Apple products arrive on a Lazada store for those in Southeast Asia

Apple fans around Southeast Asia can now get new iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks from an official store on Lazada, reports TechInAsia. That’s good news for those fans, as the tech giant only has one store in the region (it’s in Singapore).

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Apple’s Lazada store opens today in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore, with Malaysia joining Dec. 11. Vietnam too will participate at an unconfirmed date, notes TechInAsia.

The article adds that Alibaba-owned Lazada will get stock directly from Apple, after forming an agreement with the Cupertino, California-based company. That makes it the only official online seller of Apple’s baubles in the region. 

The Lazada Group was founded in 2012 by Rocket Internet in Singapore with the intention of establishing the Amazon.com business model in Southeast Asia to take advantage of the nascent online consumer market and Amazon's weak presence in the area. In March 2016, Lazada claimed it recorded a total of $1.36 billion in annual sales across its six markets in Asia, making it the largest e-commerce player.