Five major U.S. retailers who sell on Alibaba’s Tmall marketplace have reportedly run into headwinds when they refuse to sign exclusive agreements with the Chinese ecommerce giant. See what this dustup means for the parties involved, and how rival JD.com has been making hay over merchant issues with Alibaba.
Wayfair is taking on Amazon and Alibaba with its own one-day shopping event called Way Day, promising Black Friday-like deals on home furnishings, décor and home improvement items on April 25. Other perks of the day include free shipping on all orders. Here is what led to Wayfair’s launch of the event.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is investing $2.9 billion in China’s largest “hyper-market” or superstore company, Sun Art Retail Group, in a move there against Walmart and its partnership with Alibaba rival JD.com. This is yet another chapter in the growing “clicks-to-bricks” trend, including Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition.
Continuing to dwarf U.S. sales holidays and Prime Day, Alibaba’s Singles Day pulled in a record 168.2 billion yuan ($25.3 billion) in gross merchandise value (GMV) settled through the Alipay platform, up 39% from 120.7 billion yuan ($17.8 billion) in 2016. See what other staggering stats and figures came out of Singles Day.