Southeast Asia E-commerce Business Intelligence

February 17, 2018

UBER PLANS TO SELL SOUTHEAST ASIA BUSINESS TO GRAB

Uber Technologies is preparing to sell its Southeast Asia ride-hailing business to Singapore-based Grab in return for a substantial stake in the company, according to CNBC’s report.

Although no deal has been reached yet, the CNBC report quoted two sources with knowledge of the matter who say it is imminent.The move is said to mirror Uber's strategy in China where it sold its operation to Didi for a 20% ownership. [Read more]

February 17, 2018

 

March 2017 - Present

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

France & Belgium

April 2017 - Present

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

France

July 2016​

Strategic review for the financial SSC of an agricultural company.

April 2016 - Present

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

Tunisia

April 2016

Analysis of the market and its players for the Vietnamese mobile business.

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February 13, 2018

SOUTHEAST ASIA WEIGHS TAX ON E-COMMERCE

With Singapore set to announce a new budget next week, it could likely include a tax on e-commerce services such as Amazon and Lazada, in what could become a region-wide trend of levelling the field for brick and mortar retailers.

Meanwhile, other countries in the region, which have seen an especially rapid development of the internet and online services in recent years, such as Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia are considering similar approaches, in an effort to fund extensive infrastructure programs.

A tax on e-commerce could ease “the competition for offline retailers that have been struggling amid the rising popularity of online shopping,” Nainika Singh, a consumer analyst at BMI Research, told Bloomberg. “We are likely to see other Southeast Asian markets follow Singapore’s implementation of this e-commerce tax.” [Read more]

February 15, 2018

VIETNAM ENJOYS BRIGHT PROSPECTS FOR E-LOGISTICS DEVELOPMENT

As one of the fastest growing e-commerce countries in the world, Vietnam is considered a high-potential market for e-logistics.

The country has an average annual growth rate of 35 per cent in the sector. The boom in online shopping and home delivery in the country in recent years have also created many opportunities for e-logistics operators.

In 2017 alone, over 50 domestic and foreign e-logistics providers entered the market, which is predicted to reach US$200 million by 2020. They include Lazada, Giaohangnhanh or Grab Express or Speedlink. [Read more]

February 15, 2018

KBANK HELPS THAILAND POST ADOPT QR CODE PAYMENTS

KBank president Predee Daochai and Thailand Post president Smorn Terdthumpiboon have joined forces to promote the concept of a cashless society through the use of dynamic QR codes as a safe and convenient payment channel.

Mobile-phone users can pay bills instantly by using any of several freely available apps to scan QR codes on an EDC terminal.  Since there is no need to use cash and enter the payment amount, the dynamic QR code service helps consumers avoid the risk of carrying large amounts of cash and bolsters Thailand Post’s cash-management efficiency.

The pilot QR code payment service is being introduced to Thailand Post’s personnel and counter parties before it’s offered to customers at offices and payment counters nationally. [Read more]

February 12, 2018

PLDT, GO NEGOSYO TO EMPOWER MSMEs IN E-COMMERCE

Local telecommunications giant PLDT has teamed up with entrepreneurship advocate Go Negosyo to empower micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSME) with e-commerce capabilities, thereby allowing them to thrive in the digital marketplace.

To push that agenda, PLDT SME Nation and GoNegosyo will provide the three “M’s”—specialized business training and mentorship, access to wider marketplaces through technology and an online selling platform, and money — thereby broadening access to funding and capital to jumpstart their business.

“We are committed to help SMEs thrive and become more globally competitive through digital services and solutions,” said PLDT chair and chief executive officer Manuel V. Pangilinan. “We are confident that this partnership with Go Negosyo will positively contribute to government’s programs to improve the lives of our people by promoting digital entrepreneurship.” [Read more]

February 18, 2018

RURAL BANKS PARTNER WITH UNIONBANK FOR BLOCKCHAIN TECH

Four rural banks have partnered with Union Bank for blockchain technology-reliant payment system and officials of the publicly-listed universal bank vows to be help the smaller banks become more efficient.

UnionBank is the first Philippine bank chosen by Visa for the latter’s B2B Connect, which is a business solution platform that allows financial institutions to provide their clients fast and secure cross-border payments.

Visa is set to commercially launch the platform late this year. The platform uses what is called the blockchain technology, which allows transfer of funds real time or the next day at the most instead of around three to five days at a cheaper cost. [Read more]

February 13, 2018

PIKOM SIGNS FIVE MOUS FOR SMES TO ADOPT ECOMMERCE

The National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) signed five memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with five associations in direct effort for more local small medium enterprises (SMEs) to adopt eCommerce.

The move is in line with the Government’s National E-Commerce Strategic Roadmap to boost eCommerce adoption among Malaysia’s SMEs. Under the Roadmap, the goal is to double the number of eCommerce-enabled SMEs from the present 180,000 to 350,000 by 2020.

The five associations are Malaysia Retail Chain Association (MRCA), Malaysia Wholesalers Association (PPM), Malaysia Digital Chamber of Commerce (MDCC), Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) and SME Association of Malaysia. [Read more]

February 13, 2018

SINGAPORE MAY IMPOSE E-COMMERCE TAX

E-commerce taxes are very likely to be included in the yearly budget, which will be rolled out on February 19. Singapore, along with several other countries in the region, is tackling the issue of how to impose levies on online retail, a sector that has posed a serious and growing threat to traditional stores.

In a survey of economists conducted by Bloomberg, eight out of the twelve respondents believe that the new budget will include taxes on online retail, perhaps even with cross-border digital transactions. The governments Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia are also deliberating on online levies, since these are countries where funds are needed for plans for developing infrastructure. These governments also want to make sure that business stays fair for brick-and-mortar vendors. [Read more]