In an internal communication obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, Alibaba-owned e-commerce platform Daraz Group revealed its decision to implement layoffs across the company.

Acting CEO James Dong stated that the move aims to “adopt a more streamlined and agile structure” to address challenges faced by the company in the market.

While the memo did not specify the exact number of individuals affected by the layoffs, it acknowledged the necessity of saying farewell to numerous valued members of the Daraz family.


The company, operating in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, declined to provide details on the percentage or absolute number of employees impacted.

Last year, Daraz employed 3,000 individuals globally. However, the company had to reduce its workforce by 11% due to various challenges, including difficult market conditions, the Ukraine crisis, supply chain disruptions, inflation, higher taxes, and reduced government subsidies.

James Dong emphasised the group’s commitment to addressing the market’s unprecedented challenges and stated, “Despite our efforts to explore different solutions, our cost structure continues to fall short of our financial targets. Facing unprecedented challenges in the market, we must take swift action to ensure our company’s long-term sustainability and continued growth.”

Dong outlined the group’s strategy moving forward, highlighting a focus on improving the consumer experience.

This involves diversifying the offerings of value-for-money products, expanding product categories, and enhancing the operational efficiency of sellers on the Daraz platform.

The company, founded in Pakistan in 2012 as an online fashion retailer, was acquired by Chinese internet giant Alibaba in 2018. James Dong assumed the role of acting CEO in January, succeeding outgoing CEO Bjarke Mikkelsen.

Mikkelsen had previously noted that Pakistan and Bangladesh are the group’s largest markets.

Daraz Group, encompassing e-commerce, logistics, payment infrastructure, and financial services, serves more than 30 million shoppers, boasts 200,000 active sellers, and collaborates with over 100,000 brands, according to company statements provided to Reuters.