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Here are the ecommerce headlines you should know for today.

1. Tmall integrates flash sales site to make it easier for merchants

Juhuasuan, Alibaba Group’s flash-sales marketplace, is being integrated with Tmall.com, the company’s flagship B2C shopping site, in a business reorganization aimed at making it easier for merchants to transition to digital retailing.

Formed in 2010 as an independent Alibaba business similar to U.S.-based Groupon, Juhuasuan has over the last six years evolved into a marketing platform for flash sales and daily deals used by merchants with virtual storefronts on Tmall and Taobao Marketplace, Alibaba’s giant C2C site.

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2. New technologies to enable greater supply chain efficiencies in Singapore

Singapore is set to enjoy greater supply chain efficiencies in near future, thanks to the Urban Logistics technology roadmap for 2020 that was unveiled by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) on 28 November 2016.

The Urban Logistics programme is dedicated to analysing challenges in the logistics sector, identify technologies that can significantly improve Singapore’s supply chain processes, and improve efficiencies.

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3. Indonesia’s KinerjaPay announces the launch of KinerjaMall as it expands its ecommerce platform

KinerjaPay has a particular focus on the middle- and low-income markets, which management believes represent a largely untapped opportunity. To that end, management has developed a targeted launch strategy for KinerjaMall, including a focus on everyday needs and premium locally produced items and a manageable inventory featuring around 150,000 unique products by a few thousand merchants.

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Seven years after its launch, Tokopedia now has one million registered sellers on its platform, reports Tech in Asia.

The total number of products sold on the platform rose to 16.5 million a month this year.

tokopedia merchants

Source: Tech in Asia

Co-Founder and CEO, William Tanuwijaya said in a statement that the total value of items purchased on the platform is now ‘on the trillions of rupiah’ per month. Five trillion Indonesian rupiah would roughly equal $380 million.

These somewhat casual numbers are not to be taken for fact, but for the sake of comparison. Lazada’s GMV was just above $1 million in 2015, and that is the total number for all of Southeast Asia.

With the GMV hitting the hundreds of millions in USD monthly, it puts Tokopedia in the same league as Lazada.

Shift in shopping behavior

Tanuwijaya also pointed out that Tokopedia is the most popular home-grown site in Indonesia, with a total of 1.3 billion page views per month.

This reflects a big shift in shopping behavior among Indonesians. Two years ago, 56% of shoppers accessed Tokopedia from mobile devices and mobile transactions was only at 29%. Now, 80% of visits are from mobile, and mobile transactions rose to 74%.

Tokopedia’s rival, Bukalapak, also reportedly hit the 1 million merchants mark, but did not reveal any numbers. The ecommerce company revealed its figures to Tech in Asia, but because it is not a public company, there is no way of fact-checking the numbers.

A version of this appeared in Tech in Asia on August 18. Read the full version here