With a dynamic economy and a large population proficient with digital technologies, the Philippines is a fast-growing market for e-commerce in Southeast Asia. Several websites and digital applications are already fighting for market share, with global, regional and national players.
The growing connectivity of the Philippines, rapidly overcoming the country’s infrastructure difficulties, enable more and more of its large population of more than 100 million to access the internet. Primarily accessing it through mobile devices, but also through computers, connected Filipinos consequently grow the country’s e-commerce market.
The Philippine e-commerce market is rapidly increasing in attractiveness as the country’s number of connected users grows fast. Though it is dominated by a large player, the relatively low penetration of e-commerce and the fast-growing number of potential consumers allow for many newcomers, local or foreign, to enter the market.
Top 10 e-commerce websites in the Philippines
Several actors are already in place in the Philippines, but they all trail an overwhelming leader. Though the market is growing in both size, and in scope, as the range of products bought also diversify, existing players and newcomers still have to face Lazada, the hegemonic leader of Philippine e-commerce and a leader of e-commerce in Southeast Asia.
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 Indonesia
To give you more perspective of Lazada’s lead and its top followers in the Philippine e-commerce, here are the current top 10 leaders of e-commerce websites in 2019 and their estimated monthly traffic for April 2019 from SimilarWeb.
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Monthly Traffic Estimate: 230,000
Galleon.ph is an online shopping website specialized in products not available in the Philippines. With a diversified array of categories, Galleon.ph provides access to products imported from the US and China to Filipinos through a convenient online experience, ensuring the shipping directly to their door.
Monthly Traffic Estimate: 570,000
Argomall is a specialized e-commerce platform providing computers and gadgets, electronics, digital media, and electronic accessories and tools. Selling more than a hundred brands and thousands of products, Argomall is a leader in online sales of computers and electronics.
Monthly Traffic Estimate: 590,000
A specialized e-commerce store, BeautyMNL is a beauty, cosmetics and fashion online retail in the Philippines. Coupled with an online magazine, BeautyMNL writes about the latest trends in beauty and fashion, allowing it to also propose the corresponding products and brands to the magazine audience.
Monthly Traffic Estimate: 770,000
Metrodeal is specialized in coupons and deals gathering promotions for restaurants, leisure, shopping, and travel; it does process payments directly, putting it in the category of e-commerce. Thanks to this effective business model, Metrodeal has been able to expand from the Philippines to Indonesia and Thailand.
6. Globe Online Shop
Monthly Traffic Estimate: 840,000
The Globe Online Shop provides an online platform for mobile devices, gadgets, apparel, and postpaid offers, with the latest products from the world’s leading brands in electronic hardware. The Globe Online Shop is the e-commerce division of the Globe Corporation, one of the largest companies in the Philippines.
5. eBay Philippines
Monthly Traffic Estimate: 880,000
The Philippine local site of eBay, one of the leaders of e-commerce in the US and the world, was originally created for consumer-to-consumer sales. Having expanded since into business-to-consumer products and special deals, eBay Philippines caters to all general product categories.
4. Carousell Philippines
Monthly Traffic Estimate: 930,000
Originally a mobile platform, Carousell has developed a web shopping site to cater to computer users too. It allows anyone, brands or individuals, to take pictures of their products with a phone, sell easily through the Carousell platform and chat with the sellers to buy directly. Carousell is also present in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, Australia, and Hong Kong.
3. Zalora Philippines
Monthly Traffic Estimate: 1,250,000
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, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and has recently launched in Taiwan.
2. Shopee Philippines
Monthly Traffic Estimate: 14,400,000
An important player in the “mobile-first” Philippines, Shopee is a primarily mobile, diversified online shop that also provides a regular web experience. A leading platform in Southeast Asia, Shopee is also present in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, as well as in Taiwan.
1. Lazada Philippines
Monthly Traffic Estimate: 25,000,000
The leader of e-commerce in the Philippines by far, also present in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand 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.
Top e-commerce mobile applications in the Philippines
Aside from their websites, most of the top 10 e-commerce websites detailed here also have mobile applications available on the various platforms to provide an e-commerce experience through mobile devices.
Some players like Shopee and Carousell dominate mobile commerce as they are originally mobile-first e-commerce apps. Other strong mobile commerce players in the Philippines include Amazon, Etsy, Zaful, and Taobao.
The Philippines’ top e-commerce websites compared by estimated traffic
The estimated monthly traffic from the top 10 e-commerce websites previously listed highlights the domination of Lazada over the Philippine market with more than 25 million visitors per month, before Shopee, standing at 14 million visitors per month.
Though generalist or category-specific websites make up for the largest part of Philippine e-commerce, some specific brands are also very active to sell their products online. In the Philippines, Cebu Pacific and MyPhone notably lead the national online market of airlines and mobile phone makers respectively.
The leader of peer-to-peer classifieds in the Philippines, with more than 6 million visitors per month, OLX Philippines can also be highlighted for its size and potential. Several other classifieds players, specialized in cars and/or houses and apartments, are also noteworthy: Autodeal, Mitula, Carmudi and Lamudi.