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Beijing top leaders reassure policies to boost domestic growth by ramping up public spending and cutting taxes after their 3-day meeting in the capital city – the Central Economic Work Conference, which is held annually at year-end to adjust policy for the coming year.

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Photo courtesty of China.com

Economic data released this week showed further risks to the economy.

  • The Producer Price Index (PPI) fell to 2 percent in November, down from 6.6 percent in October, the slowest pace ever since May 2006.
  • The Consumer Price Index (CPI), the barometer for gauging inflation, eased to 2.4 percent last month, down form 4 percent in October
  • Exports in November slid 2.2 percent year-on-year, the first monthly decline since June 2001. It’s down from 19.2 percent growth in October.
  • Foreign direct investment in to China last month reached US$5.32 billion, the least ever since October 2007

China is targeting around an 8 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate for 2009 to ensure sufficient employment and safeguard social stability despite the challenges.

China has cut its lending rate four times since mid-September, with the latest reduction of 1.08 percentage points, and unveiled a 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) stimulus package to avert an economic slump.

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Would it be difficult to understand what Alibaba.com (HKSE 1688) can do for you as a supplier? To those who are new to the China eCommerce platform,  they probably have to scratch their heads a few times, make a few circles and clicks before reaching their needs. Aliuser found the internet company has revamped its seller channel – an entry point to get access to a host of major tools for China or overseas suppliers doing business in the etrading platform:

 

Seller Channel Top Banners

Seller Channel Top Banners

 

  • Yearn for promoting products online: Capturing Aliuser’s attention is its big banner at the top whereby suppliers can Get a free company website to promote their products online. Suppliers also can get fast access to its mail box through the Message Center (My Alibaba)“, checking their leads from buyers as soon as they have registered as Alibaba members.

 

Selling Tools

Seller Channel: Selling Tools

 

  • Want to speed up selling process: As a supplier, many of us would like to know what tools can help speed up our selling process. The Selling Tools are fully displayed for quick access. Tools include Display Products, Trade Manager and Join SuperDeals etc 

 

Browse Buying Leads by Category

Seller Channel: Browse Buying Leads by Category

 

  • Need to check out what buyers’ needs: The seller channel allows suppliers to do this by –
  1. Browse Buying Leads by Category
  2. Check the most updated Buying Leads and the most urgently Buying Leads

 

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Jiangsu.alibaba.com

 

In an effort to boost trading activities in Jiangsu province, Alibaba ( HKSE 1688) rolls out a vertical ecommerce platform in the neighboring area.

The vertical, which is entirely targeted on trade in Jiangsu, covers a range of services in ” Featured Products in Jiangsu”, “Trade in Jiangsu (latest selling leads)”, “Trade in Jiangsu (latest buying leads)”, “Trading Partners in Jiangsu”. 

Unconfirmed report revealed that about 8% of SMEs in Jiangsu neighoring area has closed down due to the financial tsunami.

Leveraging on Alibaba.com search capability, users will be taken back to Alibaba search listing pages in the event of inputing keywords. Aliuser however, found it uncomfortable with the uncontrollable pop-up windows, which are very annoying.

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Alibaba Winport project
Alibaba Winport project

 

Alibaba.com 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 cnstock.com.

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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Hundreds of thousands suppliers and buyers are expected to turn out in the the 104th session of the China Import & Export Fair (Canton Fair). Alibaba debuts the “104th Canton Fair trade show” information today with highlight on new featured products.

 

104th Canton Fair

Alibaba new featured products in the 104th Canton Fair

 

Despite the outbreak of economic turmoil in the last couple of weeks and the wear-off of the hype and joyous feelings from the Olympics Game, international buyers and suppliers explored the opportunities to do business again.

The 104th session of the Canton Fair has split two phases into three. It is now held from October 15 to November 6, 2008.

  • Phase1: October 15th – 19th, 2008
  • Phase2: October 24th – 28th, 2008
  • Phase3: November 2nd – 6th, 2008

Venue: China Import and Export Fair Complex (No. 380, Yuejiang Zhong Road, Guangzhou, China)

 

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104th-canton fair-shopping

 

Another change to be introduced in this session is the use of a new IC card entry badge system for buyers and exhibitors. Previously used E-Pass cards will be replaced by the new IC cards which will be available on site or mailed in advance by Canton Fair organizers.

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