The Competition Commission of India has formally announced its e-commerce market study, a development we made public last month. The commission said the study will help it better understand e-commerce and its implications for markets and competition in the country. Studying e-commerce is necessary, it says, given "novel issues and challenges that digital markets bring forth for competition regulation". Preliminary findings will be presented at the end of August, stakeholders will be invited to share views, and the final study will be published in Q3 2019. Apart from e-commerce firms, the CCI's questionnaire will be sent to manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, hotels, restaurants, and payment systems. "The focus areas of the study include the emerging trends in business models and distribution mechanisms, market structure and business practices including contractual provisions and vertical restraints." Its stated objectives are: to study market…
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