Alibaba-Lazada deal to turn SE Asia into e-commerce battleground

Employees at online retailer Lazada fill orders at the company's warehouse in Jakarta, Indonesia April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

With its $1 billion buy of online retailer Lazada, Alibaba has signaled Southeast Asia as a regional e-commerce battleground – with 600 million people, and no shortage of logistical headaches.

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