The Global eCommerce Newsletter 04.03.17 (No. 49)

[India] Flipkart is acquiring eBay’s India business, report says
India’s largest online retailer Flipkart is in talks to acquire eBay’s domestic business, according to a report from Factor Daily. EBay, which debuted in India in 2004, currently ranks sixth in the market.

Related: India’s top online retailers may be merging to fight Amazon, Softbank brokering deal  
Softbank is reportedly “orchestrating” a merger between Flipkart, India’s biggest online retailer, and rival Snapdeal, and could possibly have a deal by the end of next month.

[U.S.] Amazon launches store-pick grocery service in Seattle
Amazon.com Inc launched Amazon Fresh Pickup service from two locations in Seattle. The service, currently only open to employees, allows users to place orders online and choose a time for the pickup.

[Singapore] DHL eCommerce Enables Singapore e-Commerce Retailers to Reach Out to the U.S. Market
DHL eCommerce has launched a new commercial international shipping product facilitating Singapore-based e-tailers, online merchants, manufacturers, and traditional ‘brick and mortar’ retailers to ship their products to consumers in the U.S. This service will allow businesses to ship products up to 6.5 kg to their customers across the U.S. in 4 to 6 business days.

[Southeast Asia] Alibaba-backed Lazada partners with Unilever to capture Southeast Asia’s online retail growth
Lazada has joined hands with Unilever to work closely together on supply chain, fulfillment, data, marketing, social commerce and talent development to grow their business’ reach in Southeast Asia. Lazada’s fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) product category grew by 181-percent in 2016 over 2015, making it the platform’s strongest growth category. The partnership will allow Unilever to better understand consumer behavior and to test new products before launching them offline.
 

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