09 Oct '17, 12am

Amazon in Singapore challenged by air-conditioned malls and Alibaba

SINGAPORE (BLOOMBERG) - As Amazon.com pushes into South-east Asia with a new venture into Singapore, the online retailer is facing some tough hurdles. Shopping in air-conditioned malls is practically a national sport, and e-commerce rivals moved in long ago. Delivery delays also marred Amazon's debut in July, when on-the-ground operations began with Prime Now two-hour deliveries. Even when including orders placed on its main US website, Amazon lags behind local Web store Lazada and its parent, Alibaba Group Holding. For Singapore consumers, a store or a shopping centre is usually just minutes away. In fact there are too many stores, with mall operators scaling back operations after years of over-expansion. While retailers blame a weaker economy and increased Web shopping, the country of 5.6 million trails most of the developed world when it comes to e-commerce. Just 4.6 pe...

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