Here’s what you should know:

1. Central JD reveals its investment plan valued over $30B 

Central JD Commerce Co, a joint venture between top Thai retailer Central Group and, stated its intention to establish a head office in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) to Thailand’s Prime Minister.

The joint venture also promises to invest up to THB 100 billion ($30 billion) over the next three years to develop ecommerce, e-logistics, e-finance, e-marketing, and technology in Thailand.

The investment during the first year is expected to be THB 17.5 billion ($528,000), with clearer investment plan expected by end of this year.

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2. Lazada to have an interactive TV show in Thailand 

In conjunction with the 11/11 Online Festival, Lazada is holding an interactive TV show in Thailand next week.

The first TV show from an ecommerce company will be a mixture of entertainment with shopping and advertising. The aim is to target over 30 million millennials who are Lazada’s most active group of online shoppers.

Combining the offline and online channels is part of the new focus of Alibaba and by extension Lazada. Indonesia is said to be the next market Lazada that will launch a similar campaign.

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3. Didi Chuxing is building electric car-charging stations 

China’s Didi Chuxing is working to introduce its own network of electric vehicles (EV) charging stations through a joint venture with The Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO).

Didi plans to launch ‘Orange Energy’, the service that will map out existing charging stations and display them in Didi’s driver app. The service is planned to expand to users outside Didi drivers eventually.

China is the world’s largest market for EV and Didi Chuxing claims to operate the world’s largest fleet of EV with more than 260,000 vehicles.

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