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.
Everlane embrace ethical retailing on Tmall
An American clothing retailer, Everlane have launched their store on Tmall in their efforts to champion sustainable practices and “radical transparency” on Alibaba’s marketplace, revealing the costs behind each product – from materials and labour to transport and duties – and offering it to consumers at a price below the traditional retail markup.
The Tmall Global store will offer Chinese consumers access to Everlane’s newest products, including womenswear, menswear, shoes and accessories. It is the San Francisco-based label’s first sales channel in China, apart from their own site.
When shoppers look at the Tmall Global product page for Everlane’s Day Market Tote, for example, they will see the leather bag costs about RMB 807 (US$112.9) to make and is sold at RMB 1,514 – nearly half the traditional market price, according to the retailer.
“As the consumer demand for ethical clothing and sustainable products grows, we believe Everlane will welcome a new era of shopping on the platform. Everlane has pioneered the idea of radical transparency in their supply chain by showing their costs and factories, and we look forward to partnering with them closely to bring their products and stories to Chinese consumers.”
– Yi Qian, deputy general manager, Tmall Global.
The mission-driven clothing label have built a growing following among consumers, including celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson. Launched in 2011, Everlane ship to 113 countries and operate three brick-and-mortar stores in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.
“China is one of the most thoughtful and sophisticated consumer markets in the world. The Chinese consumer cares about beautiful quality at a great price and cares about the planet and their impact on the world. We want to help support their vision and offer beautiful basics that are also ethically made. We’re excited to partner with Tmall to make this happen and to create an experience that connects with millions of customers and meets them where they are.”
– Michael Preysman, founder and chief executive officer, Everlane.
According to a March report from Analysys, the Chinese market-research firm expects China’s e-commerce import market to reach RMB 408.75 billion in sales this year, up 7.2% from the previous year, and forecasts that number would rise to RMB 494.37 billion by 2021.
Chinese consumers in search of high-quality products from international brands are driving the trend, encouraging companies of all sizes, such as Australian retailer Chemist Warehouse, Canadian baby brand Lulujo, California-based organic soap maker Dr. Bronner and even Rwandan coffee vendors, to expand their operations to China to capture the country’s burgeoning demand for imported goods.
Currently, Tmall Global hosts more than 20,000 brands in over 4,000 categories from 77 countries and regions. It said it plans to double the number of brands on the platform in three years.