The Global eCommerce Newsletter 11.07.16

[Singapore] SingPost opens $130M e-commerce logistics facility
SingPost opened a logistics hub that features a fully-automated parcel sorting system that can process up to 100,000 parcels a day. The hub could handle Singapore domestic and international parcel delivery. The company’s logistics network now supports 19 markets in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the U.S.

[Amazon] Amazon plans to enter Southeast Asia with Singapore launch in Q1 2017
Amazon plans to launch selected services in Singapore within the first quarter of 2017. After quietly introduced its Prime service in China, Amazon has been purchasing refrigerated trucks and making new hires in Southeast Asia. Alibaba has already stepped into the region by investing in Lazada and Singapore Post.

RELATED: Amazon Starts Prime Service in China to Compete With Alibaba
Amazon starts offering free international shipping for Chinese Prime subscribers. Packages are estimated to arrive within five to nine days in 82 cities across the country. The membership fee costs ¥388 (about $57) a year.

[Alibaba] Alibaba-backed Lazada is buying Redmart
Alibaba-backed Lazada announced on November 2nd that it has agreed to acquire online grocery provider Redmart, a company that Amazon made an offer earlier this year. A face-off between Alibaba and Amazon in Southeast Asia will happen soon. //Both companies are already competing in India.

[Google] Online retailers are putting more stock in Google Shopping
Shoppers are clicking on retail ads on Google’s search results more often rather than going to a retailers’ website or third-party marketplaces. Therefore, online retailers are spending more on Google Shopping ads. During Q1 this year, retail revenue from Google Shopping grew 52% YoY. In this Q3, retailers spending on Google Shopping ads grew 36% YoY. However, Google still faces stiff competition as 55% of consumers begin their product search on Amazon as of September 2016, a 44% increase from previous year. Meanwhile, only 28% identify search engines as their starting point, down from 34% last September.

[Instgram] Instagram lets retailers test shopping features in ecommerce push
Instagram is testing a new feature that allows brands to share posts that include more product information. Browsing and discovery on mobile becomes easier but finding more information on specific products is not as simple. The new feature allows brands to showcase up to five products and their prices and more detailed product information within Instagram. If consumers do want to make a purchase, they can click a “shop now” link that takes them to the product page on the retailer’s website. The trial is currently on Apple device in the U.S. with 20 brands.

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