While Gojek has reportedly denied its involvement in such talks, a potential merger between the two does not sound like something completely out of the question.
Southeast Asia, home to over 600 million people going through an economic and technological transformation akin to the one that China went through a decade ago, is a natural target for China’s tech titans.
Lazada, a Southeast Asian e-commerce platform owned by Alibaba Group, held a cross-border e-commerce conference on Mar. 7, and announced a series of cross-border business strategy upgrade initiatives.
Daraz Group and its parent organization Rocket Internet SE have both announced today that the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has acquired Daraz. Alibaba Group acquired the entire share capital from Rocket Internet for an undisclosed amount, making Daraz Group an wholly owned subsidiary under Jack Ma's empire.
China has rapidly developed into the world's long-standing leader in mobile payments. Foreigners visiting China are always surprised by the prevalence of convenient mobile payments. In recent years, Alibaba and Tencent has accelerated their overseas development, especially in Southeast Asia.
Alibaba Group announced today that it will invest another $2 billion in Lazada Group in an effort to accelerate its growth and deepen its integration with the Alibaba ecosystem. Lazada is the largest e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia.
On March 12, Huawei off-shoot Honor released the 7C mobile phone priced at 899 yuan ($143), equipped with dual-cameras. Ming Zhao, president of the Huawei Honor Brand, announced Honor's most recent achievements at a press conference.
Vietnamese e-commerce platform Tiki.vn recently announced it received $44 million in financing from JD.com. Tiki.vn said it would use the new financing to train staff, optimize logistics distribution and market its distribution service TikiNow.
JD Group and Central announced the launch of a new online retail platform to serve consumers in Thailand and Southeast Asia on November 2. The platform is branded JD Central and available online at JD.co.th. Richard Liu said Thailand's resources and location will allow the platform to serve most of southeast Asia.