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Lazada Plans to Launch an Online Grocery This Year

Shopping for the home will be easier as the e-commerce startup aims to build cold storage hubs in Metro Manila and nearby provinces

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Lazada, the country's largest e-commerce platform, is launching an online grocery ordering and delivery service, one of its top executives said in a forum on March 6. Lazada Philippines CEO Inanc Balci made the announcement at the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit in Pasay City.

"We're actually launching our Lazada grocery business either end of this year or early next year so fresh produce could also be sold in Lazada starting with Metro Manila [-based] customers," Balci said. "So we'll have cold warehouses in and out of Metro Manila so you can put your products there and by two hours your order will be delivered."


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Balci revealed Lazada’s plans to launch the grocery business when a member of the audience asked how she can sell salads online and ensure her goods' quality even during deliveries. Lazada is considered the top e-commerce site in the country with an average of 62.5 million views a month, according to a study by iPrice Group last year.

The study listed 48 e-commerce websites in the Philippines that receive over 100,000 visitors per month and ranked them based on pageviews, social media followers and app downloads on Google Play. With its upcoming online grocery delivery business, Lazada is battling against homegrown and regional startups that have forayed into the space since 2016. Local on-demand grocery delivery service MetroMart launched in February 2016. By the end of that year, it had registered 90,000 users, 60 percent of which are repeat customers.

By 2017, two more similar startups, homegrown brand Pushkart.ph and Singapore-based delivery service Honestbee, set up shop in the country. Lazada’s announcement comes amid the expected expansion of online retail giant Amazon in the region, which launched its fast delivery service Prime Now in Singapore in 2017. With Prime Now, Singaporeans can have most of the items in Amazon, including fresh goods, delivered to their doorstep in two hours.

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Elyssa Christine Lopez is a staff writer of Entrepreneur PH. Follow her on Twitter @elyssalopz

 

This story originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Realliving.com.ph editors.

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