H&M opens on Tmall in spring 2018

H&M opens on Tmall, the world’s largest e-commerce platform, during spring 2018

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M opened its first store in mainland China 10 years ago. Today H&M group revenues in China amount to SEK 11 billion (approximately USD 1.3 billion) in more than 500 physical stores and online. The H&M group brand Monki has had a strong development in China since its launch on Tmall and the collaboration between the two groups is now being extended to include both the H&M brand and H&M Home. There are also far advanced discussions regarding the launch of the remaining brands in the H&M group on Tmall.

“As one of the world’s most innovative fashion companies, H&M is a perfect fit for Alibaba’s Tmall platform,” says Michael Evans, President of Alibaba Group. “We are honored to expand our cooperation with H&M and host their flagship store, enabling H&M brands to engage with our half a billion consumers.”

“We are very happy to be able to make H&M even more accessible in mainland China. Tmall is an important complement to our existing physical and digital stores. We see great potential for substantial future growth and Tmall will be an important part of this,” says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of the H&M group.

SOURCE: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

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Alibaba Group’s Tmall now carries Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids products

New Albany, Ohio, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) today (July 20, 2017 ) announced the launch of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids on Alibaba Group’s (NYSE:BABA) Tmall, China’s largest consumer platform for brands and retailers. Tmall has carried the Hollister brand since 2014 and starting on July 26, it will also include a full offering of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids products.

With 454 million annual active buyers across its China retail marketplaces, including Tmall, Alibaba Group is helping A&F meet the ever-growing and changing needs of Chinese consumers with a strategic omni-channel approach spanning online-to-offline. Additionally, with 75 percent of Alibaba Group’s users under the age of 35, and about 80 percent of its Gross Merchandise Value taking place on mobile, the demographics on Alibaba Group’s China retail marketplaces align well with the updated A&F brand’s target consumer in their twenties. Tmall enables brands to tap into its big data capability and innovative marketing tools such as live-streaming to provide consumers with a shopping experience that’s both deeply personalized and interactive.

A&F is focused on delivering both an engaging and seamless experience for its customers, whenever, wherever, and however they choose to shop.  A&F currently has ten physical stores in mainland China and a local site at abercrombie.cn. While stores remain an important gateway for the brand, Alibaba Group’s vast reach creates an opportunity to meet the needs of consumers’ shopping preferences, including those without access to a physical store. A&F and Tmall plan to explore providing additional omni-channel capabilities to the shoppers.

“Alibaba Group places a strong emphasis on consumer engagement, which aligns with our focus on creating a unique online brand experience for our customers, as well as facilitating a seamless and frictionless shopping experience. Building on our Hollister brand’s successful partnership with the leader in China’s online retail space, we are excited to bring our A&F brand experience to the broader Chinese market, beyond the reach of our physical stores through Tmall,” said Fran Horowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch Co

“We are excited to welcome Abercrombie & Fitch to the Tmall platform,” said Jessica Liu, President of Tmall Fashion, Alibaba Group. “Abercrombie is an iconic global brand that consumers, both on our platform and in China, have sought out for some time. We look forward to connecting our consumer base to the brand and working with Abercrombie & Fitch to further its international growth.”

About Abercrombie & Fitch
The Abercrombie & Fitch brand is the iconic global specialty retailer of high quality casual luxury apparel and accessories for men and women.  With an updated attitude that reflects the character, charisma and confidence of today’s 20+ consumer, Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125-year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style.

As of the end of Q1, Abercrombie & Fitch operates 278 stores in 20 countries. It is the namesake brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF).  The Company’s other brands include abercrombie kids and Hollister Co.

Media Contact:
Ian Bailey
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192
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Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877
Investor_Relations@anfcorp.com

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch

Alibaba: Tmall debuts new products from the biggest electronic brands during the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

Alibaba: Tmall debuts new products from the biggest electronic brands during the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival
Alibaba: Tmall debuts new products from the biggest electronic brands during the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

 

Hangzhou, China, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) today (November 3, 2016 ) announced its plans to bolster Tmall’s position as the leading ecosystem for the most cutting-edge IoT products, and the go-to platform to drive consumer adoption of a technology-enabled lifestyle. As part of the initiative, Tmall will showcase its prowess in the consumer technology category during the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival by debuting new products from some of the biggest names in the industry, including Beats by Dr. Dre, iRobot, Dyson, Leica, among many others.

At a press conference at Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang and head of Tmall Electronics Jing Yin, gathered with top executives from Beats, iRobot, Intel, the Consumer Technology Association, and other key industry representatives, to discuss the growth of IoT in China, and how the industry can leverage e-commerce to further advance product and technology innovation.

“Over the past 17 years, Alibaba has been constantly evolving our ecosystem to support today’s new era of commerce powered by the Internet and new technologies,” said Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group. “With more than 439 million active users on our platforms, Alibaba owns a robust database of real-time consumer insights that not only fuels our ecosystem, but serves as an extremely powerful source of market intelligence for our partners and clients. As we enter the fast-changing age of IoT, we’re excited to join forces with key global players in the industry such as Intel and CTA to spearhead the creation of a smart living ecosystem that will significantly improve people’s everyday lives.”

Alibaba’s Tmall Electronics marketplace introduced more than 280 new products this fall. Over the years, the platform has transformed from a virtual shopping mall, to an interactive destination for brands and consumers to engage and explore the latest innovations in consumer technology. Many brands are taking advantage of the attention Tmall receives during the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, the world’s biggest shopping day, to promote their new product lines and help consumers discover ways that technology can enhance their lifestyles. For example:

  • Beats by Dr. Dre will be promoting its new Solo 3 Wireless, the perfect everyday headphone, with extra battery life and enhanced sound quality;
  • Leica to debut its Leica Sofort instant film camera, a small and compact device for fashion-conscious people who love photography. It comes in a choice of three colors – orange, mint and white.
  • iRobot will be launching the Braava Jet 240, a mopping and vacuum cleaning robot that tackles dirt and stains in small places;
  • Dyson to bring its V8 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner through Tmall to Chinese consumers, which can be used to vacuum floors but also converted to a handheld for quick clean ups, spot cleaning and cleaning difficult places;

“Our partnership with Tmall is focused on delivering the best of wireless and premium sound to the tech-savvy, innovation-loving Chinese audience,” said Luke Wood, President of Beats by Dr. Dre, who also joined today’s event. “We hope to grow with Tmall and its consumers as part of our commitment to bring great product to music fans across China.”

Other brands also leveraging 11.11 as a marketing opportunity to launch new products include Samsung, A.O. Smith, Siemens, Midea, Leica, Bowers and Wilkins, and more. In the weeks leading up to 11.11, participating companies were given a wide selection of engagement opportunities to maximize their brand exposure and consumer interaction during this period, from mobile live streaming, virtual reality shopping, interactive content, games and entertainment, to online-to-offline promotions.

“This year’s 11.11 is testament to our commitment in bringing more innovative smart living products to Chinese consumers,” said Jing Yin, President of Tmall Electronics, Alibaba Group. “Our vision is to collaborate with key players in the industry such as platforms, trade organizations, and brands, to create an open framework that allows innovative companies of all sizes to develop, display, and distribute their products in a far-reaching way. Our common goal is to bring about meaningful change and improvement to consumers’ lives.”

About the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

The 11.11 shopping festival began in 2009 with participation from just 27 merchants as an event for Tmall.com merchants and consumers to raise awareness of the value in online shopping. Seven years later, 11.11 has become a global event with participating merchants in the tens of thousands, buyers in the millions, and total sales in the billions.

For additional history and facts from last year’s festival, as well as the latest news and updates on the 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, please visit Alizila http://www.alizila.com.

About Alibaba Group

Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company aims to build the future infrastructure of commerce. It envisions that its customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that it will be a company that lasts at least 102 years.

Media Contacts:

Sharon Chan
Alibaba Group
+1 415 361 8219
sharon.chan@alibaba-inc.com

Cathy Yan
Alibaba Group
+852-9012-5806
cathy.yan@alibaba-inc.com

Source: Alibaba Group

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Waitrose to export to China for the first time via a website platform

LONDON, 2016-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose is to export to China for the first time from 18 April after reaching an agreement to sell products online with the retailer predicting it could become its biggest international business in the next three to five years.

It will be the first time the UK supermarket has exported to a country via a website platform only and will give the world’s fastest growing ecommerce market access to products and ranges, including Waitrose Duchy Organic, Waitrose Baby and later this year, essential Waitrose and Waitrose 1*.

Waitrose products will be sold exclusively through the Royal Mail store on Tmall Global, an online marketplace operated by Alibaba Group.

Tmall is China’s largest third party online platform for brands and retailers to connect with hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers. Waitrose has arranged the deal through Avenue51, who runs Royal Mail’s store on Tmall Global.

The Royal Mail store specialises in championing British companies and Waitrose will be one of its highest profile brands to date. There will be a dedicated Waitrose page within the Royal Mail’s online store with information about the brand for its new customers in China alongside the product listings.

An initial 30 products will be available from the Waitrose offer, including biscuits, tea, coffee, cereals and nuts as well as beauty, baby and organic ranges with more lines set to be added shortly after the launch.

Shoppers will be able to choose from favourites like the supermarket’s Earl Grey tea and Waitrose Duchy Organic Shortbread to the ever popular own label Baby bottom butter.

A report researched and compiled by e-retail analysts, Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG), in 2014 highlighted the potential of the Chinese online market. It estimated that less than half of China’s 1.36 billion population was using the internet, despite it already being the world’s largest ecommerce market. In addition, the number of mobile internet users in China had grown by more than eight times in the last five years and was expected to surpass 700m this year.

Waitrose commercial director, Mark Williamson, said: ‘The potential for Waitrose in China is huge and although it’s a relatively modest start it’s our ambition to see it become our biggest international business in the next three to five years. We are proud that Waitrose is recognised around the world for quality and excited to be reaching new markets.’

Richard Snowdon, international director at Royal Mail, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Waitrose to the Royal Mail store and to offer its products to Chinese consumers. Our Tmall Global shop front brings British brands together with hundreds of millions of shoppers in China. For British retailers and exporters, Royal Mail offers an accelerated opportunity to access the China market and for consumers, we provide a distinctive range of quality British products delivered right to their door.’

Amee Chande, managing director, UK/Ireland & Nordics, from Alibaba Group, said: ‘Chinese consumers seek out high quality British brands and Alibaba is happy to provide the platform for Waitrose to introduce its products to China’s homes and kitchens. Waitrose joins a number of leading British brands already available through the Royal Mail Store on Tmall Global and we hope that many others will follow given the potential that China offers to their business and the demand that exists for British products.’

Chao Liu, chief commercial officer of Avenue51, added: ‘Avenue51 is proud that Waitrose has chosen to partner with us to drive the expansion of Waitrose’s business into China via e-commerce. The Chinese market presents the world’s greatest opportunity for retailers such as Waitrose and businesses like Royal Mail, which are seen as desirable and aspirational brands by hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers.’

Notes to editors

Waitrose:

  • *Waitrose 1 launches in the UK in April and will offer customers the very best of Waitrose with one simple yet distinctive brand for its premium food.
  • China will become the 59th country Waitrose now exports to. It already exports own-label and branded goods to countries, including Spain, India, Singapore, Ghana, Mauritius, South Africa, Barbados, Bermuda, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Trinidad, Saudi Arabia and St Lucia.
  • Its supermarket customers include Food Lover’s Market in South Africa, Unimarc in Chile, Park N Shop in Hong Kong, Eroski in Gibraltar, and Arkadia in Malta.
  • Waitrose products are in department stores in South Korea and Switzerland.
  • Waitrose has just opened its eighth shop in the Middle East.
  • Waitrose currently has 346 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 60 convenience branches.

Royal Mail plc:

  • Royal Mail plc is the parent company of Royal Mail Group Limited, the leading provider of postal and delivery services in the UK and the UK’s designated universal postal service provider. UK Parcels, International and Letters (‘UKPIL’) comprises the company’s UK and international parcels and letters delivery businesses operating under the ‘Royal Mail’ and ‘Parcelforce Worldwide’ brands.
  • Royal Mail has the capability to deliver to more than 29 million addresses in the UK, six days a week (excluding UK public holidays). Parcelforce Worldwide operates a separate UK network which collects and delivers express parcels.

Avenue51:

  • Avenue51 is the UK’s leading Chinese e-commerce specialist service provider.
  • The company offers a range of vertically integrated B2B and B2C solutions which enable British brands to reach almost all of China’s online consumers through a single integration to multiple Chinese online marketplaces.
  • Avenue51 combines a complete logistics and order management solution with website development, customer service, design and consumer marketing solutions and works with over 50 British brands, from SMEs to the largest public companies.
  • In 2016 Avenue51 was shortlisted for Startup of the Year in the Guardian Small Business Showcase competition.

Enquiries
For further information please contact:
James Armstrong
Waitrose Corporate Communications Manager
Telephone: 01344 824657
Mobile: 07764676880
Email: james.armstrong@waitrose.co.uk