Retail in Asia

consumer day show targets fake online sales, food delivery

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China’s annual consumer rights day TV show took aim at online food delivery apps, faked online sales and dodgy false teeth when it aired late on Tuesday, but the much-hyped programme unusually failed to snag any major international firms.

The show, similar to the CBS network’s “60 Minutes” in the United States, has previously aimed barbs at companies from Apple Inc to Volkswagen AG, and can leave global corporations and their press teams scrambling to respond to allegations after seeing their companies named and shamed.

But in an unusually low-key outing, the show’s highest-profile target was food delivery app Ele.me, which it alleged allowed restaurants on its platform which were unlicensed and which used faked images of their outlets.

(Source: CNBC)