A curation of the latest news in e-commerce, logistics, and tech in Southeast Asia and beyond.
The beginning of Q2 2019 marks a few interesting developments with some major e-commerce players in the region. Players in Singapore turn to their own market to ride the e-commerce wave, AirAsia is set to disrupt Malaysia’s air freight industry, and the China-Spain air cargo route sees a land freight challenger.
SingPost is selling two of their US ecommerce businesses. The postal service provider has sold TradeGlobal and Jagged Peaks in order to focus on its home market, Singapore. In a statement, Singpost’s representative has also said that they believe that their competitive advantages lie in the Asia-Pacific market. Business will remain as usual for the two companies being sold.
Shopmatic & Octopus merge to disrupt omnichannel ecosystem. The combined entity will allow e-commerce businesses to tap into Singapore-based Shopmatic’s e-commerce solutions and Octopus’s retailing solutions. This will effectively provide merchants the opportunity to leverage on an omnichannel retail strategy. Not only that, it’ll give the merged business an opportunity to tap into more markets within Asia and the US.
On the e-commerce front, online marketplace Dei takes Singapore’s Little India online. The platform currently hosts over 70 Indian brick-and-mortar Indian retailers in Little India. Dei was founded to bridge the gap between e-commerce and Little India, and hopes to cover more areas like Chinatown and Kampong Glam. This move is quite similar to earlier developments in Thailand, where the Thai authorities are trying to encourage Chatuchak merchants to go online.
AirAsia Group eyes disruption in Southeast Asian air cargo sector by allowing customers to deal with the airline directly for air freight. Group chief executive Tony Fernandes announced that the airline will consolidate all its cargo operations and aircraft belly space under a newly established unit called Red Cargo Logistics. He mentioned that the company will support “social commerce”, meaning e-commerce done via social media.
CEVA Logistics, a Switzerland logistics company, has expanded its China-Europe trucking service to Spain. This move is effectively competing with Chinese air cargo routes to Spain by giving bulk shipments a viable alternative to air and sea freight. Previously, we covered that Cainiao has partnered with Spain’s postal services for e-commerce fulfilment. Now, the bulk shipment segment is seeing a new competitor rising to fill that role.
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