Alibaba, Yiwu city team up for online small-commodities trade show

HANGZHOU (XINHUA) – A trade show featuring small commodities will go online in August, according to a cooperation agreement between Alibaba.com and the commerce bureau of Yiwu, a city dubbed the ‘World’s Supermarket’.

The bureau will invest CNY5 million (USD704,800) in the first phase, subsidising participants for their costs, according to the agreement.

Located in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, Yiwu is home to over two million micro, small and medium-sized firms, and sells commodities to about 200 countries and regions every year.

Alibaba.com, launched in 1999, is a leading global cross-border B2B platform owned by China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group. Alibaba.com is expected to bring about five million active international wholesalers for Yiwu within a year. Last year, Yiwu’s online trade volume on the website rose 82 per cent year-on-year.

According to the agreement, the two sides will work together to push for development in the digitalisation industry and in logistics.

A woman rides a bike past the company logo outside the Alibaba Group headquarters in Hangzhou, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. PHOTO: AP