Ever since Anusha Rahman, Minister of Information Technology, announced that Alibaba will soon be launching in Pakistan along with payment gateway, AliPay. Every news regarding Alibaba is considered a step closer to the launch of Alibaba ecommerce conglomerate in Pakistan. The most recent development on this end has been the meeting between TCS/Yayvo and Ali Baba officials in Karachi.
Although, TCS and Yayvo have kept most of the meeting details a secret. There is a strong speculation that this will be a start of a long term collaboration between TCS and Alibaba on the logistics end. During the meeting, Alibaba officials visited the warehouse facilities of TCS to see the infrastructure and processes. The team also visited the Yayvo headoffice in Karachi and discussed the current and upcoming ecommerce trends in the country.
The technology insiders are calling it an important meeting. The rumor mill has been strong around Alibaba in the country, where leaks regarding acquisition of local ecommerce stores and local payment solutions are coming up every now and then. But, there has been no official word from any of the involved parties.
For any ecommerce platform to be successful, it should have a strong technology platform, secure and flawless payment mechanism and streamlined logistics. For these, either Alibaba will come with its own solutions or partner up with already established solutions in Pakistan.