Southeast Asia’s e-commerce leader Lazada Group has opened a tech hub in Bangkok to drive strategic mobile development initiatives across the region.
The Lazada Tech Hub in Thailand will focus on advancing the design and engineering of the company’s mobile shopping and selling sites and apps for Southeast Asia.
“We believe that Thailand attracts a highly skilled talent pool. And, as the leading shopping and selling destination, Lazada is both enviably positioned and committed to raising the bar for mobile and tech development in the region,” Ifor Evans, Lazada’s chief technology officer for operations, said.
With almost 30 million app downloads and more than 60 per cent of its gross merchandise volume represented by mobile sales, Lazada Group has been investing more funds in m-commerce through new app and mobile site initiatives.
In the next few months, the Tech Hub aims to hire more than 50 talents, including iOS and Android developers, ‘Go’ programming language developers, and quality assurance automation engineers. The tech-hub team will operate from EmQuartier in Bangkok’s central business district.
The company says it established an early presence in bringing high-value tech development to Southeast Asia when it opened its first tech hub in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in November 2012. With Lazada’s rapid growth in the region, a second tech hub was opened in Moscow in February last year.
Together, the Lazada’s tech hubs in Thailand, Vietnam and Russia are dedicated to driving innovations in product engineering and technology infrastructure, the company says.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba announced last month it would pay $1 billion for a controlling stake in Lazada.