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Alibaba.com (HKSE 1688) takes a few steps to make the Business to Business website more accessible and usable by developing a set of entry points with different foreign languages other than English, Chinese and Japanese.

Aliuser manages to find the China internet company in Google both in Spanish and German versions. The exercise is expected to help users who are not English-native speakers click on the products and services displayed on the website.

German Alibaba

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German language Alibaba.com

German language Alibaba.com

 

Spanish Alibaba

Spanish Language Alibaba.com

Spanish Language Alibaba.com

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Online Shopping in China recorded a total turnover of RMB16.2 billion in the first half of 2008, according to China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

Below is  a handful of interesting information:

Which websites are on the top list? 

  1. Taobao.com: 81.5%
  2. Dangdang.com:16.6%
  3. Joyo.com: 13.6%
  4. eBayTOM: 8.4%
  5. Paipai.com:7.2%

Who are shopping online? 

  1. Male: RMB 8.4 billion
  2. Female: RMB:7.8 billion
  3. Out of the the above total amount, students’s spending hit the benchmark of RMB 3.1 billion

Which parts of China are covered in the survey?

Harbin, Changchun, Shenyang, Dalian, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Xiamen, Jinan, Qingdao, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Xi’an.

Although Taobao.com, owned by Alibaba group,  reached top on the frontline of C2C with 91% of users recognizing its brand, Joyo.com (卓越亚马逊)  came to the spotlight by occupying the first place in the field of B2C, reaching 61.4%.

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Users can expect more selling and buying tools from Taobao.com following the China-based company open up its API development platform to the public. Owned by Alibaba group, Taobao revealed the plan with Alisoft, the group’s software development arm.

Tabao Open Platform 淘宝开放平台
Taobao Open Platform 淘宝开放平台

Titled “Taobao Open Platform (TOP)” , the C2C platform will allow third-party developers to build application interface of their own. Taobao encourages them to focus on 12 different business applications. These include:

  • sellers marketing platform  (卖方营销平台)
  • visual presentations inventory and management (视觉产品储空间和系统)
  • items management (宝贝管理)
  • product inventory management (存货管理)
  • CRM, analytics tools (数据分析和CRM服务)
  • mobile applications (移动应用及新媒体终端应用 )
  • buyers’ browsing tools (买方浏览工)
  • overseas market (海外市场)
  • logistic services (物流管理平台)
  • financial and loan services (金融贷款服务)
  • auction and pricing system (卖方拍卖及报价系统 )

Facebook and Yahoo made the same move earlier to speed up their market shares and development by capitalizing external parties’ creativity and productivity.

 

 

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With Baidu launching its IM tool on June 5, Alibaba group and Taobao.com may face another serious challenger in consumer-to-consumer (C2C) market in the near future.

The challenge remains to be seen since the C2C marketplace is till towered over by Taobao.com (81.5%) for the first half of 2008, according to China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) latest release of online shopping statistics.

Dangdang.com comes into the second place with 16.6% market share, Amazon China subsidiary Joyo, 14.6%, Tom Online and eBay’s Eachnet, 8.4%, Tencent’s Paipai.com 7.2%.

Taobao.com currently has an IM tool – Ali Wan Wan to share with Alibaba group.

Ali Wan Wan

Baidu, which now dominates the Chinese search landscape with a 60 percent market share, served 3.3 billion searches in the global arena. It’s estimated that there are over 510 million users in Asia. But more to the point here, China has become the fastest growing internet country with the largest internet users base.

Baidu IM tool — Baidu Hi has recorded 200,000 downloads ever since its release. In the meantime, Alibaba group should not under estimate Hong Kong-listed Tencent (007.HK), which is posied to be one of the few major competitors due to its exponent growth in China consumer market.

 

 

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