Launched in 2014, the purpose of Tmall Global was to make it easier for merchants outside China to get their goods to the burgeoning ecommerce shopping population in China.
US Retailer Kroger set to launch on Alibaba
Kroger generated $122.7 billion in sales last year and was the world’s third-largest retailer in terms of revenue, in the US only Walmart sell more.
This is a significant win for Alibaba Tmall Global as Kroger currently don’t appear to sell outside the US. Having a US domestic retailer pick China as it’s first major international sales expansion speaks volumes for the importance of Alibaba and the potential for the market for retailers that get it right.
The Tmall store will first offer Alibaba’s half-billion Chinese consumers items from its Simple Truth natural and organic brand. Since introducing Simple Truth five years ago, it has become the second-largest brand sold in Kroger stores. Sales have totaled over $2 billion in 2018, also making it the largest natural and organic brand in the US.
“Ecommerce enables Kroger to quickly scale to reach new customers and markets where we don’t operate physical stores, starting with China. We anticipate Chinese consumers will love our brands – starting with Simple Truth products – just like our American customers do. Kroger is proud to continue to lead the way in making natural, organic and free-from products more mainstream and accessible. Sharing Kroger’s exclusive brands and status as a food authority the world over is exciting.”
– Yael Cosset, chief digital officer, Kroger
Alibaba’s Tmall platform is China’s largest B2C marketplace for both Chinese and international brands and retailers, providing a premium shopping experience for China’s consumers. Launched in 2014, Tmall Global is Tmall’s dedicated channel for cross-border e-commerce. It is one of the largest and most-comprehensive, cross-border B2C online marketplaces, and allows brands and retailers without operations in China to build virtual storefronts and ship products into China.
“We are very pleased to be working with Kroger to bring their Simple Truth products to the Chinese market through our Tmall Global platform. We are always looking to deepen collaboration with our brand partners to create more value for them and we look forward to a fruitful relationship with Kroger.”
– Alibaba spokesperson