Alibaba Group’s Tmall Drives Innovation For Beauty Brands After COVID-19

Tmall 2020 Beauty Awards

Alibaba Group’s B2C ecommerce platform Tmall outlined plans this week to aid beauty and personal-care brands pick up the pace of growth and digital transformation as they deal with the consequences of coronavirus (COVID-19) to their business. After the launch of Alibaba’s Spring Thunder Initiative, which seeks to assist small to mid-sized enterprises manage the […]

Shanghai’s First Digital Fashion Week Successfully Embraces Social Distancing

Shanghai's First Digital Fashion Week Catwalk

Shanghai Fashion Week wrapped up last week. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, organizers brought the entire autumn-winter 2020 edition online, making it the world’s first fashion-week event at this scale to go fully digital. More than 150 designers and brands live-streamed their collections from March 24-30 via Tmall, Alibaba Group’s ecommerce platform. To enrich […]

Alibaba Group Helps Chinese SMEs Deal With Economic Impact From Coronavirus Outbreak

Alibaba Group Helps SMEs Deal with Economic Impact From Coronavirus Outbreak

The Alibaba Group unveiled measures to help small and medium-sized enterprises in China affected by the coronavirus outbreak. In an open letter, the group emphasized the importance of containing the outbreak, while also ensuring the continuation of economic development and the survival of enterprises. Alibaba had already established two task forces to support SMEs during […]

Alibaba Rakes in More Than $38B on Singles’ Day

Singles Day 11.11

Chinese eCommerce giant Alibaba racked up $38.4 billion in total sales on Monday’s Singles Day, beating last year’s $30.5 billion. As the company started live-streaming products of different brands, the numbers went up fast and hit $1 billion after one minute and eight seconds, and then $22.6 billion in the first nine hours. According to […]

Alibaba Ends Sales of E-cigarettes in the US

Alibaba bans vape products

E-cigarette users will have to scout around for a new supplier to replace Alibaba, which has decided to cease selling e-cigarettes in the country. The Chinese eCommerce giant announced last week that listings for vape pens, box mod, herbal vaporizers, heat-not-burn cigarettes, and empty cartridges or pods will no longer be displayed to Alibaba’s customers […]

Alibaba expands membership perks for its 88VIP loyalty program

Alibaba Group 88VIP Loyalty Program

With hundreds of new brands participating, Alibaba Group said it would bring a more extensive selection of perks and privileges to members of its paid customer-loyalty program, 88VIP. During an exclusive concert for 88VIP members in Shanghai last week, Alibaba announced expanded year-round discounts to cover 388 brands. The participating brands range from Sennheiser and […]

Alibaba opens up its B2B platform to US businesses

Alibaba Group Corporate Campus Xixi Hangzhou China

The Alibaba Group is opening its platform to manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors in the US to help them access the $23.9 trillion global B2B ecommerce market. Previously, US small- and medium-sized businesses could only source goods on from China. That newly opened channel, along with a new network of industry partners and a […]

Alibaba Group will turn 11.11 Gala this year into a global event

Alibaba Group 11.11 Kick Off 2019

Over the last decade Alibaba Group has built the annual 11.11 shopping festival into the largest shopping event of the year. Last year’s gross merchandise volume, which reached $30.8 billion, outstripped the online revenues of US retail’s biggest shopping holiday – from Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday to Cyber Monday – combined. Expanded 11.11 Countdown […]

Western brands major winners in Alibaba Group’s 6.18 mid-year shopping festival

Over 200,000 brands took part in the 2019 edition of the Alibaba Group’s mid-year 6.18 Shopping Festival The shopping festival generated over 420 million orders, including from many secondary markets in China and international markets. Western brands did very well with live streaming promotions, including Nestle which introduced a new fruit-flavor coffee and sold 44,000 […]

Alibaba and Kabbage collaborate to help small businesses grow

Kabbage, the global financial services, technology and data platform serving small businesses, now powers the Pay Later program offered to US buyers on, Alibaba Group’s online platform for global B2B trade. Pay Later allows millions of US small businesses on to obtain up to $150,000 of financing for their orders. Pay Later improves cash […]