Go-Jek is finally rolling out its service in Singapore with the beta version of its app being released on November 29. The beta app will only be available to a few consumers in the beginning before offering it to the public.
Many drivers and consumers have been anticipating Go-Jek’s entry, especially as more users complain about delays and increased prices after Grab acquired Uber. After Uber’s departure, companies like ComfortDelGro and Tada have been filling in Uber’s void.
To increase sales, Lazada will be working with property developer Mah Sing Group Bhd to start selling houses on its platform. Lazada is also currently preparing for the 12.12 shopping event, where it plans to include more discounts, brands, and gifts. The online marketplace company also plans to have more than 50,000 Malaysian sellers on its platform.
In other news, Lazada aims to support eight million SME owners in Southeast Asia by 2030 through job creation in the entire ecommerce ecosystem, including logistics, sellers, and other supporting industries. Lazada is currently available in six ASEAN countries, which are the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.
The Hong Kong-based logistics startup Easyship has just closed its Series A round worth $4 million. Established in 2015 by Tommaso Tamburnotti and Augustin Ceyrac, the startup was formed to make ecommerce cross-border shipping as easy as e-payments.
Currently, Easyship serves more than 250 services and collaborates with over 50 courier companies. Its team is composed of over 50 people located in their Singapore, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands’ offices.
To meet the demand of higher cross-border ecommerce operations in Asia, Cainiao is building a $1.5 billion order fulfillment center at the Hong Kong Airport. The facility will be 380,000 square meters large and have the capacity for 1.7 million tonnes of cargo. It is expected to be launched in 2023.
Hong Kong is one of the most important gateways for Cainiao, with the logistics company delivering more than 70% of their outbound orders through the airport. Other than Hong Kong, Cainiao plans to build fulfillment centers in Hangzhou, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, and Liège.
Lazada has announced plans to create an intellectual property (IP) protection framework for South Korean brands to protect their IP rights and eliminate all tradings of illegal goods on its e-marketplace. As such, Lazada and Korea IP Protection Agency (KOIPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
Other than reporting and removing illegal product listings, both organizations will also hold seminars and establish best practices with IP rights owners, governments, trade associations, and other stakeholders to safeguard IP rights.
Ahead of Go-Jek’s official launch in Singapore, the ride-hailing company has chosen Havas Media to manage their media activities in Singapore. Go-Jek has also appointment BLKJ as their creative agency.
This appointment comes after Go-Jek’s beta launch of the app in the country. For now, only a selected number of consumers will have the option to book rides on the app as the company fine-tunes their app for the official launch.