Southeast Asia E-commerce Business Intelligence

January 28, 2018

January 22, 2018

SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS POISED TO LAUNCH ECOMMERCE TAX

Southeast Asian governments are poised to introduce taxes on ecommerce sales as they look to claim their fiscal take from one of their most vibrant engines of growth.

Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia are among the countries introducing such taxes or considering doing so. Taxing online sales would align practices with those in Europe and the US, and put online retailers on a level playing field with their bricks-and-mortar peers.

“Currently companies are subject to different ecommerce tax regimes, in some cases none, across the Asean region,” said Steven Sieker, head of Baker McKenzie’s Asia Pacific tax practice group, referring to the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations. “The region’s diverse and uncertain legal environment remains a major challenge for many local and foreign companies.” [Read more]

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Creation of an European Procurement Share Service Center for 1000 Points of Sales of a big Car repair Network.

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April 2017 - Present

Design the 5 years IT orientations which will support a agricultural company's international strategy.

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April 2016 - Present

Strategic plan and new Information Systems outlines for the Tunisian postal operator.

Tunisia

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January 23, 2018

AGENCY TO TAX E-COMMERCE LIKE OTHER BUSINESSES

 

The Ho Chi Minh City Tax Department plans to continue to collect taxes from online businesses that use Facebook and other social media sites. The collection is to ensure a fair business environment in which all businesses must fulfill tax obligations, according to the department.

The agency last year contacted more than 14,500 online retailers, including Facebook accounts, demanding payment of tax for businesses operating on the social network. Of the figure, some 3,990 cases worked with the agency and declared tax.

Facebook, Viet Nam’s most popular social network with over 52 million active accounts, is also used as an e-commerce platform, which tax authorities have had difficulty managing. According to the department, e-commerce activities on Facebook that have regular business must declare tax and pay tax in accordance with the law. [Read more]

January 23, 2018

CENTRAL PATTANA TEAMS UP WITH SIX BANKS FOR QR CODE PAYMENTS

Leading mall developer Central Pattana has partnered with six banks to promote the transition to a cashless economy. Customers will be able to start paying for products and service fee charges via QR code technology at some 4,000 shops in CPN properties in the first quarter of this year.

The company had linked with Bangkok Bank, Bangkok of Ayudhya, Government Savings Bank, Kasikornbank, Krungthai Bank and Siam Commercial Bank to the provide the QR code payment services. It will install the QR code readers in the shops that are spread across CPN shopping centres, such as Central World, Central Plaza and Central Festival. [Read more]

January 22, 2018

GHL STARTS ALIPAY PAYMENT SERVICES IN PHILIPPINES THIS MONTH

GHL will commence offering Alipay payment acceptance services to Philippine in-store and online merchants this month. The company said the roll out will start with physical merchants this month and eventually extend to e-commerce merchants.

The Philippines marks the third Asean country after Malaysia and Thailand, where GHL has tied-up with Alipay to offer a next generation payment option to merchants.

 

"Now with the Philippine market, GHL looks to expanding further to the region as Alipay’s key Asean partner,” GHL group chief executive officer Danny Leong said. [Read more]

January 22, 2018

LAZADA TO LAUNCH E-PAYMENT SYSTEM FOR INDONESIA THIS YEAR

Lazada Indonesia will be debuting an electronic payment gateway system sometime later in 2018, in a bid to keep up with the republic’s growing e-payment market. Lazada Indonesia Chief Marketing Officer Achmad Alkatiri said the new system, to be sourced from Alibaba, will be a big step towards the growth and development of the online shopping platform in the coming years.

However, the details on the system will remain secret for now, although Achmad confirmed that migration to the new payment gateway should be completed by March. Overall, the Lazada executive is incredibly optimistic about the opportunities Alibaba’s payment technology can bring. [Read more]

January 26, 2018

AEON PARTNERS HONESTBEE TO INNOVATE IN THE ONLINE SPACE

Aeon and honestbee have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a business alliance, enabling both companies to develop new services that better match the rapidly changing demands of consumers in Malaysia.

As a pilot project of the collaboration, Aeon’s Mid Valley store will initiate honestbee’s personal shopper service. Customers who live within a 17 kilometre radius from the store will enjoy a minimum 1-hour delivery service for the purchase of listed grocery products.

“In order to enhance the value for our customers by moving towards an omni-channel retailer, we want to combine our strengths with honestbee’s expertise to digitalise our customer’s shopping experience,” Shinobu Washizawa, managing director of Aeon Co, said. He added that Aeon will be closely monitoring customer feedback and demands, and will consider expanding the home delivery service within Malaysia and in terms of merchandise offering. [Read more]

January 23, 2018

 

SINGAPORE LOGISTICS FIRM NINJA VAN RAISES OVER $87M IN RECORD-BREAKING FUNDING

Ninja Van, a Singapore-headquartered logistics company with a regional presence, has raised at least US$87 million in funding, making it one of the most well-funded logistics startups in Southeast Asia.

Joining the latest round is DPDgroup, a European parcel delivery firm which claims to deliver 4 million parcels a day. Its logistics expertise could come in handy in helping Ninja Van improve its services.

Ninja Logistics, the startup’s registered Singapore entity, made US$9.1 million in revenue and lost US$8.7 million in 2016. Its revenue more than doubled from the previous year while its losses tripled. However, this is typical of startups that are raising significant funding to invest in growth. [Read more]

January 22, 2018

SINGAPORE TOURISM BOARD PARTNERS GRAB TO PROVIDE MORE E-PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR TOURISTS 

Tourists visiting Singapore can expect to go cashless at more destinations across the island, as part of a new partnership between the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and ride-hailing firm Grab. Under a three-year Memorandum of Understanding, both parties will also launch a joint study on the behaviourial patterns and transport preferences of tourists travelling in Singapore.

"The insights gained will help both Grab and STB to tailor offerings that are more relevant and enhance the overall visitor experience," STB and Grab said. The two parties also expect to exchange travel data, such as estimated fares and waiting times, in a bid to help travellers better plan their routes. The initiatives will be rolled out in phases starting from this year. [Read more]