I was invited last month for a brief bloggers briefing in Cebu organized by Lazada. It was called Bloggers Quickie for the Lazada exexcs and reps mingled with the Cebu Bloggers for a few hours. From there, I happened to learn some things about Lazada.
Here are things of what I learned from the bloggers briefing:
1. Lazada is a Filipino e-commerce site but with German roots. The parent company of Lazada is from Germany with headquarters in Berlin.
2. Rocket International is the parent company of Lazada, which also has presence in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.
3. You can shop and pay on Lazada online or cash-on-delivery. The cash-on- delivery advantage is a good feature.
4. It is possible to pay the items you shop at Lazada in 7Eleven.
5. You can receive discount offers once you have started successfully shopped on Lazada. Discount codes will be sent through email.
Those are a few good stuffs among the many things that Lazada can offer.
But there are also other things that may thwart online shoppers from choosing Lazada.
1. Not all 7Eleven branches in the Philippines are able to receive payment from the online purchases on Lazada. But, here’s hoping that will change soon.
2. Expect add-on fees even if you pay using your credit card. It is perhaps because of the shipping fee. Shoppers will be charged more if they opt for cash on delivery.
3. PayPal is not in the payment options to checkout from shopping. But one can use DragonPay. I still have to sign up for DragonPay( in which, I don’t know if I can use) if I have to opt for this when checking out in Lazada.
4. Cash on delivery is a good feature, yes. That also means, shoppers can decline from receiving the item if they find it that it is not what they expect. However, be prepared to pay for a certain fee even if you refuse to accept the item. This is for the delivery charge.
5. Be prepared to deal with the courier once you receive notification from Lazada that the item will be shipped during the day. If your location of your residence is far from the national highway, you may have to talk with the courier for minutes to relay the landmark and routes of your location.
I hope they will use Google Maps app so they would now where to ship the items with less hassle as can be experienced by the shopper. If it is a door-to-door delivery, then it should be like that.