JD.com Launches Highly Automated Warehouse in Shanghai, Sets New Standard for China Logistics

BEIJING, Oct. 19, 2014 / — JD.com, Inc.,China’s largest online direct sales company, today announced it has launched operations for the initial phase of its first highly automated “Asia No.1″ warehouse, located in Shanghai. JD.com launched the initial phase of its Asia No. 1 Shanghai warehouse on October 20, 2014.  Comprising a total floor space of 100,000 square meters, the initial phase of the Shanghai facility will help increase JD.com’s logistics efficiency, particularly during peak periods such as the upcoming “Singles Day” period, one of JD.com’s biggest sales events of the year, which runs from November 1 to November 12.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3213918

India’s ecommerce market rocketing to $6 billion next year – nearly double the current level

Ecommerce might be young in India but it’s growing super fast. India’s ecommerce market will reach US$6 billion in consumer spending in 2015, leaping from US$3.5 billion in 2014, according to the latest data from Gartner . This makes it one of the fastest-growing ecommerce markets in Asia/Pacific. The potential for a 70 percent growth rate to be maintained or even accelerated can be seen from the low base from which it is emerging.

https://www.techinasia.com/ecommerce-in-india-to-reach-6-billion-next-year/

Telcos and ecommerce firms dominate social media engagement in Indonesia

Local telco Telkomsel  boasted the top Twitter engagement in Indonesia last month, according to a pair of reports  from social media analytics firm Sotrender . Poland-based Sotrender aims to help businesses understand their social media impacts and make strategy decisions based on real-time data and reports. Its latest frontier is Indonesia. The reports include data on Facebook pages and Twitter profiles across nine categories: automotive, banking, beverages, cosmetics, ecommerce, fashion, food, technology, and telecommunications.

https://www.techinasia.com/sotrender-facebook-twitter-indonesia-september-2014-report/

Amazon now has a powerful brick-and-mortar ally in India. Flipkart and Snapdeal, your move

Amazon has tied up with the Future Group retail chain in India, which is a big step-up in distribution capability for both, and sounds fresh alarm bells for local ecommerce players Flipkart and Snapdeal. Media reports said the deal goes far deeper than selling Future Group products on Amazon. “We are exploring synergies in data sharing, co-branding, and distribution network sharing,” Future Group chairman Kishore Biyani told The Economic Times .

http://www.techinasia.com/amazon-partners-future-retail-to-become-click-and-mortar-in-india/

Flipkart Apologizes to Beleaguered Patrons over Big Billion Day Sale Fiasco; Promises Better Service in Future [Full Script]

Home grown popular e-commerce site, Flipkart has reportedly begun sending apology mails to beleaguered consumers over the Monday’s (6 October) Big Billion Day flash sale fiasco. Despite minting huge revenue (close to $100 million/more than ₹600 crores) out of Big Billion Day gala, Flipkart’s much hyped flash sale faced severe criticisms over the poor handling of servers, which were unable to cope high incoming traffic volume leading to outages and sudden cancellation of the purchase.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/flipkart-apologizes-beleaguered-patrons-over-big-billion-day-sale-fiasco-promises-better-service-610761

Why the Alibaba model is China’s next great export

The hope of replicating Amazon and eBay’s success in China seemed a near impossibility. Less than one percent of China’s population was online. China’s logistics infrastructure was primitive. China’s finance sector was dominated by inefficient state-run banks slow to embrace online payment systems. And, perhaps most importantly, buyers and sellers who didn’t know one another simply didn’t trust each other enough to transact online. The barriers to consumer ecommerce in China seemed insurmountable.

http://www.techinasia.com/china-next-export-the-alibaba-model/

Patrick Grove’s iBuy Group sinks to all-time low on Australian exchange

After its debut in the stock market in December 2013, iBuy stocks rose to almost A$0.70 in March before tumbling down to A$0.19 on October 3. Founded by famed Malaysian internet entrepreneur Patrick Grove, iBuy raised A$37 million (US$33 million) after its IPO. In April, it bought the Southeast Asian businesses of loss-making daily deals company LivingSocial for US$18.5 million.

http://www.techinasia.com/patrick-groves-ibuy-group-sinks-alltime-australian-exchange/

Offline retailers may boycott iPhone 6 as iPhone 5S being offered at discounted prices on e-commerce sites

NEW DELHI: Some mobile phone retailers have threatened to boycott Apple’s much-awaited iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models after their expected pre-Diwali launch because they are miffed that the iPhone 5S is being offered at heavily discounted prices on popular e-commerce sites Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal. According to sellers that ET spoke to, some of the 1.5 lakh retailers claimed they have returned their iPhone 5S models, saying they can’t compete with the discounts, which have lowered the price of the device to less than their cost.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/offline-retailers-may-boycott-iphone-6-as-iphone-5s-being-offered-at-discounted-prices-on-e-commerce-sites/articleshow/43755847.cms

Aussie e-commerce merchant expands into Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia

Australian e-commerce merchant, eWAY, has expanded its global business into Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. The launch adds three more countries to eWAY’s growing global operations and now supports businesses operating across Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Since launching, the company has processed more than 110 million transactions worth $15 billion for more than16,000 active businesses both large and small.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/556112/aussie-e-commerce-merchant-expands-into-singapore-hong-kong-malaysia/

Line brings its Q&A app to Taiwan in advance of its plunge into local ecommerce

Taiwanese Line addicts who like a little kawaii with their Quora will soon have a favorite new app. The team behind the popular mobile messenger has rolled out Line Q, a social Q&A app not unlike Yahoo! Answers, for domestic users. The app works much as one might expect – users register with a pseudonym (you’re not allowed to use your Line ID as your Line Q ID – which is a good thing), choose a few categories they’re interested in, and can then begin posting questions and replying to submissions from other people.

http://www.techinasia.com/line-brings-qa-app-taiwan-advance-plunge-local-ecommerce/

How tax query to Amazon opens a Pandora’s box for ecommerce in India

Tax authorities in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state, are looking into why Amazon India does not pay value-added taxes – as required under the VAT Act, 2003 – on goods stored in its warehouses. The investigation was first reported by Deccan Herald late last month. Now the matter has escalated. The Enforcement Directorate has issued notices to a number of vendors and stopped the sale of their products from Amazon’s warehouses, Mint reports.

http://www.techinasia.com/amazon-tax-mess-opens-pandoras-box-for-ecommerce-india/

Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon to battle it out for Android One market

NEW DELHI: Competition in the booming multi billion dollar Indian smartphone market is further set to intensify with e-commerce giants Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal all set to launch Google’s much-awaited sub-USD 100 (around Rs 6,000) handsets tomorrow. Google is launching the Android One devices in India tomorrow.  In June this year, the US-based tech giant had announced the ‘Android One’ initiative to bring in under-USD 100 handsets aimed at bringing the next one billion population to the Android operating system ecosystem.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/flipkart-snapdeal-amazon-to-battle-it-out-for-android-one-market/articleshow/42453928.cms

Singapore’s hot online grocer RedMart sets foot in India

Singapore-based online grocer RedMart announced its foray into India with a development center in Bangalore. No, it is not going to sell groceries online in India. At least, not yet. Instead, RedMart’s move to India is to push the technology side of its operations. To do that, the company is hiring engineers in India currently. RedMart was founded in March 2011 by Roger Egan, Vikram Rupani, and Rajesh Lingappa. It is backed by the venture arm of game publisher Garena, Skype co-founder Toivo Annus, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, CEO of FreshDirect Jason Ackerman, Visionnaire Ventures, and SoftBank Ventures.

http://www.techinasia.com/singapores-hot-online-grocer-redmart-sets-foot-india/

Rakuten confirms Ebates acquisition, Ebates CEO admits Alibaba threat encouraged his decision

At a press conference in Tokyo today, Hiroshi Mikitani, founder and CEO of Rakuten, Inc. (TYO:4755 ), confirmed reports that his company will acquire American online coupon firm Ebates . The ticker price comes in at JPY 105 billion (US$1 billion). Founded in 1998, Ebates offers coupons or cash-back incentives to drive online shopping. Stores register on Ebates and post coupon codes or cash-back terms. Shoppers registered at Ebates can then copy the coupon link, click on the product they want to buy, and make the purchase. For cash-back offers, Ebates will send the user a check four times a year or more.

http://www.techinasia.com/rakuten-ebates-acquisition-confirmed/

Building a giant? Rocket bets big on new online markets

[SINGAPORE] Germany’s Rocket Internet faces daunting logistical challenges and rising local competition from Lagos to Laos as it races to capture customers in emerging markets before e-commerce titans Amazon and Alibaba can catch up. That spells mounting losses as the venture capital company gears up to launch an initial public offering (IPO) this month that will help provide the war chest it needs to build and defend what it hopes will be the largest online shopping empire outside the United States and China.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/breaking-news/technology/building-giant-rocket-bets-big-new-online-markets-20140908

Amazon Might Have Fix For Chinese Suppliers Who Don’t Like Alibaba

Chinese exporters might have found a way around using Taobao and Alibaba to ship overseas. The management committee of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone and Shanghai Information Investment have respectively signed a memorandum of cooperation with Amazon.com aimed at cross-border e-commerce development and delivery. Shanghai’s cross-border trading e-commerce pilot platform formally started operation at the end of 2013.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/09/01/20873-amazon-might-have-fix-for-chinese-suppliers-who-dont-like-alibaba

Alibaba vs Amazon in an infographic

Alibaba vs Amazon? It’s tough to compare the two e-commerce companies given that each company subscribes to different business model. But that didn’t stop the guys at Smart Intern China to create an infographic  comparing the two giants. Infographic aside, it is perhaps important to note that Amazon and Alibaba each adopts different e-commerce models. Amazon follows the B2C model which purchases stock and maintains its own warehouse and logistics. Whereas Alibaba follows the C2C and B2B2C models (like Taobao and Tmall) which are open platforms and marketplaces.

http://www.techinasia.com/alibaba-amazon-infographic/

WeChat and Alipay ramp up ecommerce race with new features for online and offline merchants

Tencent today announced a suite of new features for businesses to better engage customers through their public WeChat accounts, according to TechNode . One day earlier, Alibaba’s mobile Alipay Wallet released over 60 new APIs for third party developers to build online storefronts, according to the company’s official English-language blog .

http://www.techinasia.com/wechat-alipay-ramp-ecommerce-race-features-online-offline-merchants/

Indian price comparison site PriceBag raises $2M

Product discovery and price comparison engine PriceBag.com, owned by Gurgaon-based Accentium, raised US$2 million in funding from undisclosed angel investors. The investment will be used to further develop the site and market it, the company announced . India is a very price-conscious society, and consumers could do with a little help on finding the right prices online. So this is a natural market for review and comparison sites.

http://www.techinasia.com/pricebag-funding-2-million/

Line takes aim at Rakuten and Amazon, to launch five new ecommerce services

Line, the messaging app that has nabbed 490 million registered users in three years, announced its plans for becoming a major player in the ecommerce industry at a news conference in Tokyo today. The strategy marks an interesting inflection point for Line. The service gained popularity for it’s colorful stickers, grew its revenue base with mobile games , and now has its sights set on ecommerce.

http://www.techinasia.com/line-mall-challenges-rakuten-amazon/