Alibaba targeted Southeast Asia in 2016, acquiring a controlling stake in the region’s leading e-commerce marketplace, Lazada Group.
Alibaba unveiled the Internet-connected OS’Car RX5 SUV, running on Alibaba’s operating system YunOS.
Alibaba’s UC Browser surpassed 400 million monthly active users globally, extending its lead over Apple’s Safari as the world’s second-most-popular mobile browser.
Alibaba hosted its first global philanthropy conference to improve China’s giving infrastructure. Executive Chairman Jack Ma addressed a VIP audience.
Jack Ma hosted several heads of state at Alibaba’s Hangzhou campus ahead of a Group of 20 meeting. The G20 endorsed his electronic world trade platform concept.
The Taobao Maker Festival in Shanghai focused on China’s young generation – the most-active group on the e-commerce platform.
Alibaba held its first-ever Investor Day in June.
Alibaba’s 9.9 Global Wine & Spirits Festival brought 100,000 international spirits from 50 countries to Chinese consumers on Tmall.com.
Alibaba Pictures partnered with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Pictures in a deal to co-produce and finance films for international and Chinese audiences.
The first class of the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy arrived in Hangzhou in a drive to internationalize the company’s workforce.
Over six million tuned in to Tmall’s eight-hour live-streamed fashion show. Viewers could order catwalk items in real-time from 80 participating brands.
Alibaba’s tech prowess was on display at the Yunqi Cloud Conference, which featured 40,000 participants from 400 tech companies.
In the run-up to 11.11, Alibaba launched Buy+, the world’s first end-to-end virtual reality shopping experience.
2016’s 11.11 mega-shopping festival set a record, with $17.8 billion in GMV, a rise of 32% vs 2015.