New iPhone Apps Help Alibaba.com Users Take Care of E-business

A pair of new English-language smartphone apps are now available that can help Alibaba.com users manage their online trading activities while on the go.

The Alibaba.com iPhone App provides a mobile-friendly interface for Alibaba.com, the world's leading B2B marketplace, allowing users to easily conduct product searches, send buying inquiries, and even take product photos and upload them directly to their Alibaba.com storefronts.

It's free and available via the iTunes app store—as is another new iPhone app from Alibaba.com. This one's called AliBuyer, and it's designed for use at trade shows to manage information and reduce the risk of trade-show elbow from lugging around a swagbag of brochures and catalogs.

The AliBuyer app helps you organize and make comments on product and brochure photos; search and compare products found at the show with those listed on Alibaba.com; calculate rough profit margins including currency conversion; and store biz-card contact information.

The app is currently available only for iPhone but an Android version might be built if demand is there. Alibaba.com developers said the new apps reflect the increasing use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, in e-commerce.