Screengrab of world.tmall.com Singapore edition
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group latest announcement just might have ruined the GSS season. That’s because the company has just launched a new service Tmall World for Singapore customers.
According to a report from Reuters, the new service will provide logistics, payment and localisation support catering to each local market’s needs. This also means that Singapore customers no longer need to rely on local buying agents/forwarders such as ezbuy.
Support for local delivery and payment options in Tmall listings
Unlike Taobao.com, Tmall offers a B2C platform. Some might find the prices on Tmall a little higher than Taobao but it is because the former offers better curation and hence quality products from serious brands and sellers.
Despite Tmall support for Singapore customers, the website will still be in the Chinese language, which will still be a barrier for non-Chinese visitors. That, however, could change in the future if Alibaba finally decides to offer an English site.
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