Chinese e-commerce giant AliExpress lays off 40% of staff in Russian venture

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Chinese e-commerce giant AliExpress lays off 40% of staff in Russian venture

The ongoing Ukraine crisis disrupts cross-border business, the Chinese e-commerce giant, the Nikkei reported on Friday, has laid off about 40 per cent of the staff in its Russian joint venture.

The report said it was not clear if there would be more layoffs after some of the laid-off staff chose to leave voluntarily and a few relocated.

The commercial division was hit the hardest, according to the report.

AliExpress Russia, a joint venture launched in 2019 by Alibaba and Russian partners, operates domestic and cross-border transactions.

The company depends on cross-border sales for more than three-quarters of its business and has been slower to benefit from a pandemic-led ecommerce boom as supply chains adjust to new travel curbs.

It has also been impacted by the Russia-Ukraine war.