Amazon Launches Prime Now in Singapore, Taking on Alibaba’s Lazada & LiveUp

It‘s the starting signal for Amazon‘s push into Southeast Asia. Amazon launches Prime Now in Singapore. Reuters: While Amazon already delivered to Singapore, higher-end services had not been available, including Prime subscriptions which provide access to the company’s video-streaming service. The Prime Now Singapore app promises to deliver everything from Tiger Balm ointment to eggs, […]

Alibaba, Chinese VCs & Chinese Startups Are Working on Amazon Go-Like Stores

We recently talked about Bingobox, the Chinese startup working on more low-tech version of an Amazon Go-like store for China. Bingobox is not the only startup in China working on this. China Money Network: Just two months after Amazon Go’s debut in December, there were four or five Chinese copycat companies in operation. Two have […]

From Alibaba to Instacart: The Most Insightful Reactions to the Whole Foods Amazon Deal

After news broke last Friday that Amazon is acquiring Whole Foods, a lot of commentary emerged as everyone is trying to suss out that exactly this will lead to. No wonder. Combine Amazon and a $800 billion market in the US, and you get everyone’s attention. Here are some select comments and reactions worth reading […]

Alibaba’s Lazada Launches the First Real Amazon Prime Competitor With LiveUp

This is very interesting news: Alibaba’s Lazada last week launched LiveUp, a subscription service that combines perks from several different services. Tech in Asia: Lazada announced today the launch of a new membership program in collaboration with its recent acquisition, online grocery delivery service Redmart. The program, called LiveUp, will bring the two companies together […]

The Big Three (Amazon, eBay, Alibaba) at Shoptalk 2017

It is unfortunately rare (unseen even?) to have all relevant players on a big stage and thus be able to directly compare them to each other. At the Shoptalk conference last week, Amazon, Alibaba and eBay made very different impressions. And Wish and Walmart will be online players to count on, going forward. Amazon got […]

Amazon: 3 Million Packages a Day, Alibaba: 12 Million Packages a Day

One aspect of Alibaba’s awe-inspiring scale is how easily it can be underestimated. Because Alibaba is still mainly a Chinese company operating ‘just’ in the Chinese market, one can be forgiven to assume the more internationally operating Amazon might be at least as big as Alibaba. (Hence, the underestimation of Alibaba is a function of […]

Who -Besides Alibaba- Can Challenge Amazon’s Tech Driven Online Retail Position?

In and of itself not that significant but for the larger picture, and to get another look at Amazon’s modus operandi and overall strong starting position, look at this: Amazon makes it cheaper to host Alexa skills on AWS | ZDNet:​ These new promotional credits are designed to cover any additional cloud storage and computing […]

Fight for India: What Alibaba Plans Against Amazon

Great analysis on the pros and cons for Alibaba in the coming battle with Amazon in India at Tech in Asia: For one, Alibaba owns the mobile browser that comes preloaded on many Chinese smartphones (which also get sold in India): Last month in Alibaba-owned UCWeb’s headquarters in Guangzhou, I got a glimpse into its […]

Alibaba, Amazon, Startups, Everyone Wants to Disrupt Global Logistics

Alibaba, which wants to build “the future infrastructure for global commerce”, is continuing to roll out services for sellers to sell abroad. Reuters: Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping line, has teamed up with Alibaba (BABA.N) to allow customers to reserve space on its vessels through the Chinese company, illustrating growing cooperation between e-commerce and […]

The Global Cold War Between Amazon and Alibaba Is Going Hot in India

The proxy war between Alibaba and Amazon, the largest e-commerce companies in the world, is going to turn into a direct battle for the market in India. Given the sheer size of the Indian e-commerce market, it also makes a lot of sense. Why should Alibaba leave it to proxies the Chinese giant invests in […]