Here’s what you should know today.


1. PayPal partners with Android Pay for in-store payments push

PayPal has entered a partnership with Google’s Android Pay to further expand PayPal’s presence in offline stores.

The partnership will allow US customers to use PayPal as a payment method within Android Pay wherever Android Pay is accepted, be it in-store, in-app, or online.

The deal is hoped to extend the company’s reach amid a crowded mobile wallet landscape. PayPal processed $102 billion in mobile payment volume and two billion mobile transactions in the last year.

PayPal has made a series of a deal over the last year aimed at giving its mobile wallet more exposure. Most recently with Discover that gave PayPal access to their tokenization services. Similar partnerships have been made with Visa and Mastercard.

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2. Deliveree Thailand expects to break even this year

Bangkok-based on-demand delivery service app, Deliveree, is expecting to break even this year, as stated by Country Director Chanisa Rueangkirianya.

“Our Bangkok operation is on the right track to break even by year-end, helped by our cost efficiency and business development strategies,”

The growth is fueled by the growing ecommerce retail market and greater demand for fast delivery services. The company also wrapping up its series A funding this year.

Deliveree also has a presence in Jakarta and Manila. The app has been downloaded more than 200,000 times, while the company boasts 9,000 drivers in its transport network.

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3. Ant Financial announces merger with Lazada’s HelloPay Group

Alibaba’s financial affiliate, Ant Financial announced today that it merged with HelloPay Group, Lazada’s online payment platform.

The deal came one year after Alibaba purchased $1 billion of a controlling stake in Lazada, currently the largest online marketplace in Southeast Asia.

Following the merger, HelloPay will be rebranded as Ant Financial’s online and mobile payment solution, Alipay. All of HelloPay’s features and services, however, will remain unchanged.

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Newly appointed Lazada Indonesia co-CEO Florian Holm announced that Lazada will introduce Alipay to Indonesia in an interview with Tech in Asia.

How Lazada performs in Indonesia concerns the entire group. The archipelago is Lazada’s most important and most challenging market. Following Lazada’s launch in 2012, it faced strong local competitors such as Tokopedia.

Despite the general reputation and numbers suggesting that Lazada is bleeding money, curbing expenses to acquire more customers is not high up in the agenda this year.

Lazada will continue to invest in tech, and its alliance with Alibaba will benefit this goal greatly.

HelloPay is going to integrate with Alipay. It has massively better systems. It’s extremely important to have good fraud detection. – Florian Holm, Lazada Indonesia co-CEO.

Indonesians still prefer to pay cash when their products arrive, but perhaps Alipay will widen the scope of online payments amongst users.

There are no concrete launch dates as of now. Aside from the technical integration, there are also regulatory hurdles to sort out.

Lazada will also focus on operating on a leaner structure within a large ecosystem. This will be done through automation and outsourcing. Some services the company used to do themselves will by handed over to third party providers.

Currently, Indonesia has approximately 1,000 people employed under Lazada. With automation, Holm wants to achieve more transactions with the same amount of people.

China is the role model. It’s huge ecosystem of third party providers operating around a lean infrastructure there.

Currently, Tokopedia is Lazada’s biggest threat, but Amazon’s incoming shadow also looms over them.

Having Alibaba as a partner, combined with a roll-out of Alipay may be able to grant Lazada a secure spot in the cut throat landscape of Indonesia ecommerce, where startups pit against each other to claim the dominant platform. As Holm puts it, “Amazon doesn’t enter to come second.”

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