The flash deals market is under pressure – share price of market leader Groupon dropped by 70% compared to the value at the time of its IPO.
Meanwhile, second largest group deals portal LivingSocial’s valuation has dropped from $4.5 billion to $1.5 billion.
But while all these developments are happening at a global scale, there are some positive signs that all is not lost in the Asian flash deals sector.
Deal.com.sg, one of the largest daily deal sites in Singapore, has announced its second physical collection point at High Street Center in downtown Singapore. The first was opened at King George’s Avenue.
Physical collection points were pioneered, of course, by Groupon in June 2012, also in Singapore.
Meanwhile, Deal.com.sg also acquired an online food delivery service portal Room Service Deliveries in October 2012.
To add spice to the deals sector in Asia, China’s biggest search engine Baidu is venturing into flash deals business. The new deals site serves deals in Beijing, albeit with limited categories at launch.
Some deal companies are slowly changing their business model, too. Bolstering its “Dealivery” Room Service Deliveries acquisition, Deal.com.sg is now planning to be the biggest food delivery service in Southeast Asia.
Published In: http://www.tnooz.com By: Karthick Prabu