The government of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province signed a strategic cooperation agreement Wednesday with Chinese e-commerce giants, including JD.com and Alibaba’s Tmall. According to the agreement, the e-commerce companies will strengthen logistics services in the prefecture’s villages, help local companies open online stores and expand the sales market for Ganzi’s distinctive agricultural products…Full Article: Xinhua Jan 2018

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  • Bordering Tibet and Yunnan Province, Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is located in western Sichuan Province. Tibetans comprise approximately 81% of its population.

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  • In June 2017, during the Gateway business conference in Detroit, Alibaba Group (Tmall) signed Memorandum of Understanding agreements with USA’s Driscoll’s (strawberries) and Chicken of the Sea International (canned seafood).
  • In May 2017, Alibaba Group signed a MoU agreement with Argentina in Buenos Aires. As a result of the MoU, Argentinian agriculture goods may be distributed/marketed via Alibaba’s Tmall.
  • In March 2017, Germany’s ALDI supermarket chain announced it was partnering with Alibaba’s Tmall Global. ALDI Australia, a low-priced bulk distributor, will likely focus on selling wine, snacks, and breakfast products in China.
  • In September 2016, Alibaba Group’s Tmall launched an online store to promote Australian wine. The new wine online store on Tmall.com will be managed by China’s Vinehoo.com.
  • In June 2016, New Zealand’s Fonterra announced they would sell their “Tip Top” brand of ice cream on Tmall.com.
  • In April 2016, Alibaba’s Jack Ma announced the launch Tmall’s September 9 Wine Festival. The date was chosen because, in Chinese, the number nine sounds like “jiu,” which (depending on the tonal pronunciation) also means wine or alcohol.
  • In January 2016, Australia’s Blackmores and Bega Cheese JV launched three infant formula products for sale in Australia (store shelves) and China (Tmall.com).
  • In September 2015, German hypermarket retailer Metro Group announced it would open an online store on Tmall.com to sell a variety of goods including dairy products, canned food, chocolate, and coffee.
  • Launched in 2008 and owned by Alibaba Group, Tmall.com was spun off from Taobao.

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