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1. Uber Thailand enables motorbike-hailing feature in its app 

In collaboration with several of the city’s local motorcycle-taxi stands, ride-hailing company Uber has launched UberMoto service in Bangkok. The company has launched similar service in Indonesia last year.

With the feature, users will be able to call for motorcycle from the closest stand. To ensure safety, Uber also employs GPS to track each UberMoto trip for both riders and drivers.

The rides start at THB 15 ($0.30) and it will then charge THB 5/km for the first 5 km. UberMoto will be initially rolled out in Bangkok’s downtown area, including Sathon, Silom, and Asoke, before expanding across the city.

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2. Indonesian online shoppers increase amidst the decline in the satisfaction rate

A study from Shopback Indonesia found that over 90% of Indonesian surveyed sees the increase in their online shopping activities compared to last year.

83% even claimed it has reduced their shopping activities in traditional stores. On average, online shopping frequency has jumped to five times a month, from one or two times a month last year.

However, the survey also sees the decrease of the satisfaction rate to 86% from 98% when there was a promotion last year.

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3. BMI Research projected ecommerce in Singapore to reach $10B in 2020

The UK-based research firm BMI Research states Singapore’s ecommerce growth rate could hit 11.7% and reach $10 billion in sales by 2020.

The growth is contributed by Singapore’s fully-urbanized population, wealthy consumers and developed logistics networks. Additionally, more growth is found in premium goods and value-added services.

However, BMI Research said ecommerce growth in Singapore will be limited by the country’s small population, as it has already penetrated all areas of mass market retail from food to fashion.

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