WhatsNew Group (Orami)

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WhatsNew Group is a Thailand based e-commerce company that is parent to multiple e-commerce brands that include Petloft (pet care), Venbi (mom & baby), Sanoga (health), Lafema (beauty) and MOXY (women's fashion). The company leverages technology and the Internet to make home life and online shopping easier for people in Southeast Asia. Headquartered in Bangkok, WhatsNew Group sells both international and local brands under each e-commerce vertical. It is one of the portfolio companies of Ardent Capital, a venture capitalist based in Thailand. As of January 2016, the company merged with Bilna, Indonesia's e-commerce platform for mothers and announced a regional rebrand to the name Orami.[1]

History[edit]

The company was seed funded by Ardent Capital in early 2013[2] and was modelled after Quidsi, Inc. in the US following its acquisition by Amazon for $550 million on November 8, 2010.[3] Petloft was the first company built by WhatsNew co-founders Harprem Doowa and Sarah Huang, who are no longer with the company and have their new business.[4] The company later built Venbi and Lafema to serve their growing female customer base and acquired Sanoga within a year. In December 2014, WhatsNew Group acquired ilovemoxy,[5] an online lifestyle shop started by Shannon Kalayanamitr, a serial entrepreneur based in Bangkok who later joined WhatsNew Group as their Chief Marketing Officer.

Controversy[edit]

The company was reported by Tech in Asia as a Thai startup launching to compete directly against Rocket Internet[6] in the Southeast Asian e-commerce market.[7]

Expansion and Company Rebrand[edit]

WhatsNew Group announced mid-2015 that they would be expanding to Indonesia under the new name MOXY.[8] The company's decision to consolidate their e-commerce verticals under one brand was based on their large female customer base, the growing female economy and focus on creating a strong brand. In a series of moves to expand regionally, Jérémy Fichet, the former Co-founder and Managing Director of Cdiscount was officiated as the company's new Group CEO.[9]

MOXY Indonesia is Southeast Asia's first business-to-consumer women-focused e-commerce platform. The online destination offers products catered specifically to the country's female demographic and totes the tagline, "Have it all". To service the unique e-commerce infrastructure in Southeast Asia,[10] MOXY provides cash on delivery, among other methods of payment, in over 250 cities across Indonesia.

On February 24, 2016, MoxyBilna announced $15 million in funding from Facebook Inc. co-founder Eduardo Saverin, Sinar Mas Group, Shanghai-based Gobi Partners Inc., Velos Partners and Ardent Capital LLC.[11] The company has begun their transition to the name Orami in order to unify their brand regionally. The rebrand will be complete by Q3 of 2016.[12]

Management Team[edit]

Group Chief Executive Officer - Jérémy Fichet [13]
Group Chief Marketing Officer - Shannon Kalayanamitr [14]
Indonesia Country Manager - Andrew Senduk [15]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cosseboom, Leighton. "Ardent's Moxy enters Indonesia, believes women are key to its ecommerce dominance". Tech in Asia. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  2. ^ Leesa-Nguasuk, Suchi. "Whatsnew buys Moxy, eyes ASEAN". The Post Publishing PCL. Bangkok Post.
  3. ^ Duncan, Geoff. "Amazon buys diapers.com and soap.com for $550 million". Digital Trends. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  4. ^ Balea, Judith. "12 women entrepreneurs who smashed the glass ceiling in Southeast Asia". Tech in Asia. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  5. ^ Huang, Elaine. "Ardent Capital-backed WhatsNew Group acquires MOXY". e27. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  6. ^ Sakawee, Saiyai. "With Ensogo founders' backing, Thai startup WhatsNew aims to outdo Rocket Internet". Tech in Asia. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  7. ^ Purnell, Newley. "Southeast Asia E-Commerce Set to Boom". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  8. ^ "New e-commerce portal has the Moxy to take aim directly at Indonesian female shoppers". Coconuts Jakarta. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  9. ^ Karimuddin, Amir. "Ardent Capital's Moxy is Finally Available in Indonesia". Daily Social. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  10. ^ Kartiwi, Mira (2006). "Case Studies of E-commerce Adoption in Indonesian SMEs: The Evaluation of Strategic Use". Australian Journal of Information Systems. 14 (1): 69.
  11. ^ Lim, Yoolim. "Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Among Investors in Indonesia's Orami". Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  12. ^ Kosoff, Maya. "Facebook's Ousted Co-founder Is Trying to Become the Marc Andreessen of Asia". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  13. ^ Cunningham, Susan. "With Moxy, The 'Curated Lifestyle' Online Retailer Arrives In Indonesia". Forbes. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  14. ^ Freischlad, Nadine. "She left Lehman and Lazada to build Southeast Asia's next big ecommerce portal for women". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Andrew Senduk". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved 9 November 2015.