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

Source; Alibaba Group
  • 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 packs in two hours.

Alibaba Group sets a record with 6.18 Shopping Festival

Alibaba Group’s Taobao and Tmall shattered multiple records during this year’s “6.18 Mid-Year Shopping Festival,” fueled by a rising demand from consumers in less-developed cities for quality products.

This 6.18 was the most-inclusive ever, with over 200,000 brands taking part.

Innovative marketing campaigns and tools provided by Alibaba’s core platforms during the 18-day campaign helped over 110 brands each generate gross merchandise volume exceeding RMB100 million.

Flash sales channel, Juhuasuan, which aids brands in attracting new customers via discounts, added over 300 million new consumers.

Over 180 products topped RMB10 million in sales, and 4,700 products achieved sales of over RMB1 million. It was a record-breaking number for brands’ participation in Juhuasuan.

Popular among brands of all sizes, Taobao livestreaming helped generated GMV of more than RMB13 billion.

“The results of the ‘6.18 Mid-Year Shopping Festival’ are encouraging. It has proven to be a celebration that can match the enthusiasm and scale of the ‘11.11 Global Shopping Festival.’ More than 100 brands achieved a new sales record that surpassed the result from last year’s 11.11.”

Jiang Fan, president of Taobao and Tmall

Less-developed regions: New emerging growth engine

With an increase in discretionary income, consumers in China’s less-developed areas are quickly becoming a crucial driver of China’s solid consumption.

These consumers were a main engine powering this year’s 6.18 Shopping Festival. According to Tmall, 48% of the newly launched products on the platform during the event were purchased by customers outside first- and second-tier cities.

Demands and preferences from lower-tier city consumers were diverse, ranging from high-end electric products from Apple to imported fruits, such as durian from Malaysia, and daily necessities, including socks and toothbrushes.

Tmall’s Luxury Pavilion sales more than doubled from last year, boosted by customers in emerging cities and shoppers born after 1995. Premier brands hit better-than-expected results. Sales of Versace jumped 20 times compared with last year.

Sales generated from consumers in third- and fourth-tiers cities on cross-border trade platform Tmall Global increased by 153% from a year before. The top five countries on Tmall Global were Japan, the US, South Korea, Australia and Germany.

Cities outside the first- and second-tier were among top-10 growth cities in this year’s 6.18 Mid-Year Shopping Festival.

Top-tier cities continued to register strong sales. The overall top-10 cities in terms of GMV were Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Suzhou, Wuhan and Nanjing.

Powered by Cainaio, Alibaba’s logistics arm, customers in 354 cities in China were able to enjoy same-day delivery during this year’s 6.18 Mid-Year Shopping Festival.

Innovative marketing to widen touch points

During this year’s 6.18 Mid-Year Shopping Festival, Taobao and Tmall leveraged a suite of Alibaba technologies to help brands and merchants increase and deepen the engagement with consumers across the country.

Merchants from a wide variety of product categories, ranging from apparel and cosmetics, to consumer electronics and food, used Taobao livestreaming as an effective channel for consumer engagement.

Compared to 2018, the number of live-streaming sessions hosted by brands increased by more than 120%. Some of the brands debuting with live-streams included Puma, Decathlon, Crocs and Casio.

Alibaba’s dedicated market research arm, Tmall Innovation Center, also used data intelligence to help brands curate and develop new products that best appeal to Chinese consumers.

During the shopping event, Nestle introduced a new fruit-flavor coffee, which sold 44,000 packs in two hours.

This year, Taobao’s Daily Deals, a channel which allows consumers to order customized products straight from the manufacturers, generated over 420 million orders.

With Alibaba’s proven big data and IoT technology, Daily Deals has effectively digitized and upgraded the manufacturing industry by initiating a direct manufacturer-to-consumer model.

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