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1. Lalamove partners with point accumulation app ChomChob 

on-demand delivery startup Lalamove has partnered up with ChomCHOB, a point accumulation app that converts a customer’s credit and debit card points into reward points. The app allows users to purchase a range of products and services from over 1000 merchants.

ChomCHOB points can be redeemed through Lalamove motorbike on-demand services from now until the end of April.

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2. Alibaba makes investment in AR for cars startup

Alibaba led an $18 million series B round for WayRay, a Switzerland-based startup specializing in augmented reality products for cars, such as its AR navigation system that overlays directions onto the car’s windshield.

Each car has a windshield and inside windows. These surfaces could be used as augmented reality displays and content could be placed anywhere in the car.

WayRay will also partner with Banma Technologies, a joint venture by Alibaba and SAIC, one of China’s largest automakers. The startup is building an AR interface for one of Banma’s 2018 models, capable of displaying driving assistant notifications and navigation information.

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3. Recommended Reading: India’s ecommerce groups take on Amazon and Alibaba

Since launching its Indian operation in 2013, Amazon has enjoyed rapid market share gains at the expense of local leaders Flipkart and Snapdeal, with each of the three burning through tens of millions of dollars a month as competition intensified.

These deep pockets could prove crucial in the long and expensive war for the Indian digital consumer. “It’s not about who’s got the biggest business right now. It’s about who’s willing to invest the most money in making this happen,” says Kashyap Deorah, technology entrepreneur during an interview with the Financial Times.

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Popular, but media shy Indonesia mobile ecommerce platform Sale Stock has launched a partnership with messenger platform Line, reports e27.

Aside from announcing the partnership, the companies also introduced two new features; credit card payment system and an AR-based ‘changing room’.

Sale Stock was also the first in Indonesia to implement a one-on-one chat feature to shop.

The partnership aims to leverage from Sale Stock customers’ preference to chat and shop. Line’s user profile (45% female) are seen as the perfect target audience to support this strategy. The shopping culture in Indonesia is characterized by three distinctive features:

  1. Heavy use of cash and bank transfer (only 1.4% of Indonesians own a credit card)
  2. Use of social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook for SMEs as a channel to promote products
  3. The use of chat apps provides direct interaction with customers

In general, Southeast Asia is seeing a rise in the use of chatbots as a means for brands to interact closely with their audiences, as Southeast Asian customers are generally more comfortable communicating with customer service officers through messaging rather than self-browsing.

The AR-based ‘changing room’ function will be installed in various shopping mall across Jakarta. This function will allow users to try on available clothes on the Sale Stock platform, and purchase it directly from the machine installed at the mall.

Sale Stock is listed among the fastest growing ecommerce startups in Indonesia. The company provides imported, local and in-house fast fashion collections for women.

 A version of this appeared in e27 on July 27. Read the full version here.