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SoCash aims to make ATMs redundant

Singapore start-up SoCash wants consumers to be able to obtain cash wherever they may be.

Carousell Singapore cracks C2C mobile eCommerce ranks Carousell Singapore as one of the hottest new concepts in Southeast Asia.

Origami launches payment service

Origami, a social eCommerce startup for fashion and lifestyle products, is entering the offline payments fold.

Bitcoin breakthrough

Japanese eCommerce giant Rakuten will start to accept bitcoin, initially in the US.

AirCloset delivers endless wardrobe

A Tokyo subscription service offers time-poor Japanese women hand-picked fashion items, delivered free for a monthly fee. Women may love shopping, but for time-starved professional females and housebound new mothers adapting to round-the-clock parenting, finding time to discover new fashion can become a hassle. Enter AirCloset, a new service by Tokyo-based startup Neuer-Sieg. For JPY 6800 (US$57) a month, women can receive a box containing three trendy garments, hand selected by a professi…

Online pawn debuts in Philippines

PawnHero – Southeast Asia’s first online pawn shop – seeks to solve the problem of expensive credit for ‘base-of-the-pyramid consumers’ in emerging markets.

Flash sales start-up to target Southeast Asia

Indonesia’s VIP Plaza, a fashion flash sales site, has secured funding from Yahoo Japan Capital to launch a Southeast Asian roll-out. Tesong Kim, co-founder of VIP Plaza, says the new funds will be used to strengthen the eCommerce store’s marketing activity and help VIP Plaza reach more consumers across Indonesia. VIP Plaza is looking to expand globally, starting with a brand new office in Malaysia that opened recently, and initially focussing on Southeast Asia. reports …

Amazon bets on Indians’ luxury lust

Amazon has entered India’s luxury retail market, launching a jewellery e-store. Tech In Asia reports that most of the leading jewelry brands, both Indian and international, are offering their wares on it. Shoppers can now pick up everything from necklaces to anklets and mangalsutras – a kind of wedding band worn on the neck instead of the finger. Specialised homegrown jewellery eCommerce stores like Bluestone and Caratlane have also partnered with Amazon to be on the new site. Pricey …