South Korean confectionery manufacturer Lotte Group is planning an eCommerce joint venture with one of Indonesia’s largest conglomerates, the Salim Group, within the next few months with the aim of being up and running by early next year.
This follows a new government policy on eCommerce that opens up a market of nearly 250 million people to foreign brands. According to the Korean media, the deal was formalised when Lotte Group chairman Shin Dong-bin met with Salim Group chairman Anthony Salim in Singapore during an Asia Business Council meeting.
Under Shin, Lotte has been aggressively expanding its overseas businesses, and the Indonesian confectionery market is considered a key strategic opportunity, reports Deal Street Asia. The company hopes to secure a strong foothold in the eCommerce market through an omni-channel retailing strategy and establishing a stable delivery service via the partners’ offline stores.
Also planning to introduce products popular in Korea, Lotte first became involved in the Indonesian market in 2008 when it acquired 10 stores of the Dutch discount chain Makro. Lotte has one department store in Indonesia and 41 retail outlets, while Salim Group has 11,000 Indomart convenience stores. The Salim Group’s businesses cover such sectors as food, distribution, telecommunications, media, automobile manufacturing and property development.
An eCommerce roadmap has been drafted by the Indonesian government as a basis for guidelines regulating the sector. It covers such aspects as funding, taxation, communication infrastructure, logistics, cyber security, consumer protection and education, with the aim of achieving eCommerce transaction value of $130 billion by 2020.