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JD, Shopify to help US merchants sell in China

BEIJING (AP) – JD.com Inc, China’s biggest online retailer, and Canadian e-commerce service Shopify announced a strategic cooperation on Tuesday to give independent United States (US) merchants access to JD.com’s 550 million customers.

The companies said the tie-up would allow US brands to start selling in China in three to four weeks compared with up to a year typically required to launch cross-border sales.

The service will take advantage of JD’s network of 1,300 warehouse and 200,000 delivery personnel in China, the companies said. They said it will provide translation and other support.

JD.com reported sales rose 33 per cent over a year earlier to CNY218.7 billion (USD34.4 billion) in its latest quarter.

Visitors walk past a booth for Chinese online retailer JD.com at the China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing. PHOTO: AP
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