Uber’s Southeast Asia operations acquired by competitor Grab

Uber’s Southeast Asia operations acquired by competitor Grab

Following weeks of speculation, Uber has sold its business in Southeast Asia to Singapore-based rival Grab. The deal will net Uber a 27.5 percent stake in Grab, while Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will join Grab’s board. It’s said to be the largest acquisition by a Southeast Asian firm. Grab, meanwhile, will take over Uber’s operations […]

Ride-hailing app Grab now offers micro-loans and other financial services

Ride-hailing app Grab now offers micro-loans and other financial services

South East Asian ride-hailing firm Grab has moved deeper into financial services with the launch of a dedicated unit and the introduction of micro-loans and insurance products. Grab Financial will encompass all of Grab’s fintech offerings, including payments services, rewards and loyalty services, agent network services and now also financial services. Grab has been progressively […]

Shoppers in Southeast Asia are browsing mostly through mobile devices, according to iPrice Group

Shoppers in Southeast Asia are browsing mostly through mobile devices, according to iPrice Group

iPrice Group, a meta-search engine in Southeast Asia, has released its 2017 State of eCommerce report, to shed light on some of the area’s most important eCommerce metrics. The research leverages iPrice’s proprietary data from over 1,000 eCommerce players operating in the 6 of the largest Southeast Asian markets (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and […]

Following Google, Adobe ups its voice game with personalised interactions

Following Google, Adobe ups its voice game with personalised interactions

A week after Google announced deeper integrations and additional languages to Assistant, Adobe has announced an update that promises to personalise voice interactions. Enhancements in the Adobe Experience Cloud will let advertisers and agencies plan scenarios in responses to queries directed at Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. “Imagine searching for a flight on an Amazon […]

Mobile ads reached more online consumers in Philippines in 2017, says Nielsen

Mobile ads reached more online consumers in Philippines in 2017, says Nielsen

Mobile advertising dominated digital ad campaigns in the Philippines, while at the same time, “on target” mobile ad performance outpaced digital ads served via desktop and total digital last year, according to a report by media research firm Nielsen. The Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings Benchmarks report, which assessed more than 3,000 digital campaigns since its […]

Grab joins hands with Red Cross to support those in need across Southeast Asia

Grab joins hands with Red Cross to support those in need across Southeast Asia

Grab and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today announced a partnership to raise additional funds for supporting vulnerable communities, including those affected by disasters. The collaboration between the world’s largest humanitarian network and Southeast Asia’s leading on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform will enable Grab users to convert their […]

Uber partners with Canon for new campaign in Southeast Asia

Uber partners with Canon for new campaign in Southeast Asia

Uber and Canon have teamed up to launch a new campaign celebrating the hidden gems of some of Southeast Asia’s most populous cities. The #HiddenCities campaign documents the most off-the-grid places in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City. The locations were found from analysing Uber drop-off points in each city and […]

Malaysia’s capital to adopt Alibaba’s smart city solution

Malaysia’s capital to adopt Alibaba’s smart city solution

Malaysia will be the first country outside China to adopt Alibaba Cloud’s City Brain solution, according to the e-commerce giant. Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm has teamed up with Malaysian government agencies, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), to introduce its cloud solution to improve the traffic in the country’s capital city […]