Staff at Lazada’s offices in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Xinhua Staff at Lazada’s offices in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Xinhua
Staff at Lazada’s offices in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Xinhua
Jianggan Li
Opinion

Opinion

Asian Angle by Jianggan Li

Is Chinese-style e-commerce the way forward for Southeast Asian players like Shopee, Lazada and Tokopedia?

  • Despite regional characteristics that led to operational differences, the region’s e-commerce sector has taken inspiration from China in the past and will continue to do so
  • Shopee’s rise as the largest, strongest and most popular contender on the back of free shipping is an example of how Chinese-style e-commerce can be adapted

Staff at Lazada’s offices in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Xinhua Staff at Lazada’s offices in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Xinhua
Staff at Lazada’s offices in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Xinhua
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Jianggan Li

Jianggan Li

Jianggan Li is the founder and CEO of Momentum Works, a Singapore-headquartered venture outfit. He previously co-founded Easy Taxi in Asia, and served as managing director of Foodpanda. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University. Apart from English and his native Mandarin, he is also fluent in French and conversational in Cantonese and Spanish.