A Glance At the Southeast Asia E-Commerce Players

Who are the movers and shakers in Southeast Asia e-commerce? Metisa made an infographic to compare several players in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore in terms of traffic, engagement metrics, major customer acquisition and retention channels.

The goal was to compare these players in a transparent, independent and neutral manner and see what observations could be drawn. This analysis is based on traffic for the month of February 2017.

The traffic data is sourced from a third-party, independent source called SimilarWeb. They combine several sources of data including local internet service providers, monitored devices and other metrics.

Source: Tech in Asia

Who are the biggest players?

A lot of the e-commerce web and mobile web traffic—for instance, from Lazada, Tokopedia, Elevenia, Bukalapak—hail from Indonesia, which is indicative of the early potential of a 250 million strong populations.

Horizontally integrated e-commerce players tend to adopt a marketplace model. This means they opt for a leaner model with less operational and inventory risk.

Niche, vertical players like Reebonz and FashionValet are more likely to adopt inventory models where they can provide greater convenience, service and speed to their customers.


Source: Tech in Asia

Who has the best customer engagement?

Traffic or users, a metric that investors commonly look at, does not necessarily reflect an ecommerce player’s financial performance. The data shows that the quality of users differs widely across platforms.

Many niche players tend to have customers who are more engaged, spending more time on site and viewing more pages. This could be a sign that their customer lifetime values are higher and could be closer to profitability, but at a smaller scale.


Source: Tech in Asia

How are they acquiring customers?

Most traffic still comes from direct and search.

Despite all the hype about social, the platform still contributes a small percentage of traffic (less than 10 percent) consistently across retailers.

Traffic from mail ranges widely between players. This tells us that a lot of players have been successful with their life cycle marketing and campaign mail strategies. This could be an area of opportunity for other players.

Certain players have much more referral- and partnership-driven models.

Source: Tech in Asia