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The first pilot orders of Alibaba’s blockchain-based food tracking service have launched from New Zealand. The orders are on their way to China to demonstrate the potential of blockchain technology to track the supply chain process of food products and ensure food authenticity. Alibaba Group, PwC, Blackmores and Australia Post

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Alibaba Group will acquire all outstanding shares that it does not already own in Ele.me, a leading online delivery and local services platform in China, in a transaction values Ele.me at US$9.5 billion. Alibaba and its affiliate Ant Small and Micro Financial Services Group currently own approximately 43 per cent

Rather than visiting a sales lot, shoppers in China can now select a car online and then pick it up from a vending machine to take it for a test drive. Alibaba’s Tmall has unveiled its “Super Test-Drive Center” in Guangzhou with over 100 Ford cars available for Chinese consumers

Alibaba Group announced that it will invest an additional US$2 billion in Lazada to accelerate the growth plans of Southeast Asia’s largest ecommerce platform and deepen its integration into the Alibaba ecosystem. Including this new capital for expansion, Alibaba will have invested a total of US$4 billion in Lazada, which

Premium Australian organic skincare brand Kora Organics has opened a store on Alibaba’s Tmall Global platform. The digital store was opened via a livestreaming event, broadcast from brand founder and international supermodel Miranda Kerr’s home in California. Kora Organics is officially entering China exclusively through Tmall Global, to reach a

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The CEO of ecommerce business Jessica’s Suitcase, Eva Zhang has been appointed CEO of eCargo. The ASX-listed business is based in China and provides ecommerce and marketing services to Australian retailers that want sell their products online in China. eCargo recently purchased a 45 per cent stake in Jessica’s Suitcase,

Australia is now the third largest importer into China on Alibaba’s Tmall platform, according to a new report from the internet giant. Trailing only Japan and the US, Australia displaced Germany for third spot in 2017 in terms of value of goods sold by international vendors. Tmall is the Alibaba-owned

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Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com is partnering with Australian beef exporter InterAgri to launch a blockchain-enabled traceability system aimed at providing greater transparency about the provenance of beef sold in China. InterAgri also plans to sells premium Pure Black Angus Beef sourced from Australian farmers to Chinese consumers via JD.com. The new

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After making investments in bricks and mortar department stores, supermarkets and electrical retailers, Alibaba is adding home improvement to its list of retail investments. The Chinese ecommerce giant has taken a 15 per cent stake in EasyHome, a Beijing-based home improvement supplies and furniture chain operator, for US$865 million (RMB5.45

Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com is opening its first Australian office in Melbourne later this month. Similar to Alibaba which opened an office in Melbourne 12 months ago, JD’s operations will focus on getting Australian businesses to list their products on its online marketplace. It’s an opportunity for local brands, franchisees