Alibaba Group news

20 July 2021
The retailer has launched a new store format in May, under the code name "NB Project". After two-month trial, it is now happy with the new format’s performance and ready to roll out. It is a self-pick-up model The new store banner is called Freshippo NB, where NB stands for Neighbourhood Business. The  orders are placed one day in advance via the Freshippo app for picking up after 8:00am th...
12 July 2021
Alibaba Group’s high-tech grocery chain Freshippo has unveiled plans to launch a next-generation distribution centre in early 2022. Designed to supercharge Freshippo’s retail model Aside from the typical warehousing, packaging and delivery services, the new facility will come complete with indoor holding facilities for live seafood, cold-storage rooms, food-processing equipment and a centra...
01 July 2021
China has concluded its mid-year ecommerce shopping festival, 6.18, the country’s second largest ecommerce shopping event, just second to Single’s Day (11.11). We have identified five key learnings from this year’s event, which are discussed below. 1. Overall sales +26.5%YoY, driven by buoyant consumer spending China data firm Syntun estimates that the GMV of this year’s 18-day event reache...
23 June 2021
Pride month is observed across many markets in Asia, although it is not as huge as the celebration in Europe and the Americas.  COVID-19 restrictions have hindered plans to have physical gatherings for Pride month, but the pandemic has not stopped some retailers in Asia to launch virtual campaigns for this occasion. Philippines: Alibaba-owned Lazada recognises the LGBTQIA+ stigma  Man...
21 June 2021
Following the launch of its first membership-only store in Shanghai last year, Alibaba has opened two more X stores this month. Using the Shanghai store as an example, we highlight several features that are unique to the banner. High-tech cross-border section The highlight of the store is its cross-border section, bringing a brand-new shopping experience to the customers. Its nicely deco...
08 June 2021
Alibaba’s cross-border online marketplace Tmall Global has announced the launch of the UK and Ireland edition of ‘Go Global 11.11 Pitch Fest’, a virtual event designed to help international brands grow their businesses globally. Starts accepting applications from 8 June in the UK and Ireland Following the success of Pitch Fest 2020 in the U.S., the programme will be opened up to British and...
19 May 2021
Alibaba has acquired a 5.5% stake in Masan Group’s The Crown X, which operates WinMart and WinMart+ (formerly known as VinMart). Crown X to partner with Alibaba Lazada With the partnership, the retailer will be able to build its digital capabilities and accelerate the offline to online market in Vietnam. It will also enable the company to establish Vietnam’s first tech-enabled ecosystem and...
14 May 2021
Alibaba Group announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended 31 March 31, 2021. Full-year 2020 revenue rose 41% to CNY717.3 bn (US$109.5 bn). The company also reached a milestone of over one billion annual active consumers. March quarter revenue up 64%YoY, but with an operating loss due to the anti-monopoly fine Revenue was CNY187.4 bn (US$28.6 bn), an increase of 64% YoY...
11 May 2021
The company has rolled out a new set of measures to benefit merchants and sellers on its online marketplaces, Tmall and Taobao, after record anti-trust fine .      Offering services free or at lower costs, supported by technological improvements Alibaba Group Chairman and CEO Daniel Zhang said that ongoing technological improvements and upgrades have enabled the company to expand its por...
04 May 2021
CEO of Alibaba’s Freshippo grocery retail chain, Hou Yi, has announced expansion plans to open 10 more Freshippo X Stores in 2021. The first store is profitable within two months of the store opening The first X Store, Alibaba’s membership-only wholesale store, opened in October last year in Shanghai. Hou Yi revealed that the store is making profit by end of 2020, merely two months from t...