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Lazada is betting on logistics to win Southeast Asia

Last November, Lazada bought Singapore online grocer Redmart, with the hope that it will help to crack cold storage and expand groceries into the rest of the region.

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Grab participated in the latest $15 million financing round of Drive.ai, an autonomous-car tech startup from SV, and will assist it in bringing autonomous vehicles in Singapore.

1. Grab invests in Silicon Valley’s Drive.ai with plans to expand into Singapore 

 

Drive.ai has raised the total of $77 million since it was founded, it recently announced the plan to supply self-driving vehicles for Lyft’s ride-hailing network.

Drive.ai isn’t the first autonomous tech developer to take an interest in Singapore. Grab already has a pilot program there with nuTonomy.

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2. Lazada is betting on logistics to win Southeast Asia

Delivery and partnerships will go on to become Lazada’s competitive advantage to ace the logistics side of the growing ecommerce demand in Southeast Asia.

The marketplace has partnered with numerous companies like Ninjavan and Go-Jek for delivery. It currently has 130 distribution centers and 14 warehouses across the region, with plans to open 6 more.

Lazada claims to be the only one to have an open-network approach combining infrastructure and partners.

Last November, Lazada bought Singapore online grocer Redmart, with the hope that it will help to crack cold storage and expand groceries into the rest of the region.

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3. Following China, South Korea announced the ban on ICO 

South Korea becomes the second nation in Asia after China to prohibit Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in the country due to the potential for financial scams.

Regulations imposed in China have led to Korea representing an increasing portion of global cryptocurrency trading. The value of bitcoin went down 3% within 24 hours after Korea’s announcement.

Regulators across the world, including the US, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK, have warned companies contemplating an ICO that they may violate securities laws; and the investors to lose money.

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability

A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.

The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.

Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.

In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.

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While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.

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How the Rural-Urban Divide Plays Out on Digital Platforms

It is one thing for entrepreneurs, whether urban or rural, to create and operate an online store, as some digital platforms have made it relatively easy to manage an e-store – even by using just a smartphone.

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In the West, villages are emptying out due to the lack of economic opportunities. Consider Italy where, in a bid to attract newcomers, a handful of municipalities have turned to selling houses for €1.

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