Recently, according to relevant Chinese media reports, DiDi has substantially abolished its international business. The original scale of this business exceeded 1,000 people, and only about 100 people remained after the layoffs. At present, Didi’s business in South Africa, Japan, Russia and Central Asia has been suspended.
According to people familiar with the situation, Didi’s layoffs are true, and they have shown signs since the beginning of 2022, and then Didi intensified the layoffs at the end of 2022. The latest compensation plan for the laid-off employees is N+1 or N+2. It is reported that Didi International’s business includes travel, takeaway, fresh food, etc.
At present, Didi’s international business has a net loss of 5.8 billion yuan in 2021, and the loss in 2022 has not yet been disclosed. From this point of view, Didi’s business reorganization and continuous losses are the main reasons for Didi’s cancellation of its international business. According to third-party data, in July 2021, Didi Chuxing had more than 63 million monthly active users, but by December 2022, this figure had dropped to about 29 million.
Looking back at the beginning and end of the Didi International Department, Didi completed a new and upgraded organizational structure in 2017, including the establishment of the International Business Division, and officially launched a substantial global business expansion. In 2021, Didi’s international business will have a net loss of 5.8 billion yuan. Due to delisting from the New York Stock Exchange in 2022, relevant financial reports have not been released to the public. In April 2022, Didi was reported to have shut down all its local businesses in South Africa.
Previously, in July 2021, the Cyberspace Administration of China launched a network security review on Didi Chuxing, and Didi App stopped new user registration and was removed from the app store. This also led to its transaction volume falling to 2.356 billion orders in the third quarter of that year, a decrease of 214 million orders, and 2.307 billion orders in the fourth quarter. Order volume and user volume have both dropped, leading to further expansion of Didi’s losses.
However, on January 16, 2023, Didi Chuxing announced that, with the approval of the Network Security Review Office, the new user registration of “Didi Chuxing” will resume from now on. Didi Chuxing said: “For more than a year, our company has seriously cooperated with the national network security review, seriously dealt with the security problems found in the review, and carried out comprehensive rectification. With the approval of the Network Security Review Office, “Didi Chuxing” will resume new user registrations immediately. In the future, the company will take effective measures to effectively protect the security of platform facilities and big data, and maintain national network security.”