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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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While many investors ask what will happen to the mainland after the Olympics, we will also ask what Alibaba will focus on after it has announced its interim result last week.

To a certain extent, the remarks made by Alibaba chief executive officer David Wei and the result itself were aimed at easing concerns over where and how the China largest B2B website will be heading to:

Going forward, we expect the robust growth of our China marketplace to continue. The recent launches of a series of new products and services including ‘Winport’, ‘China TrustPass for Individuals’ and ‘Export-to-China’ will further expand our China marketplace and we are encouraged by the positive response these initiatives have received so far

Our China marketplace accounted for 34.0% of total revenue in the reporting period and surpassed 36.1% in the second quarter of 2008, a significant increase when compared to a 27.2% contribution to total revenue in the first half of 2007. This shows the growing importance of the China marketplace to our overall business development.

In line with earlier slogan of “Back to Basic”, Mr Wei is steering his ship back, trying to capitalize on the foreseeable strong growth in China domestic market. (1688) reported earnings results for the second quarter and first half ended June 30, 2008.

It reported total revenue of RMB1,415.2 million in the first half of 2008, representing a 47.8% increase from the first half of 2007. The year-on-year growth was driven mainly by increases in the number of paying members of our combined marketplaces and in average spending per paying member of the China marketplace. (1688) had 368,006 paying members as of June 30, 2008, representing a 44.0% increase from the same period a year ago.


Interim Results 2008


Total Revenue

RMB 1415.2million

Revenue from China marketplace

RMB 481.6 million

Operating Profit

RMB 65.1 million

Net Income

RMB 697.2 million

Earning per share (EPS), basic and diluted

15.24 and 15.23 HK cents



Registered Users


Total no. of registered users on our marketplaces

32.5 million

No. registered users on international marketplace

5.6 million

No. registered users on China marketplace

26.9 million



Store Fronts


Total supplier storefronts on our marketplaces

3.7 million

Supplier storefronts on international marketplace


Supplier storefronts on China marketplace




Paying Members


Total no. of paying member


Gold Supplier


International Trust Pass





You can find a full report of the interim result here


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