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Here are the ecommerce headlines you should know to wrap up the day:

1. Grab welcomes Honda as a shareholder and partner

The funding comes as a number of car manufacturers are developing AI and robotics for autonomous vehicles.

Grab didn’t disclose the funding terms in a statement today, but it said a memorandum of understanding with the auto giant revolves around “[collaboration] on driver education programs to promote motorbike safety, efforts to reduce traffic and environmental congestion in urban areas through rideshare, and other technological advancements.”

Interesting as Uber in May joined forces with Honda competitor Toyota, which is also accelerating its self-driving strategy.

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2. Pushing to make all SIMs in use be registered 

Ooredoo Myanmar, an international telecommunications company, has added new channels for its subscribers to use to self-register, in line with a government directive that all SIMs in use in the nation be registered by next year.

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission is also calling for the introduction of a common regional SIM registration platform covering prepaid services in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar as a counter-crime measure.

This will help the governments collect better mobile data and understand the growth of mobile in their relative countries.

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3. New platform to promote trade with ASEAN

The China-ASEAN platform, eshopasean.com, is operated by China’s retail giant Suning Commerce Group Co and designed to help Southeast Asian small and medium-sized enterprises better crack the China market, where a growing number of consumers want foreign products.

Jiang Zengwei, chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, said ecommerce and big data will play a very important role in boosting multilateral economic ties.

“The agricultural produce and daily products from Southeast Asia are very popular among Chinese consumers. Cross-border ecommerce is becoming a new growth engine,” Jiang added.

According to Suning, the cross-border ecommerce platform will initially focus on importing products from ASEAN countries, focusing on food, cosmetics, healthcare products, fruit and other daily necessities.

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