Entrepreneurs And SMEs To Become More Nimble And Successful Through First-Of-Its-Kind Partnership In E-Commerce Learning
Lazada introduces programmes from higher education & training experts to deepen knowledge and skills in the rapidly growing sector.
Singapore, 29 March 2018 – In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Southeast Asia’s leading eCommerce company Lazada Group is joining hands with higher learning institutes and data analytics experts to jointly develop online and offline training courses for entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to become more nimble and capitalise on the eCommerce boom in the region.
Lazada formalised the partnership with Nanyang Polytechnic’s Singapore Institute of Retail Studies (SIRS), Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), Singapore-based data analytics firm Sparkline, and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today.
This is part of Lazada’s commitment to empower sellers with the right tools and build an ecosystem within which they can grow. Here in Singapore, the company is taking this one step 2 of 3 further as it sees synergies with the government’s go-digital push and the growth of eCommerce in Singapore and Southeast Asia. It hopes to work with partners to bring these programmes to the rest of its markets.
“Thanks to the expertise of the partners that we have brought together today, we are able to enrich the offerings on Lazada University to help our 155,000 sellers across the region become more knowledgeable in eCommerce operations and opportunities both in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Lazada sees it as our mission to help the sellers on our platform grow and are happy to work with like-minded organisations,” said Alexis Lanternier, Chief Executive Officer, Lazada Singapore.
“SUSS is pleased to be part of this strategic partnership to equip more small and medium-sized enterprises in their businesses and to support eCommerce. This collaboration augments SUSS’s position as the university for lifelong learning, providing lifelong education opportunities and equipping learners to serve society. The courses contribute to the national agenda of upskilling our society, creating positive social impact and improving lives,” said Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, SUSS.
More than 1,000 people, ranging from existing and new sellers on Lazada, SME owners, professionals, managers and operational staff, are expected to complete courses between April to December 2018. Topics covered include supply chain and inventory management, introduction to data analytics and how business owners can sell efficiently and effectively in Southeast Asia’s eCommerce market.
All courses are in English. The courses will be available on Lazada University’s new online learning management system. The new system enables sellers to access training materials on their phones, making training more convenient and on-the-go. Singaporeans above 25-year-old will be able to use their SkillsFuture Credit to offset for two existing courses – Getting started on Lazada (Onboarding) and Implement Innovative Change.
For more information, please contact:
Asia PR Werkz (on behalf of Lazada)
Bijal Doshi (Singapore)
Singapore University of Social Sciences
Valerie Ng (Ms)
Senior PR Manager
Communications & Marketing
Telephone: 6248 0364
Launched in 2012, Lazada is the number-one online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia – present in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. As the pioneer of the eCommerce ecosystem in Southeast Asia, Lazada has 155,000 sellers and 3,000 brands serving 560 million consumers in the region through its marketplace platform, supported by a wide range of tailored marketing, data, and service solutions. With 300 million SKUs available, Lazada offers the widest range of products in categories from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion, sports equipment and groceries. Focused on delivering an excellent customer experience, it offers multiple payment methods including cashon-delivery, comprehensive customer care and hassle-free returns through its own first and last mile delivery arm supported by approximately 100 logistics partners. Lazada Group is majority owned by Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA).
About the Singapore University of Social Sciences
Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) is one of Singapore's six autonomous universities and its mission is to provide lifelong education that equips learners to serve society. Home to more than 15,000 students, SUSS provides an applied education that targets both fresh school leavers and adult learners, with a focus on the social sciences. It adopts a flexible and practice-focused learning approach and offers more than 70 degree programmes in various disciplines. Eligible students taking SUSS undergraduate programmes enjoy government subsidies and access to government bursaries, tuition fee loans and study loans. For more information on Singapore University of Social Sciences, please visit www.suss.edu.sg.