This is Part 2 of my questions for Alibaba on Singles’ Day. Part 1 is located here. Question 5: What Are the Next Hard-to-Replicate Physical Assets? Alibaba is a competitive fortress. This comes from multiple factors like network effects, consumer habits, economies of scale (particularly in logistics), complementary platforms (especially in financial services), data advantages […]
Singles’ Day is one of the biggest shopping events in the world, generating billions of dollars in sales for Alibaba. But as competition heats up and consumer behavior changes, Alibaba faces new challenges in maintaining its dominance. In this article, Jeff Towson asks 7 questions to Alibaba about Singles’ Day and explores how it has evolved over time.
Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lazada CEO James Dong and CTO Howard Wang. We discussed their tech strategy and how they plan to stay ahead of the competition. Here are my three key takeaways from the conversation. First, Lazada is focused on building a strong ecosystem of services around its core e-commerce platform. Second, the company is investing heavily in logistics and fulfillment to improve delivery times and customer satisfaction. Finally, Lazada is exploring new technologies like AI and machine learning to enhance the customer experience and drive growth.
Lazada is one of the most successful e-commerce platforms in Southeast Asia, serving millions of customers and sellers across six countries. In this article, you will learn from the interview with Lazada CTO Howard Wang, who shares his insights on the technical challenges and solutions of e-commerce in the region. You will also find out how he implements his tech strategy and best practices to ensure scalability, reliability, and security of the platform.
Lazada is one of the leading e-commerce platforms in Southeast Asia, with operations in six countries and over 80 million active customers. In this article, you will learn from the interview with Lazada CEO James Dong, who shares his views on the challenges and opportunities of e-commerce in the region. You will also discover how he applies his tech strategy and business model to create value for customers, sellers, and partners.
In this podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses the competitive landscape between Lazada and Shopee, comparing the two companies to a faster horse versus a better jockey. He argues that Lazada has the resources and infrastructure to be successful in the long run, but Shopee has the better management team and is more nimble. Towson believes that the winner of this race will depend on which company can execute its strategy better.
China’s cross-border ecommerce business doesn’t get a lot of attention. It seems peripheral to China ecommerce. There are a lot of logistics, taxes and customs requirements. There are tons of regulations. And it’s just not sexy. But it is also non-political. It doesn’t have any of the national security concerns of telecommunication (i.e., Huawei and […]
In this class, Jeffrey Towson discusses how companies can develop digital superpowers to gain a competitive advantage. He compares and contrasts four companies in Asia that have successfully used digital technology to transform their businesses: Lazada, Grab, Luckin Coffee, and Hellobike. Towson argues that digital superpowers can be used to dramatically improve the user experience, enable a platform business model, create network effects, or provide other competitive advantages.
In this podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses the competition between Grab, GoJek, and Lazada in the Southeast Asian services market. He identifies the most important factors for success in this market, including consumer engagement, merchant engagement, and platform business models. For example, Grab has been successful in capturing a large share of the consumer mind by offering a wide range of services, including ride-hailing, food delivery, and payments.
In this podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses whether Shopee, backed by Tencent, can beat Lazada, backed by Alibaba, in the Southeast Asian e-commerce market. He considers factors such as market share, investment, and strategy. For example, Shopee has a larger market share in Indonesia, while Lazada has a larger market share in Thailand.