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Alibaba Buys 5.6% Stake in Groupon

Alibaba disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has bought a 5.6 percent stake, or 33 million shares, in Groupon.  That sent Groupon shares soaring more than 41 percent to $4.08. U.S. shares of Alibaba rose $5.71, or 9.3 percent, to $66.61 It’s been a miserable few years for Groupon (GRPN), the once ballyhooed Internet deal company credited with starting ... Read More »

Alibaba Group Revenues Up 32% in Q4 2015

Alibaba Group announced its results for the quarter ended 31st December 2015.  The company reported total revenues of US$5.33 billion – up by 32% year-on-year.  The company also reported that US$149 billion of Gross Merchandize Volume (GMV) was transacted on Alibaba’s marketplaces – up by 23% year-on-year.  Mobile GMV reached US$100 million and now accounts for 68% of total GMV. ... Read More »

Bertelsmann Invests in India’s KartRocket

Bertelsmann is “stepping up” its activities in the Indian e-commerce market, with an investment in New Delhi e-commerce service provider KartRocket.  KartRocket announced 18th January that it had raised $6m in investment from Bertelsmann India among others. KartRocket helps SMEs by enabling merchants to go online under their own brand. It provides them with web and mobile-phone sites, payments and logistics capabilities and marketing ... Read More »

Alibaba Ups the B2B Ante on SME Access to Working Capital

Chinese eCommerce conglomerate Alibaba is once again bolstering its business-to-business capabilities.  Reports in the South China Morning Post on Jan. 13 said Alibaba revealed having more than 25 partnerships with credit rating agencies and financial institutions throughout the globe as part of its strategy to link SMEs on its platform with working capital. The collaborations mean small and medium-sized enterprises can use ... Read More »

Alibaba CEO Unveils New Expansion Strategy – Sets Up Second Company HQ in Beijing

In addition to global market expansion and penetration into China’s underserved rural market, Alibaba Group plans to bolster its already strong presence in China’s biggest cities. “Global import, rural e-commerce, and top-tier cities are the three key battlefields for Alibaba in 2016,” said Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group. The three-prong expansion strategy is called “Alibaba everywhere”. The company’s first ... Read More »

Alibaba Set to Take-On Las Vegas by Staging Rival Consumer Electronics Show in Shenzhen

Alibaba will partner with German group IFA in staging consumer electronics show in April to rival the annual international CES event in Las Vegas Jack Ma, founder and chairman of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, addresses the closing ceremony of 2015 World Internet Conference in Wuzhen on December 18. Photo: Xinhua.  E-commerce giant Alibaba Group is making a big foray into ... Read More »

Alibaba Group Builds e-Commerce Ecosystem: Credit Reporting (Ratings), SME Financing, Credit Guarantees, Supplier Certification, Payment Systems and Logistics

Alibaba Enters B2B Credit Reporting:  Partners with Banks, Agencies to Introduce B2B Financing and Rating Services Alibaba founder Jack Ma Yun (fifth from left) is shown attending the opening ceremony of MYbank in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province last June 25. MYbank had a registered capital of 4 billion yuan (US$655 million) and was created to focus on providing financial services for ... Read More »

Alibaba Group Acquires SCMP for HK$2.06 billion

Alibaba Group has entered into a definite agreement to acquire the South China Morning Post (SCMP). The agreement also includes acquisition of the magazine, recruitment, outdoor media, events & conferences, education and digital media businesses of SCMP Group Limited (SEHK: 0583). Alibaba has agreed to pay HK$2.06 billion (US$266 million) for SCMP Group for the SCMP and all other media ... Read More »

Alibaba Launches Entrepreneur-focused Funds

Alibaba Group has officially launched its Entrepreneur Funds in Hong Kong and Taiwan. These funds are a non-profit initiative designed to nurture companies in the start-up, growth and expansion phases. Apart from financial support, the funds will also help entrepreneurs access resources offered by Alibaba’s ecosystem including e-commerce, logistics, mobile platforms to cloud computing and financial services. Cindy Chow, a ... Read More »

Yelp Wins Major Lawsuit over Authenticity of its Reviews

Yelp Inc won a lawsuit by shareholders saying they were  misled about the authenticity and quality of its reviews, and whether Yelp manipulated those reviews to favor paying advertisers. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco said reasonable investors would understand that not all Yelp reviews are real, particularly given the company’s admission that its technology to screen user-generated content ... Read More »

Alibaba Launches Online Platform SMILE for Indian SMEs

Indicating the importance it attaches to the Indian market, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, which operates wholesale trading platform Alibaba.com, has launched an online platform, SMILE, exclusively for Indian small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SMILE, which stands for Small and Medium Industries Leveraging Export, will provide Indian SMEs access to global business trading counterparts as well as one-stop trading solutions including ... Read More »

Tencent’s WeBank is Seeking to Raise US$1bn

WeBank, the online finance operation that is owned and operated by Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings, will seek to raise as much as $1 billion in an effort to boost its lending business and also its ancillary financial services. WeBank is a relative newcomer on the lending scene, as it began operations at the beginning of 2015, and plans are ... Read More »

Alibaba Group Generated USD14.3 Billion of GMV on 2015 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) today announced that USD14.3 billion (RMB91.2 billion) of gross merchandise volume (“GMV”) was settled through Alipay on Alibaba’s retail marketplaces on November 11, 2015, making the 2015 11.11 Global Shopping Festival the largest shopping day in history. Mobile GMV settled through Alipay accounted for 68.7 percent of total GMV. Total mobile GMV increased by ... Read More »

Baidu, Citic Bank Plan to Set Up Direct Bank

Chinese search company Baidu Inc. and China Citic Bank Corp. are planning to set up a direct bank, which would offer investment products and loans online.  The move marks the Internet company’s latest push to better compete against its rivals in the rapidly growing space for online financial services. China’s Internet companies are competing to offer users online financial services ... Read More »