Welcome back from the weekend. Here’s what you should know today.

1. Line Man introduces postal service for android in Thailand

The chat platform said the “Postal” function was built with SMEs in mind. The feature will offer nationwide, door-to-door parcel delivery service which is fast and affordable.

The service is a collaboration with Alpha, an ecommerce delivery service. The Postal feature will pick up parcels between 8am-10pm  and delivers them via two options including delivery by Alpha, which handles all deliveries, from pick up to destination.

The merchant will be able to save a reasonable amount of time, they can simply drop a pin on their phones to specify an address.

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2. Alibaba to launch distribution hub in Malaysia

Alibaba Group plans to set up a regional distribution hub in Malaysia to cater to its fast-growing business in Southeast Asia. The hub would be sited within KLIA Aeropolis, a 24,700-acre development led by airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd.

Many people see Malaysia as an emerging hub next to Singapore. Malaysia may not be able to take all of Singapore’s business but it is a good choice logistically

According to sources, Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak are expected to announce the plans at an event in Kuala Lumpur next week.

This would mark Alibaba’s first investment in Malaysia.

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3. Salim Group joins fight for Indonesian ecommerce share

Indonesia’s Salim Group is planning a major foray into ecommerce this year in partnership with South Korea’s Lotte Group. The 50-50 joint venture by the two conglomerates, will launch the iLotte online shopping platform as soon as July, injecting $88 million into the project initially.

The service will be geared primarily toward 20- and 30-something women and feature brandname cosmetics sold in South Korea

Drawing on a robust infrastructure built up over the course of years will let Salim achieve economies of scale for the ecommerce business

Salim Group’s infrastructure investment and know-how will benefit its foray into ecommerce.

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