Introduction of Alibaba.com
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Alibaba.com is an online business-to-business trading platform for small businesses. The company was founded by Jack Ma and 17 other people in 1999, and now day is the flagship company of Alibaba Group. It claims it had more than 79 million registered users in more than 240 countries and regions as of March 31, 2012.
Alibaba.com has three major business-to-business (B2B) marketplaces. The company’s English language international marketplace (www.alibaba.com) serves to bring together importers and exporters from more than 240 countries and regions. The China marketplace (www.1688.com) is developed for domestic business-to-business trade in China. In addition, Alibaba.com offers a transaction-based wholesale platform, AliExpress (www.aliexpress.com), which serves smaller buyers seeking fast shipment of small quantities of goods. Only Chinese can sell in Aliexpress, not involved in other countries. Launched in April 2010, AliExpress provides an escrow service and supports payments through Visa, MasterCard or bank transfer. Formerly customers could also use PayPal, but PayPal terminated its partnership with the platform in 2011. Alibaba.com also offers a range of business management software, Internet infrastructure services and export-related services, and provides educational services to incubate enterprise management and e-commerce professionals. Alibaba.com has offices in more than 70 cities across China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In July 2010, Alibaba.com bought U.S. e-commerce site Vendio Services Inc., making its first major U.S. acquisition. In August 2010, Alibaba.com also acquired Active, the leading third-party developer of tools for eBay sellers, to strengthen its position as a go-to supply source for U.S. e commerce entrepreneurs. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.Alibaba.com reported a net...