Restructure for Rakuten Europe
The Japanese ecommerce company will exit UK and Spain to focus on France and Germany. In a statement, it says “Rakuten will also continue to grow its presence in Europe across its diverse business portfolio, from eCommerce to digital content businesses such as Wuaki and Kobo, to the Viber messaging platform and the adtech business Rakuten Marketing.”
Bezos says Amazon to up India investment to $5 billion
At an event in Washington attended by Indian Prime Minister, Jeff Bezos said that Amazon would invest an additional $3 billion in India, boosting the overall investment in the country to over $5 billion. India is already Amazon’s fastest growing country. The partnership with India Post allows Amazon to reach all serviceable post codes in the country. The company also plans to open a Web Services Cloud Region in India this year and India would soon become home to company’s largest software engineering and development center outside of the U.S.
AmazonFresh launches grocery deliveries in London
AmazonFresh started grocery service in part of north and east London on June 9th. The service is available to Amazon Prime subscribers who also pay a monthly fee of £6.99 in 69 postcodes before expanding into other parts of the city. AmazonFresh will compete against several of the UK’s largest supermarket chains, including Tesco, Ocado, Sainbury’s, and ASDA, which already have online grocery shopping. Several (Tesco, Ocado, and ASDA) even offer same-day deliveries in certain areas. Amazon, however, plans to raise the game by offering faster deliver, lower price, and wider selection.
Australia Post and Aramex team up to take on Asia e-commerce market
A deal that involves a series of complex asset sales, merger, and acquisitions between UAE-based logistics company Aramex and Australia Post will allow the two companies to combine “resources and expertise to build a compelling global e-commerce delivery platform.” The two companies will form a joint venture to focus on e-commerce in APAC.
Facebook is testing social commerce payments in Southeast Asia
Facebook is running a trial in Thailand which “allows users to make a payment to a Page owner without leaving the social network.” According to Facebook’s latest data, APAC is its largest region with 566 million monthly users. Small and independent retailers use Facebook Pages to build and engage their audience and sell products. Usually, sellers and buyers connect on Facebook but complete the transaction by wire transfer or via Line, a popular mobile app in the region. In Thailand, for example, 33% of the total e-commerce spend going through Facebook and ending on Line, according to Group CMO, an e-commerce marketing and logistics startup. Facebook plans to widen the trials to other countries in Southeast Asia over time. The company has enabled peer-to-peer money transfer in the U.S. and in the UK.
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