Top 6 eCommerce Websites in Malaysia: An Overview

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Malaysia is one of the most developed countries in Southeast Asia and so is its eCommerce market. Plenty of eCommerce marketplaces have entered the market over the years and reaped great profits.

A benefit of doing business in Malaysia is that English is an official language and regulations are transparent.

Working with the customs and local authorities is comparatively to neighboring countries that are less developed and where locals speak limited English.

Due to the great interest in Malaysia’s eCommerce market, we decided to write this article where we list the top eCommerce platforms in the country. We explain their history and what makes them unique from other websites.

You will also learn about fulfillment and payment options offered on some of the websites. Let’s get started.

1. Lazada

Lazada has been around since 2012 and is one of the biggest eCommerce platforms in Southeast Asia. Originally started by Rocket Internet, the platform was later acquired by the large Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group. Continue reading Top 6 eCommerce Websites in Malaysia: An Overview

Top eCommerce Websites in the Philippines: An Overview

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The Philippines has one of the biggest populations in Southeast Asia and its eCommerce market plays a vital role in that of ASEAN.

While sellers can solely sell in China alone and make great profits, one often has to sell in multiple Southeast Asian markets.

Luckily, many websites are present in most ASEAN markets, allowing you to list products in up to six countries, or even more.

We have written several other articles, explaining top eCommerce websites in places like Korea, Hong Kong, and Vietnam.

In this article, we analyze the Philippines’ eCommerce market and review the most popular marketplaces, which countries they are available in, what sets them apart, and more. Let’s get started.

1. Shopee

Shopee has surpassed Lazada and is currently the biggest eCommerce marketplace in Southeast Asia. Continue reading Top eCommerce Websites in the Philippines: An Overview

How to Export Products to Thailand: A Complete Guide

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Thailand has one of the biggest eCommerce markets in Southeast Asia, only surpassed by Indonesia. The market will continue to increase over the years as disposable incomes increase and the eCommerce market continues to grow.

Yet, selling in Thailand can be challenging for exporters who are new to the market and primarily sold in Western countries previously.

You must understand local product regulations, what products are in demand, and how you can reach shoppers.

In this article, we cover some of the most important topics for exporters who wish to enter Thailand’s online consumer market.

Topics covered:

  • Which products are in demand in Thailand?
  • Top E-Commerce Platforms
  • Trade Fairs for Exporters
  • Shipping & Logistics

Which products are in demand in Thailand?

Exporters should confirm what products that are currently in demand, or what product segments will grow in the coming years. Below you can find product categories that are sold in large numbers on local websites. Continue reading How to Export Products to Thailand: A Complete Guide

Philippines Market Entry Guide: An Introduction

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The Philippines is one of the biggest countries in Southeast Asia, both in terms of land size and population. Having around 7,000 islands and a rapidly growing economy, Philippines is set to become a leading provider in the service sector.

As a result, more and more foreign companies seek to enter the market, trying to profit from the growing middle class. Yet entering the Philippines market can be challenging, both in terms of taxation, product regulations, and incorporations.

In this article, we give you a helping hand and cover the most relevant information.

Topics:

  • Market Entry Strategy
  • Philippines Market Entry Obstacles
  • Market Entry Research
  • Incorporation

Market Entry Strategy

A market entry can mean many different things depending on your level of commitment, sales goals, and company size. Continue reading Philippines Market Entry Guide: An Introduction

Malaysia Market Entry Guide: An Overview

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Malaysia is the most developed country in Southeast Asia after Singapore with a quickly growing eCommerce market. Here, companies like Alibaba have great goals to expand in Malaysia, developing logistics as well as marketing capabilities.

The country might not be as big as Indonesia, which is another promising market. Yet, conducting business here is transparent by comparison and easier as you can communicate in English.

But, entering a new market is always challenging if you have a piece of limited knowledge, especially in Asia. In this article, we cover the most important topics when entering the Malaysian eCommerce market.

Topics covered:

  • Market Entry Strategy
  • Malaysia Market Entry Obstacles
  • Market Entry Research
  • Incorporation

Market Entry Strategy

It’s crucial to have a robust market entry strategy to assure correct setups, market segmentation, and potential pitfalls. Market entries can also perform differently depending on the sales channel, whether it’s offline or online. Continue reading Malaysia Market Entry Guide: An Overview

Indonesia Market Entry Guide: An Overview

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Indonesia is the biggest country in Southeast Asia, both in terms of population and GDP output.

With increasing urbanization, digitization, and disposable incomes, it’s predicted to become the leading force in ASEAN, accumulating many investments.

Compared to countries such as Singapore and China, the eCommerce market is still comparatively under-developed.

This leaves room for expansion, but also challenges related to product regulations, taxation, and incorporation, just to mention a few.

To give you a helping hand, we have written this guide where we explain the key information if you plan to enter the Indonesian eCommerce market.

Topics covered:

  • Market Entry Strategy
  • Indonesia Market Entry Obstacles
  • Market Entry Research
  • Incorporation

Market Entry Strategy

Entering a new market requires both time and finances. There are different levels of market entry strategies, depending on your level of commitment and sales goals. While some brands just want to dip their toes and take on a simpler approach, others have caster plans. Continue reading Indonesia Market Entry Guide: An Overview

Thailand Market Entry Guide: An Overview

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Thailand’s eCommerce market is growing at a rapid pace and increasingly more foreign brands want to enter the market. Along with digitization and urbanization, the rise of its eCommerce market has been prevalent recently.

Entering the market can be challenging though, especially if you have no or limited experience of doing business here. In this article, we explain the basics and what you must pay attention to when entering the Thai market.

Topics covered:

  • Market Entry Strategy
  • Thailand Market Obstacles
  • Market Entry Research
  • Incorporation

Market Entry Strategy

Market entries can differ significantly depending on the sales goals of a firm, entry barriers, the level of commitment, and competition. Some firms just want to test new markets while others see great room for expansion.

In short, market entries can typically be done in three different ways, through initial marketing campaigns, by selling cross-border on eCommerce websites, and by domestic operations. Let’s have a look at each option. Continue reading Thailand Market Entry Guide: An Overview

Singapore Market Entry Guide: An Introduction

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Singapore has some of the strongest and the most developed eCommerce markets in Southeast Asia, growing by 8.35% a year. A benefit of selling on platforms like Lazada in Singapore is that you can clone your stores and get access to other ASEAN markets.

Even if it’s fairly straightforward to start selling in Singapore, it’s important that you understand your market entry options, the obstacles, and more. In this article, I cover the basics and explain the key information when entering the Singaporean market.

Topics covered:

  • Market Entry Strategy for Singapore
  • Singapore Market Entry Obstacles
  • Market Entry Research
  • Incorporation

Market Entry Strategy

Let’s start and review the options you have when entering the Singaporean market. The choices among sellers relate to their level of commitment, budget, and brand awareness, for example.

As societies become digitized and eCommerce is on the rise, hybrid-solutions of selling both cross-border, on local eCommerce websites, and offline also become more common. Continue reading Singapore Market Entry Guide: An Introduction

Vietnam Market Entry Guide: An Introduction

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Being an emerging market with a rapidly growing middle-class, investors and exporters compare Vietnam to China 15-20 years ago.

Even if Vietnam receives the attention to becoming a manufacturing hub, the domestic market shows an increased appetite for foreign products.

Entering the market can seem like a complex task for foreigners with little or no experience in Vietnam. Yet with some hand-holding and thought through planning you can avoid common pitfalls and plan for future sales.

In this article, I explain the basics you need to know when entering the Vietnamese eCommerce market as a foreigner.

Topics covered:

  • Market Entry Strategy
  • Vietnam Market Entry Obstacles
  • Market Entry Research
  • Incorporation

Market Entry Strategy

Entering a new market requires a robust strategy, including considerations to the different levels of involvement. For example, some companies are at an early stage and want to increase brand awareness through online or offline campaigns. Continue reading Vietnam Market Entry Guide: An Introduction

Top 5 eCommerce Websites in Asia: A Complete Guide

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Cross-border E-Commerce is set to grow immensely in Asia in the coming decade.

At the same time as China has become the world’s biggest E-Commerce market, neighboring countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines grow at impressive rates.

With increased disposable incomes, mobile usage, and internet penetration, Asia will continue to be the most interesting eCommerce market in the world.

With that said, navigating new eCommerce markets can be a daunting task due to the many eCommerce websites available. In this article, I’ve listed the most popular and interesting eCommerce marketplaces in Asia.

1. Tmall Global (China)

China’s E-Commerce market is not only the biggest but one of the most developed in the World.

With a population of 1.4 billion and a surging middle class, it’s become three times bigger than the US E-Commerce market.

Here, Tmall Global (天猫国际) is undoubtedly one of the most popular cross-border E-Commerce websites.

Continue reading Top 5 eCommerce Websites in Asia: A Complete Guide