 2018,…

Groceries delivery startup Instacart launches pickup service across the United States

This new service deepens Instacart’s relationship with existing partnerships including Germany’s Aldi. Groceries delivery startup Instacart stated it is in the process of launching a new service, Instacart Pickup, across the United States; the service will enable customers to order groceries and choose either delivery or store pickup options. The nation-wide rollout of the new…