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South Korean Regulator Imposes Record 140 Billion Won Penalty on Coupang

South Korean Regulator Imposes Record 140 Billion Won Penalty on Coupang

SEOUL, Jun. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – In an unprecedented move, South Korea’s antitrust regulator, the Fair Trade Commission, has levied a record fine of 140 billion won against Coupang, the country’s largest e-commerce company, on allegations of unfairly favoring its own products over those of third-party sellers.   The staggering penalty, the highest ever imposed [...]

South Korean E-Commerce Companies Resort to Deep Cost-Cutting Amid Stiff Competition

South Korean E-Commerce Companies Resort to Deep Cost-Cutting Amid Stiff Competition

SEOUL, Jun. 7 (Korea Bizwire) – Facing mounting losses due to the emergence of formidable “C-commerce” rivals like Alibaba’s AliExpress and Temu, South Korea’s major e-commerce players have embarked on aggressive cost-cutting measures. Industry experts predict that these efforts to bolster profitability, rather than pursue growth at any cost, will continue throughout the year as external [...]

Growth of Chinese E-Commerce Platforms in South Korea Shows Signs of Slowing

Growth of Chinese E-Commerce Platforms in South Korea Shows Signs of Slowing

SEOUL, May 7 (Korea Bizwire) – The relentless surge of Chinese e-commerce platforms like AliExpress, Temu, and Shein into the South Korean market, posing threats to domestic platforms, small businesses, and small manufacturers, appears to be losing momentum due to consumer dissatisfaction with shipping and returns, as well as repeated discoveries of hazardous substances including carcinogens [...]

Korean Consumers Alarmed Over Carcinogen Findings in Products from Chinese E-Commerce Platforms

Korean Consumers Alarmed Over Carcinogen Findings in Products from Chinese E-Commerce Platforms

SEOUL, Apr. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – Korean customers who have been indulging in the thrill of bargain hunting on Chinese e-commerce platforms like AliExpress and Temu are now reacting with shock and concern following reports of carcinogenic substances detected in products purchased from these sites. On April 10, the retail industry sources reported a surge in [...]

Chinese E-commerce Platforms See Surge in Sales After Entering South Korean Market

Chinese E-commerce Platforms See Surge in Sales After Entering South Korean Market

SEOUL, Apr. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – Chinese online shopping platforms, such as AliExpress and Temu, have experienced a remarkable surge in sales, with an increase of over 130% in just six months since their entry into the South Korean market. The data reveals that transactions under 30,000 won accounted for the majority of sales, at 78% [...]

South Korean Consumers Flock to Chinese E-Commerce Giants Amid Backlash

South Korean Consumers Flock to Chinese E-Commerce Giants Amid Backlash

SEOUL, Apr. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean consumers have been rapidly embracing Chinese e-commerce platforms like Alibaba’s AliExpress and Pinduoduo’s Temu, lured by steep discounts and aggressive promotional campaigns. However, this surge in popularity has not come without concerns over product quality, delivery delays, and regulatory compliance.  AliExpress, a subsidiary of the Chinese tech giant [...]

S. Korean Watchdog Scrutinizing Personal Data Handling by Chinese E-commerce Firms: Official

S. Korean Watchdog Scrutinizing Personal Data Handling by Chinese E-commerce Firms: Official

WASHINGTON, Apr. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s data protection watchdog is looking into how Chinese e-commerce firms, such as AliExpress and Temu, have been collecting and using consumer data, its chief said Wednesday, amid lingering concerns over their protection of personal information. Ko Hak-soo, the chairperson of the Personal Information Protection Commission, made the [...]

Temu Establishes South Korean Subsidiary, Expanding Its E-commerce Reach

Temu Establishes South Korean Subsidiary, Expanding Its E-commerce Reach

SEOUL, Apr. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – Following in the footsteps of AliExpress, another major Chinese e-commerce platform, Temu, announced on April 2 the establishment of its South Korean subsidiary. Named “Whaleco Korea LLC,” the new venture marks Temu’s strategic expansion into the South Korean market. The establishment of Whaleco Korea LLC on February 23rd was confirmed [...]

Most Chinese E-commerce Platform Users in S. Korea Dissatisfied with Service: Poll

Most Chinese E-commerce Platform Users in S. Korea Dissatisfied with Service: Poll

SEOUL, Apr. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Most South Korean users of recently burgeoning Chinese e-commerce platforms were dissatisfied with various aspects of their services despite their competitive pricing, a poll showed Monday. In the poll conducted by the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently on 800 consumers with experience using either AliExpress, Temu or [...]

Calls Grow to Protect South Korean Industry From Chinese E-Commerce Onslaught

Calls Grow to Protect South Korean Industry From Chinese E-Commerce Onslaught

SEOUL, Mar. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – As Chinese e-commerce giants like AliExpress and Pinduoduo make deeper inroads into South Korea’s online shopping market, calls are intensifying for policies to shield domestic industries and consumers from what is seen as an onslaught by the global e-commerce behemoths.  “With the growth of South Korea’s online shopping market already [...]