The most populous country in Southeast Asia by far, Indonesia is still in an early stage of development when it comes to internet, mobile and digital technologies. It is therefore one of the most sought-after market globally for e-commerce, with large local players and global heavyweights fighting for this enormous growing market.
The rapid development of infrastructures brings more and more of Indonesia’s 260 million inhabitants online. Primarily accessing the internet through mobile devices, the large demographic of connected Indonesian drives the development of the country’s technology companies and ecosystem, particularly the e-commerce market.
Indonesia’s e-commerce has been a red hot market for years as many businesses are interested in its enormous potential. Aware of the country’s large population and anticipating its country’s digital explosion, local and foreign companies and investors have launched e-commerce websites, applications and marketplaces.
Smaller companies and savvy individuals are nonetheless not unarmed in this race, as they can easily develop their own WordPress shops or launch cloud-hosted Shopify without any technical skill. These new technological standards level playing field a little against the large players that have already set their foot in the Indonesian e-commerce landscape.
Top 10 e-commerce websites in Indonesia
It is not surprising that the Indonesian market is already counting several large players who already reap the benefits of the country’s explosive digital growth. However, without a clearly hegemonic leader and a lot of room for growth, Indonesia is one of the countries in Southeast Asian e-commerce that can easily allow the development of underdogs and the entry of newcomers.
Note that this post is part of a series on top e-commerce sites in Southeast Asia:
- Top e-commerce sites in Singapore
- Top e-commerce sites in Malaysia
- Top e-commerce sites in Thailand
- Top e-commerce sites in the Philippines
To give you more perspective of the large volumes and the competition in Indonesian e-commerce, here are the current top 10 leaders of e-commerce websites in 2017 and their estimated monthly traffic from SimilarWeb.
Monthly Traffic Estimate (Nov 2017): 106,500,000
Tokopedia is the largest online marketplace in Indonesia, allowing individuals and businesses to open and easily manage their own online stores. It has received funding for more than 100 million US $ from Japan’s Softbank and the famous American tech venture capital firm, Sequoia Capital.
Monthly Traffic Estimate (Nov 2017): 106,500,000
A leader of e-commerce in Indonesia, also present in Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam, Lazada is an online department store and marketplace for retailers to sell their own products. Founded in 2011 by Rocket Internet, the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba acquired a controlling stake in Lazada and its operations in Southeast Asia in 2016.
Monthly Traffic Estimate (Nov 2017): 72,200,000
Bukalapak is another of the leading online marketplaces in Indonesia, providing an e-commerce platform for brands and individuals to easily buy and sell online. Bukalapak insists on the ease and reliability of e-commerce, providing extra financial guarantees to its customers.
Monthly Traffic Estimate (Nov 2017): 50,600,000
Blibli is an online shopping mall with a diversified offer of products from computers and gadgets, fashion, health and beauty, mother and child, home and decoration, automotive. It also provides visitors and customers with special promotions, tickets and vouchers.
Monthly Traffic Estimate (Nov 2017): 24,300,000
An important player in the region, especially in “mobile-first” countries, Shopee is a primarily mobile, diversified online shop also providing a regular web shopping experience. A major platform throughout Southeast Asia, Shopee is also present in Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, as well as in Taiwan.
Monthly Traffic Estimate (Nov 2017): 14,800,000
A diversified online department store, JD.id provides a variety of products categories such as fashion, electronics and gadgets, family and health. Launched in November 2015, JD.id is a subsidiary of the Chinese e-commerce company JD.com, also known as Jingdong.
Monthly Traffic Estimate (Nov 2017): 11,690,000
Another major online marketplace, Blanja regroups thousands of merchants and presents itself as a trusted platform with strong financial ties to the leading banks of Indonesia. Blanja.com is a joint venture between Telkom Indonesia, one of the largest companies of Indonesia, and the American e-commerce pioneer, eBay.
Monthly Traffic Estimate (Nov 2017): 9,000,000
Zalora is the largest e-commerce site in Southeast Asia specialized in fashion. Enabling fashion brands to sell their products to the site’s visitors, Zalora was founded in 2012 by Rocket Internet. Zalora is present in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and has recently launched in Taiwan.
Monthly Traffic Estimate (Nov 2017): 7,000,000
An online marketplace, Elevenia gathers more than 30,000 sellers and more than 4 million products from diverse categories, such as home appliances, family, health, beauty and fashion, computers and gadgets, sporting goods, collectibles, food and drinks. It also provides promotions and e-coupons.
Monthly Traffic Estimate (Nov 2017): 6,200,000
Bhinneka is a chain of specialized department stores providing computers and gadgets, electronics, home appliances and electric accesories and tools. A pioneer of e-commerce in Indonesia, Bhinneka has developed its web platform to sell these products online.
Top e-commerce mobile applications in Indonesia
Besides their websites, most of the top 10 e-commerce players detailed here also have mobile applications available on the different apps platforms to allow users to shop online through mobile devices.
In addition to some players like Shopee who are primarily present in mobile commerce, the digital application also Carousell has a strong mobile presence. Other strong mobile commerce players in Indonesia include Sale Stock, Taobao and Akulaku.
Indonesia’s top e-commerce websites compared by estimated traffic
The estimated monthly traffic from the top 10 e-commerce websites previously listed demonstrate that there is no clear leader in Indonesia, with Tokopedia and Lazada fighting for the lead, both above 100 million visitors per month, and several other players following not far.
Though generalist websites make up for the largest part of Indonesian e-commerce with a few category-specific players, some specific brands are also very active to sell their products online. In Indonesia, Traveloka and Garuda Indonesia are leading the hotels and travel bookings industry and online airlines ticketing respectively.
Leading the peer-to-peer classifieds market of Indonesia, with more than 60 million visitors per month, Kaskus can also be highlighted for its size, potential and intention to move towards e-commerce. There are several other classifieds players, general or specialized in cars and/or houses and apartments, but few really make a difference besides OLX Indonesia, which also has more than 60 million visitors per month.