SE Asia Digest: Shopee strengthens Malaysia ops; AirAsia taps food delivery biz in SG

Singapore-based e-commerce platform Shopee has expanded its logistics infrastructure in Malaysia. Meanwhile, Malaysia’s AirAsia plans to launch its food delivery and e-commerce services in Singapore.

Singapore’s Shopee to introduce next-day delivery in Malaysia

Singapore-based e-commerce platform Shopee has expanded its logistics infrastructure in Malaysia. It is set to introduce next-day delivery for Shopee Mart items in Peninsular Malaysia through its integrated shipping service Shopee Xpress, news portal Tech In Asia reported on Thursday.

The company is set to introduce 10 new Shopee Xpress drop-off points in the country. It has also partnered with logistics service providers including Parcelhub and MBE Malaysia to bring the total number of drop-off points nationwide to over 300, according to a statement.

Shopee has also widened its network of warehouses, hubs, and sorting centres in over 50 locations in the country, according to the report.

“Together with the integrated payments such as our mobile wallet ShopeePay and in-app features like Shopee Live and Shopee Chat that enhance the shopping experience, our logistics services strengthen our robust ecommerce ecosystem,” Shopee regional managing director Ian Ho was quoted saying.

AirAsia to launch food delivery services in Singapore

Malaysian budget airline AirAsia’s food delivery platform AirAsia Food is set to expand to Singapore, wherein it plans to offer the lowest commission rate to merchants.

“Just as how we democratised air travel, AirAsia Food will democratise the food delivery industry by providing value, simplicity and inclusivity for everyone,” AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said in a statement on Thursday.

In addition to food merchants, AirAsia is also calling on businesses in the beauty, cosmetics, fashion, fresh produce and hotel sectors to register their interest as the AirAsia super app targets to also expand its e-commerce services in Singapore soon, AirAsia said.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.