Lazada to launch fully automated warehouse, hire robots next year

Cathy Yang, reporting for ABS-CBN News;

The country’s biggest e-commerce platform Lazada will introduce the first fully automated e-commerce warehouse in the country next year, its operations chief said Monday.

With 83 percent of its shares owned by Jack Ma’s Alibaba, Lazada is transitioning its operations from using traditional to artificial intelligence solutions to optimize operations.

Balci revealed that robots will dominate their warehouses next year.

Robots in warehouse will surely have a big effect on the employees no matter who the company is.

Lazada offer s Apple products to Southeast Asia customers

Fans of Apple can now buy their favourite Apple products on Lazada, Southeast Asia’s leading eCommerce company.

As an authorised online reseller, Lazada’s customers can choose from a wide range of Apple products including iPhone, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPad Pro, Apple TV, Beats by Dr. Dre, and other accessories.

Start shopping this holiday season
Consumers can start browsing this holiday season when the Apple ‘Shop-in-Shop’ on Lazada officially launches today (8th December) in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. This will be followed by Malaysia on 11th December, and then in Vietnam.

By shopping on Lazada, customers can choose to pay for their Apple devices through Lazada’s 0% financing instalment plans. Exciting surprises also await Lazada customers looking to score savings from deals offered during the finale of Lazada’s Online Revolution shopping event, the 12.12 Final Sale. More details will be announced later.

The “preferred choice” for global brands
Lazada Group Chief Executive Officer Max Bittner said the Apple ‘Shop-in-Shop’ concept is a testament to Lazada’s reputation as the undisputed and trusted online shopping and selling platform in Southeast Asia. “Lazada is the preferred choice for global brands who, like us, want to drive the explosive growth of eCommerce in Southeast Asia,” said Mr. Bittner, adding: “It also underscores our commitment to give consumers better and convenient access to the world’s best brands and products, especially those from Apple.”

Amazon No Longer Collects Import Fees For Items Under 200$

John Nieves, writing for Unbox.ph;

While it’s a shopping juggernaut in the US, we rarely use Amazon to buy stuff online. One of the reasons for that is the sometimes insane costs that’s required to buy stuff from the site. Aside from regular shipping, you’re also going to have to pay import fees upfront.

But apparently Amazon has gotten the memo about the increased de minimis amount for items for taxes and duties in the Philippines, and no longer collects import fees upon checkout for items under 200$.

A small change on how Amazon operates outside the United States but this could have a big effect on how other ecommerce sites operates in Asia or Southeast Asia in particular.

Alibaba smashes its Single’s Day record once again as sales cross $25 billion

Jon Russell, writing for TechCrunch;

Alibaba has set another Single’s Day record after the e-commerce giant sold over $25 billion of product on the Chinese biggest online shopping date.

The full number comes in at 163.8 billion RMB, that’s roughly $25.3 billion, in GMV — that’s “gross merchandise volume” which is used to measure a dollar value for all sales on a platform. In Alibaba’s case, that predominantly means its Taobao marketplace and Tmall brand store although it does offer sales via its international services and it ships worldwide. All told, Alibaba handled 1.48 Billion transactions during the 24-hour period.

This is all in just one day! These numbers are truly staggering!

Amazon just launched 6 new gadgets and none was over $150

Matt Burns, writing for TechCrunch;

In the year of the $1000 iPhone Amazon just announced a scattering of new gadgets and none cost more than $150. Essentially, Amazon said “screws the margins” and are selling everything as cheap as possible. This race to the bottom is Amazon’s standard operating procedure. The company did it with Kindles e-readers and again with Kindle Fire tablets. The company releases a proof of concept and lets the market respond. If the response is favorable, Amazon releases the Kraken on the market.

This is where Amazon is killing the competition, they can actually sell their devices at a loss, since the company is not in the hardware business like Apple, Samsung, etc., their real business is to sell us things online, be it physical or digital goods.

If you look at all the devices that they announced today, most if not all makes it easy for us to shop online or should I say shop at Amazon.com, with just our voice or press of a button, you’ll be able to place your order, that’s their M.O., that’s how Amazon generate their revenue.

Taobao

Founded by Alibaba Group on May 10, 2003, Taobao Marketplace facilitates consumer-to-consumer (C2C) retail by providing a platform for small businesses and individual entrepreneurs to open online stores that mainly cater to consumers in Chinese-speaking regions (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) and also abroad. At the end of 2010, the number of registered members on Taobao had reached over 370 million, around 80% of the Chinese online shopping market.

Source: Wikipedia

Lazada expands Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace in Southeast Asia

Reuters;

Online retailer Lazada Group said it will sell select items from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Taobao marketplace in three more countries in Southeast Asia, expanding the partnership between the two e-commerce firms.

Taobao Collection will be offered in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand in the next few weeks through Lazada’s platform, it said in a statement on Monday. Lazada began selling Taobao products in Singapore and Malaysia earlier this year.

honestbee

Founded by Joel Sng and launched in Singapore in July 2015. honestbee is an online grocery, food and laundry delivery service that was launched in Singapore in July 2015. The service is also available in Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila.

Poundit

Formerly known as YouPoundit, Poundit is an ecommerce site for electronics and accessories that has built partnerhips with about 50 tech brands and authorized distributors including Sony, GoPro, ASUS, JBL, Harman Kardon, and Otterbox.

Tokopedia

Tokopedia, an internet company that allows individuals and business owners in Indonesia to open and manage their own online stores easily and for free. Tokopedia provides a better online selling experience to the sellers, so that the sellers can provide a better online shopping experience to their customers.

2Go mulls e-commerce venture with SM Group

James A. Loyola, writing for Manila Bulletin;

Logistics 2Go Group, Inc., which has recently been taken over by Chelsea Logistics Corporation and the SM Group, is studying its possible entry into the e-commerce business on top of servicing the needs of its clients in the same industry.

This will be an interesting venture to say the least!

Amazon prepares to enter Southeast Asia via Singapore launch

Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

Amazon is continuing its international expansion push with the launch of its services in Singapore coming imminently. The arrival could happen as soon as this week, according to a source with knowledge of the plans, and it will mark Amazon’s entry into Southeast Asia.

The launch will see Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Now fast delivery and Amazon’s regular e-commerce services become available to Singapore’s population of over five million people, the source said. Pricing is unclear at this point.

Ayopop

Ayopop is a e-payment platform, where users can charge or load credits to their account via credit card, bank transfer, or thru other payment options.

Ayopop is based in Jakarta, Indonesia and c-founded early 2016 by Chiragh Kirpalani and Jakob Rost.

Samsung Pay Launches in Malaysia

Samsung;

Samsung Malaysia Electronics today announced its partnership with several leaders in the banking industry as part of its strategic move to launch and expand its Samsung Pay ecosystem in Malaysia. CIMB, Citibank and Standard Chartered have joined as partners for Samsung’s mobile payment service Samsung Pay, with Hong Leong Bank coming on board soon. The result is a wide platform for the partners’ respective customers with eligible payment cards1 to enjoy a more seamless digital mobile payment experience. These partnerships enhance Samsung’s existing collaboration with Maybank and are an expansion of its current affiliation with major payment networks, Mastercard and Visa, as well as loyalty card partners, B Infinite, Bonuslink and Sunway Pals.

Ayala buys 49% of Zalora PH

Doris Dumlao-Abadilla, reporting for the Philippine Daily Inquirer;

The Ayala group has entered the e-commerce business with a deal to acquire a 49 percent stake in BF Jade E-Service Philippines, which owns and operates Zalora Philippines.

Zalora Philippines is currently the country’s largest online fashion platform offering a wide range of fashion and lifestyle products.

51% of Zalora Ph is still owned by German startup factory Rocket Internet.