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  • What's News? August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Taobao: rural customers are no. 1

    Taobao published its "Rural Retail Report" and the results are impressive. 2012 saw over 30 million rural residents shop on Taobao, spending over RMB 179 billion, nearly 90% more than 2011. The average rural resident spent more than RMB 5500, while those living in tier-one and two cities only averaged RMB 4700. E-commerce also proved more frequent in the countryside, with an average of 54 online "shopping trips" compared to only 39 for city residents. Tmall, the B2C arm of Alibaba's online empire, also reported that nearly 75% of brands polled reported larger average sales from rural customers than their urban peers. Source: iFeng

  • What's News? June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Alibaba and Baidu play nice

    E-commerce makes strange bedfellows? Alibaba and Baidu haven't always worked well together, but recent cooperation indicate an improving relationship. The e-commerce giant and China's favorite search engine found common ground with Baidu's decision to display Alibaba customer service hotlines for platforms like Taobao directly through Baidu's search results. In addition, Alibaba's Alipay customer service system will be available directly through other Baidu's applications. Source: PC Online

  • What's News? April 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Bird flu brings business

    Ten years after SARS, China again faces fears of epidemic. The difference? E-commerce. Just as heavy smog bumped sales of air purifiers in January, recent panic over H7N9 avian flu have meant business opportunities for traditional Chinese medicine and respiratory protection. Banlangen isatis root, a popular TCM cure for viral infections, is selling out after rumors the drug can help ward off H7N9. Sales of Banlangen on Taobao have doubled in the past week. Shanghai consumers bought the most Banlangen, followed by Jiangsu, Beijing, and Zhejiang. Face mask sales are also up on concerns that the virus spreads via the respiratory tract. Source: Zhejiang News

  • What's News? March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Taobao: 2 million users in HK, Taiwan

    Reports indicate that Taobao has attracted approximately 2 million users from Hong Kong and Taiwan. As of December 2012, the e-commerce giant has 600,000 users in Taiwan and another 1.4 million users in HK. Approximately 10,000 Taobao packages are delivered from mainland China to Taiwan every day; one fourth of Taiwan's online retailers purchase  from Taobao. Taobao plans to leverage experiences in Taiwan and HK to develop a business model for overseas markets. Source: China News Net

  • What's News? March 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Men spend for International Women’s Day

    According to Taobao data, over 1.7 million men shopped online for their significant others in the run-up to International Women’s Day, purchasing over 10,000 beauty salon coupons and 11,000 movie tickets. 53% of these men were 25-34 years old, with most located in southeastern metro areas. Shoppers started buying an average of 10 days before the actual holiday and spent RMB 61 million on female-use goods during this period.

    Source: Xinhua 

  • What's News? March 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

    WeChat, meet Taobao

    WeChat users can now use Taobao to search products inside Tencent's messaging application. Users can also jump to Taobao and Tmall to make orders, add goods as favorites and update their shopping cart. Industry experts see the move as the next step in the fight between Baidu and Taobao over product search. Alibaba maintains eTao for product search and recently unveiled comprehensive search through its Aliyun cloud computing division. Data shows that Taobao mobile users are already 150 million strong, accounting for a total turnover of RMB 50 billion in 2012. Source: eBrun

  • What's News? March 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Alipay line of credit for shoppers

    Alibaba Group will soon roll out a credit-line services for businesses and consumers on its e-commerce platforms. Qualified Alipay users will be approved for credit limits according to previous consumption records. Consumers can use Alipay credit as they would a credit card for shopping on Taobao and Tmall. Customers benefit from interest-free repayments for a 38-day period.

    Source: Sohu

  • What's News? February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

    B2C platforms: no salt allowed

    Taobao recently notified all stores that edible salt can no longer be sold on its platform. Taobao is not alone: edible salt was absent from digital store shelves on other e-commerce sites like 360 Buy and Dang Dang. In March 2011, Taobao salt sales spiked alongside physical retailers in wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. At the time, average Chinese believed salt would protect against harmful nuclear radiation. According to industry insiders, however, NDRC price controls are the real reason behind the ban.

    Source: IB Times

  • What's News? February 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Shanda games on Taobao

    Shanda will cooperate with Taobao to market online games. Shanda’s multiplayer game Planes of Telara will be the first title under the new cooperation. Taobao will launch the game on its own platform in early March, with public testers sold for RMB 1. Shanda and Taobao will share user account details to facilitate cross-platform functionality. Source: Tencent


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