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Janio Bi-Weekly News Round-up | End-March 2019

Amanda Lim

A curation of the latest news in e-commerce, logistics, and tech in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Janio's bi-weekly news round-up

As we end off the first quarter of 2019, we see more development in e-commerce gamification in Southeast Asia, China’s continued expansion plans, and the rise of omnichannel retail in Malaysia.

Southeast Asian E-commerce Giants Set to Entertain Shoppers

Southeast Asia is entering the age of ‘shoppertainment’1, with major platforms like Lazada introducing a live streaming feature in lieu of its 7th anniversary. Chinese platforms under Alibaba already have live streaming and video features, such as Taobao’s online video demo for merchants, and Tmall’s “See Now Buy Now” fashion show. Meanwhile, Indonesian e-commerce platform Bukalapak has some live channels and movies in its BukaNonton feature, further blurring the line between shopping and entertainment.

On top of that, Lazada shows off marketing prowess by adding branding capabilities for merchants2. This includes the ‘shoppertainment’ features they’ve been pushing aggressively, such as an image search function, consumer engagement games, and in-app live streaming. The e-commerce giant wants to become more than just a ‘simple buy and sell platform’ and is offering branding, marketing, and sales solutions for merchants and businesses.

China’s Continued E-commerce Expansion Plans

Cainiao, AliExpress team up with Spain’s Correos3 to provide cross-border logistics services for AliExpress in Spain. The partnership with Correos, Spain’s postal service, and Cainiao will be a boon to AliExpress to ship their e-commerce goods into the European country, while also boosting Spanish SMEs on AliExpress. This move seems complementary to China’s One Belt, One Road initiative5, as Spain is not a region within the Silk Road Economic Belt.

Additionally, China’s e-commerce giants are expanding to small cities6 to target a growing consumer base known as “Lower Tier Living Large” (LTLL). 5% of them are of the same income level of an average American, and Alibaba claimed that LTLLs account for over 70% of its user growth. This new target market follows the recent economic slowdown in China as growth plateaus in big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

Malaysia’s Omnichannel Retail Rise

Retail Players Resilient amid E-commerce Boom (Malaysia). In fact, physical retail stands to gain from online commerce as more merchants look towards incorporating omnichannel strategies to capture new market segments. Malaysian retail brands like Mr DIY and Old Town White Coffee are adopting these quickly but still face issues like poor logistical infrastructure that takes away from the shopping experience.

That’s all for this news round-up! In the meantime, to stay updated with the latest news and our articles, consider signing up for Janio’s regular newsletter.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can solve your SEA e-commerce cross-border delivery needs, come and have a conversation with us.

References:

  1. Kr Asia: Southeast Asia is entering the age of ‘shoppertainment’
  2. Marketing Interactive: Lazada shows off marketing prowess, adds branding capabilities for merchants
  3. Asia Times: Cainiao, AliExpress team up with Spain’s Correos
  4. World Economic Forum: China’s $900 billion New Silk Road. What you need to know
  5. Tech Wire Asia: Why China’s eCommerce giants are expanding to small cities
  6. The Edge Market: Retail players resilient amid e-commerce boom
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