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With the world’s leaders unprecedently joining hand-in-hand to push forward bailout plans to save financial institutions and cutting short-term interest rates to increase liquidity in the banking sectors worldwide, Aliuser should warn everybody that we are facing a potentially severe recession in the foreseeable future.  

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

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The coordinated efforts, which involved the Fed, the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and others, came along with the People’s Bank of China’s decision to cut its key rate 0.27 percentage point yesterday to stop the snowballing effect of the widening global financial crisis. 

In the middle of economic meltdown, buyers and sellers would stay sideline, refraining themselves from spending money on off-line marketing program or attending trade shows.

There is an article “6 reasons you should invest in internet marketing during the recession” from Hubspot about this and suggests users shifting their gears to Internet marketing.

Certainly there’s no one-glove-fits-all solution, suppliers however can explore the opportunity of International TrustPass program offered by Ltd (1688.HK)  to maximize exposure to Buyers, looking for sales leads.

The key benefits covered in the program include:

  • Unlimited access to buying leads
  • Priority listing in buyer searches for both products and selling leads
  • Third-party Authentication & Verification

For more details, you can visit TrustPass Membership.


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Alibaba Winport project
Alibaba Winport project Ltd (1688.HK) announced on 6th October that it will offer one year of free “Winport” service  旺铺 to Home Inns -如家快捷 (Nasdaq: HMIN) members, according to a report from

The e-commerce product , which worth RMB 980, will be given to small- and medium-sized (SME) enterprises applying for membership at all Home Inns locations. Forty percent of Home Inns’ more than 1 million members are SME clients, reports by the stocks and investment portal.

Aliuser has come up with the fact that, as of June 30 2008, Home Inns operated a total of 366 hotels in 79 different cities across China and have covered 98 cities including hotels contracted.

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Please send your donations for Sichuan Earthquake Disaster direct to the Red Cross Society or see more details in our previous post.

News that Alibaba China will launch a new product – “China TrustPass for Individuals” has left many a bit puzzled.

How can it be helpful to Chinese suppliers? An official announcement from CEO of David Wei gave us some ideas. Mr Wei said  individual TrustPass members would be able to use the product at a cost of RMB2,300 per year. Corporate clients currently pay RMB2,800 for the service. 

Eligible individual members of China TrustPasshowever should 

  • Pass a third-party authenication by providing bank information and identity card 
  • Suject to Alibaba China online trust rating system

For more details,  you can refer to its press release

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Web sites in Black

Today begins three days of national mourning for earthquake victims. So far, there are more than 300,00 victims and the search for survivors still goes on.

Alibaba group of companies – Alibaba ChinaYahoo ChinaTaobao, Alisoft, Alimama, along with other China major websites such as Sina and eBay China etc, turn their homepages to black to pay respect to the victims.

Hong Kong will lower flags at half staff from today. The official death toll stands at nearly 32,500 from the original quake – which was revised upwards to 8.0 on the Richter scale – that rattled Sichuan province.

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Rumor surrounding Alibaba‘s 8-year strategic plan stifled yesterday when the B2B China website officially disclosed her “Winport” project on April 11. 

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The “Winport” project, dubbed “Winport 旺铺” in its Chinese promotion, was made known to the public ever since it began drumming up massive efforts to invite 6,188 suppliers for its first trial early March. Alibaba China grants the first batch of users a 30-day access right to try out the new product.

According to its online promotion, one of the selling points of the project is that the paricipating suppliers will get their own domain names, they are no longer using a sub-domain for their stores. In other words, they can set up  “www.”, an URL named after their unique store name. The package also comes with a few tools which enable them to 

  • manage their store fronts
  • analyse web traffic
  • set up mail box

It may be fun to see how flashy the online promotion it is, yet getting access to its information page needs patience and a pair of careful eyes to find the right button to click! 

Alibaba Winport entry point

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