Alibaba launches U.S. network to ease small manufacturers’ access to 500 million customers

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China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba announced its launch of a U.S. business network that connects small-scale manufacturers to U.S. companies already selling to Chinese consumers on Alibaba’s Taobao sales platform, providing easier access to more than 500 million consumers.

Following a series of U.S. events aimed at bringing more small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) onto its e-commerce platforms, Alibaba established its Taobao Global U.S. Merchants Network with more than 300 Taobao Global merchant members, according to a company announcement.

These merchants can sell products made by small- and medium-sized U.S. companies to “more than half a billion consumers on Alibaba’s platforms”, it said.

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