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It has been almost a year since I last updated this blog, how are you doing?

This could be my last post on Malaysia Crunch, as I will be focusing on a new e-commerce blog at and looking forward to blog more regularly there.

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Rakuten finally ventures into Malaysia

We have heard rumours of Rakuten lurking into Malaysia's market for about 2 years now, and they have finally announced that they will be in for good.

Malaysia is the ninth country out of Japan in Rakuten's global expansion, and interestingly this is Rakuten's first "greenfield approach" - without any joint venture or acquisition.

This also means that 3 out of the top 4 e-commerce companies in the world are now presented in Malaysia, except Amazon (#1). The other 2 being eBay (#2) and Groupon (#4), of course eBay doesn't have a local office here but launched the local site 8 years ago.

E-Commerce Articles on Sin Chew Jit Poh

If you follow my tweets, probably you are aware that I have wrote e-commerce articles for Sin Chew Daily (新媒體) since early this year.

Six articles in total:

1. Current state of e-commerce in Malaysia

2. How to buy safely online?

3. Where to shop online in Malaysia?

4. Selling online: selling via multiple channels

5. Selling online: online marketing

6. Selling online: delivering happiness

Here are the articles (in Chinese) again if you miss it, or if it's useful for you.

Malaysia's E-Commerce Statistics (Updated)

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The last time I wrote about e-commerce statistics in Malaysia was 2-3 years back, which you can read it here. It's time to get some updated figures, thanks to PayPal's "Online and Mobile Shopping Insights" study.

Malaysia's online shopping market size was RM 1.8 billion in 2010, estimated to be RM 5 billion in 2014. It's safe to predict that our e-commerce market size is around RM 2-3 billion for this year.

Malaysia E-Commerce Market Size

E-Commerce Milestones in Malaysia

Here, I am compiling a list of important milestones for e-commerce industry in Malaysia.

If you refer to the milestones below, things start to heat up in recent years. Truth to be told, we rely significantly on foreign players to invest into our market. Perhaps local businesses or investors will rather invest into something else rather than e-commerce (which requires long term ROI), haha!

I think there are 3 waves in terms of consumers uptake or market competitiveness:
- Post 2001: Now everyone can fly!
- Post 2011: Coupon madness and group buying war.
- Post 2012: Marketplace (platform) war?

Do leave a comment, and let me know if anything important missing from the following...

Asia E-Commerce Conference 2011

Local e-commerce industry seems to be heating up lately. After the just concluded e-commerce fair, we have another event coming up in October...

Bring on the Asia E-Commerce Conference!

Date: 4-5th October 2011
Venue: The Gardens Hotel & Residences Kuala Lumpur E-Commerce Fair - Photos

The first ever e-commerce fair in Malaysia had just been concluded last Sunday. Here are some photos and short updates especially for those who didn't manage to attend.

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