Shopee opens new regional headquarters in Singapore

  • As Shoppe rides its own growth, it opens a new regional HQ in Singapore
  • Shopee having its regional HQ in Singapore aligns with the goal of turning Singapore into a Southeast Asian digital hub
  • The e-commerce firm’s goal is to foster a stronger local tech talent and create an entrepreneurial ecosystem for its users. 

SINGAPORE – E-commerce firm Shopee opened up a new regional headquarters on Sept. 3, Tuesday as it takes advantage of its meteoric growth in Southeast Asia.

Shopee opens new HQ in Kent Ridge
Via Shopee/The New Paper

The new office will be in Kent Ridge. The new building has an office space of 244,000 square feet across six floors, and it is expected to accommodate up to 3,000 employees. Shopee, a unit of New York-listed Sea, is currently employing more than 1,000 staff. It also features a marketing studio where its “shoppertainment” initiatives Shopee Live and Shopee Quiz are set to be filmed.

The building also has a dinner catering services where employees can pre-order their meals, nap pods, a mini arcade, and an in-house masseuse.

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat noted how Shopee has seen “tremendous” growth since it was founded four years ago.He also noted that company is now one of the top three e-commerce players in Southeast Asia.

Shopee’s growth is in line with Singapore’s plans to serve as a regional hub in the Southeast Asian digital company, according to Heng. 

“The rise of Southeast Asian and Asian economies brings opportunities, and we must position Singapore well to harness them. We have to constantly strive to ensure that companies like Shopee, doing business across the region, will continue to see Singapore as an ideal base for serving the region.”

Not only is anchoring themselves in Singapore reflect its long-term commitment to investing in the country, Shopee responded to its growing demand for tech jobs by setting up initiatives such as the National Data Science Challenge to up skill local tech talent.
Via Ng Sor Luan/TechAsia/Shopee

Forrest Li, chief executive and founder of Sea expressed that the growth of the company will offer exciting new roles for Singaporeans. 

“As we grow, we will continue to offer exciting new roles to Singaporeans. For instance, our data science teams are rapidly growing their capabilities – from basic machine learning to complex products like chatbots.”

Shopee’s chief commercial officer Zhou Jun Jie emphasized that their main focus was to nurture more talent in tech and fostering a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem for its users.

“Grooming more tech talent and nurturing an entrepreneurial ecosystem for sellers, including SMEs, will continue to be areas of focus for us. Going forward, as technology advances and the ecommerce landscape evolves, Shopee will continue to invest ahead of demand and build more advanced capabilities to better serve our users.” 

Sources: Channel News Asia, Techinasia, The Straits Times, Bussiness Times

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