Op-Ed | Alibaba’s Catch-22

A Gucci wallet of unverified origin listed on Taobao | Source: Taobao

Stuck in a ‘catch-22’ in its relationship with luxury brands, Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba should take a page from Google, maximising revenue in the short term, while buying critical time to build enduring relationships with Western brands, argue Brian Buchwald and Joshua Neckes.

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Alibaba Posts Profit on E-Commerce Demand Ahead of Potential IPO

Alibaba Headquarters | Source: Reuters

Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China’s online marketplace for products from Louis Vuitton bags to Boston lobsters, swung to a quarterly profit ahead of a potential initial public offering.

Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders was $792 million in the three months ended September, up from a loss of $246 million a year earlier, according to a presentation from Yahoo! Inc., which owns a

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Are Fashion Brands Underestimating the Importance of China E-Commerce?

Gap Store on Tmall | Source: Tmall

BEIJING, China — With its burgeoning middle class and status-conscious consumer culture, China remains the primary engine driving luxury market growth, even in a rapidly weakening global economy. But recent reports from China’s National Bureau of Statistics show that even China’s economy is experiencing what one Chinese cabinet member called a “sharp slowdown.” For fashion brands operating in China, this presents a distinct

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