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  • What Were Indonesia's Most Popular E-Commerce Platforms in 2017?

    What Were Indonesia's Most Popular E-Commerce Platforms in 2017?

    Last year Lazada and Tokopedia were the two most successful e-commerce platforms in Indonesia in terms of visitor numbers. These two giants are followed by Bukalapak and Blibli. Meanwhile, Elevenia (owned by the Salim Group) fell outside Indonesia's top 5 e-commerce platforms. While it ranked third at the start of 2017, Elevenia ended 2017 at 7th position.

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  • XL Axiata May Sell Part of Stake in E-Commerce Platform Elevenia

    XL Axiata May Sell Part of Stake in E-Commerce Platform Elevenia

    One of Indonesia's leading cellular services providers, XL Axiata, may sell part of its stake in online marketplace Elevenia to collect new funds for expansion of this e-commerce platform. However, there is also another option. XL Axiata could also decide to use funds from its internal cash reserves. Dian Siswarini, President Director of XL Axiata, said a decision will be taken within the next two months.

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  • E-Commerce Indonesia: What Do Indonesian Consumers Buy Online?

    E-Commerce Indonesia: What Do Indonesian Consumers Buy Online?

    Indonesia Investments often reports about Indonesia's blossoming e-commerce industry (a lucrative sector for investors). Online retail is growing rapidly in Southeast Asia's largest economy because both Internet and smartphone penetration are rising sharply in Indonesia, while expanding per capita GDP boosts people's purchasing power. But what do Indonesia's consumers actually buy online? A new survey from Google Indonesia gives some more information.

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  • E-Commerce Market Indonesia: Online Retail Growing Strongly

    E-Commerce Market Indonesia: Online Retail Growing Strongly

    In line with Indonesia's promising e-commerce market - supported by rising Internet penetration, rising smartphone penetration and per capita GDP growth in Southeast Asia's largest economy - online shopping site MatahariMall.com has grown strongly since its launch a year ago. The online retailer, which celebrated its 1-year anniversary on Friday (09/09), sees its turnover grow by an average of 10 percent each month and already entered the top five of biggest e-commerce players in Indonesia (in the business-to-consumer category). However, exact (turnover) figures were not mentioned.

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  • E-Commerce Business Indonesia: New Tax Tariff for Online Retailers?

    E-Commerce Business Indonesia: New Tax Tariff for Online Retailers?

    Indonesia plans to introduce a special tax regulation for those small and medium-sized enterprises that generate revenue and profit through online retail sales (e-commerce business). Daniel Tumiwa, Chairman of the Indonesian E-commerce Association (idEA), informed reporters about the government's plan. He added that only a small tax tariff will be charged on small and medium-sized e-commerce companies. The new regulation is expected to be implemented later this year.

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  • Investment Opportunities in Indonesia's Retail Sector: Lucrative Potential?

    Investment Opportunities in Indonesia's Retail Sector: Lucrative Potential?

    Indonesia managed to enter the top five in the Global Retail Development Index, reflecting the strength and potential of the nation's retail sector. In the 2016 edition of the index, compiled by global consulting company AT Kearney, Indonesia jumped to fifth position (from 12th in the 2015 edition). The Global Retail Development Index measures the attractiveness of the retail sector in 30 developing economies as well as identifying investment opportunities in these markets. China remains number one in the ranking, followed by India, Malaysia and Kazakhstan.

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  • Online Scams in Indonesia: 26% of Consumers Become Victim of Fraud

    Online Scams in Indonesia: 26% of Consumers Become Victim of Fraud

    Global software security group Kaspersky Lab says Indonesia is the leading country in terms of online financial fraud. Based on a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab involving 26 countries around the globe, 26 percent of online consumers in Indonesia become victim of online financial fraud. Countries that rank second and third in this index are Vietnam (25 percent) and India (24 percent). Ross Hogan, Global Head of Kaspersky Lab's Fraud Prevention Division, says the company detected an increasing amount - and a wider variety - of online financial scams worldwide.

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  • Opening Foreign Investment in Indonesia: E-Commerce Industry

    Opening Foreign Investment in Indonesia: E-Commerce Industry

    Soon foreign investors will be allowed to control a full 100 percent stake in electronic commerce (e-commerce) businesses in Indonesia. Currently, the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) is completing a new regulation that streamlines the latest regulatory changes in this industry (this regulation is expected to be completed in June 2016). Earlier this year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed a decree that opens (more wider) foreign ownership in various industries, including Indonesia's e-commerce industry.

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  • New Regulation Online Businesses in Indonesia Expected in 2016

    New Regulation Online Businesses in Indonesia Expected in 2016

    Before allowed to operate, online businesses in Indonesia will be required to register and secure permits in an effort to enhance supervision on online trading according to a new government draft regulation. The draft, which is currently being discussed by the Indonesian Trade Ministry, the Communication and Information Ministry, and the Law and Human Rights Ministry, is expected to be issued before February 2016. Foreign businesses engaged in online trading activities in Indonesia will also be required to register and obtain necessary permits.

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  • Largest IPO Ever? Alibaba Lists on the New York Stock Exchange

    The world is about to see the largest initial public offering (IPO) ever as China’s e-commerce company Alibaba may raise over USD $24 billion through its listing on the New York Stock Exchange on 18 September 2014, thus exceeding the value of IPOs of the Agriculture Bank of China (USD $22.1 billion), and the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (USD $21.9 billion). Alibaba’s market capitalization, valued at about USD $162.7 billion, is the third-largest after Google (USD $400 billion) and Facebook (USD $201 billion).

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  • Alibaba Group to Invest in Indonesia's Online Shop Tokopedia?

    Alibaba Group to Invest in Indonesia's Online Shop Tokopedia?

    Rumors are that China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is interested to expand its business in Indonesia, attracted by the nation's per capita GDP growth as well as rising smartphone and Internet penetration. Alibaba may invest in Indonesian online shopping facilitator Tokopedia. Tokopedia, established in 2009 by William Tanuwijaya and Leontinus Alpha Edison, is one of Indonesia's biggest online marketplaces.

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  • Expansion Alibaba to Indonesia to Cause Rising Trade Deficit with China?

    Expansion Alibaba to Indonesia to Cause Rising Trade Deficit with China?

    The USD $1 billion acquisition of Southeast Asia-based e-commerce platform Lazada Group SA by China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd may give rise to a larger flow of Chinese products into Indonesia. Lazada is an e-commerce platform that operates in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Southeast Asia is an interesting market for Alibaba as only 3 percent of retail sales are conducted online in this region, implying huge growth opportunities. Meanwhile, Alibaba has been eager to expand abroad as growth in China has been slowing.

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