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Here are the ecommerce headlines you should know to wrap up the day:

1. Grab welcomes Honda as a shareholder and partner

The funding comes as a number of car manufacturers are developing AI and robotics for autonomous vehicles.

Grab didn’t disclose the funding terms in a statement today, but it said a memorandum of understanding with the auto giant revolves around “[collaboration] on driver education programs to promote motorbike safety, efforts to reduce traffic and environmental congestion in urban areas through rideshare, and other technological advancements.”

Interesting as Uber in May joined forces with Honda competitor Toyota, which is also accelerating its self-driving strategy.

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2. Pushing to make all SIMs in use be registered 

Ooredoo Myanmar, an international telecommunications company, has added new channels for its subscribers to use to self-register, in line with a government directive that all SIMs in use in the nation be registered by next year.

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission is also calling for the introduction of a common regional SIM registration platform covering prepaid services in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar as a counter-crime measure.

This will help the governments collect better mobile data and understand the growth of mobile in their relative countries.

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3. New platform to promote trade with ASEAN

The China-ASEAN platform, eshopasean.com, is operated by China’s retail giant Suning Commerce Group Co and designed to help Southeast Asian small and medium-sized enterprises better crack the China market, where a growing number of consumers want foreign products.

Jiang Zengwei, chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, said ecommerce and big data will play a very important role in boosting multilateral economic ties.

“The agricultural produce and daily products from Southeast Asia are very popular among Chinese consumers. Cross-border ecommerce is becoming a new growth engine,” Jiang added.

According to Suning, the cross-border ecommerce platform will initially focus on importing products from ASEAN countries, focusing on food, cosmetics, healthcare products, fruit and other daily necessities.

Read the rest of the story here

1. Grab to start delivering Foodpanda meals in Bangkok

Food delivery in Bangkok is getting a little easier as Foodpanda just announced a partnership with ride-hailer Grab for the Thai capital. The startup is aiming to decrease food delivery time to 36 minutes.

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2. Facebook has connected 40M people with Internet.org

Today on Facebook’s blockbuster Q3 earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg said Internet.org has helped 40 million people get online. Indeed, 0.5% percent of the world’s population is now connected to the internet thanks to Facebook’s accessibility initiatives.

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3. Bangkok Venture Club to raise $20m Southeast Asia fund

Our goal will be to partner local countries with angels in making investments. We will provide the seed capital and with the local people we will also mentor these startups,” Bangkok Venture Club co-founder Mark Wolf told DEALSTREETASIA.

Read the rest of the story here

Here’s what you should know.

1. Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten has launched a subscription service, Raxy

Each month, subscribers will receive boxes of assorted cosmetics and beauty products. Through partnerships with such brands as Revlon and SK-II, these boxes will contain three to seven items of cosmetics, hair care products, make-up accessories and beauty supplements. Subscribers will also have access to new content each month, from Youtube videos to articles. Read the rest of the story here.

 

2. ServisHero partners with Grab to expand services

ServisHero, Southeast Asia’s mobile marketplace for local services, has joined hands with the region’s leading ride-hailing app Grab to provide its network of service providers to book a ride for their jobs directly within the ServisHero platform.

ServisHero, launched in June 2015, offers a tailored marketplace for clients to hire service providers for their home and office needs. Read the rest of the story here.

 

3. Amazon to Hire 120,000 Temporary Workers for Holiday Season

Meanwhile, other US retailers are more cautious about the holiday season.The US National Retail Federation earlier this month forecast a 3.6 percent rise in holiday sales this year, with online sales expected to climb 7-10%.

Retailers are keeping sales expectations and inventories low and hiring light ahead of the holiday season to avoid a repeat of last year, when unusually warm weather hit sales and piled up unsold goods. Read the rest of the story here.

Before you get excited about the weekend, check out our ecommerce news roundup.

1. Lazada To Join Tmall.com For 2017 Asean Expansion

Lazada, a leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia owned by Alibaba Group, is gearing up to tap into the burgeoning cross-border e-commerce market next year, in a move set to create greater opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises in Asean and China. Read the rest of story here.

 

2. Unilever said to be the early frontrunner to acquire The Honest Company

The Honest Company sells a number of consumer products like diapers, baby formula, bath and body care, and even laundry detergent. It’s also known for its high-profile co-founder, actress Jessica Alba. Read the rest of the story here.

 

3. Flipkart is still leading India’s ecommerce scene

Amazon India is still second to Flipkart (and is likely to stay so) despite a fast-growing market share, a recent Bank of America, Merrill Lynch report said. Read the rest of the story here.

 

4. Adyen, a payment platform that works with both Uber and Grab might outlast them

Adyen is huge. It processed US$56 billion in payments in 2015, doubled its revenue to US$371 million, and made US$45 million in profit. Read the rest of the story here.

 

5. Image recognition startup ViSenze gets $10M to power ecommerce in Singapore

Oliver Tan, ViSenze co-founder and CEO points out how rare it is these days to raise series B, as not a lot of players in Singapore writes these checks. 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

Go-Jek, the on-demand motorbike taxi service in Indonesia has raised $550 million in funding, reports Tech Crunch.

The deal will value Go-Jek at $1.3 billion.

The company plans to spend the money growing its services businesses, and continue to compete with fierce rivals in Indonesia. Sources suggests that this round will not fund an expansion outside of Indonesia.

The startup’s existing investors include Sequoia Capital, DST Global and Singapore based NSI Ventures.

The deal makes Go-Jek one of the few unicorns in Southeast Asia. Other tech companies valued in excess of $1 bullion include Garena ($3.75 billion), Grab ($1.6 billion) and Lazada ($1.5 billion).

Go-Jek was founded 2010, but didn’t take-off in a big way until 2014. It then accelerated following the launch of its mobile app in early 2015.

Go-Jek claims 200,000 motorbike drivers in its fleet across Indonesia to serve the world’s fourth largest country with a population of more than 250 million people.

The company is best known for hailing motorbike taxis on demand, a type of transportation popular in parts of Southeast Asia where heavy urban traffic makes two wheels faster than four.

Demand is particularly high in Jakarta, which is home to some 30 million people and is one of the planet’s most congested cities.

Go-Jek has stated that it processed 20 million booking requests in June 2016, around 667,000 per day.

Go-Jek Biggest Competitors

Grab introduced GrabBike to Indonesia last year, and Uber’s Ubermoto launched in Indonesia this year. However, Go-Jek is acknowledged to be the market leader.

Internal documents viewed by TechCrunch show that Go-Jek had $104 million in cash on its books as of March and that it spent $73 million over the previous six-month period. This new raise is hugely important if it is to continue to compete with its cash-rich rivals on subsidies and marketing.

The news of the fundraising has come at a time for ride-hailing services as Uber and Didi are currently tied up in a complex buying bid, with latest news announcing that Didi has invested in Grab’s newest round of funding.

A version of this appeared in Tech Crunch on August 4. Read the full version here.