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eBay partners rival Yahoo! Japan to encourage cross-border spending
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US-BASED global online auctioneer eBay Inc and Yahoo! Japan, one of Japan’s biggest online auction operators, have inked a partnership last month to link their online auction services in a
bid to ease cross-border transactions in both countries for buyers and sellers, according to local media.

The two companies set up a Japanese-language portal called, where Yahoo! Japan
users are able to bid for items on eBay and vice versa.

eBay had previously entered the Japanese market in 2000, but pulled out two years later, in the face of stiff competition from established local vendors Yahoo! Japan and Rakuten.

However, as language barriers, shipment and payment arrangements are being overcome, eBay and Yahoo! Japan anticipate that more shoppers will go online to search for overseas bargains.

Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay, said: “We are excited to partner with Yahoo!Japan in providing Japanese users with  a localised site designed to enable them to shop on the eBay marketplace with ease and convenience.”

By mid-2008, buyers in the US will be able to purchase auction items on Yahoo! Japan via eBay. The move is also in line with eBay’s expansion plans into Asia, as consumer markets in the
region continue to boom.

Jay Lee, senior vice-president of eBay Asia Pacific, revealed plans to venture into countries such as Vietnam, stating: “These are places where the local customs and markets are very distinct, so they’re perfect for partnerships.”

Currently, the group is in talks with Tom Online of China and Sanook of Thailand to further
establish their international operations.


2008 January Stories:

Lotte acquires 49% stake in CTA Makro

Coach ventures out with new concept boutique in New York City

Sa Sa woos Singaporeans with loyalty card

Bharti Retail to set up shop in North India

Arch Angel gets feet well shod and cared for in personalised way

ION Orchard unveils six superbrand tenants

PRA recognises outstanding Philippine retailers

Aeon to open stores in Penang, Kuala Lumpur

Consumer confidence takes a dive for the year ahead in some markets

China’s secondary cities picking up credit-card use

Foocosa, GR Vietnam to open 500 c-stores

Paris-based Galeries Lafayette goes to China

S’pore sets aside S$750m to develop Next Gen broadband network

Online shopping challenge the role of retail staff

eBay partners rival Yahoo! Japan to encourage cross-border spending

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