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Another busy Tuesday? Don’t worry, below are the big ecommerce headlines you should know about.

1. Alipay strikes partnership with DTAC subsidiary Paysbuy 

Under the “Paysbuy Alipay Online-to-Offline (Alipay O2O)” service, merchants and businesses can accept online payments for the purchases of goods and services by Chinese customers in yuan. Over 10 million Chinese tourists are expected to travel to Thailand in 2016. Read the rest of the story here.

 

2. Santa Rita wine launches on Tmall

The Santa Rita online flagship store will offer key wines from their portfolio along with specific offers and promotions targeted China’s 688 million internet users. Read the rest of the story here.

 

3. Online grocery delivery startup Honest Bee launches on-demand laundry service in Singapore

The startup made the announcement at an event in Singapore. The mobile apps for iOS and Android have just been updated to add in a laundry section. Read the rest of the story here.

 

4. Coupang sales growth bolsters SoftBank’s bet on the Korean retailer

SoftBank, whose investment in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has zoomed past $70 billion, backed Coupang in June 2015 with $1 billion in financing that valued the Seoul-based company at $5 billion. Read the rest of the story here.

 

5. Alipay To Start Charging Fee For Transfers, Users Are Already Complaining

Users accuse Alibaba of ‘fattening the pig and then slaughtering it’. Read the rest of the story here.

 

6. How Orami is winning female shoppers in Southeast Asia

In an interview with Inc. Southeast Asia, co-founder Shannon Kalayanamitr says the company expanding its creative service to brands by offering them content partnerships, advertorials, guest posts, and celebrity reviews. Read the rest of the story here.

Here’s your weekend round-up of newsworthy ecommerce headlines. Read on below.

1. Amazon is planning to open 100 pop-up stores in US shopping malls

The pop-up stores reflect the company’s growing drive to reach consumers directly through a variety of access points including retail storefronts. Read the rest of the story here.

 

2. Shop and Kaymu tying up with banks and post offices for online payments

Rocket Internet’s incubated online marketplaces shop.com.mm and kaymu.mm are in talks with banks to set up new payment systems as more users are signing up online. Read the rest of the story here

 

3. Southeast Asia’s shopping site iPrice has added a ‘price comparison’ function

The feature works in two ways. If you look at a product, iPrice will pull up a list of related variants to help you to easily find the exact one of your choice. Secondly, it pulls in additional information like delivery time, delivery cost and payment options into a single view. Read the rest of the story here.

 

4.  Alphabet teams up with Chitpole to deliver burritos in Virginia Tech

Google parent Alphabet Inc. plans this month to use drones to deliver burritos to a small number of staff and students at Virginia Tech, a limited test of the tech giant’s ambitious plans to quicken deliveries with unmanned aircraft. Read the rest of the story here.

 

5.  Thailand’s aim for a ‘cashless society’ hits a slowdown amidst concerns over security

Some people point out that cybercriminals are very sophisticated and they doubt that banks have enough resources to fully shield customers from these risks. Read the rest of the story here.

 

Busy day? No time to check the news? Don’t worry, here’s what you should know today.

1. Tencent is now the most valuable company in Asia

That gives it a market capitalization of $263 billion (HK$2.04 trillion), making it also one of the world’s ten biggest companies. Read the rest of the story here.

 

2. Dissecting Jack Ma’s offer from the Indonesian government

Outside of his company’s aspirations in Indonesia, Jack Ma will have to weigh another factor when making his decision: how helping Indonesia is likely to play in China.  Read the rest of the story here.

 

3.  Wine Australia store launches on Alibaba

The new store on Tmall, supported by Wine Australia and operated by Chinese online retailer Vinehoo.com, will initially stock 10 brands from eight Australian wine regions, followed by another 20 brands in coming months. The first brands to be featured include Brokenwood, Coriole, John Duval, Pikes and Voyager Estate. Read the rest of the story here.

 

4. LINE explores more opportunities to engage more users in Indonesia

LINE’s new Indonesia country director, Ongki Kurniawan said that the company would try to develop new features, such as live video streaming, which has already been tested on several levels. One notable example of that is the recent broadcasting of a concert by Indonesian pop band Kahitna, which drew 3 million viewers on the LINE stream. Read the rest of the story here.

 

5. Google launches ‘Shop the look’ to allow outfit search & shop

The search engine’s newest feature may be what it needs to compete with social media sites already venturing into shoppable platforms. Read the rest of the story here.

Ecommerce news you should know for today.

1. Fashion app Zilingo raises $8 million

The round was led by Sequoia India, Indonesia’s Venturra Capital and Susquehanna International Group. With this funding in the bank, Zilingo plans to launch for sellers in Indonesia. Read the rest of the story here

 

2. Dating app ‘Lunch Actually’ raises Series A to expand further into Southeast Asia

Japanese social network Mixi and Fatfish Internet Group contributed the undisclosed amount of cash. The group focuses on Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. Expansion to “one more market” will be fuelled by the new funding. Read the rest of the story here.

 

3. Citi and Grab partner on card-based service

It will commence in Singapore and the Philippines, with Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to follow shortly. For Citi, the partnership marks the first time globally that the bank is integrating its credit cards with a transport application. Read the rest of the story here.

 

4. WeChat is making an entry into Australia

Tencent is making inroads in Australia after inking a deal that will see its WeChat Wallet mobile payment system made available to Chinese tourists and students in Australia. Read the rest of the story here.

 

5. Garena lands more funding, remains Southeast Asia’s most valuable startup

The amount raised was not disclosed, and Singapore-headquartered Garena did not reveal a post-money valuation. Read the rest of the story here

Want to know what you missed over the weekend and today? We got you covered.

1. Indonesia’s Buzzfeed, IDN Media has raised an undisclosed series A round

The new funds will go into developing video content, strengthening the branded content team, and building an automated ad platform that lets brands use the IDN Media sites as marketing channels. Read the rest of the story here.

 

2. Singapore’s crowdfunding firm, CoAssets lists in Australia

Singaporean crowdfunding platform CoAssets has listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), the company announced today. It raised $5 million under its public offering at a price of $0.30 per share. Read the rest of the story here.

 

3. Wal-Mart and Amazon will crush, but won’t kill the neighborhood store

Ever since Kmart and Wal-Mart made their appearance in the retail space, traditional stores couldn’t match these retail giants in scale, scope, logistics, advertising budgets, and ability to raise funds among investors anxious to capitalize on the trend. Read the rest of the story here.

 

4. Restaurant discovery and booking app Offpeak raised undisclosed funding round led by Yahoo Japan

Offpeak plans to double down on its current markets in Southeast Asia. Planned enhancements include better search, an updated user interface, intelligent restaurant recommendation features, seamless country selection, and more. Read the rest of the story here.

 

5. Rakuten acquires Japanese C2C fashion marketplace FRIL

The combined monthly GMS of the two companies’ services already exceed several billion yen. The addition of Fril will further accelerate Rakuten’s dominance of the C2C market in Japan. Read the rest of the story here.

1. Rocket Internet burns through $690 million in the first half of 2016

Rocket is putting the majority of the blame on the shoulders of Global Fashion Group, the holding company that manages its collection of fashion-focused e-commerce businesses that are dotted across the globe. Read the rest of the story here.

 

2. China investigates Didi-Uber Merger

A ministry spokesperson states that it’s due to anti-monopoly concerns about the US$35 billion tech company that will result from the merger and which will totally dominate car-hailing and taxi-booking in the China market. Read the rest of the story here.

 

3. Catcha Group’s Malaysia based iCar Asia has raised $13 million in funding, will raise $4 million more

iCar said it would use the money for new products and technology, increased marketing, and market expansion. Read the rest of the story here.

 

4. WeChat facilitates restaurant service in China

New way to dine: place your order into the fancy machine at the door (or via their WeChat account), pay with WeChat Wallet or Alipay (similar to McDonald’s), then grab the receipt and navigate yourself to a table. Read the rest of the story here.

 

5. JD.com to launch drone rovers

The company has begun testing a new unmanned delivery drone that looks more like a small van than a quad-copter. According to JD, the drones are around a meter in length and have six differently sized compartments for carrying packages. Read the rest  of the story here.