Will the e-commerce company finally find a way to set up shop in the Philippines?
Jack Ma’s Alibaba (and by extension, Aliexpress) may be the kings in e-commerce, but Jeff Bezos’ Amazon.com is still the most recognized name in online shopping. And if the listings on Linkedin.com are to be believed, it looks like the online shopping juggernaut is looking to setup shop in the PH very, very soon.
The company has put three listings on LinkedIn roughly a week ago, with positions for Country Manager, Commercial Shared Services Operations Manager and Sr. NA Service Delivery Manager up for grabs in the site. From the description in the listings, it looks like Amazon is looking to establish both their AWS (Amazon Web Services) and online shopping arm in the PH.
Amazon’s plans for SEA expansion isn’t a secret – TechCrunch reported on the online retail giant’s expansion plans last year, and was looking to launch in Singapore in early 2017. While the launch date for the company’s SEA efforts may have slipped, Techseen announced that the company is still on track to launch their Amazon.sg website this year, along with Amazon.my, indicating expansion to nearby Malaysia. According to their report, Amazon is also looking to launch in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines this year as well.
Amazon’s entry into the PH’s local e-commerce market will not go unnoticed by Alibaba, who last year bought a controlling stake in Lazada, the country’s biggest e-commerce site. Amazon is likely to utilize affiliate iPrice Group when it enters the market later this year to help them get a foothold in the country.
2017 is shaping up to be an interesting year for e-commerce in the Philippines.