Here are the key headlines for this morning:


1. DHL poised to shake up Southeast Asia ecommerce

“We want to become a true enabler for the smallest companies to the very largest ecommerce players,” Charles Brewer, the CEO of DHL eCommerce. DHL’s rising focus on Southeast Asia will certainly light the fire under SingPost, its closest analogue in the region, as well as competitors big and small like Ta-Q-Bin, Go-Jek, and Ninja Van. Read the rest of the story here.


2. 2C2P expands APAC presence to south and central Asia

2C2P will process online and offline payment transactions for Himalayan Bank Limited (HBL), Nepal’s largest private bank, Nepal Airlines, the national flag carrier of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, and Air Astana, the principal airline and flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan.


3. APAC consumers shop more on mobile

“Many markets in APAC are mobile-first, and consumers are now mature online buyers with more discerning tastes than the global average,” says Miranda Dimopoulos, CEO IAB Singapore. Read the rest of the story here.

Missed out on ecommerce headlines over the weekend? Catch up with today’s round up.

1. Alibaba’s Hong Kong fund invests in three food, fashion startups

The three startups that just received undisclosed sums of funding were online clothing retailer Grana, food delivery firm Nosh, and cooking recipe video site DayDayCook. Read the rest of the story here.


2. Online shoppers prefer control to speed, says Deutsche Post DHL study

Successful delivery is no longer solely determined by the speed of the last mile – it requires a whole new level of digital infrastructure, from real-time fleet tracking to SMS alerts and mobile apps. Read the rest of the story here.


3. CekAja and eCompareMo get series B funding from Telstra Ventures to grow fintech empire

C88 will use the money to “scale” market leadership by boosting mass market branding, according to co-founder and CEO JP Ellis. Read the rest of the story here.

Here are this morning’s ecommerce headlines to start your day with:

1. Ecommerce growth and tax reductions expected for Thailand

According to a report by the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), business-to-consumer (B2C) ecommerce can expect to see the highest growth with 43% followed by business-to-business (B2B). Read the rest of the story here.

2. DHL gears up as Southeast Asian ecommerce gathers pace

New research from Frost & Sullivan predicts ecommerce growth in the six largest countries will increase by 17.7% a year. Malaysia and Thailand were the largest markets in 2015 with revenues of $2.3B and $2.1B respectively, while overall the market was worth $11B. Read the rest of the story here.

3. Jokowi calls for deregulation in e-commerce

The President further said ecommerce could assist 56 million small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which contributed about 55% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Read the rest of the story here.

4. Amazon’s Newest Ambition: Competing Directly With UPS and FedEx

To constrain rising shipping costs, the online giant is building its own delivery operation, setting up a clash with its shipping partners. Read the rest of the story here.

Busy weekend? Don’t worry, here’s the weekend re-cap of headlines you should know.

1. Google and Temasek Report: By 2025, Indonesia will dominate 52% of all ecommerce activity in Southeast Asia

Google and Temasek released an Indonesia specific report last week, following their Southeast Asian report that came out in May. The report is optimistic about the growth of ecommerce in Indonesia, including the country’s internet adoption and opportunities of ecommerce. Read the rest of the story here


2. China Post launches WeChat account

Following the announcement of China Post and Tencent’s strategic alliance, the postal giant has release a statement regarding its official WeChat account which will offer  customers mail and ecommerce services. Read the rest of the story here.


3. Fynd is the Uber for gadget repairs, raised $385,000 in pre-series A funding round

The funding was led by Far East Ventures, the venture capital arm of Singaporean property developer Far East Organization. The startup will use this funding to grow its services in Southeast Asia. Currently, it is available in Singapore and Hong Kong, with plans to launch in Jakarta this year. Read the rest of the story here.


4. Global ecommerce logistics market will be worth $781 billion by 2024

A key factor to growth acceleration is the rise of cross-border ecommerce and low-cost cargo options. FedEx and DHL International currently lead the global ecommerce logistics market. Read the rest of the story here.


5. Amazon sends Chinese email to suspended US sellers

In midst of major ecommerce counterfeit issues in the last few months, Amazon has increased efforts to openly court Chinese manufacturers, resulting in a string of bizarre emails being sent to sellers. Read the rest of the story here.


6. HappyFresh Exits Philippines and Taiwan, Raises an undisclosed series B funding round

It will “concentrate” on its three other markets: Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand Southeast Asia as it aims to become a sustainable business. Read the rest of the story here.

DHL’s ambitious restructuring agenda in 2015 is starting to pay dividends, with the company posting record-high Q2 results, reports Air Cargo World.

Earnings before interest and taxes rose to 40% to a record $832.25 million for the second quarter, prompting DHL to reconfirm its expected financial position for full year 2016. This occurred despite revenues for Q2 falling by 16%.

The ecommerce ‘megatrend’, as coined by the company, was a key driver for DHL Express volume and a key contributor to revenue growth.

“DHL took the right decision and made the right investments in 2015, a year of transition, to set the stage for improving our profitability this year,” said CEO Frank Appel.

CFO Larry Rosen stated that DHL Express segment was a continuing success story, driven by fantastic growth in time-definite international shipments. Volumes for express were up 8.2% in the second quarter. This was evidence that DHL was adding market share despite the overall slow growth in the market.

The general slow growth in the market were contributed by low fuel costs and surplus capacities, which put prices under pressure.

With the success of ecommerce logistics contributing to a strong Q2 for DHL, it does not come as a surprise that the company is set to expand its ecommerce operations to empower cross-border logistics capabilities. The company will be investing $137 million through 2020 to build eight fulfillment centers and upgrade existing warehouses in the US.

All of it will be aimed at supporting the growing global cross-border ecommerce market by allowing online vendors in the US to stock their merchandise in DHL’s fulfillment centers for quicker international deliveries.

A version of this appeared in Air Cargo World on August 4. Read the full version here.

DHL Express has launched a new flight service between Phnom Penh and Bangkok, one of its hubs in Asia Pacific, reports Yahoo Finance.

This express freighter service, the first operating to and from Phnom Penh, adds to the existing DHL Express flights between its hubs in Bangkok and Singapore, extending the Cambodian capital’s trade ties to more markets across the globe.

The new route will help meet rising import and export demands in Cambodia, especially in high-growth industries such as garment and construction.

Trade between Cambodia and Thailand reached $5.1 billion in 2015, and the country also imported $1.05 billion worth of goods from Singapore in 2014.

What’s the point of Phnom Penh-Bangkok Service?

This service will enhance the country’s global connectivity and trade relations, which can eventually also extend to ecommerce. With the new scheduled services between Phnom Penh and Bangkok, the new DHL service gives Cambodian exporters constant access to its global network spanning 220 countries and territories. Bangkok is one of four hubs for DHL Express in Asia Pacific.

Cambodia’s economy expanded approximately 7% in 2015. Its logistics capabilities are also rising.

Cambodia is fast becoming an important trading player in Southeast Asia and the demand for movement of goods will grow in tandem.

According to a write-up in Phnom Pen Post, the country’s ecommerce potential is blocked by poor logistics infrastructure and a largely unbanked market but as logistics and trade strengthens, ecommerce will have the potential to experience meteoric growth.

A version of this appeared in Yahoo Finance on August 2. Read the full version here.