Alibaba to Buy Stake in Chinese Retailer Suning

August 17, 2015

Alibaba, China's eCommerce giant, will be buying a 20% stake in electronics retailer Suning, according to a recent New York Times article. Alibaba will pay about $4.6 billion dollars for the company stake.


Suning is a Chinese retailer that sells consumer electronics and has been overpowered by online competition in recent years.

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Daniel Zhang, Alibaba's chief executive, says they will use Suning's retail outlets to sell groceries and other items that Chinese consumers can access immediately, which is outside Suning's core offerings.


According to the article, "Alibaba said the move was another step toward securing its distribution network across China."


Alibaba's extreme growth has outpaced the China's delivery infrastructure system. The move to purchase stake of Suning was a strategic move to have access to Suning's sophisticated logistical operations that stretch across China.


Alibaba's competitors, Tencent and Baidu, have also promised similar investments plans.


To read the entire New York Times article, see: Alibaba to Buy 20% Stake in Electronics Retailer Suning

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Jade is a native Chinese speaker from Guangdong, China. She has a degree in English (Advanced Translation and Interpreting) from the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. Her experience includes providing Chinese translations and consecutive interpretations for global clients and events in the fields of travel, hospitality, finance and investments. She has served as a journalist/writer for Media Most Publishing, a banking relationship manager at RAK Bank and has completed freelance content work for Dubai Tourism and Conde Nast Traveller. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, short excursions to other Emirates, swimming, watching movies and playing table tennis.