Alibaba News

By Jim Erickson | Jul 14, 2014 | 12:19

Warehouses, essential though they may be to the global supply chain, are dull.  Even when they are outfitted with a robot army, it’s hard to get worked up over a minimalist shelter where boxes of...

By Melanie Lee | Jul 8, 2014 | 11:52

As the world’s largest Web and smartphone market, China has become a hotbed for mobile commerce. More than 140 million Chinese are using mobile devices to purchase goods and services, and with demand...

By Jim Erickson | Jun 12, 2014 | 2:29

Alibaba Group’s launch of U.S. shopping website 11 Main is being heralded in the media as a Chinese challenge to America’s top online marketplaces Amazon and eBay. But aside from the fact that 11...

By Jim Erickson | May 28, 2014 | 14:47

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group plans to invest S$312.5 million (about $250 million) in Singapore’s publicly-traded mail carrier as part of a “strategic cooperation” aimed at improving the...

By Melanie Lee | Apr 17, 2014 | 13:21

A few years ago, the mention of the term “O2O” elicited head-scratching stares from most of China’s half a billion Internet users. But today, these three characters are seen everywhere in big Chinese...

By Melanie Lee | Mar 11, 2014 | 14:37

Last year, the business gurus at O.D.M. Design & Marketing, a Hong Kong watch company, noticed that sales data from their Tmall.com store revealed an interesting trend. Their brightly colored,...