In this version of Weekly Focus APAC: APAC Consumers Value Security Most in Online Experience; Grab Adds Ticketing & Hotel Booking Services; Amazon Shutters China E-Commerce Marketplace; L’Oreal Expands Partnership with Lazada; and Singapore Airlines Partners with Adyen to Ease Online Payment Experience.
APAC Consumers Value Security Most in Online Experience

Some 71% of purchasers in Asia-Pacific point to security as their pinnacle precedence with reference to their online experience; even as 20% cite comfort and 9% want personalization.

Security is a specific key factor in nations along with China, wherein eighty-three % of customers appeared it as a pinnacle priority, according to a observe with the aid of Experian, which based totally its findings on almost 6,000 clients and 590 businesses across the location.


However, the document noted that maximum businesses commonly targeted first on delivering a handy revel in, with fifty-eight % announcing it changed into higher to err close to seeking permission to create a greater convenient online revel in. In comparison, 54% would use facts to create an extra comfortable transaction.

The have a look at located that 57% of consumers had been unwilling or handiest a bit inclined to percentage personal facts, which include monetary or biometric statistics, with companies, at the same time as 12% had been willing to accomplish that. In addition, 89% had been aware that organizations have been gathering and using their non-public information.

Some ninety% of enterprises believed they had been open and transparent about their use of patron data, a factor eighty-one % of customers felt become an important aspect: that organizations need to be completely obvious about how their statistics turned into being used. Fuelled by the need to establish consider, 58% of groups stated they deliberate to invest greater over the next six months to proactively create greater transparency.

In Singapore, fifty-eight % of organizations were accumulating greater customized facts to supply more customized purchaser reviews as well as focused products and offers.

Experian’s coping with a director for Southeast Asia and emerging markets, Dev Dhiman, stated: “With interactions between companies and customers more and more taking region over virtual channels, building surroundings characterized by protection and mutual accept as true with ought to be a leading priority.

“Consumers are more and more looking to enterprises to put in force measures to decorate protection and safety in digital interactions, and they’re also seeking to them for a more simplified technique”, Dhiman introduced.
Grab Adds Ticketing & Hotel Booking Services

The Southeast Asian cellular offerings platform is adding 4 services to its app, in order to allow users in Singapore to book inns, circulate on-call for video content, buy film tickets, and plan their holidays.

Grab users can faucet the new ‘Hotels’ carrier on the app to ebook motels and different accommodation from Agoda, through which they could get entry to and compare prices from 28 million alternatives worldwide. The provider could be available to all customers in Singapore from May and lodging alternatives from Booking.Com might be added to the app at a later level, in line with Grab.

The ‘Videos’ characteristic offers extra than 8,000 hours of on-demand content material that consists of Hollywood blockbusters and popular suggests across the vicinity.

Delivered through its partnership with HOOQ, the video service could be available from May and provided unfastened for the first two months whilst customers subscribed through the Grab app. After the preliminary unfastened provider, Grab users could need to pay a monthly price of S$7.98 (£four.53) to hold having access to the video content material.

The new ‘Tickets’ service, to be rolled out in June, is obtainable via a partnership with Asian entertainment ticketing platform, BookMyShow, and could permit Grab customers to buy cinema tickets and, ultimately, tickets for other activities.