2016 has been somewhat of a definitive year for ecommerce in Southeast Asia, with the region poised to experience an ecommerce golden age.

Trends and predictions that will shape ecommerce in 2017 have been identified and there is no denying that 2017 will most likely bring significant milestones to the region’s development.

2016 certainly set things in motion. Acquisitions, closures and entries were this year’s key themes. As the year draws to a close, we present the top 5 stories and briefs covered on eIQ that have made an impact on the development of ecommerce in Southeast Asia.

Battle of the giants: Alibaba’s $1 billion acquisition of Lazada, Ascend Money investment & Amazon poised to enter Southeast Asia

The first foray in a series of moves that would eventually complete Jack Ma’s trojan horse for Southeast Asia. In April, Alibaba made a $1 billion acquisition of Rocket Internet’s Lazada, effectively injecting much needed investment into the cash strapped marketplace, and hereby making an effective entry into the region.

This was followed by an announcement in November that Alibaba’s Ant Financial has invested in Thailand’s Ascend Money.

Amazon finally made a move in Southeast Asia by announcing its entry into Singapore within Q1 of 2017. Although a much covered angle in the media, these 3 stories have defined the majority of Southeast Asia ecommerce in 2016.

Indonesia’s Go-Jek, Singapore’s Garena & Grab are unicorns

The deal meant that Go-Jek is now valued at $1.3 billion, meaning it now claims unicorn status.

Singapore’s Garena has maintained its status as Southeast Asia’s most valuable startup with additional funding that came through in September. Grab has also raised $600 million in funding, making it another unicorn in the region.

Google and Temasek’s e-conomy SEA 2016 report

Arguably the most referenced report this year. Google and Temasek’s analysis of Southeast Asia’s ecommerce landscape has appeared in a string of interviews, as references for research arguments and have shined a spotlight into the region’s developing landscape. Access the full report (and more) on eIQ’s reports section here.

LINE debuted as 2016’s largest technology IPO

The dual listing in New York and Japan occurred in July this year. The Japanese…

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