Kroger partners with Alibaba to sell groceries online across China

CHINA - Kroger, an American retailing company, has made plans to sell products on Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba, the latest decision in a series of initiatives to bolster its digital business. According to CNBC, Kroger will open an online storefront on Alibaba's platform for international brands, Tmall Global, as its focus will include dietary supplements…

Starbucks to form a strategic retail partnership with Alibaba

CHINA - Starbucks Coffee Company, a multinational coffee company, and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., a Chinese multinational e-commerce company, have announced a strategic “New Retail” partnership to expand market service. According to Starbucks, the partnership will enable a seamless Starbucks Experience and transform the coffee industry in China. Starbucks announced plans to pilot delivery services…

Alibaba leads $300 million funding for Indian online grocer Bigbasket

INDIA - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd led a $300 million investment into India’s biggest online grocer Bigbasket, signalling that the region’s segment is firing up. Hari Menon, Bigbasket’s co-founder and chief executive officer, said the investment values the company at $950 million—just $50 million under the $1 billion valuation that would have earned it tech…

Fonterra partners with Alibaba to launch milk products in China

NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand’s leading dairy Fonterra, has launched a new fresh milk product in China in partnership with Alibaba’s retail arm Hema Fresh as it plans to rapidly expand with the retailer across China. According to the company, the new product Daily Fresh will be sourced from Fonterra’s farm hub in Hebei province…

Alibaba gets CCI approval to invest in India’s BigBasket

INDIA - Chinese e-commerce major Alibaba has got approval of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for investing in Indian online grocery platform, BigBasket. The move comes within a month of Alibaba seeking CCI’s nod for the same. According to a CCI notice, Alibaba Singapore – a subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding – had proposed the acquisition and…