Racing to the bottom in boats, clouds and ZEDEs

E-commerce often gets billed as the great equaliser of trade. The argument is that it allows small businesses to reach buyers who’d otherwise be accessible only to multinational corporations, which can afford the necessary lobbyists and project managers who work on boring but important things like logistics.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, or UNCTAD*, did its best to make that case when it named Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma as a special adviser last week.

Continue reading: Racing to the bottom in boats, clouds and ZEDEs

E-commerce often gets billed as the great equaliser of trade. The argument is that it allows small businesses to reach buyers who’d otherwise be accessible only to multinational corporations, which can afford the necessary lobbyists and project managers who work on boring but important things like logistics.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, or UNCTAD*, did its best to make that case when it named Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma as a special adviser last week.

Continue reading: Racing to the bottom in boats, clouds and ZEDEs