The Global eCommerce Newsletter 05.16.16

Lazada Malaysia claims double-digit growth
Lazada Malaysia has double-digit growth in sales last year, yet it is still losing money.

Lazada works with 10,000 sellers to offer over 5.5 million products. It has the most mobile app downloads (2.3 million) in Malaysia. 11ST Malaysia holds the second spot with only half of Lazada’s downloads.  // Expectation is higher after Alibaba’s acquisition.

Mobile now makes up half of all UK ecommerce purchases with iPhone top platform
48.9% of ecommerce sales in the first quarter of this year are generated from mobile devices. Apple devices still dominate the mcommerce transactions. Both Apple and Android devices have seen the same pattern of an increasing share of purchases on phones and decreasing on tablets.

Shopify’s online merchants can now offer same-day delivery via Postmates

Shopify and Postmates have teamed up to offer same-day delivery in around 200 cities in the U.S. A total of 21,000 merchants selling on Shopify will be able to offer Postmates option. After a customer checks out from the online store, the merchant will pack the item and request a pickup. Then one of Postmates’ 25,000 couriers will arrive to take the order to the customer. Postmates is available in 40 metro areas in the U.S. while Amazon’s Prime Now is available in 25.  // On-demand delivery service is heating up.

Penney to Expand Major Appliances to Half of Its Stores
After a successful test of offering major appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators in 22 markets, J.C. Penny decides to sell major appliances online and offline. J.C. Penney got out of the appliance business more than 30 years ago.

Alibaba revenues up 39% as mobile drives significant growth in retail business
Alibaba has grown its revenue by 39% year-on-year to US$3,751 million. The majority of its revenue (76%) is from its marketplaces core business. A key driver of the growth is mobile commerce. Alibaba says mobile GMV accounts for 73% of the total, whereas this number was 51% in the same quarter of 2015.  The company also grows its cloud business by 175% year-over-year to US$165 million.

RELATED: E-commerce company’s revenue misses estimates, shares fall
Alibaba’s rival,, has missed its first quarter financial estimate, citing the economic slowdown.

India’s E-Commerce Sector to See $120 Billion Revenue by 2020: Study
India’s e-commerce sector is expected to be $120 billion by 2020 from $30 billion this year. Young demographic, growing Internet penetration and good economic performance will contribute to the growth.

About 75% of the country’s online users are in the age group of 15-34 years. 60-65% of the ecommerce sales are generated from mobile devices.

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