Alibaba Group is a global Chinese online shopping website that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business online services. The company was established in 1999 by Jack Ma, current Alibaba chairman and head of the company. It is headquartered in Hangzhou, China. Alibaba's main area of business are online auction hosting, online money transfers and mobile commerce.
Alibaba.com was founded in China by Jack Ma in 1999. Jack Ma is a former English teacher from Hangzhou, China. This Group Holding Limited is a Chinese e-commerce platform with a mission to make easy to do business anywhere. It helps to get in touch millions of buyers and suppliers all around the world. It doesn’t matter whether the size of someone’s business or the place of main office.
The Alibaba e-commerce enterprise has millions of members from over 240 countries. In addition the company has plans to enter the banking industry. At the beginning, in 1999 it employed eighteen(yes only 18) people and now is employing over 22.000 employees. What a rise! That’s impressive! To learn about their job openings you can visit the Careers page. Alibaba Group becomes a global leader in online and mobile commerce.
The company was called Alibaba, because this word is well-known around the world and it can be easily pronounced in many languages. Jack Ma provides that Alibaba’s platforms open a doorway to fortune for small businesses. Alibaba Group becomes a global leader in online and mobile commerce. It mainly operates through three sites: Taobao (China’s biggest shopping site); Tmall (it specializes in online sales of branded goods and focuses on China’s fast-growing middle class) and Alibaba.com, which connects Chinese exporters with companies elsewhere in the world. The principal executive offices of their main operations are located in the Xixi District of Hangzhou, China. The enterprise maintained 90 offices in mainland China and 19 offices outside mainland China (As of June 30, 2014).
Alibaba's wide range of categories
Alibaba.com offers more than 45 products categories displayed with powerful keyword (it makes finding the products very simple). There’s a large number of products in categories like Agriculture & Food, Apparel, Textiles & Accessories, Sports & Toys, Health & Beauty(and further categories in like Hair & Accessories, Beauty and other), Auto & Transportation, Bags, Shoes & Accessories, Electronics, Electrical Equipment, Components & Telecoms, Gifts Home, Chemicals, Rubber & Plastics, Packaging Lights & Construction, Machinery, Industrial Parts & Tools, Metallurgy, Advertising & Office and more.
It’s also the world's biggest online marketplace for wholesale products from China. It's extremely easy, you only have to:
- choose your favorite products and click the image for details
- enter your order quantity
- click Buy Now
Then you have to place your order:
- enter your shipping address;
- confirm your order quantity;
- choose your shipping method;
- click Place Order.
After that you can choose your payment method and enter your account details (all information will be securely encrypted) and at last you can pay your order.
The Alibaba company offers among other things online marketing, online payment system alipay.com (similar to PayPal). Also in May 2010 this corporation launched Aliexpress with quality products at wholesale prices on even smallest orders.
Payments in AliExpress are protected by VeriSign SSL encryption (the highest level of protection commercially available).
Alibaba performed $248 billion of online shopping transactions in 2013 and it’s more than eBay and Amazon.com together. The enterprise is helping buyers find products and suppliers quickly and efficiently. The searchbar lets you look for products, buyers or suppliers. Then you have to just enter a product you'd like to stock or you can only browse their categories for something that catches your eye.
There’s an option to track your order, because after the supplier ships your order, a tracking number will appear. Generally, orders are delivered within 3 to 60 working days.
The corporation works with global leaders like FedEx, UPS, DHL, TNT, EMS and more as partners. So it can offer last-mile delivery and a selection of global shipping lines.
This firm offers also coupons (Alibaba voucher) that can be used to pay for particular goods or services or that allows you to pay less than the usual price for them.
You can get these coupons by participating in various promotion programs sponsored by Alibaba.com or from sellers who are also distributing seller coupons on AliExpress.
To use Alibaba coupons, you simply have to:
- check if you have a valid coupon in your account (Go to My Coupons and click the Valid tab.)
- choose the product you want to buy
- use your coupon at checkout (order confirmation page) where you will confirm your order.
For April Alibaba.com offers such promo codes and deals like: Share AliExpress with your friends to get points & exchange for coupons up to $20, Up to 80% off mobile phones & accessories, Up to 80% off 2015 spring/summer collection or 6% off $500+.
You have to remember that one user can only register one member account on the sites.