Alibaba Group news

16 May 2019
Alibaba Group announced financial results for the quarter ended 31 st March 2019. Strong performance with growing user base The group reported strong performance for the quarter. Daniel Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group commented that “ Alibaba is becoming synonymous with everyday consumption in China, growing our base to 654 million annual active consumers and extending our ...
10 May 2019
Alibaba and Bailian Group are planning to open 500 Ego convenience stores in China this year. New Retail convenience stores The first store, which has opened in Shanghai, operates around 500 sq m and has six key areas: coffee, bakery, foodservice, fresh, grocery retail and leisure/dining. About two-thirds of the store area is dedicated to fresh or foodservice, including coffee, bakery an...
01 April 2019
The Japan External Trade Organisation is offering small to medium-sized domestic retailers free access to global ecommerce platforms to help them sell products in 18 markets abroad. Supporting smaller retailers grow online The initiative is expected to increase trade for local businesses, maximising the global popularity of Japanese products around the world. Twenty four ecommerce operators...
27 March 2019
As an important move to capitalise on China’s massive tourism market and offer Chinese travellers a holistic travel experience, Alibaba is launching a new shopping platform called Fliggy Buy. An innovative new service The service allows Chinese travellers to choose from a range of products, including cosmetics, suitcases, bags and alcohol, prior to their international travel. They can then ...
25 March 2019
Alibaba has outlined two initiatives to bring US$200bn worth of international products into China over the next five years. Offering new opportunities for suppliers from around the world One of Alibaba's core missions is to make it easy to do business anywhere. In China, it looks to help different businesses enter the market and trade successfully. One route to market for suppliers is Tmall...
11 March 2019
Following on from the announcement of its results, Sun Art has said its chief executive, Ludovic Holinier had resigned from his role. The retailer said Holinier will be replaced by Ming-Tuan Huang. Huang to sustain recent strategy At the moment, Huang is chairman of RT-Mart and is responsible for the overall strategic planning and management of the Group. He has also been CEO of RT-Mart Lim...
06 March 2019
China’s major hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group Ltd, set up by Auchan and Ruentex and backed up by Alibaba, reported a 7.3% fall in 2018 profit. Missing market expectations The retailer reported its net profit fell to RMB2.59bn (US$386m) from RMB2.79bn (US$386m). This was below the expected RMB2.70bn. Turnover fell by 2.9% to RMB99.36bn and same-store sales fell 1.72% year-on-year. ...
15 February 2019
Ant Financial, an Alibaba subsidiary and the operator of AliPay, is acquiring a UK based money transfer company WorldFirst for more than £500m (US$640m). Global expansion This deal marks Ant's biggest Western expansion, boosting its global presence significantly. It would help Ant and AliPay to increase its  customer base globally to enhance cross-border money transfer capabilities of Alipa...
31 January 2019
Alibaba Group Holding Limited announced its financial results for the quarter ended 31 st December 2018. Growth driven by technology The company had another strong quarter. In the press release, Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba, commented that “ Our resilient operating and financial performance is a direct reflection of our persistent focus on better serving our growing base of nearly 700 mill...
31 January 2019
RedMart, an online grocery platform, was acquired by Lazada in 2016, but kept it as a separate business until now. It will be integrated into Lazada’s platform in March, allowing shoppers to buy both groceries and other products on Lazada in the same location. Shoppers will need to download Lazada app RedMart shoppers can continue using the existing app until 11:59pm on 14 th March, before...