Supermarket titan Woolworths considers taking advantage of China’s voracious interest for Australian food and grocery items. Australia’s biggest general store chain has connected with China-based eCargo Holdings to construct and operate a Woolworths storefront on Alibaba’s Tmall business-to-customer online marketplace.
eCargo will likewise facilitate Woolworths’ stock, packing and dissemination requirements, counsel on brand strategy and embrace an extensive variety of online and social advertising exercises for the retailer. Woolworths has a vicinity in the Chinese market after obtaining alcoholic beverages merchant Summergate a year ago for $US25 million. Rising interest among China’s well-to-do white collar class in food and dairy items delivered from abroad has opened up a substantial business sector for Australian food and dairy items.
eCargo Chairman John Lau said in an announcement that they trust the food and grocery market will encounter enormous development in the coming years in between Australia and China, as cross-outskirt exchange limitations ease and the China Australia FTA produces results.
Woolworths online invasion into China takes after a comparative move by smaller local opponent Metcash, which set up shop on Tmall not long ago to sell items like Weet-Bix, Tim Tams, long-life milk and newborn child formula.
As of late, a few well known worldwide brands including Amazon, Macy’s and Germany’s Metro have set up shop in the online market place operated by Alibaba and rival JD.com, with an end goal to take into account China’s growing interest for imported customer items. The Chinese e business sector is conjecture to more than twofold throughout the following three years to $US1.5 trillion, as indicated by New York based research firm eMarketer.
Woolworths has struggled in the domestic market over the previous year in the wake of taking a profit hit from its price war with adversary grocery store titan Coles and German discounter Aldi.