Starbucks, Alibaba launch voice ordering and delivery capabilities

Starbucks has launched voice ordering and delivery capabilities within Alibaba’s smart speaker, Tmall Genie, streamlining the digital experience for customers in China. Customers can now order Starbucks beverages and food by using their voice for delivery within 30 minutes. Moreover, they are able to track their order in real-time within the 30-minute delivery timeframe. Leveraging Alibaba’s on-demand food... Continue Reading →

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Net-a-Porter store opens on Tmall luxury pavilion in China

Richemont and Alibaba Group have announced the opening of the Net-a-Porter store on Alibaba’s Tmall Luxury Pavilion. According to the press release, the launch marks the beginning of operations of the joint venture, entitled FENG MAO, established between Yoox Net-a-Porter Group and Alibaba Group. The store brings the latest collections retailed by Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter to online... Continue Reading →

Alibaba acquires Kaola for USD 2 bln

Alibaba has announced it will acquire Kaola, the cross-border ecommerce business unit of the Chinese internet company NetEase, for around USD 2 billion. According to CNBC, Kaola is one of the biggest Chinese ecommerce sites that sells goods in the country. Alibaba plans for Kaola to continue operating independently under its current brand, but it will have... Continue Reading →

Alibaba Foundation and UCWeb to host 9.5 Philanthropy Conference 2019 in India

The Alibaba Foundation is a charitable organization established by Alibaba Group and UCWeb is a business within Alibaba Innovation Initiatives Business Group. Alibaba is the world's first Internet Company that integrates philanthropy into its core strategy.   New Delhi: UC Web, on behalf of the Alibaba Foundation, will host the global sub forum of 2019... Continue Reading →

Alibaba launches English-language portal on Tmall

Alibaba has launched an English-language portal on Tmall, a move that is expected to double the number of global brands on its retail site. The English-language portal on Tmall Global, one of China’s largest cross-border online shopping platforms, was launched with the aim of attracting more merchants and businesses from around the world to sell imported... Continue Reading →

Alibaba enables merchants to target Chinese travellers via Fliggy Buy

Alibaba has launched Fliggy Buy ecommerce platform, enabling global merchants to target Chinese passengers that already use its travel service platform Fliggy. The company’s new pre-travel service offers a reserve-and-collect shopping option for Chinese travellers to browse and purchase featured products on Fliggy Buy before reaching their destination, picking them up in stores after they... Continue Reading →

Cainiao, AliExpress team up with Spain’s national postal service

Alibaba’s logistics unit Cainiao Network and its ecommerce platform AliExpress have reached an agreement with Spain’s national postal service Correos. The strategic cooperation agreement aims to boost cross-border logistics between China and Europe. Therefore, Cainiao Network will work with Correos to provide cross-border logistics including warehousing, transportation, and last mile delivery for AliExpress. According to the companies involved, this represents... Continue Reading →

Tmall plans to boost ecommerce in China

Tmall Global has announced its plans to bring USD 200 billion worth of international goods into China for the next five years and to boost ecommerce in the country. Tmall mentioned two initiatives, the Centralised Import Procurement (CIP) and TmallOverseas Fulfillment (TOF), which will help international brands accelerate their entries into the country. According to... Continue Reading →

Alibaba invests $693 mln for stake in Chinese courier STO Express

SHANGHAI, - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will take a 14 percent stake in STOExpress Co Ltd through a $693 million deal, the e-commerce giant's fourth significant investment in a Chinese courier company. Shares in STO Express shot up when trading opened and immediately hit the upper 10 percent limit on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, according to Refinitiv data.... Continue Reading →

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