How do SEA countries rank in global innovation?

How do SEA countries rank in global innovation?

Every year a report on how countries rank by their capacity for, and success in innovation comes up. It’s called The Global Innovation Index (GII),  co-published by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University and the business school INSEAD. It provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 127 countries and economies around the world. […]

Grab with fresh money

Grab with fresh money

Singaporean Grab is to receive a new round of funding to further strengthen its market position and fuel the development of GrabPay. Main investors are Japanese SoftBank as well as Chinese competitor Didi Chuxing who are expected to invest around $ 2 billion; an additional 500 million are expected to be raised from existing and […]

Expansion of Alfamart in Philippines

Expansion of Alfamart in Philippines

Sumber Alfaria Trijaya, operator of Alfamart convenience stores in Indonesia, plans to add around 200 units in the Philippines this year that will nearly double its presence to around 400 outlets there. Alfamart is since 2014 present in Philippines. The company’s concept of “minimarkets,” which are smaller than traditional convenience stores and that sell staples […]

Indonesia’s Connection Between KFC and CD’s!

Indonesia’s Connection Between KFC and CD’s!

Steve Lillywhite knows a thing or two about making music that sells. That six-time Grammy winning producer has worked multiplatinum recordings with artists including U2, the Killers and the Rolling Stones. Now Mr. Lillywhite is proving he knows how to sell music, too, although in a very unexpected way. He is the chief executive of […]

Honestbee ‘grocery concierge’ now  in Bangkok

Honestbee ‘grocery concierge’ now in Bangkok

  Singapore on-demand online grocery concierge and delivery service Honestbee has launched in Bangkok. In partnership with retail chain Villa Market, (roughly 20 stores in Bangkok) Honestbee is offering customers a faster and easier way to obtain their daily groceries through concierge shoppers. Honestbee has been training the shoppers to select the best quality groceries […]

ASEAN Banners

ASEAN Banners

Discover the significances behind the emblems that decorate some of Southeast Asia’s national flags. The Flag of Malaysia, also known as the Jalur Gemilang (Malay for “Stripes of Glory”), is composed of a field of 14 alternating red and white stripes along the fly and blue canton bearing a crescent with a 14-point star known […]

Foodpanda being sold to Delivery Hero

Foodpanda being sold to Delivery Hero

Rocket Internet announced end of last week it’s selling off of Foodpanda’s operation globally to rival Delivery Hero. The deal is expected to close before the end of 2016. So far Foodpanda is present in 22 countries with strong focus across Asia. It’s available in India, Thailand, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Philippines, […]

Shop till you drop – on social media platforms

Shop till you drop – on social media platforms

Social media platforms are redefining e-commerce in South East Asia (SEA). Approximately a third of online purchases are being done on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Line. This compares to less than 10% purchases of internet users in the US. Social media sites are responding accordingly with tools for SME vendors specifically […]

DHL focuses on Southeast Asia

DHL focuses on Southeast Asia

The German logistic giant is increasingly focusing on the eCommerce in Southeast Asia, the home ground of competitors such as SingPost, aCommerce and Ninja Van. Charles Brewer, the CEO of DHL eCommerce mentioned that “We want to become a true enabler for the smallest companies to the very largest eCommerce players.” So far, US, China […]