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Australia is the Next Stage for Alibaba’s Global Expansion

Recently, Alibaba announced that it will open its first office in Melbourne, Australia, as it plans to expand its presence internationally. This expansion is part of the company’s globalization strategy to reach two billion customers in the next two decades. 1300 Australian brands are already sold through Alibaba’s online stores and the company is well known in the region. By ... Read More »

Alibaba: Now a Mobile Business

China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba posted robust Q2 2016 results as the company’s revenue and gross merchandise volume (GMV) continued to take off. Alibaba managed to show this strong growth despite issues surrounding the presence of counterfeit goods on its marketplaces. Alibaba’s Q2 results demonstrate the company’s massive presence in the e-commerce industry: Total revenue during Q2 2016 grew 59% year-over-year ... Read More »

Alibaba Floats Airport Free-trade Zone in New Zealand

Alibaba has floated a proposal for a free trade zone to be created in Auckland near to the airport. Alibaba president Michael Evans promoted the idea to senior Cabinet ministers during a recent visit to New Zealand. Trade Minister Todd McClay says the proposal “merits further consideration”. McClay indicates that if it results in goods flowing more easily across borders ... Read More »

Alibaba Launches Internet-enabled Smart Car

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba introduced its first automobile last week, the RX5 sport utility vehicle, set to be delivered to customers in August. The company called the vehicle, made with Chinese carmaker SAIC, the first “Internet car” in a news release.  It will run software developed by Alibaba’s YunOS division to connect with other smart devices, the company said. It ... Read More »

Alibaba Launches Summit to Address Fake Products

The Alibaba Group held an inaugural Rights Holders Collaboration Summit as part of a new drive to display its determination to fight against counterfeits and Intellectual Property (IP) infringement on the group’s online platforms. The summit attracted more than 100 domestic Chinese and international brands and trade associations, including Louis Vuitton, Apple, the Chinese British Business Council (CBBC) and the ... Read More »

Alibaba Cloud Expands Singapore Data Center

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), announced recently that it has expanded its data center operations in Singapore with the establishment of a second availability zone. In September 2015, Alibaba Cloud established a data center in Singapore to provide enhanced cloud and big data services across Southeast Asia. The establishment of a second availability zone ... Read More »

Using Analytics to Turbocharge China’s e-Commerce Performance

McKinsey&Company has recently issued an article on the subject of analytics to turbocharge China’s e-Commerce performance which makes interesting reading: “Facing market saturation and more selective consumers, online retailers will need to make better use of data analytics to gain ground. China’s online retail market is the world’s largest, and e-commerce now accounts for more than 13 percent of the ... Read More »

Amazon to Pour $3 bn more into Amazon India

As Amazon‘s two big India competitors struggle to raise funds at current valuations and keep their executive ranks stable, Amazon is going on the offensive.  The company’s founder and CEO announced recently that Amazon will pour $3 billion more into its India operations. Bezos previously announced a $2 billion investment in the summer of 2014. The exact amount of the investment isn’t really ... Read More »

Alibaba Opens Japan Merchandising Center

At the invitation of the Alibaba Group, nearly 200 leading Japanese brands and manufacturers attended the official kick-off meeting of Alibaba’s new Japan Merchandising Center. During the event, representatives from leading Japanese companies including Shiseido, Askul, HABA, etc. shared their experiences, and discussed future developments in the e-commerce market in China and Asia through Alibaba’s China e-commerce platforms – Tmall.com ... Read More »

Announcing the WAND eCommerce Taxonomy Portal

WAND’s business philosophy is that our pre-built taxonomies help organizations jump-start the development of their own high-quality taxonomies.   Instead of starting from scratch, WAND Taxonomies provide a solid starting point that can simply be customized.  This helps our clients save months in their taxonomy development process and reduces frustration because it is significantly easier to edit and revise a ... Read More »

Alibaba Group Opens Netherlands Office and Announces Local Senior Management Appointment

Alibaba Group announced the appointment of Roland Palmer as managing director of Alibaba Group Netherlands and member of the Alibaba Group EU leadership team, effective immediately. This senior management appointment and establishment of an Amsterdam, Netherlands office rounds out Alibaba Group’s expansion in the European market and provides a local contact for customers and partners in the Benelux region. The company’s ... Read More »

Amazon Payment Launched Global e-Commerce Partnership Program

Amazon recently announced the launch of the Amazon Payments Partner Program, a new global program designed to help ecommerce platform providers and developers extend the trust and familiarity of Amazon Payments to their merchant customers. The Amazon Payments Partner Program offers unique tools and services to help Partners grow their merchant business by offering easy integration with Amazon Payments. The ... Read More »

Alibaba wants to join the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) but was Rebuked

Alibaba Group announced its official membership in the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) as the first e-commerce company to join the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to combating product counterfeiting and piracy. Alibaba Group and the IACC’s partnership began in 2013 with the development of the IACC MarketSafe® Program, a strategic collaboration to help IACC members identify and take down infringing ... Read More »

Alibaba Group and New Zealand Government form Strategic Alliance

Alibaba Group, the world’s largest online and mobile marketplace, and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), the New Zealand Government’s international business development agency, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to formalize discussions for strengthening trade between China and New Zealand and support the growth of New Zealand brands in China. The MOU aims to broaden Alibaba’s existing partnership ... Read More »

Alibaba Extends Startup Cloud Program to Singapore

Alibaba has taken its cloud startup scheme global for the first time, launching the service in Singapore with a US$10,000 credit for selected startups. Valid for a year, the coupon can be used to purchase any service on the Chinese vendor’s Aliyun cloud platform, according to Yu Sicheng, vice president of Alibaba Cloud. Top-performing startups would be offered a higher ... Read More »