SINGAPORE, Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — AliExpress order volume has increased by 60% year-over-year, according to the financial results announced by Alibaba Group Holding Limited (“Alibaba Group”) for the quarter ended December 31, 2023. This strong performance contributed to a 44% year-over-year growth in Alibaba International Digital Commerce Group’s revenue, exceeding market expectations for the sixth consecutive quarter.
Bringing Shopping to the Next Level
The catalyst behind this robust growth is AliExpress’ Choice, a premium service introduced in March 2023. Designed to redefine cross-border shopping, Choice offers customers exceptional value, a curated selection of high-quality products, logistics and superior customer service at every touchpoint.
Thanks to Choice, customers in a growing number of markets now enjoy perks including free shipping, assured on-time delivery and free returns. For example, products in the AliExpress Choice section are eligible for free shipping in the majority of applicable markets for purchases worth over US$10 or when any three selected items are bought. As of December 2023, over 20 markets, including Spain and France, enjoy free returns on all Choice products, and 23 markets, including Germany and Switzerland, are offered an on-time delivery guarantee.
Logistics remains a cornerstone of Choice‘s success, with AliExpress and logistics partner Cainiao extending their global five-day delivery coverage to include 10 markets in the quarter. The volume of orders eligible for this expedited service has seen a triple-digit increase from the previous quarter. In January 2024, nearly half of the AliExpress orders were placed through Choice, underscoring the service’s rapidly increasing customer adoption.
Fueling Diverse and Dynamic Growth
Beyond logistics enhancements, Choice has broadened AliExpress’ product offerings by providing sellers with a one-stop solution that seamlessly integrates sales operations, payment, logistics and warehousing, making it possible for them to concentrate on product innovation and manufacturing. This approach allows sellers to efficiently expand internationally, driving growth for both their own businesses and AliExpress. In anticipation of the Spring Festival, the Cainiao-AliExpress joint warehouse for Choice reported a six-fold growth of stock volume year-over-year, partly fueled by the broadened product selection enabled by the service.
Gary Topp, AliExpress European Commercial Director, expressed enthusiasm about Choice‘s impact: “The introduction of Choice represents a watershed moment for AliExpress. By delivering standout features like complimentary shipping, swift delivery and easy returns, we are cultivating stronger customer loyalty while solidifying our market presence. Looking ahead, we are dedicated to further refining the Choice offering and perpetually elevating the shopper experience.”
The introduction of Choice has been pivotal to the growth of AliExpress’ global footprint. In Spain, AliExpress claimed the title of the second most-visited e-commerce platform in December 2023, as per Club Ecommerce and EGI Group statistics. In the United States, Similarweb data indicates AliExpress’ monthly average visits soared to 24.2 million in 2023 – a 290% year-on-year spike, marking it as one of the nation’s fastest-growing e-commerce sites. Moreover, the number of monthly active AliExpress users in South Korea reached the 7 million mark last November, nearly doubling year-over-year, according to mobile analytics firm WiseApp.
Launched in 2010, AliExpress is a business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce platform enabling global consumers to buy directly from manufacturers and distributors in China and around the world. In addition to the global English-language version, the AliExpress platform is also available in 17 other languages. AliExpress is part of Alibaba International Digital Commerce Group.
Shanghai’s Lujiazui adds 5 global asset management institutions
SHANGHAI, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Five global asset management institutions, including Aspect Capital and Schroders Capital, have signed agreements to settle in Shanghai’s Lujiazui Financial City, said local authorities.
According to Xiao Jian, head of Lujiazui administration bureau under the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, Lujiazui Financial City has so far attracted more than 8,000 financial institutions.
Lujiazui has become an important cluster for global asset management institutions in China. It now boasts about 80 percent of foreign-funded asset management institutions, 40 percent of foreign-funded corporate banks, nearly one-third of public fund management companies, and nearly one quarter of insurance asset management institutions of the total in the country, Xiao said.
More than 80 world-renowned financial institutions from 13 countries have established over 120 foreign asset management institutions in Lujiazui.
“Lujiazui is an important gathering place and business expansion place for global asset management institutions in China. We are very honored to have the opportunity to join the Global Asset Management Partner Program. We also hope that through this signing, we can contribute to building Lujiazui into the core area of a global asset management center and accelerating Shanghai’s entry into the forefront of global asset management center cities,” Li You, Chief Compliance Officer of Aspect Capital (China) Limited.
“Shanghai has made a great stride in pushing for financial openness and attracting more global financial institutions and investors. The next step could be to take advantage the special status of Shanghai Free Trade Zone and Lingang special area to develop an off-shore financial system, adopting the most advanced financial business models and regulatory regimes,” said Yan Hong, professor of finance of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
LAMPRO International Distributor Summit: A Feast of Gathering and Future Prospect
-Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate–
HUIZHOU, China, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On March 2-3, right on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of LAMPRO, the International Distributor Summit was successfully concluded in Huizhou. With the theme of “Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate”, the summit attracted more than 200 partners from all over the world, sharing the industry trend and advanced leading technology. During the summit, LAMPRO held an appreciation award ceremony and signing ceremony as well for partners to co-build a partnership system and create a brighter future together.
At the summit, Sichuan opera performances, band shows, and other entertainment sessions created a warm and comfortable homey vibe, so that every guest fully enjoyed the process. One of our partners even took the initiative to sing on stage.
To share business opportunities with partners and demonstrate the vision of prosperous development, LAMPRO has elaborately planned the “Tree of Dreams” launching ceremony and the 20th-anniversary sand painting video. In the beginning, Chairman Tiger Lin thanked all partners for choosing Unilumin and LAMPRO, and he emphasized, “It is vital to choose the right brand and bind with it, which will help you become an outstanding leader locally.” Afterwards, Mr. Lawrence Liu, General Manager of LAMPRO, shared the development strategy of LAMPRO partner system. The project director introduced and demonstrated LMini and other major product series in details, which greatly boosted the confidence of global partners.
Furthermore, to thank partners for their support and seek mutual development, LAMPRO also held an awarding session, a signing ceremony, and a visiting journey to the Daya Bay intelligent manufacturing base on March 3, which demonstrated the industry-leading intelligent manufacturing capabilities of LAMPRO and high quality of products. LAMPRO sincerely expects to establish a closer cooperative relationship with global partners. Partners said that they gained valuable friendship and cooperation opportunities at the summit, and highly recognized the manufacturing strength and product capability of LAMPRO.
Meanwhile, elaborately arranged lucky draws pushed the atmosphere to a culmination, in which prizes included electronic equipment of well-known brands. At the end of the dinner party, LAMPRO prepared unique souvenirs, including the 20th-anniversary mascot of LAMPRO, hoping to leave an unforgettable impression on every guest.
Looking ahead, we expect to share greater joys of success with more partners in subsequent distributor summits, create a bright future and display a better world together.
Aptoide launches campaign for a truly open digital market with new DMA website
LISBON, Portugal, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Aptoide, the pioneer in global alternative Android app distribution, has launched a new campaign website, Leveling the game, including an Open Letter from the Aptoide founders, to demand full compliance from gatekeepers with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) and to urge regulators to take further action against anti-competitive practices by digital gatekeepers. Since 2011, Aptoide has been a vocal advocate for fair competition in the mobile app market, consistently challenging the market dominance of tech giants like Google.
With the March 2024 deadline for complete DMA compliance from gatekeepers set for this week, Aptoide sees this as a critical juncture for achieving true fairness in digital markets. However, the company also points out that significant obstacles remain, particularly with Apple’s recent DMA-related proposals, which include the introduction of a Core Technology Fee (CTF) and restrictive terms that limit developers’ access to alternative platforms.
“Aptoide has always advocated for a digital marketplace where innovation thrives and fairness reigns”, said Paulo Trezentos, Aptoide’s CEO and co-founder. “The DMA is a landmark step in that direction, but it’s clear that some tech gatekeepers are reluctant to let go of their stranglehold on the mobile industry. We must continue to push for reforms that will truly level the playing field”.
Aptoide argues that Apple’s proposed changes mostly serve to preserve its market dominance rather than to foster genuine competition, maintaining control by imposing disproportionate fees on alternative app stores and discouraging users from exploring non-Apple ecosystems through complex installation processes and misleading warnings.
Álvaro Pinto, co-founder and COO of Aptoide, added, “We’re at a crucial moment where the actions of regulators will determine the future of digital markets. Apple’s half-hearted reforms under the DMA are simply not enough. We need to ensure that the spirit of the DMA is not lost in loopholes and half-measures”.
In response to these challenges, Aptoide calls on EU authorities to hold Apple accountable and to demand that they:
- Eliminate or significantly reduce the CTF to reflect actual costs.
- Offer developers the freedom to choose between distribution models without restrictions.
- Simplify the app installation process for a better user experience.
- Apply the CTF fairly across all market participants.
- Remove misleading warnings about alternative payment systems.
- Ensure the confidentiality of data from competing marketplaces.
Aptoide believes that real competition can only emerge if the EU takes decisive action to enforce open market principles, leading to a digital marketplace that values fairness and innovation. And that the fight for an open digital marketplace is far from over and requires a united front. That’s why the company urges developers, consumers and regulators to join in demanding more from both Apple and Google.
Aptoide invites all stakeholders to visit their new DMA advocacy landing page, Leveling the game, to learn more about the ongoing struggle for an open digital world and to join the movement against the outdated monopolistic tactics of dominant gatekeepers.
Read the Aptoide Founders’ Open Letter about the DMA and what we need for real digital freedom here:
Aptoide is a game-changing app distribution and payment processing platform, with over 430 million users, 10 billion downloads and 1 million apps. Available on multiple channels including Android, Web, TV and automotive, Aptoide offers developers a trusted, experienced partnership with a deep understanding of all ecosystems.
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